Borax for Fleas

Borax for Fleas

Yesterday as I was cutting my Cocker Spaniel hair I realize that he has fleas or ticks I don't know exactly what they are since this is my 1st time in 10years to deal with something like this. So I gave him 2 flea/tick bath then this morning. I took him to the groomers to get him shaved completely. I placed fogger in my home then I pour Borax in my carpet where my dogs are not allowed. I sweep it with a broom then I vacuum with my Kirby, then I through the bag out. But after I did all that I did and started to deep clean my home by cleaning the couches and washing every piece of cloths we own. I had one bite me in my foot when I went to grab it, it jump. Help what should I do? I have a 3 month old. (12/12/2007)

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By Lilly

Borax for Fleas

Glad to see that I'm not alone in this fight! I have very small kids (2.5 and 1 year old) I'm not keen on putting anything harmful on my floors, can anyone tell me if Borax is harmful at all? My kids are taking the brunt of these tiny monsters. My dogs are treated regularly and they never come into the house. Someone also told me that hardwood floors are the problem. Cheers from South Africa!

Editor's Note: Borax is about as poisonous as table salt. Table salt also works good for getting rid of fleas. (01/06/2008)

By Andre SA

Borax for Fleas

I've had my dog for over 3 years and have NEVER had fleas before, but she has been infested for about a month. The Frontline hotline assured me they would not be living on her, but I finally decided to take other measures.

I read that fleas hate citrus, and since I now live in Florida. Simmer citrus rinds for a few minutes and spray your pet with the liquid. She wasn't very receptive to the idea, but her Frontline Plus obviously was not working. She was covered with eggs and I could see a handful of fleas on her underside, so God knows how many I wasn't seeing! It seems to have deactivated them somewhat. I plan on giving her a flea bath anyway and she has been going nuts with itches.

She also takes Brewer's Yeast daily which is also good for keeping the dander down which is what is responsible for triggering allergies. I wasn't sure if I could use the detergent Borax, so I bought the more expensive product marketed for this purpose. I will be exchanging it!

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Thanks for this page!

(01/19/2008)

By N, Cognito

Borax for Fleas

Have used borax to rid my pets and home of fleas. Works better than most brand pesticides with no harmful chemicals. I would strongly advise all pet owners to visit a web site called Earth Clinic for holistic cures. This site will give you flea treatments for your pets. These treatments are chemical free and really work. (01/29/2008)

By shelley

Borax for Fleas

I was advised by my vet's office to purchase 20 Mule Team Borax washing powders and put it throughout my house and to try to leave it down for a couple of days. She said it would save me money because that is what the exterminator would use. I used it in the house and in my yard. It was extremely effective. She also said to just leave it under places like the couch, refrigerator and stove, etc, I do not know about the watering the yard down though, I have read that the water weakens the borax and that you have to put it out again if it rains. (02/02/2008)

By Jerry

Borax for Fleas

My friend has used Borax for fleas before with success, but when the fleas go WAY too much to handle, I told her to wash the cat and then give him a good rub down with baby oil. The baby oil isn't harmful to the cat, but it doesn't allow the fleas to breathe, therefore, they die. Didn't take long before the fleas were gone and the cat was (mostly) sane again:) This was used in tandem with Borax on the carpet. (02/05/2008)

By GingeredZoe

Borax for Fleas

I had no idea what this flea infestation ruined my life - such a nuisance/disturbance. I was getting the bites but not my husband/son. I let my dog sleep in the bedroom with carpet and the fleas just multiplied. We took out all of the carpets, used the fogger from home depot/lowes about 3-4 times in 3 weeks, put borax all over and put the home defense spray under the baseboards. They're 95% gone and i still see 1 - 3 fleas a day. whenever I see the fleas on my white socks I dip them in a bowl of water mixed with 409 spray and they get killed instantly. I put white socks on so can see them right away. how long can I leave borax on the floor? I've vacuumed and put borax all over the floor and should I keep putting borax for 2 weeks until the eggs hatched and get killed? How do you kill the eggs? pls help - i want to get rid of them 100%. I need my peace of mind as i don't want to get any more bites. (02/22/2008)

