Fido’s itching and you’ve seen the telltale tiny black droppings around your house. The signs are clear… you’ve got fleas. Now what?
First, understand that the flea is an insect that is primarily a problem because of its tiny size, its propensity to reproduce rapidly, its ability to jump, and its appetite for blood. Also problematic is that fleas have a 4-phase life cycle that includes a cocoon stage, in which a pupa can stay dormant for MONTHS until it detects warmth. These are all factors that contribute to why fleas are so feared: once they appear in your home, they’re difficult to get rid of.
If you want to go the DIY route to get rid of fleas in your home, these are some of the most popular methods to try.
Borax To Kill Fleas
What it is: A natural powder, generally used as an additive to laundry detergent. It kills fleas by dehydrating their outer shells.
How to Use it: Spread borax over carpet, hard floors, and furniture where fleas are found. Sweep or vacuum up the borax after 24 hours. Repeat once a week for 3-4 weeks until there is no sign of fleas in your home.
- Generally considered safe for humans
- Skin and eye irritant
- Can damage carpet fibers if wet during treatment
- Linked to permanent lung damage in cats
- Cannot be used outside, as it is toxic to plants
- Cleanup can be messy
- Takes several weeks to work
Use Diatomaceous Earth (DE) to Kill Fleas
What it is: A natural powder made of algae and finely broken sea shells. Like borax, it kills fleas by cutting into their exoskeletons and dehydrating them.
How to Use it: Sprinkle the powder on all surfaces where fleas are found. Sweep or vacuum up the DE after 24 hours. Repeat once a week for 3-4 weeks until there is no sign of fleas in your home.
- Natural powder – certain grades are food safe
- Safe for indoor and outdoor use
- May aggravate symptoms in people with asthma or allergies
- Clean up can be messy
- Takes several weeks to work
Build a Light Trap to Catch and Kill Fleas
What it is: Like many insects, fleas are attracted to warmth and the color white. This method traps fleas in soap water where they drown.
How to Use it: At night time, you can create traps by filling a small white tray (think plastic lid upside down) with water and a few drops of dish soap. Use a desk lamp or night light to shine light onto the soapy water. Fleas will be attracted to the light and warmth and get stuck in the water.
- Simple and inexpensive
- Only effective on adult fleas – does not eliminate fleas in the egg or pupa phase
- Setting up enough traps to deal with a home infestation is difficult
- Does not treat outside
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