Control Fleas Naturally With Common Household Items

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Intro: Control Fleas Naturally With Common Household Items

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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LisaH119

2 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

3 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

4 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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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KevinJAudio

1 year 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

4 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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MarlaW4mfshoskins

Reply 2 years ago

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

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BLASTFEMImfshoskins

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

I wouldn't spray saltwater on hardwood floors. You'll be fine using powdered, or table salt. If you don't want salt all over the floors, place socks or nylons with rock salt around the area.

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mikaayBLASTFEMI

Reply 2 years ago

Hello myrrhmaid and congrats to all the traffic and attention that your post has received! Good Job!

I'm on the 3rd page of "comment reading" and I've noticed that you suggest putting salt in a Nylon, etc. instead of sprinkling on the floors where this might not be practical. Now I'm pretty sure that you are suggesting this as a "something is better than nothing" kind of approach, in these cases, unless I'm misunderstanding the MOA (mechanism of action) of the salt process, which I thought was by dehydrating the flea, through direct contact. But if what I just said is the case, how would the "salty nylon sock" method be effective anywhere else except the small surface area that a sock will cover?

I hope my question makes sense.

Also, I would think that when spreading the salt on rugs and/or floors, that maybe if would be even more effective to use a brush or a broom, especially on carpets, to assist in penetration into the depths of the rug, and on nooks and crannies of any bare floors. Also, to get the salt to areas of the baseboards where fleas might be. It is not always as easy as it sounds to get maximum coverage of every square inch of any surface when sprinkling salt on the floor, so brushing or sweeping the salt around seems like it might be helpful for some to ensure the most coverage efficiency. Also, the "salt/water/vinegar/essential oil/DE/boric acid/baking soda" or whatever mixture someone wants to try in a spray liquid, seems like it might also be an excellent method of acheiving efficient coverage, but make sure it won't mess up the floor.

And about the "flea trap/soapy water" method under the light bulb, I thought it might be helpful to explain exactly why it works, for some so as to avoid confusion for anyone who might think they can just put soapy bowls of water everywhere without the lightbulb and get the same results.

Much like ticks and/or other parasitic bloodsucking critters, fleas have the ability to detect heat, which is how they are able to locate their host and come in for a meal. So, the light bulb hanging above the soapy water trap area, simulates, what the flea believes is a warm blooded mammal, because of the heat of the bulb. So they jump towards the warmth of the bulb, only to bounce off of it and fall into the soapy water, where they are unable to swim out of and die. I suppose that one might get some temporary results without the light, by having just a bowl of warm, soapy water and kill a couple fleas that detect the water but of course, once the water cools it will be no good and most likely will just get stepped into by some oblivious person!

Also, it should be noted that the "flea trap" method is really not the answer that anyone should use as the first line of flea control. In fact, it's probably just one more "little" thing to use as an adjunct to the salting and vacuum methods and might only help by causing a flea to jump into it instead of you, should you happen to be walking by that particular area, at least preventing someone from 1 flea bite.

To the lady who found it most impossible to kill the fleas by crushing it with a glass or with fingers, I would like to point out that it is possible to kill them with your fingers with a little practice but only if all the planets are in alignment! (lol) Basically, should you actually manage to get one between your fingers, squeezing it will usually not do the trick but not because their shell is so strong as much as the damn flea being so thin. However, if you are lucky enough to have the perfect texture on your fingers, (that usually being just a little "stickiness/tackiness") if for example you have one between your thumb and index finger, and when you rub them together, the proper tack sometimes allows you to roll that flea in a ball during the rub. Unfortunately, when you don't have that perfect finger stickiness, what happens is the flea does not roll and basically manages to stay in the same position, while your fingers kind of slide around him, and since his body can be very thin, when you open your fingers hoping that you succeeded in his demise, you experience that frustration when the sucker catapults his ass to safety, and if you listen closely, you will hear a very high pitched laugh as the flea yells "sucker" mid jump!

My cat enjoys sitting on my lap, and I often use my metal flea comb, on her back, which seems to be her most affected area, but even then you have to be very fast and alert, checking the comb after each pass. Of course, you also get fur in the comb, and since my cat has dark fur, it is hard to see if you've got one or not, until the flea somehow realizes he's "not in Kansas anymore" probably due to feeling a draft, and starts to attempt his escape, at which time I immediately burn his nasty butt with my lighter, stopping it in it's tracks! But this also makes for that "stinky burnt hair smell" and gets old rather quickly. And don't try this unless your comb is metal or you are really fast and only expose the plastic comb to the heat for a safe amount of time.

Okay, that's all I'll ramble on about for now, except for to say that since having a pet means proper care of that pet, and it is up to you to practice the proper steps to maintain your pet's flea issue. This is not just a one time procedure and it may even be impossible to ever completely rid your life of fleas, as pets go outside, etc. so be sure to practice regular flea "control" habits for the benefit and health of you and your pet!

I will finish by using this basketball analogy and say that fleas are much like "Stephen Curry" of the NBA World Champion "Golden State Warriors" (who happen to be our home team here in Oakland, California) you cannot stop fleas (or Steph Curry)! You can only try to contain them! Okay, bad analogy since currently no teams can contain Curry either but you get the point! (and I got to plug my team! Go Warriors! and thanks for your time!)

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CathyG50

2 years ago

The beef bouillon will just attract cockroaches. If the aim is TO REPEL then just get 7 leaves of citronella (cymbopogon nardus), tie it up and use it as a door mat. Replace daily. This means the oil gets to be spread on the kitchen floor. Wards off rats too. Gold In Grass even has a citronella hydrosol. I spray it prior to sweeping the floor so that the dog hairs don't rise into the air as I sweep.

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BLASTFEMICathyG50

Reply 2 years ago

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing! The beef bullion is for the dog cookies, so no cockroaches will be dining-unless you leave the cookie jar out!
I bought one of those garden pump sprayers and have been using a mixture of essential oils-clove, cedar, wintergreen, lavender, peppermint with a little liquid soap and spraying. It smells so fresh and good!
I have a start of a citronella plant that I bought from the garden club. It only has one leaf on it but I am looking forward to using it once it leafs out. I didn't know it wards off rats too! Good to know! Thanks!

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cwnash71

Reply 2 years ago

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

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BLASTFEMIcwnash71

Reply 2 years ago

Feel free to post links to articles that back your claims. I am interested in reading what you have found. Thanks!

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MelissaW105BLASTFEMI

Reply 2 years ago

I found the best way to kill fleas on pets is to start at head, then bottom and coat the rest of them in coconut oil making sure coated very well. This kills fleas within 5 minutes, but I leave on half hour or so. After rinsing I took small dabs and put behind her ears and other key spots. I also use the salt on floor treatment and take a broom and knock it down into the carpet. An amazing find considering the high price of those dangerous chemicals that mostly don't even work, only cause harm, yet allowed to sell them.

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aartcritiqueBLASTFEMI

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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.

-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.-

Various articles on garlic and pets:

http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/garlic/

http://www.banfield.com/pet-health-resources/preve...

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients...

http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-article...

http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/the-shocking-tr...

http://pets.thenest.com/brewers-yeast-garlic-repel...

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/11/06/dont-use...

http://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_multi_flea_c...

http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/will-garl...

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Insec...