How to Get Rid of Fleas from Your House, Dogs and Cats

When it comes to household pests, there is one in particular that can give pet owners nightmares– fleas.

Fleas are definitely a nuisance, as they can cause itchy sensations and even lead to an infection. Anemia is a clear symptom of fleas in a severely infested pet.

Not just pets, if infestations are heavy or other hosts are not available, they can invade a household and its inhabitants.

Thus, it is important to stop the infestation as soon as possible.

There are many over-the-counter and prescription flea treatment products in the market. Using these products can help combat infestation.

But it is important to bear in mind that such products commonly have side effects, ranging from mild to severe reactions, not to mention the expense of such treatments.

There are many natural flea control remedies that can safely be used on pets and around the home.

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of fleas from your house, dogs and cats.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural remedy to control a flea infestation in pets. It will not kill the fleas, but they dislike both the smell and taste, so they avoid hosts that smell like apple cider vinegar.

Plus, it is nontoxic to dogs and cats.

2. Liquid Dish Soap

You can also use liquid dish soap to treat a flea infestation on your pets and around the house as it helps destroy the fleas’ exoskeleton. It is particularly good for young puppies and kittens.

3. Salt

Salt is a nonchemical, nontoxic ingredient that can be used safely indoors to combat fleas. It is even safe for pets. As salt is hygroscopic, it attracts moisture and fleas do not like moist places.

Plus, the salt acts as a dehydration agent, which helps dry out the fleas’ bodies, ultimately leading to their death.

  1. Sprinkle highly refined salt lightly but evenly over your carpets, wooden floors and other possible infested areas.
  2. Allow it to sit or 12 to 48 hours, then vacuum thoroughly.
  3. Do this regularly for at least 1 week.

Note: As salt can attract moisture, this treatment may not be suitable for very hot or humid conditions.

4. Lemon

Lemon is another natural and effective flea remedy. It can get rid of any existing fleas and kill the eggs that may have been laid.

  1. Slice 1 to 2 lemons in thin slices.
  2. Place the slices into a pan of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the solution steep overnight.
  4. Strain the solution and pour it into a spray bottle.
  5. Spray the solution on your pet to dampen its fur, and be careful to avoid the eyes, ears and nose.
  6. Comb thoroughly using a flea comb.
  7. Repeat as needed.

You can even spray it onto areas where you suspect fleas hang out.

5. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth, commonly known as DE, can help combat a flea infestation in your home. The sharp particles of DE can penetrate the fleas’ thin, waxy outer coating, which in turn causes them to dehydrate and die of water deficiency.

As it is food-grade, it is safe for humans and animals.

Note: Wear a dust mask when applying the product, as breathing it in can irritate the lungs.

6. Borax

Borax is another effective natural insecticide. It works by desiccating (drying out) the fleas, larvae, pupae and eggs, which ultimately kills them.

  1. Vacuum your carpets and other areas that have a major flea problem.
  2. Wear a mask and sprinkle borax powder on your carpets and the other areas.
  3. Allow it to sit for at least 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Again, thoroughly vacuum your carpets and other areas where you used borax.

You can also spread borax generously on the lawn area surrounding your home.

Note: Borax is not safe for pets. Also, you need to be very careful when using it for fleas, especially if there are young children in your household.

7. Neem (Indian Lilac)

Neem, also known as Indian lilac, is another natural ingredient that can help control a flea infestation in your house as well as on your dogs. Felines are sensitive to neem, so do not use it on your cats.

It is the odor of neem that helps repel unwanted pests. Both the leaf and oil of neem can be used.

8. Rosemary

Rosemary works as a natural flea treatment. Fleas are not fond of rosemary.

  1. Add 2 cups of fresh rosemary sprigs to a large pan of water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid and discard the leaves.
  4. Mix the solution into 1 gallon of warm water and allow it to cool down a bit.
  5. Saturate your dogs with this water and allow them to air dry.
  6. Repeat again, if necessary.

Grow rosemary in your garden to keep fleas out your garden and house. Just like rosemary, you can use lavender to fight a flea infestation.

Note: Rosemary treatment is not suitable for cats.

9. Cedar Wood Chips

To control and prevent fleas from infesting your yard, cedar wood chips are the best solution. Fleas hate the smell of cedar wood chips. Plus, they are all-natural and are not harmful for nearby plants or your pets.

10. Wash Your Pet’s Belongings

As fleas enter your house via your pets, it is important to keep a close eye on your pets and their belongings. In fact, always check your pets for fleas before bringing them in the house.

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