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Control Fleas Naturally with Common Household Items

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Flea season is upon us. If you have ever had an infestation, you know you have to combat fleas from many angles to control and eliminate these hopping, opportunistic parasitic pests. One of the most powerful agents in reducing flea populations is one of the most safest: Read on to find comprehensive ways to control these pests from making you and your pet's lives miserable with crawling, biting, itching and scratching!

By Popular demand!

Flea terminator biscuit

Ingredients
3 cubes beef bouillon

1 1/2 cups boiling water

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup cornmeal

2/3 cup brewers' yeast

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 egg yolks

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal, brewers yeast, and garlic powder. Add the yolks, then gradually pour in the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 
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iamaqtpoo11 months ago
thank you so much for your lovely and thorough explanation of everything Fleas. It was very useful to me as I try to be as pesticide free as possible. I have two cats and 1 dog and ferrets, my major problem is the ferrets, because fleas can kill ferrets. I've told the salt trick to many people and they're always surprise, but it does work like a charm and I feel that it's much safer than borax. thanks again and have a lovely day, cheers, Mary :-)
renateho2 years ago
i sprinkle a bit of yeast, just half a teaspoon, (nutritional or brewer's yeast) on my cats food every day and they haven't had fleas in over 6 years. it's good for their fur too and it's very healthy for them. i bought it in a nature shop.
myrrhmaid (author) 2 years ago

Ingredients

3 cubes beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup brewers' yeast
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 egg yolks

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal, brewers yeast, and garlic powder. Add the yolks, then gradually pour in the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

BtheBike4 years ago
Powdering the Salt makes it More effective . Put it in the Blender until the grains are dust .
Borax has Boric acid . Its better to just get powdered Boric acid .

I mixed powdered salt and boric acid in an old carpet powder can.
Shake it in the corners ,base boards, everywhere. It will dehydrate
insects . They are toast .
redstick175 years ago
I came to this board about a week ago frustrated with my flea problem.  Thanks to you guy's the fleas are no longer a problem.  After reading your comments I purchased salt and vinegar.  Per your instructions I sprinkled the salt around all of the baseboards and let it stay there for about three days.  Last weekend we vacuumed, cleaned all the baseboards and sprinkled again with salt.  We also added vinegar to their water, and I hope I wasn't wrong but I sprayed the cats with vinegar also.  As of today we are no longer having a problem with fleas.  Thank you so very mcuh. 
momjeans836 years ago
nervous surprisedI had this problem about a month ago,when an possum died under in a crawl space under my home. after the smell dissipated and I returned with my kids, it was infested with fleas, and probably was for weeks. now, we don't have animals, so the assumption is that it was some how carried in with the dead carcass that was removed weeks later. well, an organic farmer around here told me the same thing, and i was very surprised that this technique worked! i swear by it, because table salt is ,for one, less than $.50 and doesn't harm the little lungs or nervous systems of the children. Kudos for the Instructable, i swear by it .
myrrhmaid (author)  momjeans835 years ago
Thanks for the testimonial. It seems too simple but it really is effective!

Very interesting tips. I've used brewers yeast before, which works pretty well. Never thought of making cookies though. Thanks!

mystery712 months ago

I don't even have a pet (nor have visited anybody's house in a long while) and somehow got fleas in my house. I went into yard on lawn to watch somebody put a pole up across the street, then came in house and went to bed. That is when this insanity started. Got up itching like crazy, bites on feet, ankles and legs. I was mystified but I knew they were fleas. Years ago when parents had a dog he had them twice. Dog died 3 months before my Dad in 2001. Anyway my Mom moved and I bought a house 2 years ago. It is raccoon and possum plentiful here around house. It's the only thing I can think of that there would be fleas around house. I had gone out with just slippers, no socks and not very long sweat pants.

I mean the next door neighbors has grandkids playing in yard next to mine, I wonder if they have them? We don't speak but I can't imagine they are only in my yard. Here it's winter, never a problem until a week ago. Who ever heard of getting fleas without a pet? Anyway only have a few carpeted rugs the rest of house is all hardwood floors, linoleum in kitchen. I don't know I want to wait 9-10 days, was thinking of just getting raid for fleas. That's what we used when dog got them. Only vacuum that will reach under my queen bed in my shop vac, I emptied the canister of the other vacuum. After reading these comments I feel like it was all for nothing because the shop vac you have to use a ratchet to take off the screw nut to get filter off so didn't empty that one. These fleas are driving me nuts.

I did try the dish soap and light but caught nothing, will try again. I had put baking soda on my bites but didn't deter getting more. Put everything on bed piece by piece in dyer (can't wash comforters). Wonder if I put a few cloves of garlic in bed will deter them until I either salt or go buy the raid. What a mess. No pet and fleas. Insane.

myrrhmaid (author)  mystery7126 days ago

Fleas can and do live in the soil. Look up diatomaceous earth and see if it's
something you want to work with. It's effective in solving soil infestations.
You
can also sprinkle cedar chips outside (big bag for cheap from the feed
store-sold as animal bedding) or if you can get eucalyptus leaves, they
hate the smell of both. In fact any strong odors repels them so you
could use a nice lavender spray on your comforter.
If the house is
humid, a dehumidifier works like the salt process and makes it
inhabitable for the larvae to survive without all the vacuuming.

