Posted on: 25 May 2015
If you have cats or dogs, or both, you will likely battle a flea infestation at some point, especially during warm summer months. Not only will you have to get rid of the fleas on your pets, you'll also have to kill all of the fleas and eggs in your home as well. Although fleas tend to spend most of their time on the animals, they can fall off and burrow into carpeting, furniture cushions, or any other place the pets spend their time. The good news is that you can kill the pests using all-natural products you most likely already have in your home.
One easy and effective way of ridding your home of fleas is with a thorough vacuuming, which will remove any adult fleas, and especially eggs and larvae, from fabric surfaces. Be sure to vacuum all of the carpeted spots that your pet likes to sleep and play, and don't forget to go around the perimeters of a room and under furniture as well. When you're done vacuuming, remove the bag, seal it tightly, and dispose of it in an outdoors garbage can. If you have a bagless vacuum, dump the contents of the receptacle into a plastic bag for disposal in an outside garbage can, and wash it out with hot, soapy water.
Diatomaceous Earth and Boric Acid
After you've vacuumed or mopped the pet's favorite areas, treat the space with inexpensive diatomaceous earth or boric acid, which cut through the insects' exoskeletons and kill them by drying them out.
Sprinkle a thin, even layer of either the diatomaceous earth or borax, not a combination of both, over the pet's favored areas, such as rugs and carpeting after vacuuming. Allow the powder to rest on the areas for at least 24 hours before vacuuming it up. You can cover the treated area with an old sheet to discourage pets and children from walking or sitting on it.
Don't mix the diatomaceous earth or boric acid with water before using them, as they need to be dry to be effective.
Boric acid, which is made of refined borax, is more effective as a pesticide as it's more finely ground.
As an inexpensive, all-natural way to eliminate fleas from your carpet, sprinkle a thin, even layer of table salt over the flooring. Again, allow it to rest on the carpet for up to 24 hours before vacuuming it up. The salt will work as a drying agent, killing the flea eggs and larvae that are burrowing deep within the fibers. If you live in a humid climate, however, the salt method might not work as well, as salt can absorb water and cause mildew to form in the carpet.
Your best bet, however, may be to rely on a professional like All Around Town Carpet Care for a thorough carpet cleaning.Share