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What are some natural remedies for a home flea infestation?

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Natural remedies for flea infestations in the home include cleaning and vacuuming thoroughly and regularly, washing pet bedding, using essential oils and preventing the infestation of fleas on your animals. Stopping a severe infestation might require more than one method, and regular prevention is necessary to keep fleas at bay.

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Clean your home thoroughly and vacuum frequently to remove fleas and their eggs. It might be necessary to vacuum more than once a day to get fleas under control. Remember to use the attachment on furniture and in crevices and corners. Remove the bag from the vacuum or empty the canister immediately, and either seal the contents in plastic or burn them. Disinfect floors and launder all your fabrics.

Wash pet bedding in hot water and use a citrus-based detergent to repel fleas. Regular washing helps control fleas and prevent their eggs from hatching.

To repel and prevent the infestation of fleas, use essential oils, such as eucalyptus, rosemary, cedar, orange, lemon and rose geranium. Place a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser or on cotton balls and put them in the room with flea problems. Use essential oils when you do laundry to add to the killing and repelling power of the detergent. Put a cotton ball moistened with essential oils in the vacuum cleaner.

Prevent fleas from attacking your pets to keep your home from becoming infested. Put a few drops of essential oils on your dog's collar, and bathe pets regularly with mild soap infused with essential oils. Brush your pets frequently, and add vinegar or brewer's yeast to their food.

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