Money Talks News: Cheap Ways to Prevent Fleas

Summertime is here, and that means it's also time for fleas.

The best way to deal with fleas is not to get them in the first place.

There are lots of things you can do to treat your yard that don't cost a lot of money, that'll keep your home flea free this summer.

First, keep fur neat and clean. Fleas like to hide in tangled, dirty fur. So don't give them the chance.

Next, bathe your pet in lavender scented shampoo.

Fleas don't like scents, and using lavender shampoo can help keep them away. Number 3 - Vacuum more often.

Fleas constantly lay eggs, so if you suspect a problem, vacuum your home more often and throw out the bag or dump the canister, because fleas can live in there.

Remember to treat the yard. You can put cedar chips along the edges, or spray a mixture of half bleach and half water on the grass every ten days.

Two more cheap and natural substances to try cost less than ten bucks a container. First: boric acid.Sprinkle on grass every couple of weeks. You can also use it on carpets. Broom it into the fibers. Let it sit for about 5 days and vacuum up.

And finally, Diatomaceous earth. Use that inside or out. It's a fine powder made from the fossilized remains of tiny fresh water algae-like creatures called diatoms. It prevents flea larvae from from growing into an adult fleas.

Bottom line... fighting fleas isn't nearly as much fun as doing things like playing frisbee, but it's not that hard to do either.

You just groom your animals, treat your yard, clean the house and next thing you know, you've got a flea-free summer.

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For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.