By agnes c

want to kill fleas

My husband and I never had fleas before and last year we had them so bad it was un real . I tried everything and nothing worked. We even bought that very expensive front line and that didn't even work. :(
So I thought hey cock roaches are very hard to get rid of the same as fleas so why not just get a roach bomb and see if that works. and it did we never seen a flea since and I have 6 dogs which all go outside to use the restroom and come back in. after you bomb make sure you give your pet a flea bath and sweep the floor take the bag out right after and you should be good to go. I hope this helps (03/08/2008)

By jennifer r

Borax for Fleas

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! My husband and I got a 'pound puppy' back in October. The poor thing - she has not gone a day without fleas :(
The pound said she had been treated with Revolution. A couple of weeks after we got her, we took her to our vet for a general check. He said she was VERY healthy, she has a BEAUTIFUL shiny coat too. We feed her strictly Iams puppy food. She is very active and a happy pup. Our vet suggested she stay on the Revolution, even though I complained that she had fleas. He simply said she's 'due' for more. She's a mixed breed of Dobie & some kind of water dog. You can't keep her out of water. I did keep her out of all water for 24 hours after applying the Revolution. She STILL had fleas!

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I asked the vet for something else at her next 'due date.' He gave us Frontline. AGAIN, I kept her out of water after the application. POOR THING - still had fleas! We got Adams puppy flea spray to use between the Frontline applications. I tried a Hartz product from the pet store. Still HAS fleas! My husband bathes her once a week sometimes more & flea combs her until the cows come home. She's usually pretty good about it too, she knows when he gets the comb, she lays down.

We treated our yard with (the name escapes me) it's a brand name product in a red bag & says "SEASON LONG PROTECTION." Granules that you water in after applying. I have done THREE applications in two months. You got it - STILL fleas!
I remembered Borax, from someone a long time ago. Did a Google & found this site. We just got a box of Borax & will start today. I see here, some vacuum it up straight away & some leave it for a couple of days. I think I'll leave it. LUCKY, my husband and I are, the fleas have not bothered us.

This POOR dog :(
I WISH there were more consumer alerts on all of this flea "medication' that doesn't work and apparently can be DANGEROUS to animals! We are also going to try some Apple Cider Vinegar in her water.

YES! It seems like everyone in Florida has problems right now with fleas. The last dog I had passed six years ago & she NEVER had a problem with fleas and she did NOT have a flea Rx treatment either. MAYBE the breed does have something to do with it? My old dog was a SharPei. She had a BEAUTIFUL SOFT coat. Other than when she went into heat & blew her coat, NO SKIN problems and ate a diet of Iams.
This is CRAZY!
Off to powder the carpet & looks like a LOT of laundry! As our Sally sits everywhere we do! (03/09/2008)

By Sandy

Borax for Fleas

I have found out through testing that borax does not kill any ticks you may have in the house. I placed 3 ticks in a container with 20 mule borax and left them over night and they where still alive. (03/10/2008)

By wre11

frontline & advantage are not working

I live in Florida & have always used Frontline or Advantage on my dog & cats. (1 dog, 3 cats). All of a sudden neither of the above worked. I have been struggling since January to try to get rid of the fleas & my house is now infested. My poor dog was chewing on himself until he was bleeding. Not to mention he had bald spots & all the sore spots. He is highly allergic to fleas. I tried everything!. Apple cider vinegar in their drinking water, lavender oil, brewers yeast w/garlic tablets, spraying the house, & yard, vacuuming daily, diatomaceous earth.

I tried anything and everything that I either read or heard about. Nothing worked! The poor dog was was miserable!. I was at my wits end! Finally last week i called my vet & he told me that EVERYONE he knows seems to be having the same problem with both Frontline & Advantage including himself who has 8 dogs & 10 cats & after calling the makers with no good explanation or relief he started looking for something that worked.

