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!

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Flea terminator biscuit

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


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.

Contrary to what some believe, garlic is safe for dogs. Please use your own sensibilities when it comes to what you give or don't give to your pets.

Read more from a Veterinarian here-

Dr. Cairns Natural healing info on garlic for dogs

Step 1: Safe ingredient you have on hand!

Salt. Yes. Regular, everyday, plain old, put it on your fried eggs, salt. Can it be used effectively against large infestations of fleas? Yes. Salting and vacuuming your floors and furniture kill the flea's eggs by dehydrating them. If you take this route-you will be pleased with results. You'll have to be diligent and persistent with treatment to be really effective. But with patience it can be done.
I have also read about using borax. But the down side to borax is it can hold moisture. So using on your carpets can be a risk if you don't get all of the powdered vacuumed up, it can lead to problems later. Use rock salt in a knotted piece of pantyhose under furniture, or sprinkle sea salt, Kosher salt, or table salt.

<p>Live along the gulf coast in the south. There is never an off season for us concerning fleas. They just get easier to manage in the winter. Salt is one of the few ingredients that works well regardless of how bad they are. sometimes I add a bit of baking soda and a healthy does of odor reducing essential oils and let it sit over night. Works like a charm </p>
My husband and I have been so frustrated with these pesty fleas. They jump on us and bite us when we are laying in bed watching t.v. and we are constantly swatting them off all night when where trying to sleep. This problem just started about a week ago when his mom's dog got infested. I read about sprinkling salt on carpet.I first vaccuumed then I took a salt shaker and sprinkled a generous amount covering the entire room. I must say I doubted the salt. But, immediately I saw results. No more fleas jumping on me!! I am impressed and highly recommend Salt&nbsp;to get rid of fleas in carpet!
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 :-)
<p>whats the salt stick please ?</p>
<br>Ingredients <br> <br> 3 cubes beef bouillon <br> 1 1/2 cups boiling water <br> 2 cups whole wheat flour <br> 1 cup cornmeal <br> 2/3 cup brewers' yeast <br> 2 tablespoons garlic powder <br> 2 egg yolks <br> <br>Directions <br> <br> Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside. Grease cookie sheets. <br> 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. <br> 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. <br> <br>
Powdering the Salt makes it More effective . Put it in the Blender until the grains are dust . <br>Borax has Boric acid . Its better to just get powdered Boric acid . <br> <br>I mixed powdered salt and boric acid in an old carpet powder can. <br>Shake it in the corners ,base boards, everywhere. It will dehydrate<br>insects . They are toast .
I came to this board about a week ago frustrated with my flea problem.&nbsp; Thanks to you guy's the fleas are no longer a problem.&nbsp; After reading your comments I purchased salt and vinegar.&nbsp; Per your instructions I sprinkled the salt around all of the baseboards and let it stay there for about three days.&nbsp; Last weekend we vacuumed, cleaned all the baseboards and sprinkled again with salt.&nbsp; We also added vinegar to their water, and I hope I wasn't wrong but I sprayed the cats with vinegar also.&nbsp; As of today we are no longer having a problem with fleas.&nbsp;&nbsp;Thank you so very mcuh.&nbsp;
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 .
Thanks for the testimonial. It seems too simple but it really is effective!
<p>Like the old saying goes, &quot;what works, works.&quot; Each dog is different, so the reaction and possibly even the effectiveness of the cure is probably drastically different for each animal. Quantity also has something to do with it. The reason I was a bit leery of the treats was because one time my Jakey, a wonderful Lab -Border Collie mix, got a hold of some wild onions (same active ingredient) and soon thereafter began salivating a lot and breathing very heavily. It took a little while for him to get back to normal. Then again, he has heartworm, so this could have enhanced the effects of the onions. Due to his condition (which is being treated), he is sensitive to things like exercise and food. If you find that the treats work for your pet, then by all means, use them!</p><p>P.S. That having been said, I'll leave y'all alone now ;) ...</p>
<p>Just to let you know onions are toxic for dogs Any form of onion-raw, wild, onion powder or onion salt etc Just avoid onions I was very surprised to hear that so I googled it and found an article written by a Vet and discovered that they are highly toxic in the raw state the article had a list of common food and plants to avoid If I can find the source I'll repost in case anyone is interested</p>