If you don't want salt all over, use rock salt in the leg of a pair of pantyhose or sock. Any aromatic to repel fleas-lavender, eucalyptus, cedar, citrus. It won't kill them but keeps them away, so use on bedding, couches, curtains and furniture.

THANK YOU. DO YOU HAVE ONE FOR CATS?

myrrhmaid (author)  pamela.murray.902601 month ago

I have a cat one for you Pamela!

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myrrhmaid (author)  pamela.murray.902603 months ago

I don't have one for cats! I give her a pat of butter for a treat or some kipper snacks, which is tinned herring.

monicampl1 month ago
Hi I had a flea problem and after treating my cat I put table salt all over my roommates room, i let it sit overnight and then vacuumed, the salt had turned into some sort of watery thing as in when I tried to vacuum I was basically vacuuming 50% salt 50% water, now the carpet won't really dry (feels damp when you walk on it ) have tried hair drying the carpet, dry towels top absorb the moisture and vacuuming...Anyone know what else I can try? Or what would dry the carpet?
myrrhmaid (author)  monicampl1 month ago

Salt is a desiccant not a humectant so whatever you put on the carpet was not salt. Maybe it was borax?

You can use those sham wow shammies to soak up the excess moisture. They are super absorbent. Or call a plumber. Bummer for your roomate.

BrIaN05972 months ago
Can i put the salt in my 1 month old puppy? He's really irritated by this freakin' fleas and their eggs. They are not allowed to take a bath in their very young age. Other ideas?
myrrhmaid (author)  BrIaN05972 months ago

You can use a flea comb on your pet. I wouldn't salt the animal. You could spray or wipe some diluted vinegar on the pup and a tablespoon of vinegar in the water dish.

BrIaN05972 months ago
Can i put the salt in my 1 month old puppy? He's really irritated by this freakin' fleas and their eggs. They are not allowed to take a bath in their very young age. Other ideas?

Can you use chicken bouillon cubes in place of beef?

myrrhmaid (author)  sandy.cavanagh.923 months ago

I don't see why not! Go for it! Or be a purist like me and use boiled or pressure cooked stock from roast chicken bones! I grind up rolled oats in the blender and use that for part flour too.

I would let a stray cat in the house to feed it, my girlfriend is now livid as it has brought a huge infestation into her house which she shares with our 9 month old daughter. She's now become a ritualistic cleaner, vacuumes at least 3 times a day and washes bedding every other night on the hottest wash possible. I cannot blame her though as she currently has upwards of 30 bites (she Has only been home 4 days). Our 9 month old daughter is getting them too although not as bad as her mother. I keep finding little bowls of water around the house, whenever she sees a flea she grabs it and chucks it in the bowl of soapy water. She has also been bathing out daughter in lavender body wash and splashing the nursery with Eucalyptus essence. She's rather frustrated however, that she cannot salt every room in the house due to our daughter playing on the floor. I'm really hoping her persistence pays off as these fleas are turning her into a mad woman.
myrrhmaid (author)  cameron.lewis.7943 months ago

You can add some vinegar to your diet to help ward of flea bites. Multi B vitamins too.

You can put the salt in pantyhose-rock salt and place it out of the way of the playing baby. Good luck!

reita.smith.73 months ago
Another thing
How about cat treats for flea or can i give cats same treats and. Use same on the
myrrhmaid (author)  reita.smith.73 months ago

Cats can be a little pickier and not like this dog cookie recipe. They might like a recipe that has fish in it.

vjt1673 months ago

I came across this article and would like to make the dog treats for my dog Shelby she is 13 year old Corgi/Collie my question is I can not find Brewers yeast in my local stores, is it possible to use another brand like Red Star? Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

myrrhmaid (author)  vjt1673 months ago

No problem but, don't use red star yeast. That is an entirely different ingredient from brewer's yeast.

reita.smith.73 months ago
How many treats and how mush do you give your dog . i have bone cookie cutters 3 def size , should i give like 1 small bone to samll dog a day and 1 big bone to the big dogs a day ?
geniesolver3 months ago

I'd really like the flea terminator dog bone recipe- we have a flea epidemic in the summer! geniesolver@gmail.com

myrrhmaid (author)  geniesolver3 months ago
I don't recommend using just the cookies to kill fleas. These are just a bonus.
Ingredients

3 cubes beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup brewers' yeast
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 egg yolks

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal, brewers yeast, and garlic powder. Add the yolks, then gradually pour in the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Hi October,

I just wanted to know if you could send me your recipe? Thanks, Danielle

myrrhmaid (author)  danielle.eby.583 months ago

Ingredients

3 cubes beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup brewers' yeast
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 egg yolks

Directions


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef
bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal,
brewers yeast, and garlic powder. Add the yolks, then gradually pour in
the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into
desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto
cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then
turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or
overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

ⒸⓐⓢⓢⓘⓔⓁ made it!3 months ago

Boy oh boy..................... I have two dogs both infested with fleas. We went to the mountains in October and they must have gotten them there. My small dog max was cuddling with me so I was seeing the Flea dust but did not know what is was so I was looking and so these bugs crawling on him, I had about threw him on the ground screaming I rushed him up to the tub and found if you put Vinger Water and a little bit of soap it kills them. But to this every three or two days. It is the second day and he has only itched maybe 10 times from after I bathed him and overnight and today. My big dog Bucky is being washed today and I am nervous because he has it real bad. My cat Huckle-Berry has not been infected. We are rubbing Orange peels and water on the dogs together to see what that does. I hope all of your animals get better. Bucky is a Golden Retriever Max is a King Cavalier mixed with a Cocker Spaniel both dogs are the runts.