He found a new product that came out the end of 2007 that is called "Comfortis". It worked on his pets & he suggested i try it, which i did! Within 4 hours ALL fleas on the dog were dead! I could see them dying & falling off within just 2 hours. Today he is flea free & resting comfortably which he has not done in months! Unfortunately this product is not yet available for cats but I am now using Promeris for them. Will have to see if it gives them any relief. Good luck to those who are having the same type of flea issues. "Comfortis" can only be purchased by a vet or you must have a prescription. All I know is that it worked great & both the dog & me are happy! FINALLY RELIEF! (04/27/2008)

By Lee

Borax for Fleas

My husband and I have been using Borax for about 15 years on our yard. We lightly throw it about the yard every spring. We have NEVER had a flea or tick or even termite problem even though our next door neighbors have had problems with all three. This is our 3rd yard to use this technique on with great results. I highly recommend it. (05/15/2008)

By Lisa

Borax for Fleas

20 Mule Team Borax kills fleas in your carpeting. It's a laundry booster and drying agent. It will dry up the flea eggs that are burrowed into the carpeting. Sprinkle the Borax on all carpeting, beat into carpet with a broom. It's safe for pets and children to walk on. Leave on for 24 hours. Vacuum carpeting and throw away the sweeper bag. If you don't have a bag, clean the container on the vacuum thoroughly. You can also put two moth balls into your sweeper and the vapors will drawl fleas out from under furniture.

I work for a Vet here in Ohio. We give this home treatment to all our clients. Sometimes you get a flea infestation that needs the power of 20 Mule Team Borax. Still treat the pets with Advantage, Frontline, Revolution or Promeris. Promeris is a new product out on the market.

Stay away from flea shampoos, flea collars, flea bombs, flea powders, etc. These products will make your pets very ill in combination with a flea treatment. These products go into the pets blood stream and too much can make them very ill or even can die. Also, if your pets are still scratching, they could have a allergic reaction to the flea bites. See you Vet for an allergy shot. Good Luck! The 20 Mule Team Borax really works! (05/17/2008)

By Suzanne

Borax for Fleas

I strongly believe in Borax for killing fleas, inside and outside your home. You can use borax for all types of cleaning within your home, it is safer and environmentally friendly compared to bleach and so many other cleaners on the market today. Just a little note about bleach if you use it, it must be Clorox brand to kill viruses and it must be one cup to one gallon of water (that is very strong and can be harmful to you and your animals) and left to sit for at least ten minutes, not what the bottle says 3/4 cup and five minutes.

Anyway for all of you who have cats with fleas. Wash your cat with palmolive dish soap, the original only (Green). It kills fleas on your cat. Unfortunately I can't tell you how I know, but believe me it works. (05/20/2008)

By Q.New

Borax for Fleas

I just used almost two boxes of Borax bombed the whole place with an extra bomb in each room and bathed the cat. Now I will see if this all works.

Question for you. How often to I Borax the carpets?

Editor's Note: Usually doing it once will work, kills the eggs and the fleas. If you notice after 2 weeks that there are still fleas, try it again. Make sure to vacuum it up after a couple of hours. (05/25/2008)

By Betsy

Borax for Fleas

I'd like to try the 20 Mule Team Borax in the yard. Can you give me idea of how much to sprinkle on yard. Do I sprinkle it by hand for put it in a spreader! Thank you! (05/26/2008)

By Suzanne

Borax for Fleas

I've had cats my whole life. The frontline, etc. worked fine for the first couple of years after they hit the market; in my personal opinion, though, we just made tougher fleas. For the past six or seven years I have just used Borax and, though I still see one or two fleas a year, they don't last and we don't get any infestations at all. Around March I start sprinkling once a week or so and keep it up until October. Sprinkle everything, wait at least two hours, and vacuum. Use 1/2 cup in each load of laundry. (Borax is also an EXCELLENT odor-killer if you have any kind of urine issues or- like me- 3 stinky-footed teenage boys!)

This is a great forum, and full of useful information, but I do want to note a couple of things (WARNING; boring but necessary chemical stuff followed by really useful getting-rid-of-fleas information),/p>

Many people are confusing one chemical for another. Borax- 20 Mule Team Borax- is one of a group of boron-containing chemicals called borates, which includes boric acid, boric oxide, ammonium penta borate, potassium tetra borate, you get the idea. While these are part of the same group, small differences in structure make a big difference in function and effect, including toxicity.

BORAX IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BORIC ACID! 20 MULE TEAM BORAX is Borax Decahydrate, which is also known as Sodium borate decahydrate and Sodium tetraborate decahydrate.

