The known effective usage of apple cider vinegar for fleas has been known not only for years, but also for decades. Never underestimate the flea because they can be quite difficult to deal with. It’s not because of their powerful resistance of insecticide but more about their stealth ability.
They will show up when you are on the most vulnerable state: when you are sleeping. Thanks to their small body, they can easily sneak up on you, feed on you, and then leave you feeling all itchy and annoyed.
The Problems with Fleas Infestation
Fleas are problematic and annoying not only because of their stealth ability, but also because of their ability to breed quite fast (and also many) within a short time span.
First of all, they have this unique and special sense (you can call it radar) that helps them detecting when there is ‘food’ around.
On the contrary to what people believe, fleas don’t always show up at night.
They can also show up in the broad daylight, but they will ‘attack’ when you are vulnerable. When you are taking a nap or sleep at night, you won’t notice their presence. Even when they are on your body and suck your blood, you won’t feel a thing.
Later, you will realize that you have become a victim because of the itch all over the body.
Moreover, their small body is one of their weapons. They can easily hide on the corners, under the crevice or crack, and such thing alike. Trying to find them will be a struggle and an effort.
Don’t forget that their breeding ability is quite superb. They are able to lay eggs within 2 days after mating.
Once they lay eggs, the eggs can be around 50 within one lay – and it only comes from one female flea. Imagine the numbers when there are at least 5 female fleas and they are constantly laying eggs. No wonder if flea infestation is one problem that is quite difficult to beat.
There are different kinds of fleas, including those living on hair and pets. They are basically the same – they will suck up the blood and cause serious itchiness.
Flea bites may not be life threatening or dangerous but those with sensitive skin will have serious issues with the itch. Problems will get worse when the skin is infected – usually because of aggressive scratching.
Fleas and Pets
As it was mentioned before, fleas can happen to your pets as well as your hair. No matter the location they are residing, fleas will create serious and annoying issue.
The itch is annoying and if it is left untreated, it will cause serious flea infestation issue. It is even possible that they will take over your house! And you don’t want this to happen to you, right?
If you have pets, it is so easy for them to have fleas infestation. In most cases, the problem starts from hygiene issue. If you have poor hygiene and you don’t take care of your pets well, don’t be surprised if they get the fleas.
After all, most pets have long hair, which is considered the ideal breeding place for fleas. But don’t you worry, because you can try the method of using apple cider vinegar for fleas.
So, what’s the deal about apple cider vinegar for fleas, anyway?
- It is considered as effective natural repellent for fleas
- In most cases, the apple cider vinegar can kill the fleas. But if it doesn’t, it will prevent flea infestation because fleas really hate the taste and also smell.
- Apple cider vinegar is considered an effective home remedy because of its potency and the fact that it has very little side effects.
- Preparing the solution is fairly easy. You only need to mix it with water, pour it to the spray bottle, and there you go! You can spray it on any appliances or furniture, as well as your pets before releasing them to play outdoor.
- If you want to add the potent effect of the solution, add some essential oils, like lavender, lemongrass, neem, geranium, and catnip oil. Fleas hate the smell even more!
Apple Cider Vinegar Potent Effect
You can always use the specialized fleas repellent products, although they are usually made from chemical substance. Some people use the products and they don’t have any problems at all. However, you should remember that not everyone is okay with such products.
If you have sensitive health issues, using the products can cause further issues. Not to mention, overdosing the products may lead to deadly outcome.
In short, using chemical products always has the side effects – no matter how little they are. There isn’t any safety guarantee either.
This is why people turn to apple cider vinegar for fleas to deal with the issue. First of all, the substance is quite potent to remove, kill, or prevent the issue. It is also natural and non poisonous substance, which means that it is pretty safe. It will be even more useful and potent when you use the organic and raw apple cider vinegar.
Besides spraying your pets with this solution, you can also:
- Add the apple cider vinegar to the food. Be mindful to add the substance carefully. For every twenty pounds of weight, you can add a teaspoon of the vinegar. Although you can also add it to the water, such a thing isn’t advisable. It makes the water taste funny and many of the pets really hate it. In the end, they consume less water than they should, leading to dehydration issue. That’s why it is better to add the vinegar to the food only.
- Add the vinegar during bath time. You can mix one gallon water with a cup vinegar. It is also good to prevent the problem. Once you have mixed it, pour it to the pets (while avoiding the head altogether), massage the hair, and then towel dry. No need to rinse it so the smell will stay on the hair, repelling the fleas.
As it was mentioned before, maintaining good hygiene is important because fleas are attracted to humid and not-so-clean area. If you bathe your dogs regularly, small chances that the fleas will be attracted to your pets.
Fleas on Human Hair
What about the apple cider vinegar for fleas on human hair? Will it be as effective as the treatment for pets or for household? It is just the same, really. Although the methods can be quite different, apple cider vinegar is flexible enough to be mixed with other substances.
Some people may choose the fast short cuts – like shaving their heads bold, for instance, so they can remove the fleas as well as the eggs. Keep in mind, though, that not all people are in favor of this solution. It’s fast and hassle-free, alright, but it is not for everyone.
Don’t worry, the apple cider vinegar can really help, if you know how. Here are the steps on fixing apple cider vinegar for fleas on the hair.
- You should mix 2 cups of water with a tablespoon of baking soda. Use the warm and clean water. Once it is mixed, pour it inside a spray bottle and then shake well. It would be wise if you can use a new bottle. If you use the used bottle, make sure to clean and wash it thoroughly. Otherwise, you will leave residue on it.
- The mixture should be sprayed onto your hair. Avoid the facial area, especially the eyes. If it is possible, you can rub the baking soda on the hair and then cover it with your shower cap. Leave it be for around 15 minutes.
- Wash the hair to remove the baking soda. Use warm and also running water.
- Comb the hair (starting from the roots) with a special tooth for fleas. If you don’t have one, a fine toothed comb will do. This action is meant to remove the dead bodies as well as the eggs.
- Wash the hair with dish soap with lemon scent. Avoid the dishwashing detergent, mind you. Massage your scalp to remove the eggs. Wash it off again and then comb again
- Apply the apple cider vinegar and let it soak. Cover it with the shower cap and around 20 minutes. Comb the apple cider vinegar through the hair so you can change your scalp (and hair) acidity, making it impossible for fleas to live.
- Make a final wash. By using a clean towel, dry the hair. De-fleas your home by performing a clean and thorough steam, vacuum, and wash. Repeat the step again next week so you can be sure that you have removed the fleas altogether.
Now that you know the different methods to remove the fleas (and also the eggs), you can perform the steps carefully and thoroughly.