The idea of using water to kill an insect may seem like a great idea. It would certainly be the cheapest and safest method for your pooch. The problem with fleas is they are not only tiny but can hop quite high and are strategically fast. You will quickly find yourself overrun when you realize the water has done nothing for your dog.
Why doesn’t it work?
Fleas are enduring and tough. Similar to an ant, a flea can fall from a great distance and remain completely unharmed. This means they can jump off your dog’s body onto any surface and live. Not only that, but even when they are fully submerged in water, they can live a very long time.
Fleas are ridiculously fast. They can be half way down your dog’s body in the blink of an eye. Often times dog owners don’t even realize their pooch has a flea issue until they are infested with them. This is because they are notoriously fast little buggers that often escape the human eye!
Fleas can jump 66 times their body size. One flea is capable of jumping a distance of over 8 inches in one hop and as high as 6 inches. When you consider their actual size, that is quite impressive! This also just spells out trouble for you. If you don’t think they can out-hop water, guess again.
Knowing that water alone is not the solution, you will have to find a solution best fitted for your pooch’s health! Vet’s offer topical solutions to both kill and prevent the fleas from returning. There is also an option in pill form to kill the bugs from the inside out, making your dog’s skin and hair toxic to them. Rest assured that this is not your only option if you prefer the natural approach.
One of the best natural options for both you and your canine companion is simple and cheap; Lavender! Many insects can’t stand the smell and to some, it is even toxic. Using lavender essential oil in the same fashion you would medicated flea killer, you put it between the shoulder blades and it goes to work. You can also bathe your dog using a shampoo with lavender in it prior to application.
Warning: Because lavender oil is potent, is should only be placed on the fur, not directly on the skin.
As for your home, fleas can go just about anywhere so it is important to treat all dogs and cats who live under the same roof. Be sure to take care of the problem soon as you become aware of it because fleas can quickly become an infestation both on your pets and in your home.