I totally agree with SnowStar here, cedar chips are horrible to use for almost any pet it’s just plain harmful. Even to use to get rid of fleas your still endangering your pet and their respiratory system. I worked in a pet store for many years and learned several safe and effective ways to get rid of fleas. Best way was to bathe your pet in Dawn dish soap, fleas hate it. Also, feeding your pet things fleas dislike such as garlic or yeast. For dogs, you can add vinegar to their water (do not do this for cats they are too sensitive). You can make your own flea dip, use 2 cups of rosemary and 2 pints of water, bring to a boil. Once it’s boiled remove the rosemary leaves and add 1 gallon of warm water and saturate your pet completely. Allow them to air dry do not towel dry. You can also place finely grated salt throughout your home. Fleas that come in contact with the salt begin to chaff and bleed to death. Be sure to vacuum every day or two of application. To get them off your pet slice up a lemon and boil it in a pint of water, let it sit overnight then dampen your pets fur with the solution (do not soak your pet in it). You can also out this in a spray bottle and spray in areas of your home you think may be infested but be careful of staining. These are just a few of the ways you can get rid of these pests without using harmful products like boric acid or cedar chips. Hopefully this helps anyone who needs it. Good luck and bless you for caring about your pet so much.
You can make a homemade flea spray using vinegar easily
I have volunteered with a cat rescue group for five years and I can safely say an effective way I have gotten rid of fleas was boiling fresh lavender buds in water let it steep overnight and bathing cats, afterward we also will use dawn dish soap to smother the fleas, johnson and johnson baby shampoo can help especially tear free. Planting lavender in your yard or kept potted can also deter them as well as spraying furniture and bedding with the distilled water lavender buds. For anyone who has a cat with high anxiety your best bet is to ask a vet if they can reccomend something to help relieve stress and anxiety , for anyone who would like over the counter check out Bachs Rescue Remedy it helps alot with my dog and cats it is also holistic and a liquid that can be added to your pets water with a dropper. For a house infestation your better off getting rid of possessions , have your pets taken out of the house and bathed in something like a garage or a groomers, then having a exterimator come spray your home with pet safe solutions. The biggest thing to remember are ways your cat or dog can get fleas, either from going outside which with wild animals around they are constant flea carriers and can be transferred anywhere the flea goes, other pets walked in your area can transfer fleas to the grass length doesnt matter but they can be transferred that way. If an animal has fleas the eggs and larvae can be transferred through their feces. Also People can transfer them from simple day to day life going outside and any public transportation, or being around friends or family who dont know they have fleas. The most important rule I live by checking pets and fosters constantly with a flea comb if you see 1 flea bathe your cat or dog immediately, once the flea tries to come off the fur grab it and pinch it onto clear tape, or use a flea comb and once said flea is caught dip the comb in a bowl of bleach to kill it wipe it off wash the comb and continue inspecting your pets. Some key areas a flea will hide is the fur around the face, front and hind quarter arm pits, the genitalia and anus. If you have a long haired pet shaving their fur will help alot with not only finding fleas but it will allow constant monitoring while treating them.
20 Mule Team Borax is generally non-toxic, but still use care
DAS (Domestic Animal Spray) is a ready-to-use, all natural and highly versatile solution designed to control insects and parasites commonly found on pets and livestock. Safe for your family and the environment, DAS eliminates and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, flies, mites, gnats, ear mites and dozens of other biting insects. DAS can be used as a bath, spray or dip. Ideal for use in stables, barns and kennels to reduce flying insects, DAS can also be used to treat mange, hot spots and other animal skin disorders.
These easy-to-follow recipes use safe and totally natural ingredients