There are differing reports as to the toxicity of Borax Decahydrate. An extensive review of published literature- including recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and International Commission on Chemical Safety- shows these areas of agreement:

Borax may irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
It is absorbed into the body by ingestion (eating), inhalation (breathing), eye contact, and POSSIBLY through skin contact.
Symptoms of overexposure might include coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms of skin irritation might include redness, itching, and pain. Eating it or drinking a solution made of it is a very bad idea.

The bottom line is that 20 Mule Team Borax works so well as a flea treatment because it breaks down the cell wall, causing the death of the cell, and people are made of cells!

The same action (denaturizing proteins and enzymes) that makes it a terrific disinfectant, pesticide, and laundry additive makes large amounts of it lethal to both humans and pets. It is very very safe to use, but it is NOT"non toxic" per-se. DON'T USE BORAX IF YOU ARE PREGNANT. As far as I know, there are no published studies demonstrating teratogenic effects in humans, but better safe than sorry.

To avoid irritation, wear gloves if you have sensitive skin (I just wash my hands afterwards), ventilate, and never ever ever use this on food-related items.

If you are interested, HERE IS THE MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) FOR 20 MULE TEAM BORAX:
http://www.borax.com/pdfs/dist/MSDS_Borax_Decahydrate.pdf

PS- On the other hand, Borax was used as an (ineffective but apparently harmless) anti-epileptic drug for about 30 years, and many people still use it as a"natural" remedy for ailments ranging from the common cold to yeast infections (I don't even want to know)
Back to the bugs:

When the snow is gone I start to sprinkle. I use a Pringles can with holes cut in the lid for the big outside/basement jobs and a cheap plastic confectioner's sugar sprinkler/cup in the house. I can do my house & whole yard once per box- 2,500 sf house (plus upholstered furniture) and an area in the front of about 50 x 100 feet. I slack off sometimes, but it seems like if you get them under control early-ish (before June), you can skip a week without trouble. I keep a sprinkler near the hamper & throw some in there when I think of it.

The key is to GET RID OF ALL OF THE FLEAS & EGGS TO START WITH- a previous poster was having trouble but was only doing one room. Plan on 1 or 2 days to do a complete flea-sweep. Start by taking all the bedding off & take down any curtains that touch the floor, then SPRINKLE EVERYTHING. I sprinkle the mattress, then lay all my pillows on it & sprinkle them. I turn them after 2 hours & sprinkle the other side just for the hell of it. WASH ALL YOUR CLOTHES, BEDDING, EVERYTHING. Use the hottest water possible. If you can't wash it, or if you can live without it for a few days, lay it flat, sprinkle it, and stuff it in a plastic bag for a week. I do that with winter clothes, big comforters, dry clean-only stuff, as well as anything that has to wait in line to get washed. SPRINKLE YOUR CAR UPHOLSTERY, too!

Outside, don't bother with a spreader, just take your sprinkler & walk around the yard salting it. If it isn't windy, it doesn't take too long, and you'll start to get the feel of how much to shake to leave a fine dusting all around.

One poster mentioned not vacuuming up everything in the house, leaving some Borax in the nooks & crannies as insurance, which I do on the porch and in the basement, but BORAX IS A SALT! SALT ATTRACTS WATER! If you have a humid day, any Borax you leave around will turn into lumpy, STICKY sludge and be VERY difficult to remove, especially from porous surfaces. It can be rinsed off hard surfaces with water.

My cats don't seem to like the way it feels- I never see them lying around on the porch or in the yard when I have dusted in the past day or two, but, just to be safe, I do KEEP PETS OUT OF THE HOUSE while the Borax is down and I recommend others do the same. If you have an indoor cat, confine the cat to one room for half the day while you do the rest of the house, then switch the cat to another room- making sure the cat is flea-free first! Re-do any areas of concern.

WARNING: I'm about to sound like an advertisement, but I don't work for the company! I'm just a good old-fashioned (cheap) New Englander who likes the least toxic solution possible!

