Post by Forum Administrator on Oct 20, 2008 23:54:47 GMT -5
Put the ACV in their *drinking* water This will make him an unappealing host. 1tbsp per 16 oz of water. If he wont drink the water with the ACV in it, then add less ACV. It is very important that he doesnt stop drinking.
Post by faunafreak on Jan 30, 2009 13:27:16 GMT -5
One thin I do when bathing any of my animals is to rub in a ring of soap around their faces and necks FIRST thing. This is to create a soap barrier that the fleas don't want to cross. Of course, you have to be careful not to get the soap into eyes or mouths, but I get as close as I can and then work my way back towards the tail as I bathe. It can be a pain - especially since you have to be extra careful washing the soap off - but if it keeps the fleas from going to the face I think it's worth the extra care
You can also cover the ferrets coat in cucumber every other day or so. Cucumber is a natural pest detterent, used in some countrys by kitchen doors to stop cockroaches as it stresses them out and kills them.
I have had animals in my house for years and not had any major problems with fleas. This year it is HORIBLE! I have been giving all the animals (1 cat 2 dogs 2 ferrets) the vinegar in the water. It works great to keep the bites off but I can't get rid of the fleas.
How do I get them out of the couch? I am going to try the baking powder on the carpets and beds. I'm guessing they are down in the couch.
Everyone keeps telling me to fog the house and with all the pest and the kids I just am not comfortable wit that.
the following isn't in any way a natural/holistic method - which i generally do follow - with the kiddies and my plants (inside and out). there are always exceptions to the rules and some things DO need chemicals to be rid of them...
if you have a rainbow vaccuum or even a steam cleaner (for floors or for furniture), you can fill the resevoir with water and add in some of the over-the-counter flea dip stuff to it (follow package directions for amount) and then vaccuum the furniture & floors...any buggers still alive and all the eggs will land in the water and die *evilgrin*
i suppose you can use a shop-vac set for water, too.
discard the water outside - spread out over the lawn as it'll get rid of any of the bugs that are in the lawn (or, if you have trees, pour it on the trees to get the bugs).
neem oil?? used as a topical treatment or to be injested??? i wouldn't think either would be safe for the ferrets. more explanation, please!
Is garlic safe for ferrets?? I use a product called Garlic Bug off for my dogs and the stuff is great- no fleas, ticks, no flies on poop and no mosquitos. I've replaced using flea/tick/HW poison for the GBO and wondered if garlic (air dried mixed with brewerss yeast) is safe for ferrets or not??? The product is made by www.springtimeinc.com. Oh and I live in SW florida on a big river/swamp. Would love it if the furballs could take it too.
Thanks Jill and Calvin, Hobbes and Alucia the ferrets
Just a friendly reminder guys....ferrets like cats do not tolerate EO's it builds up in their systems. You will not see an immediate change in their health but their bodies cannot dispose of the of the toxins, they go into kidney failure. This will not occur immediately, it's a build up over time. I just lost a fuzzy to renal failure, it's not a disease that you want to play with. It's a horrible way to die . Who knows why Loki died this way, his past is not known to me, I only know what it was to watch him slowly loose his vitality and love of life. Garlic is toxic to animals...it's far easier to look at it that way then to play the game of split the hair. Heinz-body enimia is a very real blood disease. Cider vinegar doesn't make them smell bad, it supposedly makes them taste bad A word of warning. This works fine as long as you don't have an outbreak at present, otherwise you have to use the old fashioned method of a flea comb, soapy water and a lot of cleaning ciao
check out the possibility of diatomaceous earth for fleas, it is used in organic gardening for insects and I have heard of its use for household issues (carpeting etc) and on pets- not sure about ferrets but it is non chemical and supposedly safe. I am going to check it out further myself......P.S. Just read a post by Heather- very interesting and thanks!
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2010 23:21:58 GMT -5 by suzieszoo
On the container of my diatomaceaus earth is a warning that inhilation can cause damage. We discussed this on another list and we decided that this would work in carpets and sprinkled on sofas and such but should then be vaccuumed up so as to not get into the sensitive noses of our little ones. I have used it in the grooves of the ferret cages and then locked up those cages for 48 hrs and then vaccuumed it up. It becomes totally useless once it gets wet, so don't put it in the food for them to eat (it doesn't work that way ) but you can sprinkle it around the floor boards or on places that your furbabies don't have access or that you can lock them out of. Please, remember to get this stuff at health food stores and not at pool and garden places (same but different) the stuff used at pool and garden places has not been cleared for toxins. ciao