Home Remedies for Fleas

Your itching dog probably has you looking for some home remedies for fleas. Fleas are certainly aggravating and you'll want to get rid of eggs and larvae as well as adult insects. When store bought solutions aren't enough, consider home remedies for flea removal.

Effective Home Remedies For Fleas

  • The welcome mat. Fleas are attracted to heat and you can use this fact to create an effective flea trap. First, place a large bowl of water mixed with several drops of dish detergent on the floor in the area where you want to catch fleas. Next, suspend a light source over the bowl-either a hanging lamp or an adjustable desk lamp. Turn the light on over the bowl and leave the trap overnight. The heat of the bulb will attract fleas and when they jump and land in the soapy water, they won't be able to escape.
  • Citrus solution. Add two cut up lemons to a quart of boiling water. Let the solution steep overnight and remove the lemons. Place the cooled solution in a spray bottle and spray your pet, paying particular attention to the head, neck and chest. This solution will work as an effective flea repellent.
  • Drying out. Several substances will dehydrate fleas that are living in your carpet. Mix Borax (boric acid) and table salt and sprinkle them on your carpet, allowing them to sit for several days. Be sure to keep children and pets off the carpet until the mixture has been vacuumed completely from the area.
  • Get -em where they live. There are several additives you can put in your pet's food that will turn their skin into a natural flea repellent. Adding brewer's yeast, garlic (in powdered form) or apple cider vinegar (available in pill form) are great ways to turn your pet's skin into a flea minefield. If you decide to use garlic, add it to your pet's food only long enough to treat the infestation.
  • Calling for backup. If at any point you feel overwhelmed by your flea invasion, don't hesitate to call in a professional exterminator. The health of your pet and family is too important to let fleas get the upper hand.
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