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How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

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Have your dogs or other pets brought fleas into your home? Is your bedding, your furniture or your carpet infested with these irritating little creatures? Are you looking for ways to get rid of fleas but feeling reluctant to use chemicals? Then, you may want to check out these solutions.

Natural Flea Spray

You can make your own flea spray with ingredients you probably have around the house. Simply mix together four litres of vinegar, 2 litres of water, 500 millilitres of lemon juice and 250 millilitres of witch hazel. Then put this concoction in a spray bottle and apply anywhere you are worried about fleas. For the best results, vacuum or wash the items before using the spray. Always wash them in hot water when dealing with fleas.

Soda Bicarbonate and Salt

If you prefer a dry cleaning method, you may want to try salt and soda bicarbonate. Before you get started, check that the soda bicarbonate is active — simply, put a teaspoon into vinegar, and if you see foaming, the soda bicarbonate is active. Then, make a mixture of equal parts baking soda and salt, and spread this mixture liberally on your carpet or any other areas where you are worried about fleas.

Agitate the mixture into the carpet fibres or onto your furnishings. Then, allow it to sit for a while. Essentially, this mixture is going to dry all the moisture out of the flea eggs to essentially kill them via dehydration. After letting the mixture sit for a while, vacuum everything up, and repeat several times for the next few days.

Diatomaceous Earth

With an appearance similar to talcum powder, diatomaceous earth is often referred to as DE. It is made from the fossilised remains of phytoplankton, and it is completely non-toxic to humans. In fact, you could even eat this bug killer, but you probably should arrange for another snack because it's not that tasty. That said, you can use DE without worrying about the safety of your pets or children — if they ingest a little bit, it won't hurt them.

There are different theories on what DE works to kill bugs. Some people speculate that it works like soda bicarbonate and dries out the fleas. Others believe that the tiny little bits of DE embed themselves between the flea's exoskeleton and essentially grate the flea to death.

Natural Flea Control From a Professional

Depending on the extent of your infestation, you may want to hire a flea control company. There are flea control companies that work with natural products, and they can help you figure out the best way to get rid of your fleas with as few toxins as possible.