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Flea home remedies to get rid of These Pest

home remedies to get rid of fleasIf you the knowledge of a  few Flea home remedies then you are already ahead of the game .If you have pets then eradication of fleas can be one of your frequent problems caused by your pets, regardless of their genre. Your pet can bring eggs of the fleas wherever he goes outdoors which turn become larvae and fleas with the passage of time. Though there are many ways to get rid of fleas but if you do not want to use chemicals then there are certain effective home remedies that can help you in controlling the occurrence of fleas in your home.

Flea home remedies

Use of Flea Trap: It allows you to catch the fleas and kill them effectively. You can use dish washing liquid to give a bath to your pet. This liquid will work as a trap to catch and kill the fleas. You can also use this liquid to clean the fleas from your entire house.

Use of Herbal Flea Spray: If you want to use some chemicals to get rid of fleas then an herbal spray can be a god option for you. You can also prepare this spray to your home by using witch hazel and lemon juice. This spray offers two way benefits to you. On one it will eradicate fleas from your home and on the second it will keep your home, kids and pets safe from any chemical hazard.

Use of Salt: You can get rid of fleas effectively, especially from your carpets, with this commonly used ingredient. The salt dries up the bodies of the fleas as it works as a dehydrating agent for them. You can sweep them away after spraying sea salt or common salt evenly on the carpets for at least 1-2 days.

Use of Borax for fleas: Borax also removes fleas from your home just like salt. It also kills them by dehydrating their bodies. You can sprinkle borax wherever you suspect the presence of eggs, larvae or fleas in your home for at least 24 to 48 hours.

Flea home remediesUse of Rosemary: If the infestation of fleas in your home is irritating you then you can rosemary herb to control this problem. You can use it as oil, a powder or a rinse to get rid of fleas. You can also use it to wash your dog or pour its drops in his collar to control the infestation of the fleas. You can also mix Rosemary with wormwood, rue, peppermint and fennel and grind it in a coffee grinder and use this powder to repel fleas from anywhere in your home.

More Flea home remedies

Use of homemade Flea Spray: You can also make a homemade spray instead of using a chemical spray to eradicate fleas from your home. You can use various natural ingredients like rosemary, lemons and various essential oils like Geranium essential oil to make this spray. You can use it even on the bedding of your pet to repel fleas from there.

Use of Citronella Essential Oil: this oil is used as an effective natural repellent for fleas since long. This oil extracted from the stems of Cymbopogon nardus plant is volatile by nature. So it is mixed with greenish blue leaves with lemon fragrance to get rid of fleas along with repelling various types of insects like ticks, black flies and mosquitoes from your home.


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.

Borax for Flea Control

Using Borax for flea control is a low cost and effective way to keep your home free of these unwanted pest. Over the years my wife and have used Borax laundry detergent to kill fleas time and time again.Never once has it failed to kill off all fleas in which ever room it was applied to. If you have read the Borax for fleas article then you already know how to begin getting your home back to normal again. I have a schedule of what I call preventive flea maintenance each year to help make sure I can keep fleas under control in my house. As we have 4 cats and a dog of is outside quite often. Keeping fleas under control can be a daunting task at times.

Borax for Flea Control

puppyEvery spring or when the weather starts warming up. I begin outside with  the front yard and work around the house spreading borax on the grass with a sweeping motion and trying to get a even covering ,but not to heavy as to burn the grass. Less is more in this step. Just don’t over do it. I broke down this summer and bought a spreader to make it easier next year, but if you don’t have one your hands or a small cup will also work. My theory is to stop them before they can get on our dog and in the house. I believe if I can reduce the number of fleas living in the grass there will be fewer latching on Gracie our dog. Using borax in the yard I have also seen other insects like ants and spiders numbers decrease over half. I am not sure if it is because of the borax treatment, but I am going to look into it further. Anyway, after I get the yard done and  even if you do the entire yard don’t forget walkways and driveways as well. Fleas are sneaky and are hard to kill. You have to cover all the places they can hide. Even  garages , porches and steps. If you live in an apartment building I would sprinkle a little outside the front door,steps and landings. Every little bit helps.

Now the outside is done I start inside with the outer perimeter rooms then working toward the center. This works seems to work best for me. I think of it as I am working in each room the fleas i miss or jump in to the next room will eventually end up in the last center room effectually killing all fleas at once. I know for a lot of you this will not be a option as you and your family cant just leave a room closed off for an extended period of time. In this case try a tier approach. Pick out the room that has the most fleas and start there. If you can reduce the number of fleas by a half or a third each time you use borax for fleas you can get all of them.  After hitting the worst rooms wash all of your pets bedding  at least once a week  or each day while you are treating your home. As the fleas will hideout on them to stay alive. While you are treating each room make sure you do one room every day. If you do one room and stop for a few days you will have to start over and this will just be extra work nobody wants.

borax for flea controlBorax for flea control is only a small part of keeping your home flea free. Fleas hate a clean environment and vacuuming . By running your vacuum every two to three days

borax for flea control

during “flea season” you can keep them from becoming a problem.Another is humidity,fleas love moisture in the air. The hotter the more they like. If you have a dehumidifier- use it. Air conditioning,keeping the temperature down will also slow down egg production.As always use a good quality flea medication . I recommend
Frontline Flea for dogs they are nothing but the best you can buy for your best friend.,they are not cheap buy no means,but most importantly they work. They have them for cats and small dogs as well .


Where to buy Borax for Fleas

Last week I had had couple e-mails from two ladies who were not able to find Borax for fleas. At first I did not understand why they where unable to find one single box. Even in the small town that I live in it is not hard to find. As my wife and I do our weekly shopping on Saturday morning we hopped in the Jeep and headed off to and I hate to say it, Walmart. When we arrived I wondered off to the detergent aisle to see if they still had 20 Mule Team Borax. After a few minutes there it was near the bottom on the next to the last shelve. They only had one size box as do most places that I have found it.A 76 oz box for the price of $3.38.To me that is a bargain, not for the price but you can use it for a lot of different things around the house.

where to buy boraxcan be found at several different types of chain stores. From Target,Food Lion and Kroger. Here is a store locator 20 mule team’s website to help you find the one closest to you.I have also found it in Hardware store, mainly older mom and pop outfits. Who have used borax themselves.You can buy it at Amazon, $13.02 with  free shipping. I think that is way of high. You can buy two boxes for that price, but it will be delivered to your front door, If you can’t find any near your home or it will be a long drive use Amazon as a last resort.

If all fails have any long distance friends or family who may have it in their city mail you a box. If you checked the store locator hopefully you can get your hands on a box of borax for fleas and start to rid your home of theses unwanted invaders. Time and time again I have used this product and it has never let me down.As always if you have any comments or questions ,just drop me a line.

P.S. if your local walmart doesn’t carry it, order a box from them online and have it shipped to your closest store or your home.