Pet Care: How to Get Rid of Fleas and Bed Bugs

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Food grade diatomaceous earth is a popular, effective and environmentally friendly way to kill insects. In the case of a flea or bed bug infestation in your home, here are some helpful hints for eliminating the problem.

   • Thoroughly dust animals’ sleeping area with food grade diatomaceous earth (for a safe and 
      natural product check out Last Crawl Diatomaceous Earth Insecticide Powder)

   • Dust other areas in your home that may be infested including – behind appliances,
      cabinets, along baseboards, along edges and underneath carpets and rugs and bed frames,
      paying careful attention to cracks, crevices and other places where insects may hide or
      crawl

   • Organize clutter and mess

   • Wash all laundry, bedding, cushions and fabrics in hot water and dry for an extra 20
      minutes on hot

   • Shampoo your pet weekly (see homemade recipe for weekly shampoo below)

   • Vacuum everything

   • Wash items and walls with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and soapy water

Create your own spray mixture by combining:

• 40% rubbing alcohol

• 40% water

• 20% soap

Pet shampoo recipe:

• 1/2 cup lemon juice

• 2 cups water

• 1/2 cup pet friendly shampoo

Please note: Last CrawlTM Insecticide Powder is currently available only in Canada. Information regarding this product is therefore applicable only in Canada.

Image by Chuck Abbe