Once you get in the habit, you won't be able to live without the 20 Mules. It REALLY increases the efficacy of your laundry detergent, especially if you have hard water. I do a separate load of just socks once a week, but even then the odor from my son's socks seemed to carry over into the next load until I started using Borax in the wash. Thank God,because I really didn't want to give them all up for adoption- who would carry my groceries? :) A friend takes care of her elderly father at home and, as clean as she is, his room always smelled a little like urine until she started mopping the floor post-accident with Borax.
And, back on topic, my youngest son's cat is a long-haired indoor/outdoor cat who occasionally carries fleas in on his fur even when he's wearing a collar, but we never get infested any more.

geekophelia(take this part with parentheses out)@(take this part out, too)yahoo.com (05/27/2008)

By Betsy

Borax for Fleas

This is a wonderful website and I do also believe in being cautious when using any type of cleaning product. But I must say so people are not afraid of using Borax due to the post concerning the MSDS for Borax you should also view a MSDS for Salt. You'll be surprised! (05/28/2008)

By Q.New

Borax for Fleas

Wow. I have the same problems as you folks. I live in Tallahassee, FL and this flee thing is out of control! This is my second infestation. I'm fed up. The first infestation was coming from my roommates girlfriend. Long story short...he would transport the eggs to my apt.

Anyway, this is the first time I've herd of "borax" or salt. I will try anything! Frontline CEOs should be put in jail for FRAUD...they suck. Don't waste your money.

My plan of attack is as follows:
Borax the carpets, vacuum, bomb the house, spot spray with can (under beds, furniture, etc...) vacuum again. Oh, also...I went to my vet and got a pill called "CAPSTAR." Its amazing. It kills any flees on my pet for 24hours. It really, really, worked. In fact, right after I gave my pet the pill (in an hour or two) you could see flees just dropping! They're about 4 bucks a pill....not too bad. Just give one or two every month to your pet. Good luck flee fighters! (05/29/2008)

By datnole

Borax for Fleas

We've had 2 indoor cats for over 10 years & NEVER had a flea problem. Add a dog to the mix & we had an infestation last fall that nearly drove me crazy! Thanks to the tips I read on here, we tried the Borax & it worked miracles.
Just a note, we were a little worried about the animals walking around on it (we left it overnight), so I just spread bed sheets around the floor & newspaper when I ran out of sheets. In the AM I threw the paper away & put the sheets in a hot wash.

This Spring we doused the yard with bug killer & it hasn't done a darn thing,we have fleas again (I know my neighbors' dogs are a major contributor). & not only that, I am watching my 4 month old twin grandsons every day & I'm afraid to put them on the floor!
I am glad to know that it works to sprinkle it outside, I hadn't heard that before & tomorrow I'm going to go buy several boxes of Borax & a couple of cans of Pringles!

Just wondering if it works on other bugs too? We have a big chigger problem & my son is allergic to them. And we (along with everyone I know) are having a big problem with the little black "sugar" ants in & outside! (06/04/2008)

By lyonpridej

Borax for Fleas

Advantage is the best.
(06/10/2008)

By jeff florida

Borax for Fleas

I have a lot of comments about what I've read here.

First, the fact that some people have gotten sick from Borax is a big concern. Also, the fact that it attracts moisture concerns me -- does this mean it can't be used in a humid environment?

Several people have talked about using Borax in the yard. Boron is something of an environmental hazard, as it can kill fish and a variety of plants. In the yard, it would be better to use diatomaceous earth.

I have a new flea infestation and I've sprayed about 13 bottles of poison in my apartment in two weeks. I've used the sprays that have IGR (insect growth regulator), but apparently I haven't gotten all the spots where there are eggs. I had bed bugs in NYC, and they were easier to get rid of than fleas are!

I would use diatomaceous earth inside the house, but I want to leave it on the floor for a while, and I'm concerned that my walking around will stir it up (it is like powdered glass and can damage your lungs).

Having these fleas in the house jumping on me and biting me is so disturbing! I've lost all my peace of mind! (06/13/2008)

By Caleb Murdock

Borax for Fleas

I have a lot of comments about what I've read here.

First, the fact that some people have gotten sick from Borax is a big concern. Also, the fact that it attracts moisture concerns me -- does this mean it can't be used in a humid environment?

Several people have talked about using Borax in the yard. Boron is something of an environmental hazard, as it can kill fish and a variety of plants. In the yard, it would be better to use diatomaceous earth.

I have a new flea infestation and I've sprayed about 13 bottles of poison in my apartment in two weeks. I've used the sprays that have IGR (insect growth regulator), but apparently I haven't gotten all the spots where there are eggs. I had bed bugs in NYC, and they were easier to get rid of than fleas are!