<p>Feel free to post links to articles that back your claims. I am interested in reading what you have found. Thanks!</p>
<p>Again, sorry to bother you. I'm not trying to sound like a downer, I just want people to be aware. I have found articles from both sides of the argument. I know you were talking to cwnash71, but anyway. You can choose to ignore me if you want. What we believe and how we see things is up to us.</p><p>In a nutshell, here is what I've turned up: Garlic in large doses is very toxic to animals, but in controlled amounts is useable. I've heard quite a few amounts for how much is too much, but it seems that going over fifty cloves is when it gets really bad (but who eats that much garlic?). It also seems that the sensitivity of your pet to the effects of the garlic can vary with the breeds (most prominently Japanese breeds of dogs and most cats). It also seems that garlic doesn't always work for fleas, so if you wish to try it out, do so with care, and keep an eye on your dog for signs of poisoning. Each dog is different, so start with a very tiny amount and gradually introduce more.</p><p>-I will not comment on this instructable again, so don't hate me myrrhmaid. I just love animals and do not want them to get hurt. I'm sure you understand, as you seem to be an animal lover too.-</p><p>Various articles on garlic and pets: </p><p><a href="http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/">http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/</a></p><p><a href="http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/preventive-care/nutrition/garlic-and-onions-are-poisonous-to-dogs-and-cats">http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/preve...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/dog-food-garlic/">http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health-toxins/Garlic-Toxicity-and-Pets.aspx">http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-article...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/the-shocking-truth-about-dogs-and-garlic/">http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/the-shocking-tr...</a></p><p><a href="http://pets.thenest.com/brewers-yeast-garlic-repel-fleas-dogs-cats-5342.html">http://pets.thenest.com/brewers-yeast-garlic-repel...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/11/06/dont-use-garlic-to-fight-fidos-fleas/">http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/11/06/dont-use...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_flea_control">http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_flea_c...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/will-garlic-keep-fleas-away">http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/will-garl...</a></p><p><a href="http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_InsectPrevention.php">http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Insec...</a></p>
<p>Of course I realize I'm now off topic. But just to follow up on my previous comment I have been trying to feed my babies more fresh cooked meals, avoiding grains and such. They are Scottish Terriers so they have a horrible predisposition for skin allergies, liver disease and several other metabolic disorders. I lost my oldest &quot;baby&quot; to this a couple years ago and now my 2nd oldest has liver disease so thought I'd try changing things I had control over) Anyway, I digress.</p><p>While researching I found the article and made a list of the ordinary foods that are toxic for dogs that surprised me. I'm sure many of you know many more. I can't find the exact article but it was on Askavet.com. I also double checked on petpoisonhotline.com</p><p>FRUIT:</p><p>Grapes and Raisins</p><p>Apricots-Fresh and Dried</p><p>Avocado</p><p>Currants</p><p>Cherries</p><p>Peach pits</p><p>VEGETABLES:</p><p>Onions (includes onion salt, powder- cooked or uncooked) Also includes all onion types-white, yellow, green, wild doesn't matter any form of onion </p><p>Garlic (including garlic salt/powder)</p><p>Leeks</p><p>Shallots</p><p>Chives</p><p>Unripe tomatoes and tomato plants</p><p>Mushrooms</p><p>Potatoes (Raw or Green)</p><p>MISC:</p><p>Moldy Food (Bleu Cheese and other aged cheese)</p><p>Bread Dough</p><p>Play Dough</p><p>Salt</p><p>Xylitol</p>
I've heard of a few of these, and I especially try to warn people of grapes, raisins, other kinds of berries, and everything in the onion family (including dandelions and garlic).<br>I like I'd stated before; I consulted a concerned and trustworthy vet (who was running a course on basic veterinary science that I was attending) on the matter of the treats and he said that garlic, cooked or raw, is very poisonous to animals (very few can eat it safely) and is ineffective as a repellent.<br><br>Anyway, I hope the new diet helps your babies! Many veterinarians suggest occasionally feeding raw meat to dogs and cats, even ones without problems, because some essential vitamins that dogs and especially cats need can only be found in their food's uncooked form. Two of my cats don't like raw meat because it's so different from what they usually eat, but the other two will beg for even a few tiny scraps of chicken fat (of course I always make sure to 'accidentally' cut off a little of the good stuff for them too ;D).
