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5 Ways To Rid Your Home Of Fleas

Fleas can be a major headache that no one wants to deal with. Unfortunately for pet owners, fleas are also a common problem, and can infest your home fairly quickly. The good news is there are several effective DIY ways to rid your home of fleas, without having to resort to bug-bombing your house.

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Use Botanical Dust and Borate Acid

Botanical dust is among the world’s oldest pesticides; borates are minerals commonly used in detergents, insecticides, and wood preservatives. Mixing botanical dust and borate is safe, although it is wise to wear a mask to avoid breathing any of this mixture in. You’ll want to dust the carpet, furniture, beds, and areas where your pet sleeps and allow to sit for approximately 24 hours (you should leave your home while you allow it to do its magic.) When you return, vacuum all the areas where you sprinkled the dust, as well as wash all sheets and furniture covers.

The botanical dust/borate acid mixture helps prevent a full-on infestation by targeting flea larvae. Botanical dust essentially cuts into the fleas body and dries out all the fluids, causing death by dehydration.

Set Out Small Dishes of Water and Dish Detergent

Water and dish detergent creates a toxic swimming pool for fleas, causing them to die as soon as they jump into the mixture. Placing this mixture into shallow dishes set in low areas throughout your house will encourage fleas to accidentally jump in and die. Placing the dishes near a nightlight will also encourage the fleas to flock to this toxic swimming pool, as they are attracted to the light and will fall into the soapy water when they leap for the warm glow emitted by the nightlight.

Scatter Cedar Chips in Flea-Ridden Areas

Fleas despise the scent of cedar and will go to great lengths to avoid it. Place handfuls of cedar chips in corners of the rooms throughout your house, as well as in your dog pen or sleeping area. (However, it’s important to know whether your dog has a cedar allergy or not, as many dogs are allergic to cedar.) Scattering the chips along windowsills and door thresholds will prevent more fleas from coming in. You can also wrap a handful of cedar chips in a cotton cloth and place under your pillow or bedding in order to keep your bed free of fleas. Cedar chips can be purchased in your local pet or home improvement stores.

Sprinkle Salt Over Your Carpet

Salt works similarly to botanical dust, in that it dries up moisture. When a flea comes into contact with a salt crystal, the salt cuts the flea so that it basically bleeds to death. Very fine-grade salt works best when using this method (in fact, the finer, the better.) Make sure to vacuum up the salt (and flea carcasses) after about a week. Repeat the process a couple more times to break the flea cycle in your home.

Vacuum Regularly

This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised what a difference good vacuuming habits will make. Fleas rarely survive being vacuumed up, but in the off-chance that they do, it’s wise to discard the vacuum bag after vacuuming. Replacing the bag with a new one will help prevent re-infestation.

Fleas may be an unpleasant fact of life, but they can be effectively dealt with and conquered. When all else fails, call a pest control professional.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

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