I would use diatomaceous earth inside the house, but I want to leave it on the floor for a while, and I'm concerned that my walking around will stir it up (it is like powdered glass and can damage your lungs).

Having these fleas in the house jumping on me and biting me is so disturbing! I've lost all my peace of mind! (06/13/2008)

By Caleb Murdock

Borax for Fleas

Just a note on my previous post:
I cannot repeat it enough; to get rid of fleas, you have to get rid of them on EVERYTHING AT ONCE. Sprinkle all your floors, etcetera. Then start on the laundry, wash everything in the hottest possible water or sprinkle it and wrap it in plastic. If you have a lawn or even a dry garden area, they can breed there. There are BORON-SENSITIVE PLANTS, though, so before doing anything other than the lawn, please google that phrase.

If you have a severe infestation, re-do everything every day for two weeks. The fleas have a life cycle like anything else, and you must get them all, including any that survive initial treatments or hatch later.

Leave the Borax on rugs and patio for at least 3 hours. You are better off doing it more often than leaving it on a long time. DO under the furniture, under cushions, INSIDE the bottom of the couch, chairs, if you can get there. Invest in good flea/bug-proof covers for your mattresses AND box springs. If your patio/basement/kitchen is dry, you can keep the sweepings in a little pail & reuse them a few times to conserve.

If the Borax gets wet, it is AWFUL to remove from rugs, cloth. If you live in a humid climate, test the Borax on a linoleum or tile floor FIRST. Sprinkle a yard-square area and check on it every 15 minutes by just touching it with a fingertip. You can easily feel when it begins to absorb moisture- it gets tacky and starts to clump.

With repeated infestations, keep in mind that you may have one particular source of new fleas... inside a new couch, furry winter boots, a box in the attic, a box spring, something like that... really think about places they can lay eggs like fabric.

If you have trouble finding Borax - go here: (replace this with the httpandwww part)20muleteamlaundry(dottcomm)
There's a store locater link, Borax is listed under laundry care products. KEEP YOUR PETS AND KIDS AWAY FROM THE BORAX!
and GOOD LUCK!

-Betsy Geekophelia(remove and replace with at symbol)yahoo(dottcomm)

(06/16/2008)

By Geekophelia

Borax for Fleas

You can get borax at Publix, bought the big box for $3 dollars
Washed down my dog, waiting to see results (06/30/2008)

By bizo2

Borax for Fleas

Well I have known about Borax being used in the home for a few years now, and yes it works great!
But my poor dogs outside I have been going crazy trying to figure out what to do for them so as with the others I am going to try the Borax out there, as well as the capstar.
Do they have capstar for puppies? I have one that is 3 months old on our back porch so I am hoping to relieve him also. (07/23/2008)

By Nita

RE: Borax for Fleas

Borax for Fleas

Hi all!
I came across this site, and there seems to be some confusion here as to use of the borax. Borax powder will NOT KILL FLEAS IMMEDIATELY! It is meant to be a continuous treatment strategy. It can be used for active infestations, but it will take TIME to work to its fullest extent.

Here is an excerpt of a posting I wrote to another site:
Speaking of vets, and lovely fleas, since this is the time of year for them, here is a foolproof way to rid your home of fleas forever:
Take 8 parts of 20 Mule Team borax and mix it with 1 part regular table salt. Mix. Put the mix in a large shaker container, like for carpet powder or body powder. Turn off ceiling fans, and sprinkle the mix lightly (like scented carpet freshener) on every exposed or reachable area of carpet you have, under beds, dressers, in closets. (Heavy items which entirely cover the carpet, like entertainment centers with door bottom cabinets do not have to be moved.) Brush it in gently but well with a broom.

Let any dust settle for a few minutes in each room before allowing pets/kids back in. Wait for one week before vacuuming. The foot traffic helps to work it in deeper so it can do its job. Do this twice a year, like clockwork, spring and fall for instance, and you will never have fleas infesting your house again. It's worked for us for 8 years now.

If you keep the ceiling fans off, and sprinkle low to the ground, and brush it in well but gently, it shouldn't put dust all over the room.

