The thought of your cat or dog catching fleas is a constant strain on the minds of those who own pets. Although fleas are not quite dangerous for human health but these pests can prove to be an extremely annoying nuisance once the infestations are not temporary. There bites can be troublesome especially if you have children in your home and their bites can cause prolonged discomfort. Besides skin irritations permanent infestation of fleas at home can contribute to health concerns like respiratory troubles and other flea borne diseases.
In this article we would discuss natural home remedies that can potentially eliminate fleas from your home and not only help your pets get rid of these nasty pests but also the family members bearing with insect bites.
- Baking Soda for Flea Control
Baking Soda is an effective remedy that kills the fleas by suffocating them and breaking down the chemical composition of their insect bodies. This remedy can efficiently clear the home of flea infestations and prevent them from coming back.
So in case you are prepping to vacuum clean you carpets and furniture…try sprinkling baking soda all over the place. Then using a brush, rub it thoroughly into the fibers of your carpets and the fabric of your furniture. Now clean these items with vacuum cleaner and collect the bodies of the dead fleas.
- Lemon Spray
Lemon is not only useful for treating flea bites but it can also be used to effectively eliminate flea infestations from your home. Lemon is harsh on the skin of the insects and immediately kills them on contact.
All you need to do is thinly slice a lemon and add that to a pint of water. Bring it to boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Now let this solution cool down. After the solution has cooled down put it in a bottle and sprat over the affected areas and furniture. But remember the aim is to dampen the area infested by fleas, it should not be soaked in the liquid.
- Salt as Drying Agent
Salt is a great kill to get rid of adult fleas. It sucks the moisture out of their bodies and dries them out, ultimately terminating these nasty insects. The method is the same like baking soda remedy. You need to sprinkle salt generously on the affected areas and let it stay for at least 5 minutes. Then rub it with a carpet brush and then vacuum clean your stuff.
- Dish Soap Trap
You can also create this easy yet effective flea trap at home using dish wash and water. This is a famous remedy to terminate fleas and get rid of them for good.
In a plate or a bowl, mix some dish soap liquid with warm water. Place it in the infested area where flea activity is the most common and likely. Due to its high viscosity this solution acts like glue and traps fleas in it.
Repeating this method with fresh batch on daily basis can help you attain successful results. However this remedy is most effective when used at night time.
- Herbal Flea Repellant Spray
Did you know that you could make herbal flea spray at home using all natural ingredients? This herbal spray is not only effective but it is conducive for your environment as well, as it is non-toxic and doesn’t contain and harmful chemicals. It can be easily used around kids and pets without any concerns of side effects.
The herbal Flea spray can be prepared by mixing together 4 liters of vinegar, 2 liters of water, 500 ml of lemon juice and 250 ml of witch hazel in a large spray bottle. After vacuum cleaning your house, spray this solution on the carpet, furniture, pillows, sills, floors, pets bedding etc.
- Flea Repelling Plant
Nature has solution for every problem that exists in this world. There are specific plants that are known to repel fleas. These plants contain chemical compounds and certain oils that create a hostile environment for fleas and therefore keep them away.
So growing and keeping these plants i.e. Lavender, Spearmint, Penny Royal and Chrysanthemums is a great natural remedy if you want to keep fleas and flea infestations at bay.
- Boric Acid Remedy
Boric acid acts as a strong dehydrating agent and therefore it can be used to dehydrate fleas in order to kill them. So if you are suspecting flea’s infestation, their eggs or larvae in any corner of your house sprinkle this flea terminator over it and the game of fleas will be over.
- Rosemary for Flea Control
Rosemary is another natural and effective remedy to control fleas; fleas just detest this herb and would certainly not come anywhere closer to it. While you can use rosemary water to bathe your pets or add few drops of rosemary oil in your pets’ collars to prevent fleas, you can also prepare a recipe that can help you eliminate fleas from your house as well. (Caution: do not use rosemary on your cats as it can result in severe allergic reactions).
Grind together Rosemary, Rue, Wormwood, Fennel and Peppermint until it becomes fine powder. Then sprinkle this powder on your furniture, your carpets, pets bedding, window sills etc. Although this remedy may not help you to kill fleas but it effectively repels fleas and keeps them away from your territory.
- Horse Apples
Also known as Osage orange, Horse apples belong to the mulberry family and they are much prized for their effects on insect control. They have been used traditionally to repel insects and rodents, and they are quite useful in controlling fleas as well.
All you need to do is slice the Horse Apple and place the fruit pieces all around your house, in every room. The fruit will release certain chemical and compounds in the environment not suitable for fleas’ existence and fleas would naturally stay away. In case you are using this remedy you should know that the Horse Apple will last for up to 2 to 3 months in an air conditioned environment.
- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is the remains of fossilized algae diatoms. These diatoms contain a glass like component silica. Silica is effective in killing fleas as it can cut through the exoskeleton of the insects and dry them out. When the fleas come in contact with diatomaceous earth their hard shells are broken down, the moisture in their bodies that sustains their existence is dried up and the fleas are killed.
In case you are experiencing fleas’ infestation in your home, you should wash and vacuum your carpets and then sprinkle this diatomaceous earth all over the affected areas and items. Leave it for about 12 to 48 hours. After that simple vacuum clean your belongings and that’s it.