Friday, March 7, 2014

How To Kill Fleas Naturally!

Is your house flea ridden because your loving, furry friend brought them in? Worried about using a bug bomb or other harsh, poisonous chemicals in your home?

Well, here's how you can get rid of those nasty, blood sucking bugs without using toxic materials.
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Please keep in mind, this is NOT a quick fix. This process needs at least 3-4 days and took me a whole week to complete. BUT, I never had a flea problem ever again after I did this.

Now, here's a general break down of what you will need:
  • Lots and lots of salt (doesn't matter what kind. Regular table salt is cheaper than sea salt)
  • Baking soda
  • Mr. Teal's Lavender scented Epsom salt
  • A nightlight, Plates and Liquid dish washing soap
  • Cedar wood blocks (the kind that you hang in your closet to ward off moths)
  • Rosemary Mint scented warming oil, Tea candles and a Warming oil stand
  • A mosquito candle and Eucalyptus scented candle boost beads
  • A flea comb
  • A vacuum 

STEP #1
SALT YOUR CARPETS AND LAYER WITH BAKING SODA

Go to your grocery store or food market and buy as much salt as you can.
Salt tower

Pour that salt ALL OVER your carpet. Use a broom to sweep the salt all over and into the fibers of your carpet. Move your furniture and what nots out of the way so you can cover every inch. After you've spread the salt, spread baking soda in the major problem areas and again, use a broom to push the baking soda deep into the fibers.


I recommend you only use baking soda in the major problem areas because baking soda can be rather expensive. However, if your budget allows you to buy as much baking soda as you are salt, go ahead.

You need to let this salt and baking soda sit at least 3-4 days. However, I wanted to be extra safe since my flea problem had gotten pretty bad, so I let mine sit for a whole week. After the allotted time has passed, suck it all up with a vacuum and throw it away in a dumpster outside your home immediately.

Make sure you clean and wipe your vacuum afterwards. The salt may damage your vacuum if you let it sit.

What you are doing here is attacking every stage of the fleas' life cycle. The egg, larval, pupal and adult stages. A fleas' perfect living environment is a warm and humid one. By shocking their environment with salt you are dehydrating them and the added baking soda takes away the humidity and dries them out further. 

(As an added bonus: If you have AC in your home turn it down to as cold as you are able to withstand. I turned my temp down to 60 degrees F).




STEP #2
CHASE AWAY THE FLEAS WITH SCENTS THEY HATE

Fleas hate the smell of rosemary, mint, lavender, eucalyptus and cedar. So give your home some aromatherapy!

Hang the cedar wood blocks in your closet, on door knobs and/or around your bed frame.

Pour your eucalyptus scented candle boost beads into the mosquito candle, place it in a location you can easily monitor it and light the candle.

Carefully place your warming oil stand in a location you can easily monitor it. Pour your rosemary mint scented warming oil onto the stand and carefully light your tea candle.

If there is a spot in your home where you are unable to spread your salt+baking soda mix and it is unsafe to light your candles (ex: behind a television set or under a heavy bed frame), gingerly toss some of the Mr. Teals' Lavender scented Epsom salt in those areas. You can suck it up with your vacuum later.

The fleas will go crazy! They will either try to find a way out of your home or dehydrate and die while looking for somewhere to hide in your carpet.

If the fleas are biting YOU, go ahead and bathe yourself with the Mr. Teal's lavender epsom salt. It'll help keep the fleas off of you and you'll smell great! Keep in mind, it's not safe to use this on your pet.

STEP #3
MONITOR THE FLEAS WITH A FLEA TRAP

At night when all is dark set up a flea trap to catch, kill and monitor your flea population.

Fill a plate with some water and a squirt or two of liquid dish washing soap. Place the plate under an outlet and plug in your nightlight.

The fleas will be attracted to the light. When they try to jump to it, they fall into the soapy water, get stuck and drown.


                   


I suggest getting a very simple/sleek nightlight.
This way, the fleas won't get stuck in the nightlight when trying to jump onto it

 STEP #4
COMB YOUR PET WITH A FLEA COMB

This is the most tedious step of all but it can be a nice bonding experience for you and your pet.

Set aside a bucket with warm soap water and start combing through your furry friend. After each stroke of the flea comb, dunk and swish the comb into the bucket. Whatever fleas or eggs you got on the comb will wash off and drown in the soapy water. Do this for as long as you can once a day with your pet.

Pay close attention to your pets face: the neck, behind the ears, sides of the eyes and chin can be a fleas favorite hiding spot.

If you absolutely do not have the time to comb through your pet once a day, I suggest you use (and don't hate me for it) Adams Flea and Tick shampoo for cats.


I have not been able to find a natural remedy that can completely kill all stages of the flea except for the flea comb. But if you simply do not have enough time or energy, bathe your pet with this super shampoo.

Fill a large bucket or tub with warm water and pour in some of the Adams flea and tick shampoo. (Instructions should be on the back)
Submerge your pet up to its neck as quickly, safely and gently as you can. Do not let the shampoo+water get into you or your pets nose, mouth, ears or eyes. While your pets body is submerged carefully scrub your pet.

The fleas will want to get away from the water as fast as they can, so pay attention to your pets face. They may start to collect there. Have a helper on standby with a flea comb to carefully comb away the fleas. Dunk the comb into a separate bucket with dish washing soap+water to clean off the comb.

Make your your rinse your pet thoroughly with fresh, warm water. And they should be good to go!

No need to drop a scary bug bomb into your home to kill fleas when you can use salt and aromatherapy!

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll be happy to help.

Thanks for reading and good luck with getting rid of those nasty blood suckers!

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