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Kitty Post: Those Pesky Insects By Sallie Rhodes

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

One of the hundreds of kittens that Beltsville Community Cats has helped during the pandemic.
One of the hundreds of kittens that Beltsville Community Cats has helped during the pandemic.

Those Pesky Insects

Mosquitos, fleas, and ticks. Warm weather means the return of these nasty little bugs that can spread illness and disease to pets and humans. From malaria to tick-born diseases, these annoying critters are a health risk to two and four legged populations.

To help protect your family, Beltsville Community Cats (BCC) offers some simple non-toxic ideas for keeping bugs under control.

1. Bug Lamps: These electronic, ultraviolet light devices attract insects, zapping them when they land.

2. Citronella: Both candle and plant forms repel numerous biting insects with a lovely scent.

3. Ecologic’s Bug Spray: Uses natural herbs and oils that are safe for pets and children.

4. Cedarcide: Derived for natural products, it can be sprayed on shrubbery for mosquito control.

5. Diatomaceous Earth (DE): Food grade DE is extremely effective for killing fleas and a variety of other bugs. Spread a fine, even coat on carpets and hardwood floors. Vacuum after 2-3 days. Use in gardens, yards, and your pet’s bedding. Apply when everything is dry as moisture significantly reduces DE’s effectiveness. Don’t use directly on a pet as it can cause dry skin.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a flea comb in a solution that is 2-parts vinegar and one-part water and flea comb the cat. Dip comb and drown any fleas in same solution or in rubbing alcohol.

7. Lemon juice: Cut up lemons and soak in water overnight. Strain and spray the cat. Or, soak a flea comb in the solution and comb the cat.

8. Lavender and Water: Make a spray of lavender and water. Let sit overnight, strain, and spray on cat, preferably after a flea bath.

9. Rosemary: Soak leaves in hot water, cool and then spray the cat after a flea bath. This is reportedly an anti-inflammatory. You can also grind the leaves and sprinkle around bedding.

Learn more about natural treatments for fleas by visiting:

Safety Notes: Before spaying anything on your cat after a flea bath, first check to make sure the cat didn’t react to the flea bath. Also, be aware that cats that overindulge in Cicadas may experience an upset stomach, including vomiting and diarrhea.

If you love cats, consider volunteering for BCC. BCC can always use more foster homes. Fostering provides the joy of having a feline companion without having to make a long-term commitment. Apply to foster for BCC at:

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