Household Tick and Flea Treatments That Do Not Actually Work

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Fleas and ticks are a well known problem for every pet owner. Everyone seems to have heard of some method or to get rid of them but it's not easy to differentiate actual solutions from fake ones. This is doubly true if you get your advice from online sources. To help you care for your pet better, here are a few common myths busted about getting rid of fleas and ticks:

  • Myth: Keeping your pet indoorsWhile there is a slightly lower chance of tick infestation if you keep your pet indoors, fleas are a problem regardless. Fleas can travel through multiple means including pant legs, shoes, clothes etc. This means that they can make themselves at home and start breeding inside your house. It only takes about 2 weeks before 2 fleas turn into 2000. It is highly recommended that preventative medication be given to your pets throughout the year.
  • Myth: Feed garlic to your petsFor some reason, a ton of online sources suggest adding garlic to your pets meals, either raw or in powder form, or administering it orally. The origin of this myth is unknown but it's a myth regardless. Garlic has no effect on fleas and ticks, Moreover it can cause serious harm to your pets, especially cats. Stomach upsets, vomiting, diarrhea and in more serious cases, anemia are all a result of excessive garlic consumption.
  • Myth: Apply orange on your petsMany people believe that oranges and other citrus fruits repel fleas if rubbed on their pets. While oranges tend to have to an effect on insects, fleas and ticks are not insects. For it to have any affect on fleas, it will have to be chemically extracted and concentrated to toxic levels that will harm your pets.
  • Myth: Human lice shampoos work on petsThe jury is still out on this solution. Sometimes, human shampoos could work but they contain ingredients like pyrethrins that are harmful to pets. Any vet will tell you to choose shampoos that have safer compounds. While it might be tempting to save a buck, it is simpler to buy flea and tick shampoos that are specifically for pets. They will get rid of fleas without causing any skin damage or more serious illnesses.
  • Myth: Plant Fleabane in your yardThere is no proven research that repels fleas. Some say that the plant, also known as Pennyroyal, will repel fleas naturally while others claim that you have to burn it to release flea-repelling scents. Either way, this is unlikely to work as you have to plant it or burn it in very large amounts. It also does not protect the indoors where, as stated before, fleas and ticks can be present.
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