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myrrhmaid (author)  ⒸⓐⓢⓢⓘⓔⓁ3 months ago

Your dogs are so cute! Thanks for posting there pictures!

Hi October,

I just wanted to know if you could send me your recipe? Thanks, Danielle

myrrhmaid (author)  danielle.eby.583 months ago

here you go. Flea termonator dog biscuit

Ingredients

3 cubes beef bouillon
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup brewers' yeast
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 egg yolks

Directions


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef
bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal,
brewers yeast, and garlic powder. Add the yolks, then gradually pour in
the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough.
On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into
desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto
cookie sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then
turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or
overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

ChiiArcana3 months ago

So, question, I've been salting my carpet, but do I put salt on my pets too? And my furniture? In my bed? We have a SERIOUS infestation that has been ongoing for months. My dogs are losing their fur, my kids and I are always itching and getting bit. I can't walk around without my feet and lower legs covered and I'm going crazy! We have given flea meds, had flea collars, flea shampoo, dish soap baths, flea spray, flea carpet powder, vinegar, bleach, even BOMBED the entire house! And it seems like it's just worse! Help please!

myrrhmaid (author)  ChiiArcana3 months ago
Yes, just salt the floors, pet beds and living space, not the dogs themselves. Be sure and vacuum then salt again every 3 days for 9 days. Repeat as needed. I hope it helps! You can also put a bowl of soapy water out at night under a lamp. The light attracts them and they can't get out of the soapy water once they leap in.
ⒸⓐⓢⓢⓘⓔⓁ made it!3 months ago

Boy oh boy..................... I have two dogs both infested with fleas. We went to the mountains in October and they must have gotten them there. My small dog max was cuddling with me so I was seeing the Flea dust but did not know what is was so I was looking and so these bugs crawling on him, I had about threw him on the ground screaming I rushed him up to the tub and found if you put Vinger Water and a little bit of soap it kills them. But to this every three or two days. It is the second day and he has only itched maybe 10 times from after I bathed him and overnight and today. My big dog Bucky is being washed today and I am nervous because he has it real bad. My cat Huckle-Berry has not been infected. We are rubbing Orange peels and water on the dogs together to see what that does. I hope all of your animals get better. Bucky is a Golden Retriever Max is a King Cavalier mixed with a Cocker Spaniel both dogs are the runts.

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ⒸⓐⓢⓢⓘⓔⓁ made it!3 months ago

Boy oh boy..................... I have two dogs both infested with fleas. We went to the mountains in October and they must have gotten them there. My small dog max was cuddling with me so I was seeing the Flea dust but did not know what is was so I was looking and so these bugs crawling on him, I had about threw him on the ground screaming I rushed him up to the tub and found if you put Vinger Water and a little bit of soap it kills them. But to this every three or two days. It is the second day and he has only itched maybe 10 times from after I bathed him and overnight and today. My big dog Bucky is being washed today and I am nervous because he has it real bad. My cat Huckle-Berry has not been infected. We are rubbing Orange peels and water on the dogs together to see what that does. I hope all of your animals get better. Bucky is a Golden Retriever Max is a King Cavalier mixed with a Cocker Spaniel both dogs are the runts.

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0ctober5 years ago
I want to THANK for whoever posted this. My husband and I were at ODDS end with these pests!! After months of flea collars, sprays, powders, money spent and down the drain yesterday I saw this article (SALT!) Who knew? I wish I would have known this before. I hated putting poison on our pets and in our home. We even spent good portion of money having someone come in and spray, also with the advantage and frontline -NOPE didn't work! So now I have put salt EVERYWHERE! Baking soda too, I got my pan with water (dishsoap) and light. I baked my home made "flea terminator dog bones - which I can give if anyone wants it!) I did it yesterday and the DOGS LOVE THEM! I also added a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water as well. I can't wait until this week is over! I am also getting some lemons and using the lemon peels on the carpet as well. Going to get some oils and some cloth for the dogs. I do have one question - what about cat treat recipe for fleas, also can I use the same method of flea collars on cats? I bathed them as well they had like few on them not lot. My lab seems to have the MOST! The other dog did have alot yesterday (boxer, lab mix) but today he's looks CLEAN! Lastnight he was actually sleeping peacefully, he wasnt stratching every five seconds! I also like the salt idea because when they are bathed they rub everywhere so it just goes on their coats and the fleas hate that! I will let you know how it goes by the 9th day! We are following the instructions very carefully!
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