Fleas are an invasive nuisance that must be stopped before they infect your pet and your home. There are many ways to eliminate fleas, but most of them involve using risky chemicals in your home that could be harmful to your furry friends and your family. Removing fleas naturally can be just as effective, but without all the harsh formulas sold in grocery and pet stores. Here are two formulas for removing fleas naturally.
Citrus juices will get rid of fleas without harming your pet. You can use most citrus fruits to repel fleas, including lime, lemon, and grapefruit. Fleas do not like the scent and it will cause them to vacate your pet or home. SFGate proposes a simple mixture that uses just lemons and water.
What you need:
1 quart of water
Clean spray bottle
Start by cutting the lemons in half and boiling them in a quart of water for five minutes. Store the lemons in the pan of water overnight to allow the lemon oils to steep with the water. Then, pour the water into a clean spray bottle. Before spraying the lemon water in your home, remove as many fleas as possible by vacuuming and bathing your pets. Spray the mixture over the areas where they frequently hangout.
If you’re looking for something more potent but still effective, check out what eco-friendly and non-toxic pest killers work on fleas.
Homemade Flea Powder
There are many methods for creating a DIY flea powder to sprinkle on carpets or throughout your home. Many of these powders contain borax, which is a natural element abstracted from the earth. It is not to be confused with boric acid, which does not occur naturally and is made from a borax, acid, and water solution. Borax is a powdered substance that can be used to kill all kinds of pests. However, you’ll still want to keep it dry and use it cautiously around family members and pets.
While borax is not for treatment of fleas on pets, it works great on carpet. Sprinkle the borax powder over your major problem areas. Then, brush over it with a broom to get the granules down into the carpet. If possible, let it sit for close to six hours before vacuuming it up.
One Good Thing, a lifestyle blog, published a recipe for borax infused carpet deodorizer. This is a great option if you’re trying to neutralize pet odors while fighting fleas. Here’s what you need:
½ cup baking soda
½ cup borax
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon OR 25 drops of your favorite essential oil
Shake this mixture onto your carpet, let it sit, and then vacuum it up.
The best way to stop fleas is to treat your pet with a medicine recommended by your veterinarian. Make sure you bathe and treat your pet before trying to eliminate pests from your home.