I've explored the fact of cooking for your dog and looking at the harmful effects of our cleaning products. I'm constantly trying to find good alternatives to keep our doggies safe. So the next step would to check your yard. Where your dog goes to use the bathroom, run around and play, and chase the little sand crabs around. There is a lot of things we can do to keep our yards safe without using harmful sprays.
Garlic has a natural sulfur which repels insects. When sprayed it will not only kill the mosquito [which are soft bodied insects] did not know that. The garlic is very toxic to them. The juice doesn't harm pets, plants, or humans. What about the smell? The odor not only chases them away but keeps them away. As far as humans go the smell goes away reather quickly. But the mosquito's can still smell it and stay away. So if they're not in your yard they're not on your pets or not biting you or in your house. Also if you mix garlic with oil [any oil canola or veg]. Spray on any standing water. It suffocates the mosquito larva unlike other chemicals doesn't kill bees or butterflies. Completely safe for humans and pets. Depending on weather should last at least for three weeks. But you know if it rains a lot you will have to spray more often.
Ok! What about listerine? My sister uses half listerine and half water in a sprayer bottle. Sprays around where they're going to be out side. Helps to keep the bugs away reapply as needed.again will not harm humans and pets.
Landscaping your yard with citronella plant[grows very good in the keys] lavender, mint[peppermint' spearmint] eucalyptus. These are all natural bug repellents unlike other yard sprays. They smell really good. You can use the stems and leaves around the house and in their beds. Just be careful not to let them eat it. Can be toxic.
Also try to keep your yard and around your house as clean as possible. Flea's don't like dry,sunshiney[is that a word?]places. So keep as much leaves and other stuff cleaned up as possible.
Something I've never heard of; nematodes. Don't know what they are but I'm sure they're a bug. They are a natural predator to the flea! Yea! They burrow into the flea as part of their life cycle. Gross! They don't pose any treat to humans or pets. Place them in a shady, moist where fleas love to hang out. The nematodes don't like dry. sunshiney places[there's that word again] So I say bring 'um on.! Oh yea!!
Here in the Key's we have the noseeums. Nasty little burggers!! Their bit is very stingy[is that a word] Unlike the other fleas this one loves to bite humans. Its bite can be very painful and itchy. So people have different reactions from moderate to severe. They usually come out dawn or dusk. I was told they were from the flea family but really they're from the sand fly family. The only way to keep them off is bug spray.
I say try spraying the yard with a mixture of garlic, lavender, mint, citronella, and use the insect repellent I told you about. So good hunting and get those nasty mosquito's. Later!!!
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