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Natural Flea and Tick Prevention

Pet Health and Safety • Mary Bays •

For most pet owners, the first line of defense against fleas and ticks is preventive medication. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend the best product based on your dog, your environment, and your budget.

Trupanion or AKC Pet Insurance wellness coverage often offers reimbursement towards flea/tick preventives to help keep your costs down, while ensuring your dog stays healthy!

If you’re looking for extra protection for your pooch or want to learn more about natural methods of flea and tick prevention – read on!


A Quick Overview

Fleas thrive in warm, humid weather and can lay up to 50 eggs a day.

A single flea can become 1,000 fleas in your home in only 21 days!

With a life cycle anywhere between 14 days and 12 months, fleas can become a serious problem for your pet and your home.

The average flea is between two and three millimeters long and weighs about 0.03 grams, so preventing fleas from infesting your pet can be quite a challenge.

Since ticks love warm weather, the summer and fall are peak tick seasons for most of the United States.

Ticks are known to spread diseases, but did you know that they can spread multiple diseases with one bite? For this reason, it’s important to learn about ticks and how you can prevent them from pestering your pup.


Removing the Flea & Tick Habitat

Fleas and ticks usually end up on your dog while they are outside your home, so creating a yard that is dog-friendly, but not favorable for pests, is crucial.


Treat the Yard

There are plenty of natural products that use essential oils and other non-toxic ingredients that can be sprayed on your yard to prevent pests from breeding near your home.

Create a Barrier

Remove leaf litter and plantings within 6-18 inches of your house.


Mow the Lawn

You shouldn’t let your grass grow too high, as fleas and ticks prefer to breed in tall grass. However, refrain from mowing your lawn too short, since this repels ants and spiders – the fleas’ natural enemies.


Apply Cedar Mulch

Fleas hate cedar, so using cedar mulch in your gardens and around your home acts as a natural barrier.


Trim Limbs and Shrubs