I really struggle with flea bites. I can feel it and pull them off me but my family aren't effected by then greatly so just think I'm making it up. I am covered head to toe in flea bites but spray my room and as much of the house with flea spray every two months but it really doesnt work. My dads partner claims she has used drops on the cat but ive never acrually known her to. Is there anything I can really use to help ellimamate the problem on the cat? She is constantly scratching but as she is not mine it just causes arguments to ask for her to be combed/treated
<p>Have you used a flea comb on the cat? It's a very effective tool! It works!</p>
You could dissolve some salt in water, dip a rag in the salt water, ring it out and 'pet' the cat with the solution. Also put 1-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in her water dish.<br>You can use lavender, eucalyptus or other aromatics like cedar chips in your room as a repellent. <br>Good luck! It's worth the effort.
Cedar and other redwoods are wonderful insect repellents. I definitely advise keeping some in various rooms of your house. You could even fill your flower bed (if you have one) with cedar chips to try to keep them away from your house. Diatomacious earth can also help. It will not only repel fleas, but also kill them. Both of these are safe for pets and children.
DO NOT!!! GIVE DOGS or CATS GARLIC!!! It's very toxic for them and can cause liver failure and/or death if consumed
<p>That's not true - in the right dose its fine - for dogs anyway, not sure about cats. </p>
<p>Thanks @finebettysays There seems to be some confusion around garlic for pets. I encourage everyone to do their own research and do what is best for their pet. If you don't want to use garlic powder in the recipe, just leave it out! SImple solutions work! And when doing your research please check who is backing the study. A study on the inefficiency of natural solutions done by a chemical company holds little weight to me. I don't own a salt mine or have any stock invested in Morton Salt. This is just a practical way to utilize a safe &amp; healthy way to effectively rid your pets and home of a parasitical flea infestation without poisoning them and your environment with dangerous chemicals. No agenda beyond knowledge is power. Power to the people!</p>
<p>I have 5 cats and 2 dogs all live in the house. Im going thru this flea invasion and have discovered something that may be helpful to some of you. Fleas like a certain amount of heat. They love a warm lamp, even on the bottom of the lamp. They also love TV's. They will lay the eggs in places where your lamps are at. Check the cords for eggs as well. I discovered hundred of eggs in these place. Its disgusting and gross. God should never have given us fleas. They are good for nothing!</p>
<p>They came with the curse. The garden had no fleas...</p>
<p>I just found two sitting on my sons TV screen when I walked in to check on him! HAHAHA would have never thought of it and then I read it in your comment! Thanks great advice on the lamps :) :) :)</p>
Beware you cannot use lavender on cats as it is toxic to them and can cause kidney failure.
<p>I have all wood floors my cat has fleas how do I treat the apartment?</p>
<p>Salt the baseboards, corners, threshold, animal bedding and any throw rugs or other places the fleas might hide to lay eggs. Good luck!</p>
<p>Do you leave the salt down for any specific amount of time?</p>
<p>Flea eggs hatch every 3 days, so by sprinkling your floors for at least 9<br> days, vacuuming each 3rd day for 9 days, takes you through the complete<br> life cycle of flea life. <strong>Be sure and empty your vacuum after each cleaning or the pests will just crawl back out and re-infest your home!</strong></p>
<p>Please help-I need some advice.</p><p>I recently moved to Dallas. Within 3 months I had flea bites from head to toe. I have 2 cats and they hardly had any fleas on them. Then to my surprise I was in the ER twice. I had a fever of 104 temp and uncontrolable chills. Come to find out I had Cat Scratch Fever! Took the anitbiotics and praying this is over. (My cats did not bite me nor scratch me) I got it from the fleas. I am very clean person and never, ever had this issue in all my life. .Has anyone had this serious issue and what did you do? I have bombed my place twice now. Please help</p>
OK I have read a lot of the post here and am going to try a few. I have a English springer who has very sensitive skin allergic to corn and we just haven't been able to get rid of the fleas... I've spent countless amounts of dollars on natural products to rid her of fleas and the either don't work or they irritate her skin and cause her to scratch and Chew herself terribly... I'm going to try the treats but omitting the cornmeal since that's one ingredient in dog food that causes her to itch... Definatly salting my carpets and then going to try the salt and dawn paste bath then with a apple cider vinegar rinse. She already gets a homemade supplement added to her daily morning meal of ground beef and fat, rice, garlic, carrots and what ever other vegetables I have to throw in the pot. I will definatly let you know how things work out. I think I will also spray my yard down with some of my dawn dish soap as well.
