Using Borax for Fleas is a common cure to getting rid of Fleas in your home.If you are looking for a simple and cost-effective way to kill these uninvited and unwanted guest using borax could be the solution you have been searching for. For a number of years my wife and I struggled to keep fleas out of our home with little to no success. until a friend told us about using borax to kill fleas. Borax like the one we used is a common washing powder made by the Dial corp. under the name of 20 Mule team laundry detergent is not to be confused with boric acid. They are totally different and not to be used together.I mention this because after reading a few articles while searching for borax it seems there are quite a few people who don’t know the difference.Now getting back to – After some searching and visiting over ten stores we finally found two boxes which we bought both of them. After only one evening’s effort and waiting overnight our flea problems were solved. Since then using Borax for fleas has become a major part of our total flea program which we continue to this day.If you follow these simple steps your house will be flea free in no time at all. Borax and your vacuum can and will get rid of your fleas problem.
Planning your attack:
If possible start in the room you have the most fleas in.This is usually where your pets hang out the most,but not always. My living room was once had a problem but dog and cats never went in there.
Where your pets sleeps or a heavy traffic area. Always a good place to start off with.You will need to give them a different place to rest for the night,as what ever room you start with “it needs to be closed or gated off for the night.”
Also wash your pets bedding and add a quarter cup of borax 20 mule team to the wash.
furniture couches and recliners or any other type of fabric material your pets like to lounge on.
What You will need:
1. A container like a mason jar or something with a lid you can poke hole in.Your just making a big salt shaker, I used an old gape jelly 32 oz,jar the last time I did this. A coffee can would also work. Just use whatever works best for you.
2. A stiff bristle broom. This is for working the borax down into the carpet or the cracks of wooden floors.
3. A vacuum with a new empty bag and one more afterwards you will want to remove and discard outside the house.
4. Gloves, eye protection, dust mask and an old pair of shoes are a good idea.
5. A box of 20 Mule team Borax.
On a side note : Sprinkle a little borax on a the back of any fabric as a test to see if there will be any discoloration the night before.I have never had this happen,but better safe than sorry..
Whatever room you decide to begin with remove everything you can. Small things setting on coffee tables,pictures anything you don’t want to dust off later. As far as the dust goes it is minimal. take all of the throw pillows and cushions set them aside. Don’t take them out of the room, they may have fleas on them. If you have area rugs. Take everything off of them.you will need to sprinkle borax under them as well. Move all furniture away from the wall where you can gain accesses to the back of them.
Using Borax for Fleas:
Now that you have all your supplies together and have poked holes in a jar lid. Fill it about halfway with borax,then replace the jar top.
Start in the far corner of the room and begin to shake your jar with a light dusting .Like if you were powdering a baby’s bottom. You need to put more holes in your jar lid to increase your coverage.Don’t worry about covering every square inch.it’s not necessary . A half of a jar will do a 12 x 12 room.After the floor is done.including under everything. All of the furniture needs to be covered as well. What we want is to get everywhere fleas maybe hiding and I do mean everywhere. This is where the your broom comes into play. Using it to work the borax down into the fabric of the carpet and or the cracks and seams of a hardwood floor. You just want to work it in not sweep it up. I like to raise the broom up and just drop it onto the carpet repeatedly to increase the amount of detergent getting to the bottom.
What the borax is doing is etching into the skin of the fleas and being a descendent it is drying the fleas from the inside out. This will not only kill the fleas,but their larvae as well. Borax will kill fleas in all stages of its life cycle. There are not many other products than can claim that and for the price you can’t beat it.
After you are done close off this room for as long as possible.I always do this in the evening and let it set overnight. It only a suggestion use any time frame that fits you and your family’ routine. If you are short on time wait a minimum of 8 hours.
After you have let the borax sit awhile the next step is to vacuum up all of it .I always like to go over everything twice just to make sure I get all of it. Then remove the vacuum cleaner bag from the house asap. If you continue this process to all of the rooms in your house the battle with fleas will soon be won.
Set out Traps
I also like to use flea traps. You can make one by using a shallow pan. An old pizza pan works great. Add enough water to cover the bottom. Then add a few drops of dawn dishwashing liquid. The dawn will reduce the surface tension of the water and will allow the fleas to sink. Without this they will float on top and possibly escape. Second item you will need is a lamp. Like the one show one the right. A heat source is needed to attract the fleas. Your lamp needs to be pointed down facing your pan of water and dawn. The heat from the lamp is where the fleas are aiming for. They think it is the body heat from your pet. They jump towards the heat, hit the water and die!! This trap works best in a dark room. If you have fleas, place your trap in the room ,pull the curtains and close it off. At night is the best time as the light and heat will draw them from across the room.If you don’t want to go the DIY route.Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap makes a good one. I have used these in the past and they do perform well. They use the same principle, just have sticky tape instead of water. I just like to make my own.
Using Borax for fleas is a cheap an effective way to get rid of these pests once and for all . Using borax in my opinion is safer for pets and humans alike than other man made chemicals that we all know are very poisonous.
P.S. Don’t forget your pets need protection when they are outside or around other animals.Our dog Gracie stays outside 24/7 and every year in the spring we always use the Vet’s Best – Flea & Tick Home Spray and Frontline Plus. Frontline Plus Flea and Tick .The Vets best spray can be used on daily because it only contains Peppermint Oil and Clove Extract, and it begins to kill fleas on contact. This is why I use this product. I have used others in the past and they would make our pets sick for a couple of days. There are 546 reviews counting mine on Amazon . Along with the Vets Best spray the cats get . The 6-dose supply provides flea, flea egg, chewing lice, and tick relief for up to 6 months and I feel like it is the most flea med you can buy for your money,I say this because it works for me. As for our dog (Grace) she gets It is best flea treatment for your cat or your small dog, bar none. By the next day scratching and digging stops. The summer months you can use it for continuous protection for 30 days
For an extra shot of flea and tick protection I like to use Brewers Yeast Tablets with Garlic. it not only repels fleas,but ticks cant stand garlic, it will also keep your pets coat shiny and healthy. It is not necessary, It is something I like to give them.I did see a difference with our cats dirty ears over a couple weeks. I cant say that the brewers yeast cleared them up, but they did look cleaner and healthier over time.Just think of them like vitamins for your cat or dog.
and have a great day and go kill some fleas…and don’t forget to grab a Flea Comb!
P.S. in case you are wondering what our pet names are- Gracie our dog. The cats are Macie, Allison, Rusty and Abigail that I like to call “moe”. Don’t ask.