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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.

Contrary to what some believe, garlic is safe for dogs! Read more here.

Dr. Cairns Natural healing info on garlic for dogs

 
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Step 1: Safe ingredient you have on hand!

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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.

Step 2: Cleanliness is next to Flealessness

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Flea eggs hatch every 3 days, so by sprinkling your floors for at least 9 days, vacuuming each 3rd day for 9 days, takes you through the complete life cycle of flea life. Be sure and empty your vacuum after each cleaning or the pests will just crawl back out and re-infest your home! You can also salt porches, doghouses and kennels to kill eggs & maintain flea control. Borax works as an alternative to salt but has a few cautions. In high humidity areas you may need to use a dehumidifier with the salt treatment for its use to be effective.

Step 3: Ending The Breeding Cycle

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Once the cycle of breeding, laying & hatching is contained within the treatment, the fleas will be greatly reduced in population size. In fact, most of the fleas left may be found on you or your pet at this point and can be manually removed. Comb through you pet's coat with a flea comb. The special comb is very fine toothed and catches the fleas in between the tines. Keep a glass of soapy water nearby to clean the caught fleas off into. If you take your pet to a professional to have them groomed, a bath can be an effective way to remove body fleas from your pet.

Step 4: Pesticides? No thanks!

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Dips and sprays have risks with toxic chemicals. They may work, but at what expense to personal health of you and your pet? Flea collars and topical poisons harm pets, people and the environment. Stronger formulas make fleas more resistant. Salt is safe, easy, readily available and effective. Chemical products are dangerous and they don't stay on just your pet, they also pollute you and your environment. Pesticides don't know when to stop poisoning. There is no quick cure. You have to be diligent and persistent to combat an infestation of fleas. I can't stand fleas as much as the next person. But I dislike toxic chemical pollutants even more. It is worth it to me to go the extra mile and keep me and my pets and family safe.

Step 5: Repellent ideas to combat from more angles

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My mom use to put eucalyptus branches under my crib when I was a baby to keep the fleas off of me. Strong odors like eucalyptus, lavender, clove, citrus, peppermint and citronella work as effective repellents. Cedar beds for dogs are so popular because of their ability to repel fleas. The scent won't kill fleas but it does effectively repel them. Vacuum up a little bit of cedar chips, dried lavender or small pieces of lemon peels to deodorize the air while you vacuum. You can also mix a few drops of lavender essential oil on the salt before you sprinkle it on the carpets and floors. Be sure & test anything you use in an inconspicuous location to check for discoloration if using essential oils.

Step 6: Angle Arsenal-Hit them from all sides!

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Give your pet brewer's yeast biscuits to make their skin scent repel fleas. B-vitamins in brewer's yeast make the skin unpleasant to habitat on for fleas. They each also have immune building properties that nourish your pet. Never give raw garlic to an animal. It can be fatal.

To catch fleas even as you sleep, put a dish of water with a few drops of soap in it under a light at night on the floor and the pests will be attracted, hop in and not be able to get out. Flush the insect-peppered water in the toilet to dispose.

To make a natural flea collar-use a bandanna or similar sized piece of cloth make a knot in the cloth at a point where the article still can slip over the animal's head. At the knot, dab on a blend or simple of essential oil of orange, citronella, eucalyptus, lemon, cedar, peppermint, rosemary or lavender. You can also add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to spray your pet's bed.

Fleas also cannot survive hot temperatures over 90 degrees. Closing up the whole house on a hot summer day can kill all the fleas you have inside your home.

Using salt is very effective. You can use kosher, rock, powered, table, sea salt. You can tie rock salt in pantyhose and put it around areas affected or sprinkle straight onto floors. Give it a try! It's easy! Use it right out of the shaker onto any surface. It works.

Summary:

Kill source of fleas by salting carpets and furniture.

Vacuum regularly to remove fleas and flea eggs from household.

Keep pet bedding laundered.

Use flea comb to comb out pets.

Use repellents such as essential oil collars and sprays on pets & bedding.

Be diligent & persistent in your approach for complete success.

It's so easy and you can start right now! Get shaking!

Step 7: Flea terminator dog treats recipe

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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. Thanks to allrecipes.com for the flea terminator dog treats recipe!

And many more thanks to all of you who have taken the time to tell me how this easy & safe treatment worked for you! It's very gratifying to me to know this information has made a difference.

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iamaqtpoo1 year 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 :-)
myrrhmaid (author) 3 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)  momjeans836 years ago
Thanks for the testimonial. It seems too simple but it really is effective!

Like the old saying goes, "what works, works." 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.S. That having been said, I'll leave y'all alone now ;) ...

JessT31 month ago
JessT31 month ago
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.
Jlav renateho2 months ago

what salt trick for fleas ?

AmandaM62 months ago
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 to get rid of fleas in carpet!
rutb2 months ago
leopoldmom3 months ago
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.
aleglez3 months ago
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
darcy.ira9213 months ago
Just sprayed my dog with apple cidarvinagar and watched the fleas die on the spot.
myrrhmaid (author)  darcy.ira9213 months ago

That's awesome news! Thanks for sharing! YAY!

ChippMarshal3 months ago

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w4oR8LJVC8

MamaHank3 months ago
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!
myrrhmaid (author)  MamaHank3 months ago

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.

Can i substitute barley and barley flour for the flour and vornmeal?
myrrhmaid (author)  dawn.boucher19643 months ago

It's worth a try! Tell me how it turns out!

lipstickyy4 months ago

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!

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 :) :) :)

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

mystery717 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)  mystery715 months 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.902606 months ago

I have a cat one for you Pamela!

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myrrhmaid (author)  pamela.murray.902608 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.

monicampl6 months 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)  monicampl6 months 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.

BrIaN05977 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)  BrIaN05977 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.

BrIaN05977 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.928 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.7948 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.78 months ago
Another thing
How about cat treats for flea or can i give cats same treats and. Use same on the
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