Fleas are highly unpleasant for any pet. They can cause a range of nasty infections, and illnesses, and cause enormous discomfort to your pet. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural predators of fleas that can help you in your fight against unwelcome visitors. Each one deserves an in-depth explanation, which is what you will find here.
Fleas are one of the worst pests to have in your home. It’s hard to tell from their appearance that their bite can make your pet uncomfortable, or worse cause them to develop an allergic reaction. Some pets have developed allergies after just a few bites from fleas. However, are fleas harmful only to pets? Can they affect humans? With so many myths about it being supposedly impossible for humans to contract fleas, it can be easy for people to dismiss the bug entirely and not worry about it.
Fleas have a number of natural predators, including cats, dogs, and wild animals. However, these animals do not kill all fleas in a given area. If you have pets or live near wild animals like raccoons, skunks, or opossums, they could help to reduce the flea population in your yard. However, if you have an infestation of fleas in your home or yard, they may not be able to help because they will only eat the ones that come into contact with their fur or paws.
Crows are one of the most effective predators of fleas. They like to feed on the blood of mammals, and they have a strong beak that makes it easy for them to crack the exoskeleton of a flea. They also have excellent eyesight, which helps them spot fleas on their prey.
Crows can often be found around farmlands and other areas where there is an abundance of rodents, which they feed on as well. They are also known to eat smaller birds and insects.
Fleas are hard to kill because they can hide in so many places. Once a flea has a blood meal, it can go for weeks or months without feeding again, even if you treat your pet with flea control products. A single female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch into larvae that feed on organic debris like hairs and bits of skin that fall off your pet as it grooms itself (or from other sources). The larvae spin cocoons, which eventually turn into adult fleas ready to feed on whatever animal happens across them first, including humans.
A major problem with this cycle is that there’s no way to stop it until all the stages have been killed, and there are several different ways of getting rid of these stages.
Mites That Predate On Fleas
As you may or may not know, there are various mites that eat fleas. One of these is the hypoaspis aculeifer (also called the “flea mite”). It is a very small mite that is only about 0.5 mm long and it eats flea eggs and larvae. It has been used in Europe as an alternative to pesticides when dealing with fleas in homes and gardens.
Insects That Aren’t Mites But Still Eat Fleas
Do you have fleas? If so, there’s a good chance that you have mites. Mites are tiny arachnids (like spiders) that live on the exterior of your pet’s skin. They can be hard to spot with the naked eye and only become apparent when they start biting your pet, your pet will scratch more than usual and may even develop sores if the infestation is severe enough.
However, not all insects are mites; there are also other insects that prey on fleas in similar ways. Dragonflies, for example, will eat adult fleas while they’re airborne, they use their speed to catch up with them before swooping down from above and eating them whole. Lacewings possess mandibles, not unlike those found on ants: instead of chewing through tough outer shells like ants do though (in order to access a soft inner body), lacewings simply crush any insect it can get its mandibles around before sucking out all its insides through its mouthparts like spaghetti noodles being slurped up by an Italian grandmother at lunchtime.
Other types of predatory arthropods include assassin bugs (also known as “kissing bugs”), which are found throughout North America except Alaska; these insects have been known to bite people but aren’t harmful unless they’re infected with parasites like Chagas disease or trypanosomiasis.
Nematodes That Eat Fleas
Nematodes are microscopic worms that can be used to get rid of fleas. They are parasites, which means they live on or in something else and feed off it. Nematodes can be found in soil and water where they will wait until a host comes along (like a flea). When the flea comes near, the nematode will attach itself to its body and then begin feeding on it from within. This causes the flea to die quickly without any pain for either of them.
Nematodes come in several different varieties that all have slightly different ways of killing their hosts, but most will do so by releasing chemicals into their bloodstream that prevents them from breathing properly so they suffocate themselves or die from lack of oxygen.
Does Anything Naturally Kill Fleas?
If you’re looking for something that can kill fleas naturally, diatomaceous earth is one of the best options.
This talc-like powder is made from silica, the same stuff that makes up sand. It’s safe to use around pets and children, so it’s a great way to naturally get rid of fleas without resorting to harsh chemicals.
You can sprinkle it on carpets, bedding, and furniture. Let it sit for several hours (up to overnight), then vacuum it up. It kills fleas by drying them out, and it will also kill other insects like ticks and spiders if they come into contact with it.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
There are some methods that you can use to kill fleas that don’t require you to use pesticides.
One way is using natural predators, parasites, and nematodes. Predators such as ladybugs, lacewings, and syrphid flies feed on adult fleas and their larvae but prefer other insects over fleas so they won’t eat all the fleas in your yard. Parasites such as chitinase from fungi, protozoans, and viruses can be used to control outbreaks of flea infestation by killing them before they become adults. You can also get beneficial nematodes that hunt down larvae or pupae in your yard without sprays or chemicals.
Another way is diatomaceous earth (DE). DE is a natural pesticide made up of tiny fossilized algae called diatoms that have razor-sharp edges when ground into powder form making it great for killing insects by cutting through their outer skin leaving them dehydrated while you enjoy fresh air free from chemicals.
If you’re looking for natural ways to repel fleas, here are a few things you can try:
-Use peppermint essential oil around your home. You can use it in an oil diffuser, or just put a few drops on your dog’s collar.
-Add cinnamon to your dog’s food. It has anti-fungal properties that help prevent fleas from taking hold of their fur.
-Brew some tea with rosemary and mint leaves (or just use loose-leaf tea bags) and add the tea to your bath water. The oils from those herbs will help deter fleas from biting you or your pet.
-Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is an excellent natural flea repellent. You can use it to treat your dog’s coat and the inside of their bed, as well as the floor around their bed. It’s also effective on your furniture if you want to protect it from fleas.
-Cedar Oil: Cedar oil is another wonderful natural flea repellent for dogs. You can add a few drops to their shampoo or conditioner, or mix it into their bath water. Cedar oil also works well in deterring ticks and other pests, so you can use it for all kinds of pests.
Fleas are a common problem for many households and pets alike. They can be extremely harmful to your pet’s health, and even cause them to become infertile! However, there are ways to get rid of fleas from your home and keep them out. One of the most effective ways is through natural predators, such as cats and dogs. These animals can help you get rid of fleas on your pet by eating them or simply chasing them away.