Not all chemical flea control products are safe for your pets or your plants.
* Steam-clean carpets. After they dry, sprinkle on boric acid/borax and salt treatment. Some people use just the boric acid/Borax, others use just salt that they grind to a powder using a blender, and some combine the ingredients, which dehydrate fleas, larva and eggs over time. While boric acid is far safe and less toxic than other bug control chemicals, it still can pose a health risk to small animals, so it's recommended to wipe up boric acid dust and vacuum daily for a few days after applying the powder.
I hesitate to recommend any insecticide product that is intended to remain on the surface of the pet's fur. I do not want any personal exposure to these products. I would never apply flea powder or use a flea collar containing propoxur or tetrachlorvinphos on my pets for fear that not only could it be carcinogenic or toxic to my pet but also to anyone exposed to it. Reported by the National Resources Defense Council, when an adult plays with a cat or dog wearing one of these insecticide collars they could be potentially exposed to up to 500 times the safe levels of the pesticide set by the EPA. This number is substantially higher for children. Their exposure to the toxin is up to 1,000 times the safe level.
Feb 24, 2014 - Safer Flea Control for Your Pets ..
Pet Safe Flea Control - Kill Bugs Naturally
I recently found out my dog’s flea collar contains a toxic neonicotinoid pesticide. Aren’t neonicotinoids the pesticides that are driving declines of bees and other pollinators? Are there any safe flea treatments out there for pets?Flea season is upon us. If you have ever had an infestation, you know you have to combat fleas from many angles to control and eliminate these hopping, opportunistic parasitic pests. One of the most powerful agents in reducing flea populations is one of the most safest: Read on to find comprehensive ways to control these pests from making you and your pet's lives miserable with crawling, biting, itching and scratching!Convenience? Flea Treats are tasty treats for dogs and cats. Safe, natural, effective flea control is as easy as feeding treats to your pet each day. No visits to the vet. No dips, no sprays, no messy toxic yard treatments. Flea Treats protect your pet from the fleas that are out there. Period. You'll save lots of time. Time for a walk with your best friend, or a round of catnip-enhanced games. And then some. More free time is something we all could use, isn't it? Think about it.Ironically, while pesticide labels contain warnings of their hazards to humans, the application instructions tell you to soak a flea-infected dog or cat thoroughly! These chemicals, especially in liquid form, can be absorbed through the animal's skin and taken up by the blood. For that reason, even in the midst of a flea invasion, it's important not to let the urgency of your need to get rid of the pests override concern for the safety of your pets and household.