Controlling insects and pets without the use of pesticides is the safest method in protecting your health and your family’s health from harmful chemicals the are composed of. Pesticides can pollute underground water supplies and the bugs they are suppose to kill will eventually develop immunity to that particular chemical. Breathing commercial insecticides and pesticides can cause damage to the lungs as well as polluting the air in your home.
People need to become more aware of the dangers involved from using chemicals and start using a more natural approach to getting rid of insects and critter pests.
There are over 2 billion pounds of insecticides manufactured in the United States every year. These are a major threat to groundwater in every state and the problem keeps getting worse.
Our grandparents did not have the luxury of a magic spray that killed off all the pests and had to use ingenuity and natural methods, which worked but did take some effort.
More than 3.2 million people suffered medically related side effects from the use of pesticides. Some of the immediate effects included dizziness, nausea, headaches and loss of energy. Cancer may be caused by over 65% of all current pesticides in use through animal laboratory studies.
We assume no responsibility for any damage to plants, animals, or people from the use of any solution or formula given here.
Care should be taken when spraying or using any harmful chemicals. Though almost all the formulas are prepared from natural ingredients they may still be poisonous or cause illness and should be kept away from pets and children.
Simple Tips To Help Your Pets
Fleas are usually brought into your home by your pet or visitor’s pet. If you find one flea there is probably 100 more for everyone you find somewhere in your pets environment. Fleas can jump 150-200 times their body length and one pair of fleas can produce 250,00 more fleas or up to 1 trillion in a year! They are like little vampires and like warm-blooded hosts.
The most common flea is the “cat flea,” which can be found on your dog. It is best to treat areas that fleas may frequent before you have a problem, because afterwards it is really hard to get rid of them.
The flea cycle is as follows: the flea jumps on your pet and has a warm blood meal. If your pet is not available, you are next. YUK! Once they have fed, they will mate and lay eggs (and they are not fussy where they lay them).
It will take 2-3 weeks to hatch the hundreds of eggs, which release small caterpillar-like (larvae) creatures, which feed on almost any organic matter they find. After it has fed, it spins a cocoon (pupae stage). When the flea is in the pupae stage it cannot be killed in the cocoon. No chemical spray will penetrate the cocoon. When it hatches, you have more fleas! Treating your yard is one of the best methods of controlling the flea population. Professional help will be needed if you have a bad infestation.
One of the most common reasons your pets get fleas is they have dry, flaky skin, which makes it easier for the fleas to get a foothold and easier for them to obtain their meal of blood. If the animal gets acquainted with exercise they will not have as many fleas.
Young Living Essential Oils products work well on our pets. We have three Shih Tzu’s who love using all natural products.
Lavendar help dogs with skin allergies. Can be used for paw cuts, canine dermatitis, great bug deterrent. Lavendar is also considered the “Mother Love” essential oil making it a great choice to diffuse when welcoming a new puppy into the home.
Peppermint repels insects and fleas, also has a cooling effect on itchy canine skin. Great for bad dog breath as well, but raw meaty bones are best for that particular problem. It also assists in digestive and parasite problems.
Geranium is a great insect repellent. Great against ticks!
Helichrysum, found in PanAway helps heal most paw cuts, hot spots, canine dermatitis, irritated dog skin and minor wounds. It can also regenerate nerves and chelate out toxins and chemicals from the liver.
Rosemary is often used as a flea/tick deterrent. It improves dull-looking coat.
Omega Blue is excellent for pets. Just open one capsule & empty into the food with a squirt of V6 oil.
Myrrh can be used on cracked paws, skin rashes, hot spots, fleas & ticks dislike the odor.
Simple and Easy Recipes to Use On Your Pets
Basic Shampoo ~ 1/2 Cup Castile soap (grated), 2-1/2 Tbsp. of glycerin (from drug store), 3 drops of pine oil or any scent your pet likes, 2 Tbsp. of denatured alcohol, 1-1/2 Cups warm tap water. Place the soap and water in a double boiler and warm to melt the soap into the water, add glycerin and mix well. Remove pan from heat and allow mixture to cool. As it cools, add the alcohol and pine drops, mix well.
De-Burr-den Your Pet ~ If your pet gets burrs in their coat, apply a small amount of vegetable oil to the burr and allow it to remain for 5 minutes before combing it out. Sometimes if you crush the burr first with a pair of pliers it may quicken the removal.
Dog Spray ~ 1 Clove of garlic (crushed), 1 Small yellow onion (chopped fine), 1 Tsp. Tabasco Sauce, 1/2 Tsp. oil of peppermint, 1/2 Tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Quart warm tap water. Place all ingredients in a large jar with a good lid and shake well. allow it to sit for 8 hours before placing it in a spray bottle. Spray you dogs favorite spot to dig in. The dog will dig no more, or sneeze a lot.
Earwax Remover ~ 1/2 Cup isopropyl alcohol, 10 Drops glycerin. Place ingredients in a small bottle, shake and mix well, then place a small amount (room temperature) on a cotton swab and clean your pets ears, very gently. Your pet will probably shake their head, which will help clean out the wax. Be careful to remove the swab if pet shakes their head to avoid damage to the eardrum.
