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A simple Flea solution

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How often have you had a flea that you just couldnt squeeze to death? Often I can't because I have gorilla fingers. (Thanks alot weight lifting!) Sure I can squeeze an apple, but a flea is just too small for my fingers.

So how do I kill off those fleas who are unlucky enough to infest my home?

Well I use only natural products and have eliminated a flea infestation that had nearly 30 fleas an hour jumping and biting me and my family.
 
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Step 1: What will I need?

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To solve fleas quickly and efficently you will only need 4 items

1. A small bowl.

2. Isopropyl Alcohol atleast 50%. 70% works great, and 91% is the fastest but the smell is unbarably strong

3. Diatomacious earth

4 Vaccum

Step 2: Lets begin!

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First of all you need to pour the Alcohol into the small bowl. Save this until later. It will be your nuclear bomb in the war on these mites!

Now take that powdery white goodness that you bought at lowes and thoroughly powder your carpet, rugs, couch, and floor mats with it. The D.E. will be what will help kill the buggers while their young and the eggs will take some damage too.

Step 3: Clean up

After letting your carpets and such stay throughly coated, vaccum it up. This will help collect the eggs and some of the fleas. They will dehydrate as they are being collected with the D.E.


Remember the more eggs today, the less fleas in 120 days.

Step 4: That bowl from earlier

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Here is the fun part.

Take that bowl, and when ever you catch a flea on you. Drop the flea into the bowl. It works faster than trying to squeeze the, You also will take out young, old, and pregnant fleas.

It works great!


Advice: Replace the alcohol as needed, as it will evaporate in a day or two.
sharpstick10 months ago
Soapy water works as well.
foxli3 years ago
This is pretty much what I did for a flea problem in my place, with the addition of placing bowls of hot water around the house. Fleas are attracted to heat, and as long as the water was warmer than the air, they jumped in and drowned themselves. I discovered that by accident after trying to eat a bowl of hot soup on the floor (I'm a floor sitter, what can I say?).
mcraghead foxli10 months ago
Besides DE, I've been using a pie pan with water, plus dish soap to break the surface tension & prevent escape. I hacked up a stand that securely holds a light bulb above the pan, and I leave the light on overnight. Works like a charm!
slo5oh10 months ago
OP. I like this idea and I hope it worked for you. I found that I kept getting re-infested when I used DE on my flee infestation. Instead of DE look for a powder bottle labeled "Roach Kill" or Roach Powder or other similar names. Look at the ingredients, it should be 99% Boric Acid. This is not the same as Borax.
Don't bother powdering it everywhere, only powder the corners and edges of your high traffic areas. - Know thy enemy. Flees will be attracted to the high traffic areas of your house (feeding instinct) and they will spend most of their time at edges and corners of those areas when there is no traffic (shelter instinct?).
The way to get them all is 2 steps:
1) powder high traffic areas vacuum up 1 day later
2) repowder same areas let sit for 2 weeks (I did 3 just to be sure) then vacuum

Because Boric acid is toxic you should read all about it before you use it. It's only toxic in large doses so I did not feel concerned even with 3 dogs in my house. There is no reason to powder it so heavy that it looks like you spilled a 50lb bag of flower in your house, I powdered just enough that my carpet edges looked slightly dusted.
fab152 years ago
About how long should carpets and other items stay coated wtih the D.E.?
Zannin fab1510 months ago
The longer the better. To stop the infestation, you have to break the flea life cycle. This takes at least two weeks. When fleas are in the egg stage, they are extremely resilent. Only after they hatch, can you effectively kill them.
robertg621 year ago
Borax is good too.
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