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Get rid of Fleas with These Four Steps

How to get rid of fleas. If you have pets sooner or later you will have fleas and I say this from personal experience. This summer being 2014. My wife decided to do our neighbor a favor and dog set for them while they spent two weeks in Texas. They have  one large dog so smaller half mix Chihuahua. They both spend the day out in the yard do their business and go back in the house. Where they spent the next two weeks constantly looking out the window for them to return.They had to cut their trip short because the smaller dog stopped eating.(he was so sad) But in the process they and my wife picked up fleas. This summer has been really hot and with high humidity has certainly been an ideal  for these unwanted critters. To make a long story short , now both houses have fleas.
We’ve been in this house for five years now and have had no problems since then. We only have two rooms carpet and the rest is harwood. I thought a could knock this out in a few days. Needless to say I was mistaken.

There are four keys to get rid of fleas in your house

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1.The first would be of course spreading down borax laundry detergent over every floor and your home. This also includes any fabric type furniture. Get in the cracks all the way up to the wall. They will hide everywhere. I saw them do this.
2.Second would be your vacuum cleaner. If you happen to get fleas and don’t have anything on hand to treat them with, the first thing you should do grab is your vacuum cleaner and vacuum every single room in your house.Everyday until you do.
3.The third and what I found out to be an excellent way to get rid of fleas . I never really bothered much with them. I just wanted to do the whole borax process. What I did find out is your dog or your cat is the best flea trap in the world. This goes without saying if you have fleas in your house they will end  up on your pets. If they are on your pets you can get rid of 50% of them right now.

 

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Comb was $5.00 bucks on Amazon. click to see

double row flea comb

Make sure you put a few drops of dawn dishwashing liquid in the water to drown the fleas.

Combing out the cats is a lot easier than giving them a bath in your sink. I did  and I have the scratches to prove it.

 

4.  Use a high quality flea killer. These work and yes they do cost more,but you will not be disappointed or need to buy another one because that cheaper brand didn’t work..I have said this a thousand times. Use Frontline capsules. When my wife came out to the garage and said we have fleas. The first thing I did was to order more flea capsules.I had run out and she didn’t let me forget it until the new ones came in.These are the ones we use

 

Just remember there is no cure all for fleas due to their life cycle. The fact that they are encased in an egg in born lakes it hard to get all of them at the same time. The best thing to do is protect your pets all year around.

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Borax Uses

Now that you have a box of  20 Mule team borax it  has many more uses other than washing clothes and killing fleas.  I love 20 mule team borax there are so many other tasks around the house it can do, it’s just amazing. I like the fact that you are not only buying a laundry detergent additive but also a cleaner, deodorizer, bug killer and so much more . If you are looking to save money and do away with other cleaners around your home. If you dont already have a box of 20 Mule Team Borax get one.Here are but a few of  borax uses I know of. Feel free to add yours to the comments below.

Borax Uses

1borax uses.Of course in the laundry department borax will brighten your cloths and your washing machine will also smell better.
2.By mixing a half cup of borax to one gallon of warm water you can use a kitchen cleaner for all types of surfaces and all of your appliances.
3.In the bathroom, sprinkle borax on a towel to clean shower walls and sinks. Pour about a half cup in the toilet and let set overnight or scrub with brush to clean the bowl.

4. Deodorize all your your garbage cans. Mix 1/2 cup borax to one gallon warm water let it soak then rinse out.
5. Mix 1/2 cup of borax with one gallon of hot water in your carpet cleaner for awesome results.
6.Sprinkle a handful of borax on a stripped bed to bring back that fresh smell. This will also kill bedbugs if you have them as a problem.
7.Toss a handful of borax in your pet carriers while they are not in use. Your pets will thank you for this one.
8.Add a 1/4 cup to a humidifier to make the whole house smell fresh.
9. Sprinkle borax in the bathtub and scrub with a damp cloth. Gets hard water stains off in a hurry.
10. Clean your hair brushes by soaking them in a little borax and warm water for about an hour ,then wash off.
11.Add a tablespoon to your dishwasher to remove water spots.
12.Mildew remover. Mix a tablespoon with 16 oz water in a spray bottle.
13. Stink in your kitchen sink drain. pour 1/2 cup of borax and a gallon of very hot water and poured it down the drain.
14. As an Ant killer. Mix equal parts borax and sugar. Mix with water to form a dry  paste. Place in area where the ants can find it quick. They will carry it back to the nest .

I know there are many more borax uses and if you have any please feel free to list them in the comments below.

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How to get rid of Fleas in Carpet

If you have fleas in your home the chances are they will be living in your carpet and on your pets. When a flea has been hatched it need to find a host within 7 days or it will die.In other words it needs to eat and your carpet is a great hiding spot to ambush a pet walking by.Fleas are excellent jumpers are reach heights of over 8 inches.This is rather amazing considering how tall they are. Fleas wait in hiding in your carpet until one of two things trigger their jump, vibrations from them walking or co2 from your pets breath.After that it’s lunchtime for them.This is why you need to stop them while they are a young adult and have not breed yet. If left untreated the flea problem will only get worse.

get rid of fleas in carpetI am a big fan of using Borax laundry detergent for fleas so much I made this website about it. Over the years I have never once found a flea in my carpet after treating them with borax. The whole process is very simple and you should read my borax for fleas article it explain how to get them out of your home on all surfaces. Lets say you want to do your living room. Makes sense that is where everyone hangs out the most including the pets.First off remove any furniture you can as long as you don’t think it has any fleas on it. Next I like to cover any end tables,coffee tables that I was not able to get out of the way. There may be a little bit of dust in the air as you spread the borax on the carpet.By covering items now it will save on clean up later.Now- This may sound a bit strange,but you want to run the vacuum over the carpet before you star. This will make the carpet fibers stand up and allow the borax to penetrate the carpet better. Before you do shake out about a handful of Borax on the carpet and suck it up with the vacuum. This will kill any fleas you get with the first cleaning.

OK, take you box or fill a shaker and sprinkle the borax laundry detergent all over the carpet. You want to cover it equally ,but to to heavy. I like to use a broom or just walk on it to help work it down in the fiber where the fleas are and let it sit. Depending on how bad the flea problem is. A few fleas couple hours. If fido is eat up with them overnight. “No more than 24 hours” as fading of the carpet may occur. I warned you. Don’t do it and keep this room closed off if possible,keep the pets out and dont let them get it on there paws. As they will more than likely lick it off. Borax is a laundry detergent if you wont eat,dont let them.
When you are ready to clean up,run the vacuum over the carpeting once then empty the bag or container and vacuum again.
If you see any left over fleas just suck them up in the vacuum and move on to the next room. Getting rid of fleas in carpet is just doing your regular house work. So dont worry about calling an exterminator.