Flea-Ade ~ Citrus oil is an excellent flea deterrent. slice up a lemon, score the skin to release more of the oil and then pour 1 cup of boiling water over the lemon, allow it to sit overnight. Use a clean sponge and sponge the lemon water on your pet to instantly kill the fleas. Its best to give your pet a bath afterwards or they will smell like lemonade. If you buy a citrus product be sure it has D-limonene in it, since this will also kill ticks.
Flea-A-Way Foods ~ Add a small amount of brewer’s yeast, apple cider vinegar or crushed garlic to your pets food, this will keep the fleas away. The garlic is questionable because he or she will smell garlicky for awhile. Brewer’s yeast can be powdered on your pet and allowed to remain for 5-10 minutes before vacuuming the pet off.
Flea Collar ~ Do it yourself. Just soak a store bought leather collar in the lemon juice (citrus oil) solution. You can also use a piece of cloth with a velcro fastener. Most commercial flea collars use a pesticide, which are damaging to the environment.
Flea Eliminator in Pet’s Bed ~ 1/2 Cup pennyroyal, 2 Tbsp. dried thyme, 2 Tbsp. dried wormwood, 2 Tbsp. dried rosemary. Place the herbs in a food processor and powder. Place the herbs inside your pets pillow/bed by opening up a seam, insert the powder and sew it back up making sure the powder is evenly distributed.
Flea Sores Ointment ~ 8 Ounces of lard, 4 Ounces of beeswax, 4 Ounces of rosin, 1/2 Ounce of carbolic acid. Place lard, beeswax and rosin in a double boiler and heat while stirring until melted, add the carbolic acid and mix thoroughly. Remove from heat and allow the ointment to cool, then store in well-sealed container until needed.
Flea Powder ~ Powder 1/2 cup of the following herbs: wormwood, fennel, rue, and peppermint. Then dust your pet.
Mist Over Fleas ~ Daily spraying a fine mist prepared from Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap should do the trick. It needs to be done daily for the first week, then once a week for control for the next 4 weeks.
Paw-Chewing Cure ~ To cure a pet of paw chewing, paint the paw with a small amount of oil of cloves. This will stop them immediately from chewing and the look on their face is cute.
Pennyroyal Bath ~ Make a pot of pennyroyal tea, after it cools add it to your pets bathwater to eliminate fleas. Dreid pennyroyal works in your pets bedding to get rid of fleas also.
Pet’s Bedding ~ To keep the fleas out of your pets bedding, sprinkle a few drops of lavender oil in their bed. Lavender oil can be purchased in most health food stores.
Sage ~ Fleas hate the odor of sage! Crush sage into a fine powder and rub it on your pets skin, allow it to remain 15-20 minutes before brushing it off or vacuuming it off if it is a big pet. Vacuuming a mini Chihuahuas is not a good idea or they may be staring out of the plastic dirt tank.
Smelling Sweet Flea Shampoo ~ 1 Cup Castile Liquid soap, 1/8 Ounce of essential oil of pine, 1/8 Ounce of essential rose oil. Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake to mix well. Add the mixture to your pets bath water and the fleas will be quite unhappy.
Tea ~ A cup or two of cool peppermint tea added to your pets bath water will eliminate fleas very effectively.
Wash Those Fleas ~ Boil 1 quart of water, add 1 cup dried rosemary (you can use fresh). Cover the pot and allow mixture to steep until it is cool. Use it to wash your pet, working it in. Make sure you rinse pet well.
There are many natural and chemical remedies to eliminate insect pests. Some work better than others. Most of these can be made with readily available products that will easily be found around the house or in a supermarket or garden supply store.
It is best to only spray the plants that are infested, because many sprays will damage healthy plants that are not infested.
Aphids are pear-shaped 1/10th to ½ inch long insects, also called plant lice. The are not fussy as to which plants they infest. They can be green, yellow, or black. They are usually found on the underneath side of leaves with over 4,000 species identified at present.
Aphids are found on shrubs, potted plants, all garden plants and even trees. They can cause stunting, wilting, yellowing and eventually kill the plant. They insert their piercing mouth into the plant stem or leaves and proceed to suck the sap out of the plant and deposit honeydew, which attracts other insects.
Aphids generally appear in the fall.
They tend to transmit a number of diseases and are a serious threat to most gardens. If you use a high nitrogen fertilizer you will attract even more aphids.
Marigold Solution ~ Soak 15 mature diced up marigold plants in 5 pints of boiling water. Allow mixture to cool, then add 3 drops of liquid soap. Strain and spray on the affected areas. Make sure to spray the underneath sides of the leaves.
Oil Them Up ~ Mix 1 tablespoon of canola oil, add 3 drops of Ivory soap, add that to 1 quart of water and mix well. Put contents into a spray bottle and spray the plants from the top down and then from the bottom up making sure the underneath sides of the leaves are saturated.
Pepper Spray ~ 1 Tablespoon Tabasco sauce, 6 Cloves of Garlic, 1 Quart of warm tap water. Chop garlic up real fine, add tabasco sauce and the water. Let stand for 1 hour before straining it and placing it into a spray bottle. One teaspoon of cayenne pepper can be substituted for the tabasco sauce.
Tobacco ~ Aphids love roses and can do a lot of damage. A good natural method is to bury a mixture of 1 cup tobacco (cigarettes are a good source, organic tobacco is better) mix with ½ cup of powdered garlic and 1 cup of compost mixed into the soil around the base of the bushes.
No dangerous chemicals to damage the environment!