Get Rid of Fleas
So how do you get rid of fleas? It's not enough to just kill the ones on the animal. You have to treat the yard and home too.
Wash your pets bedding once a week or any other material your pet comes into contact with in hot water. Lavender has been used to get rid of fleas since before the time of Christ. They used to put lavender in the kennels and beds. I like to put a few drops of lavender essential oil on my dogs bed. I also put a few drops of lavender on my bed when I change the sheets. Do this at least once a week for awhile. You need to address all the stages of the flea cycle. Add a tablespoon or essential oil to the rinse water. Try rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender.
Vacuum your furniture and cover them with towels or sheets and wash that weekly. Cover any chair or couch your pet may go on. Actually any you may go on too, because the little blood suckers feed off of anything that has nice warm blood.
Some people have used a homemade powder to get rid of fleas. They sprinkle this powder on the rugs or put it in hard to reach places like cracks, corners and under furniture you cant move to help stop the life cycle of fleas.
The diatomaceous scratches the skin, the baking soda dehydrates them and the cornstarch is a good carrier. Keep pets and small children out of the room when you work with this and please wear a mask. Do not use the diatomaceous that you get for swimming pools. The kind for swimming pools is called glassified and this kind is dangerous for pets. Diatomaceous earth consists of skeletons of microscopic algae that contain trace minerals. The kind you can use for fleas is found in pet stores and is safe according to some vets. It dries out the fleas and they die. The right kind is called amorphous. When you vacuum, wear a mask. Consider your pets, children and lifestyle before you use this in the house. I wouldn't use it because my dogs are so small and close to the floor. If you have children that play on the floor avoid this stuff. Do not apply this to your pets. It is said to be effective outside.
Cedar shavings have been used for centuries to repel fleas.
Walnut leaves have been used successfully by some to get rid of fleas. Spread the leaves or the boughs of the walnut tree under furniture, in closets, and everywhere. In a few days the fleas were gone.
To get rid of fleas on throw rugs wash them weekly or store them for awhile.
Dry bedding at maximum heat in your dryer. This will get rid of fleas by killing all the stages of the flea.
Essential oils that repel insects. Here is a list of some essential oils that was listed in my aromatherapy catalog that repel insects. They are sweet bay, cajeput, cedar wood, cinnamon bark and leaf, clove, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, geranium, juniper berries, lavender, lemon grass, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint, tea tree, thyme, and vetiver. Mix one or more of these with baking soda and sprinkle on your carpet to get rid of fleas. Leave this overnight if you want and vacuum the next day.
Vacuuming all carpeting, mattresses, couches, chairs, and even hardwood floors will help get rid of fleas. Don't forget to move furniture and vacuum there too. Vacuum everything. When you finish dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and put it into a outside garbage bin. There will be eggs in the bag and you don't want them to hatch and crawl out. Don't wait until the bag is full.
Borax salts (also called sodium polyborate) causes fleas to dry out and kills the larvae when they inhale or try to eat the dust. Work it deeply into the carpet and leave it on. Vacuum up the excess. Wear a mask while applying it and vacuuming it. You can let pets on the carpet after you vacuum. This is said to be a very effective way to get rid of fleas.
I don't have any carpeting in my house. I wash my floors with a bucket of water, a squirt of dish soap, about 1/2 cup of vinegar and about 10 drops of essential oils. I usually grab lavender, peppermint, or patchouli oil. These are known to work as insect repellents. Before I started this I was constantly getting droves of ants in the house. I think our house is built on a ant hill. Since I've been doing this I only get a few. This worked on the ants and I bet this would work for fleas. It's worth a try. This is also a good preventive measure. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Remove carpeting if it is a chronic problem. Flooring is much easier to clean and remove fleas and eggs from. Maybe the best way to get rid of fleas out of carpeting is not have carpeting.
Heat your house to 103 degrees for several hours. Just pack you and your pets in a car and leave for a while. When you get home, vacuum everything. Take the vacuum outside and remove the bag and dispose of it. This is said to work because fleas can't take heat. This is why steam cleaning your rugs work so well.
Steam cleaning will get rid flea eggs.
Drown the fleas at night by placing a pan of soapy water next to your pets bed. Have a night light above the pan. When the fleas jump to the light they fall into the water. Discard water down the toilet in the morning.
Put herbs in your dog bed or make sachets. Some herbs that can be used is Lavender buds and or leaves. rue, feverfew, tansy, catmint, black walnut tree leaves, palmerosa, camphor, rosemary, wormwood, southernnwood, sage, pennyroyal leaves, or neem. Some herbs can irritate some dogs. If they avoid the pillow, then remove. My dogs like the smell of lavender and seek it out. Pregnant women or pregnant pets should not use pennyroyal.
Don't forget to get rid of fleas in your yard.
Mow and water your lawns. Short grass lets the sun to warm the soil and this will kill the larvae. Watering drowns the developing fleas. If you have sandy or patches of dirt, you can put a dark plastic tarp over the area on a hot day. This will kill the larvae.
I'm lucky because I have ants in my yard, lots and lots of ants. Ants will eat fleas, larvae, and eggs. If I have my way, I would rather have the ants. So don't use pesticides on the lawn.
Nematodes are tiny microscopic worms that you can get at garden supply stores. Mix in water and spray on the yard. They eat immature fleas as well as other insects.
Grassy areas and moist areas can be treated with agricultural lime. Make sure you don't use the kind that is used in construction work. This will dry out the fleas. You can add some cayenne pepper to it if you want. Add about one cup of cayenne for every gallon of lime.
I hope some of these things help you. Good luck. :)