If you have determined that your pet has fleas, you may reach for a flea pill, dip or collar, to help eliminate the problem. But until you have rid your home of fleas and their eggs, your pet is going to continue to fight the battle against them. Calling a pest control company is one of the fastest ways to rid your home of fleas, but they can be expensive. Luckily, if an exterminator isn't in your budget, you can work to kill the fleas yourself. It may take a bit longer, but using the right products can help you claim victory over these small, blood-feasting pests.
If you are working to remove fleas from your home, it is recommended that you wash your linens and your pet's bedding in hot water every other day. It is also recommended that you vacuum daily. While these are both effective ways to slowly kill fleas, using borax during both of these processes can help speed up the process. Follow these steps to use borax to kill fleas in your carpet:
- While wearing a cleaning glove, sprinkle borax into your carpet. The borax will settle into the fibers and as it does, it will come into contact with fleas and their eggs. Borax dries them out, killing them. This is one of the best ways to kill both fleas and their eggs.
- Pull your vacuum cleaner out. Sprinkle a little bit of borax in your canister or vacuum bag. This will kill any fleas that happen to still be alive when you vacuum.
- After the borax has sat on your carpet for at least four hours, vacuum it away. When possible, let it sit overnight. Dispose of the contents in the vacuum bag or canister immediately.
Use these directions to use borax to kill fleas in bedding:
- Sprinkle borax powder on your blankets or your pet's bedding. Allow it to sit for at least an hour. During this time, do not use the bedding.
- Turn your washing machine on. Set it to the hottest water setting that the fabric of the bedding can withstand. Heat helps to kill both adult fleas and larvae. Add a quarter cup of borax while the water is filling, instead of regular laundry detergent. Add the bedding and close the lid.
- If possible, dry the bedding in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will help to kill any flea larvae or eggs that may still be alive in the bedding.
Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is a product that works in a similar fashion to borax. It helps to dehydrate fleas, their larvae and their eggs. Unfortunately though, borax is not a great option for every household. If you have a baby that crawls, leaving borax in the carpet is not safe. In such a situation food-grade diatomaceous Earth is an ideal choice. It is slower working than borax, but it safer. Here are the directions to use diatomaceous Earth on your floor:
- Verify that you are using food-grade diatomaceous Earth. If it is not labeled as food-grade, it is not the right kind. Regular diatomaceous Earth is a strong chemical often used in pools. It is not safe for indoor use.
- Sprinkle the powder into your carpet.
- Allow it to sit for 12 to 24 hours.
- Vacuum it away. Immediately discard of any remnants in your vacuum cleaner.
Food-grade diatomaceous Earth can also be sprinkled in your garden, yard or patio to help rid those spaces of fleas residing there. Sprinkle it on your outdoor space and leave it. Reapply it after it has rained or after your sprinklers go off.
Vinegar and Water
Fleas prefer to stay on things where they can remain hidden, such as animals, carpet and bedding. But, if they fall off of your pet or are in search of food, they may travel onto your tile floors or lay eggs there. Mopping your floors daily with hot water and vinegar is one of the best ways to help remove and kill any fleas and eggs. Follow these directions:
- Fill a mop bucket with a gallon of the hottest water you can stand to touch. Add a half cup of white vinegar to the mixture.
- Dip your mop in the mixture and proceed to mop as normal.
- Dump the mixture down your toilet and flush it away.
- Rinse your mop in hot water to remove any fleas or eggs that may remain. If desired, spray it with a mixture of diluted bleach.
Buying the products you need to rid fleas from your pets can be expensive. If you can't afford to pay for those products and an exterminator, pick the pet flea products. With a little bit of time and hard work, you can eventually rid the fleas from your home, using products that are not very expensive. If this does not solve the problem, be sure to talk to an exterminator such as Guarantee Floridian Pest Control to make sure the problem is gone.