Control Fleas Naturally With Common Household Items

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Introduction: 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!

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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. 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.

Step 2: Cleanliness Is Next to Flealessness

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

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!

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

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!

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

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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209 Comments

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LisaH119
LisaH119

5 years ago

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

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AmandaM6
AmandaM6

6 years 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!

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iamaqtpoo
iamaqtpoo

7 years ago on Introduction

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 :-)

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BLASTFEMI
BLASTFEMI

9 years ago on Introduction


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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BtheBike
BtheBike

10 years ago on Introduction

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 .

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redstick17
redstick17

11 years ago on Introduction

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. 

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momjeans83
momjeans83

12 years ago on Step 6

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 .

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BLASTFEMI
BLASTFEMI

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the testimonial. It seems too simple but it really is effective!

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mizzzzgail
mizzzzgail

8 months ago

Very glad I found this place. Ever since I fostered two kittens last February (and I still have them - too cute, white fluffy cats LOL), I believe they brought in fleas but never notice them at the time. Now, the dogs are scratching like crazy and my chiweenie has a skin problem too. So now, I will use all your suggestions! I read a lot of the comments and like the one that one person said that they grounded up the salt to a powder form. That is a very good idea to get down in the carpet better. We have that super thick plus carpet upstairs, and it's hard to get anything in between all the fibers. So, I think this will work. I have a very good recipe I got from a vet, but I haven't used yet. It sounds very good to get rid of not only fleas and ticks but all other pesky bugs such as mosquitoes and so on. It's safe for even humans to use if you go outside a lot or woods or camping; it keeps the bugs off of you too! I'll be glad to post it or send it to you if it's allowed. Let me know. Send it to me by my Google email. Thanks again.

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Bmb2011
Bmb2011

Reply 3 months ago

I would like the recipe that you got from the vet if you still have it

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BLASTFEMI
BLASTFEMI

Reply 7 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. I hope your little fluffy foster babies are doing well and you are getting respite from the fleas! Take care and thanks for being in touch!

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david.debroekert
david.debroekert

3 months ago

During an epidemic of fleas (which is during almost every hot drought) I learned about I.G.R’s; or Insect Growth Regulators. I specifically used the IGR called Nyguard by MGK. This combined with an indoor/outdoor insecticide; sprayed everywhere; causes the fleas to stop their reproductive cycles for up to 7 months. It worked for about a year for us. We have 3 dogs that are indoor/outdoor dogs. You have to wait for the spray to completely dry before introducing ANYONE where ever you sprayed. We did not notice any negative symptoms. My friend moved in with roaches and they got so bad that we would stand in the kitchen washing dishes and see roaches walking in single file lines toward us. When we shoooed them away; they would step back and just start walking back toward you. This is an example of how many we allowed to live with us. It was just like Joes’ apartment. We got rid of them completely for over a year with Nyguard. You know those flys buzzing around the lights at night? We did not even have flys for over a year; none flew around the lights at night. We lived in Oroville California near Chico. It is mostly fields; mountains and trees; agriculture there; which tells you that the fly population is mostly localized to your own property. Now Nyguard is photosensitive; but Archer IGR can last like 2 weeks in sunlight. You would have to spray Nyguard at night to affect fleas before the next sunny day renders it inactive. It still worked great for us. The only safety precaution is to wait until it dries before touching any surface that was sprayed. We sprayed the carpets; but perhaps salt or baking soda is better on them. You would want to get a pretty hot day to help dry as quickly as possible. Check it out.

I do not work for the companies I mentioned.

-David deBroekert

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herbrandkatie
herbrandkatie

Question 7 months ago on Step 1

So salt is ok in room with cats they won’t eat it or hurt them

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BLASTFEMI
BLASTFEMI

Answer 7 months ago

My animals haven't shown an interest in eating the salt. It is a lot safer than poison. If you are concerned, use it in a small area while you are able to supervise your cats. I wish you all the best.

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mizzzzgail
mizzzzgail

Question 8 months ago

Can chicken bouillon be used instead of beef bouillon? My dog only eat chicken or turkey type products. I tried beef once and they kind of got sick.

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BLASTFEMI
BLASTFEMI

Answer 7 months ago

Sure you can! Enjoy!

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KevinJAudio
KevinJAudio

4 years ago

The raw garlic thing is actually based on misinformation or rather incomplete information. Garlic toxicity is similar to alcohol poisoning. Too much overwhelms the system, but smaller amounts are actually good for dogs. A dog can have about one clove of raw garlic per 20 lbs of weight per day. Very good for blood and heart, and helps with fleas a bit.

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mfshoskins
mfshoskins

7 years ago on Introduction

I have hardwood floors...can you make a saltwater solution to spray on the floors and my furniture? They do not like me but think my 2 year old granddaughter tastes good.. Thanks

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MarlaW4
MarlaW4

Reply 5 years ago

I think if you could use a steam mop. the heat from that would kill any thing.