4 Easy Flea Fighting Remedies For Your Home
We all love our pets, whether they’re Spike the pit-bull or Fluffy the lazy cat. But there’s no denying that there are downsides to pet ownership, and potential flea infestations run high on the list. Whatever pets you own and whichever types of fleas might come with them, there’s no denying that they’re all annoying at best. That’s why we have compiled these 4 easy remedies that you can use to get rid of those pesky buggers, with detailed instructions included. Let’s begin.
#1 – Make a Flea Trap with Dishwashing Liquid
It is a little-known fact that dishwashing liquid is a powerful poison against fleas, destroying their exoskeletons. So if you think your pet is showing signs of a flea infestation, try bathing it with some dishwashing liquid instead of shampoo. You can also use it to make a flea trap as shown below.
Bowls or dinner plates
- Fill several bowls or dinner plates with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Fill plates to the brim while leave some space in bowls. Use about a capful of dishwashing liquid per bowl or plate.
- Place these bowls in the middle of each of your affected rooms; this is your trap.
- At night, place a tea candle in the center of each plate or next to the bowl (depending on bowl) and light them.
- Your flea deathtrap is ready; the candles are the bait as fleas are attracted toward light. When they perform one of their record breaking jumps toward it, they will land in the flea trap, and the surface tension of the soapy water will keep them trap.
Don’t place the lighted candles near any flammable material like curtains or drapes (duh!). Also, make sure you dispose of any fleas trapped down the sink and not in your garden as fleas can sometimes revive after drying out. It can take up to 24 hours of soapy immersion to kill some fleas.
#2 – Make a Herbal Flea Spray
Worried that those commercial flea bombs might just have a little too may chemicals? Try this all-natural herbal flea spray instead!
Half a gallon of water
One gallon of vinegar
16 ounces of lemon juice
8 ounces of witch hazel
A sprayer that can hold about 2 gallons (normally garden sprayers you can find in hardware stores)
- First place any non-vacuumable items in your washing machine and run it at the hottest setting to kill any flea larvae and eggs.
- Thoroughly, and I do mean thoroughly, give your house a good vacuuming.
- Time for the spray: mix all the ingredients in the sprayer.
- Spray every nook and cranny of your house, daily for half a week to a week depending on the severity of the flea infestation. Once you notice a significant decrease in flea numbers, you can reduce this to about twice a week.
This particular technique was also featured in this guide on how to get rid of fleas in the house, which we found to be extremely effective as a natural remedy!
#3 – Treat Them like Slugs and Salt the Earth
When you think fleas you probably don’t think of them as slimy like slugs, however salt can just as easily kill fleas via dehydration, just like slugs!
Copious amounts of table salt or sea salt
A large salt shaker (or any large spice bottle that has a shaker top)
- Make sure your salt is finely ground, either at purchase point, otherwise you’ll have to grind it down to a fine powder (fleas are small so large grains of salt will be just like boulders that they will avoid).
- Using the shaker bottle, sprinkle the salt on your carpets and leave anywhere from 12 to 48 hours, depending on the severity of your infestation.
- Vacuum your carpets thoroughly after.
#4 – Give Them a Boric Acid Bath
When it comes to household pests, boric acid works wonders. Not only will this treatment get rid of fleas, it will kill ants and cockroaches too. So even if you don’t have a flea infestation, keep reading! Boric acid is even more effective against roaches because roaches will eat the bodies of their poisoned compatriots and get poisoned themselves.
Boric acid (found at most hardware stores, it will be in the form of a powder)
Large shaker (like the one used for #3)
- Using your boric acid-filled shaker, sprinkle the boric acid onto your carpets in the affected rooms. IMPORTANT: make sure the acid is spread out in a very thin coat; you can use a brush to think out to spread the acid out after application if necessary.
- Leave the acid for 12 to 48 hours, again depending on the severity of your flea infestation.
- Give your carpets a thorough vacuuming.
While the toxicity of boric acid is very low, caution should still be taken particularly if you have young children. Avoid coating any food preparation surfaces with boric acid and make sure you clearly label the shaker that you filled with the acid
Thank you for reading this article, and we hope that these methods will bring you the peace of mind you can only get from living in a flea-free environment.