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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!

Flea tIngredients
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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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!
Boy, do I have battle scars from bathing my cats :/ I just walked through the whole house with the big salt shaker from the stove. I will vacuum tomorrow evening. I want those awful bugs to get a good dose of it. I hate what they do to my little babies. My poor cats have had bald butts for the past two months. I have purchased the whole gammit of flea products aimed at cats. Still, the fleas live and haunt the poor things.
I walked into my carpeted area the other day wearing white socks, white sweat pants and a light grey sweatshirt. Now that was an eye opening experience. Someone else wrote about plucking them off of themself and putting them in water with soap. I found myself doing the same thing. Ever try to crush a flea? It is almost impossible. I even tried rubbing the bottom of a flat bottom glass on one and it jumped after I stopped. We must be missing the boat here. With a hard shell like that, maybe we shoud be experimenting on them for a cure for osteo porosus...I know I probably spelled it wrong...but you know what I mean. I have been doing the white vinegar in the food, not the water on a daily basis. Basically, I put a capful in every 5.5 ounce can. I did a little research on the all natural foods they sell in the refrig section of the supermarket. THEY put white vinegar in there too. At least if I see the food disappear, I know they are getting the vinegar. I hesitate to put it in the water. Cats are a breed all their own. They will avoid the water to the point of dehydration if they do not like what is in it. I know some people asked about giving a cat the same treatment as a dog. Do the research first. Definately commercial flea treatments are species specific. You cannot use "dog" flea treatments on cats. You could kill the poor little thing. Nobody wants to do that.

Yes...my eyes were opened one day when I had white socks on. Want to find our if you have fleas in your house and what rooms they are infesting???...Walk around with white socks on! Make sure the socks go above your ankle or they can end up in the sock :( For weeks I did this until I was satified I was rid of fleas. MY family still thinks I belong in the nut house.

As for treating; vacuum like a crazy person! Every day is best unless you have put salt/borax/baking soda down. Let that stuff sit for at least 24 hours. You really want to put that stuff where your vacuum can't reach easily. Baseboards, under/behind furniture, deep corners of your sofa or cloth furniture. I had the pleasure of finding flea larve in my guest bedroom, right on the quilt! It's a room no one uses, except the cat to take a nap. I was not aware he/we even had fleas. Anyway, I went to change the bedding and freshen up the room and BAM, little gross teeny tiny worms crawling all over the bedding. They are so small I would probably have not noticed except the larve do not like the light. So, when I went in and turned on the lights and the fan they must have all started to work their way somewhere else. So my point; the eggs and larve will be in the spots you can't get to or you don't get to often. Most likely, you'll never seen them, unless you are unfortunate like me. (You just can't unsee that.) Oh, and unlike fleas, which cannot stand the cold and need a meal within 7 days or they die, the larve do not need us to survive. They live off of flea deris which is flea poop and dead fleas. The eggs can stay dormat for months before actually hatching (depending on the conditions). THIS is why fleas are so hard to be rid of. It's not the fleas you see now...it's the ones that are harvesting in your floor. We basically did any treatments. I vacuumed daily. Which at 3000 sq ft it enough to drive someone INSANE! I bombed the house with foggers (really works on the fleas that are jumping currently). Lastly, I did a combo of salt, borax and baking soda. The last part is the trick. Unless you find a way to kill the eggs and baby fleas you will treat and see new fleas about once a week. Now I use baking soda or borax monthly to prevent any flea issues. NEVER AGAIN! Good luck out there. REMEMBER:

Vacuum

Bomb

Vaccum

Treat with salt, borax or baking soda

Vaccum...vaccum

Bomb again if new fleas appear

Vaccum

Treat for life ;)

aubrurnhair54:
Let me tell you how I bathe my cat. This is no fluke. I have even taken a cat to a college class and given him a bath as a demonstration. If anything would set a cat off, that would. I have even bathed cats that aren't mine.

Take a big breath and relax. Your state of mind will influence his.

Start with a clean counter next to the kitchen sink. Put towels on it. Don't have them so close to the sink that the cat could grab it. Get your shampoo opened and handy. Consider which hand will be easier for you to hold the cat and which to wash and set up your towels and sinks accordingly.

Now, plug the side of the sink you'll be using to bathe the cat. In the other side, start the water. Get it to the temperature you want. Turn the pressure down to a slow flow - on that side.

Put your cat into the empty, plugged up side of the sink, facing the wall. I have bathed a cat with and without a towel in the sink. Your choice. Let him watch the water for a few seconds. With your washing hand, cup your hand, fill it with water and "pet" your cat with it. Start on his back, not his head. Do this several times. Slowly move the faucet over to his side of the sink but not ON him. Continue "petting" him with water. If he's relatively calm, increase the water pressure so the sink is slowly filling. Remember, you're washing with one hand and restraining him gently with the other.

Put some shampoo on him and water-pet and wash him. Have a little PLASTIC cup handy so you can scoop some of the water from his side of the sink and pour it over him (it has soap in it - might as well use it to the max).

Continue washing until you are satisfied that he is clean. GENTLY remove the plug and let the water drain WHILE you are filling that cup with clean water and gently pouring it over him. Scratch and pet him frequently. Talk to him.

When you are all done, let him drip a little and then put him on the towels and wrap him up gently but quickly. Use old towels. If he has his claws he might snag them a little.

Drying is the hardest because he wants to run away. Dry him as best you can and then release him in a warm room. Don't let him outside until he is dry.

I hope this works for you as it has for me.
Arkykat 0ctober2 years ago
Can I get your dog cookie recipe. Thanks
myrrhmaid (author)  Arkykat2 months ago

here you go.

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can you please send me the flea terminator treat recipe?? or post is here for everyone?
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Skyebug 0ctober2 years ago
Can you send me the receipe for the Flea terminator dog bones
Skyebug Skyebug2 years ago
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renee.dykes3 months ago

I am gonna try this and I have read other comments as well. I really hated chemicals in and on us including our pets and children. I will let ya know how it turns out! Thanks for the info! =)

iamaqtpoo9 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 .
redstick174 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!
BrIaN059713 days 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)  BrIaN05973 days 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.

mystery713 days ago
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myrrhmaid (author)  mystery713 days ago
Fleas can live in the soil. Look up diatomaceous earth and see if it's something you want to mess with. It works on 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.
mystery713 days 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.

BrIaN059713 days 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.9222 days 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.79429 days 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!

THANK YOU. DO YOU HAVE ONE FOR CATS?

myrrhmaid (author)  pamela.murray.9026029 days 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.

Another thing
How about cat treats for flea or can i give cats same treats and. Use same on the
myrrhmaid (author)  reita.smith.729 days ago

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

vjt1671 month 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)  vjt16729 days ago

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

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 ?
geniesolver1 month ago

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

myrrhmaid (author)  geniesolver1 month 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.581 month 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!1 month 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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Your dogs are so cute! Thanks for posting there pictures!

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