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Does Salt Kill Fleas?It Shouldn’t be This Simple

Does Salt Kill Fleas

Does Salt Kill Fleas? Fleas can be annoying, irritating, and troublesome to control. Pet owners can testify on that.

For that reason, you need an excellent and effective method to get rid of fleas. So, which is the most appropriate method of controlling fleas?

Well, there are plenty of ways that you can use to curb fleas, some are natural while others are chemical, but trust me; natural methods are by far the safest and cheapest way to control fleas. Having that said, let’s go ahead and see how you can eradicate fleas using table salt.

Does this really work?

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Salt offers a simple and readily available way of eradicating fleas from your home and compound, but the big question is, does salt really kill fleas? Yes, salt will kill fleas and also discourage them from thriving in the treated place.

Sprinkling table salt on affected areas which could be indoors or outdoors will help get rid of fleas.

However, it is advisable you combine salt with other methods such as boric acid and vacuuming when dealing with a serious flea infestation.

How does this happen. Is it magic?

Salt uses its hygroscopic and hydrating properties to control fleas. The flea’s body becomes much vulnerable when it gets contact with salt, and the outer layer starts to peel off.

This renders the insect weak and easy to crush.

That is not the main deal here; the real deal is that salt will hydrate fleas up to their death.

On top of that, its hygroscopic properties provide a moist environment which fleas don’t like.

How to Kill Fleas Using Salt

If you have discovered a flea infestation, salt is one of the sure ways you can deal with the situation. Controlling fleas using salt is a walk in the park, even a seven-year-old child can do it. To be more confident about it, follow the steps below.

pass the salt

1) Identify the Infested Areas

Before you start battling these troublesome pests, it is important that you take some time to identify the areas of infestation.

 This will help you attend to all the infested places, and when all the infested places are treated, fleas will not be knocking at your door that soon.

Identifying the infested areas will also help you to know the areas that are heavily infested and thus give special attention.

2) Sprinkle Table Salt on the Infested Areas

Use a salt shaker to sprinkle table salt on the affected places concentrating on the areas that you found to be heavily infested.

The carpet is one of the favorite places for fleas. So, don’t miss to shake some salt over it; pass a broom over the carpet for the salt to penetrate.

Also, don’t forget to spend some time on the pet’s bedding and places where your pet spends more time.

3) Remove and Clean All Fiber Material

After you have finished treating the areas of interest, remove any washable fiber and soak in a solution of vinegar for about an hour before drying on high heat.

This helps get rid of the fleas’ eggs and larvae.

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4) Treat your Pet with Salt hold the pepper

While waiting for the fibers to soak, use some salt to treat your pet. You can do this in two ways; make a strong solution of salt and warm water in the ratio 1:10.

Go ahead and bathe your pet in the solution, but avoid the solution getting into contact with eyes and ears as it can be irritating.

5) Clean the Mess-Suck up the salt

After the salt treatment, your home must be in a mess, right? For the outdoor mess, there is no harm leaving the salt to disappear itself, but for indoors you have to do something.

Start by vacuuming all the salt that you can reach and later use a broom and dustpan to get rid of the rest. Mop up the floors and ensure everything is back to shape.

clean up your mess

Disadvantage of Using Salt to Control Fleas

We have that seen that salt is an effective and reliable method of controlling fleas. However, the salt method suffers a major drawback; it does nothing to the flea eggs and larvae.

 That is why you need to blend it with other flea control methods such as vacuuming.

In Conclusion

What I like about the salt method is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients, all you need is a salt shaker and some table salt! Also, there is no mixing required, just pure salt.

So, we can conclude and say, salt is an effective and cheap method of controlling fleas and other insects.

How to Set-up an Easy Diy Flea Trap

diy flea trapEasy Diy Flea Trap Flea Trap.Are you looking for a way to evict fleas from your home? Chances are, you have thought or have been advised of flea traps. So, what are these flea traps? Are they another way of milking my hardly earned money? Are they effective? Well, use of flea traps is an effective way of handling fleas that will not even cost a dollar. So,  I am set to show you how to set up a homemade flea trap in less than two minutes. Enjoy!!

How the flea trap works

surface tension

Just like a water strider. A flea doesn’t weight enough to break the surface tension

I remember the days my mom used to tell me to apply some saliva between my fingers before pinching a flea. Well, this is the same trick used here. It uses a source of light to attract the fleas, just to drown them in the bowl containing soapy water. As we all know, fleas don’t fly so they will definitely need a place to land, preferably next to the light source and there they take the bait. Similarly, a flea will also get heavy and stuck when wet, so there are no chances that it will get out of the water alive.

How to make a Easy Diy Flea Trap

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trap for fleasSetting up your own DIY flea trap is not rocket science. With a few ingredients and tools that you probably already have at home, it’s much possible to surprise the fleas. Here is how to go about it.

Before we begin, below are the things you will require:

·A Candle. I use an old desk lamp that I use. I like it because it hangs out over the trap  or any other light source.

· Dish soap- I like to use Dawn. It works better than cheaper brands.

· Large bowl with short sides or a pie plate. An old baking pan works best. Like an 11 x 14.

Step 1: Prepare the mixture

Fill the plate with water and add the soap. Stir gently until all the soap has dissolved. Remember, the purpose of adding soap to the water is to break the water’s surface tension to ensure the fleas do not glide but sink. You can choose to test the strength of the surface tension, but one to two tablespoon full of dish soap will do well in an ordinary plate.

Step 2: Place the source of light

Place your light  as close to or over your flea trap. A tea candle if that is what you are using. If you are using an alternative source of light, shine it directly above the plate. Be cautious when using electricity and water in close proximity.  Make sure you dont have any pets in this room that cloud knock over your lamp into the water. That would be bad. I have placed a weight over the lamp cord to keep it from tipping over if bumped by accident.

That’s it; you are done.

Step 3: Launch your trap

Now place your trap somewhere you think is the central point and don’t place it so high. In fact, I advise that you put it on the floor where it will be easy for the fleas to notice and reach. Have in mind that fleas are more active at dawn, so it’s important that you leave the trap overnight.

I have been thinking fleas are also attracted to vibration. What if you where to place a blue tooth speaker next to your flea trap for an extra boost. If you happened to try it. Let me know how it worked.

How effective are Diy flea traps?

As I had mentioned earlier, diy flea traps are an effective way of controlling fleas. They do capture and kill fleas. I have caught up to 50 in one night. The way I see it every little bit counts. If you can kill one flea ,you can take out thousands that would have been born. Although they will not eliminate all the fleas in your home. They can reduce the number of days you home is infested. The reason being your pets are more attractive to fleas than the traps, meaning not every flea will leave your pet for the trap. It is the one that dont have a host yet. It is necessary that they are used alongside other flea-control methods. Equally important, will be more efficient in houses without pets.

Final thoughts

Look at it this way, once you use another method to smoke the fleas off your pets, not all of them will die, they will jump around as they wait for the chemical to dilute, and that’s where flea traps now come in. So, when used alongside other flea-control methods, they will definitely make a great deal. With that in mind, I don’t see any reason that can stop you from setting up a Diy flea trap. Or you can buy them premade. Which is a lot easier. That is if your lazy like me.