I hope you have found results of your efforts! Yes, you can use oat flour instead of corn.<br>Here is a great recipe.from Jerry Baker, America's Master Gardener. You could also add some dissolved Epsom salt.<br><br> 1 cup of beer<br> 1 cup soda (or 10 teaspoons sugar)<br> 1 cup black tea<br> 1/2 cup of baby shampoo<br> 1/2 cup of molasses<br> 2 tablespoons fish emulsion<br> 1/2 cup Ammonia <br> 1/2 cup mint mouthwash<br><br>The beer in these recipes promotes microbial activity (same goes for the tea, soda, corn syrup and molasses). Ammonia breaks down into nitrates, which provide the plants nutrients. This nitrogen also helps break dawn thatch into nutrients the lawn can take up. The soap helps the solution spread more evenly over the lawn as you apply it. And the mouthwash contains alcohol, which acts as an irritant to many insects. Occasionally you may also run across a recipe containing tobacco. This also acts as an insecticide.<br><br>I've never tried them, but these recipes are supposed to work on both your lawn and your flowers.
I have tried the apple cider vinegar rinse on my pug, to my horror he started yelping something awful! The cider vinegar killed the fleas but burnt his skin which was just a little bit raw from the scratching! Please, check the animal first... the vinegar will cause pain on the raw areas! I use the blue concentrated DAWN dishsoap &amp; let it set for about 5-10 minutes. Fortunately, he likes his bathes! I will be salting the house! thanks!
Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that it caused distress! Ouchie baby! Hugs, pug mum! Give that good boy a treat!<br>Yes, vinegar (ascetic acid), will burn inflamed skin. Don't get it in the eyes either. I use it on my hair and skin and have made the mistake of getting it in my eyes! OUCH. <br>Make a solution- 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Rinsing it out is optional. Vinegar balances the hair/skin's acid mantle, making it smooth (detangler) and healthy. The dilution makes it more comfortable to use. <br>Vinegar is the real deal. Use with caution. Start with a very small amount and test the skin for reaction if inflamed.<br>OXO<br>
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?<br>
<p>Salt is a desiccant not a humectant so whatever you put on the carpet was not salt. Maybe it was borax? </p><p>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. </p>
<p>Desiccants keep the surrounding area dry by absorbing the moisture themselves. Monicampl must have used a lot of salt in a very humid room.</p>
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.
<p>what salt trick for fleas ?</p>
I would like to know if anyone knows what I can use on my bed sheets for this problem... My cat sleeps with me and even though I bathe her frequently she recently went outside and when she cane back in she brought back some fleas with her :/... Does anybody know of a home Madre product I can add to my bed sheets that would help me with this problem? I saw that the lemon spray doesn't kill them. Thank you
Just sprayed my dog with apple cidarvinagar and watched the fleas die on the spot.
<p>That's awesome news! Thanks for sharing! YAY! </p>
<p>Amazing job on these instructions! It is nice to see someone promoting natural alternatives. I hate using harsh chemicals in my house. Cedarwood and Lemongrass essential oils are not really common household items but that is what I use to kill fleas on my pets. They work great and smell fantastic. I made a quick video about the method if anyone is interested: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w4oR8LJVC8" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w4oR8LJVC8</a></p>
Please help us! We've had an ongoing flea problem since we had a small crawl space under our house. We finally closed it off trapping a family of something (probably opossum) that has now died, and with it an intense odor and accompanying fleas. We have managed to isolate the rooms infected, but we want to get rid of them. We've had pest control sprays and used natural DE (food grade but not 100% pure) and nothing is helping. We put out traps every night and catch a few here and there but they're still jumping on us. I walk around in white socks and piggyback my kids in the hallways scared to death they will jump on them without us knowing and bring them into other rooms. What can we do? We vacuum daily and have also made a spray of dawn and water to kill them on contact, but now I'm desperate! Any type of salt will do? I have rock salt from costco that is pretty finely ground. I hope this works. I want to cry everyday!
<p>Salt will dehydrate and kill the eggs. Any type of salt works. Use rock salt tied into the ends of knotted panyhose or powder salt in the blender to use on baseboards and wood floors.</p>
Can i substitute barley and barley flour for the flour and vornmeal?