Now, this does not prevent pets, or people for that matter, from picking up random fleas from outside. (for indoor animals that go out, like dogs) After CONTINUOUS USE of the powder, seeing a random flea on a pet is not a worry. Pretty soon after it jumps off, it's toast, so you can ignore it.

One other hint: It can be applied during an infestation, but it will take about two weeks up to a month to get rid of them entirely, depending on how bad it is. It will work, though. Use the borax powder carpet mix in combination with a couple monthly applications of the flea drops to speed up the process if it's really bad, and to give the pets immediate relief.

Caveat: Very rarely, some people/pets can be allergic to borax. It would be a good idea to mix a pinch with water and apply to the skin to test. Especially first-timers. Inside of the elbow is usually a good spot. On a bare-belly spot on animals. Wait 24 hours. If no reaction, proceed. (Borax is very useful as a cleaner in allergy-prone households, but there are always some rarities out there, like me, who is sensitive/allergic to aloe, my one dog who is allergic to rice & soybean, and my friend who is nasty-allergic to chicken. There are always exceptions to every norm.)

I have read the scientific papers, waded through the reams of information on Borax (20 mule team in the laundry aisle is the safest one) and it is NOT TOXIC. (Dust can be itchy, though, and not good to breathe in large doses, just like all dusts) As listed above, some random people may be sensitive to it, so do the allergy test first.

Borax is actually in a lot more commercial products than you would actually believe. Most for skin care. Ever used bath salts? Guess what they're usually made of? DINGDINGDING you win!
Use it with confidence as a long-term permanent preventative, and be confident that you will never need to worry about the little buggers ever again. When you move to a new place, first thing, treat the carpets! (Broom it in hard in the empty space, then vacuum immediately. Then move in the furniture.) Then every spring & fall thereafter do a re-treatment.

I hope this answered some of your questions!
Jenny (08/01/2008)

By Jenny

Borax for Fleas

I really think it's worth restating this part of one of my earlier posts....

There are differing reports as to the toxicity of Borax Decahydrate. An extensive review of published literature- including recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and International Commission on Chemical Safety- shows these areas of agreement:

Borax may irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.
It is absorbed into the body by ingestion (eating), inhalation (breathing), eye contact, and POSSIBLY through skin contact.

Symptoms of overexposure might include coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms of skin irritation might include redness, itching, and pain. Eating it or drinking a solution made of it is a very bad idea.

The bottom line is that 20 Mule Team Borax works so well as a flea treatment because it breaks down the cell wall, causing the death of the cell, and people are made of cells!

Also, if anyone is interested, I have an email info sheet on killing fleas with Borax that I've been sending on request.

:) Betsy (08/01/2008)

By Geekophelia

Borax for Fleas

We tried fumigating with store-bought bombs to no avail. Sprinkling Borax throughout the house and reapplying followed by vacuuming everyday for about a month has worked great. We still see a random flea here and there (0-3 a day), but cleaning up all the dead ones has become a priority. I should note that we didn't always vacuum cracks in our hardwood floors and under the baseboards after applying the Borax, which, I think, is a good strategy. We would vacuum these areas less frequently, immediately reapplying the Borax as these are ideal breeding places. As for our cats, we had them treated with Advantix, an injection that renders fleas infertile.
After the first week of battling this hardy, highly irritating species, we were at our wits end. DON'T GIVE UP! THE BORAX TAKES TIME TO WORK, BUT IT DOES! (08/02/2008)

By Shannon

Borax for Fleas

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Have fleas and a puppy. Had the yard sprayed and the house bombed once. Put Borox on bedroom floor and vacuumed up after a day. The rest of house is wood floors How do I get rid of them without harming my puppy? Alma (08/04/2008)

By jess_admin

Borax for Fleas

I recently discovered that my apartment has a small infestation of fleas, which I was alerted to early on since my corgi is allergic to them. A friend at work suggested the Borax treatment which I have diligently applied three times over the past week and vacuumed up after several hours or more. Since the infestation is small, I'm not sure how to tell how well I'm doing. I've not been bothered at all, and I am trying to use my dog as a gauge.

Does anyone know if a dog that continues to gnaw on her fur and scratch her body still could have gotten rid of her fleas? I'm not sure if she's only dealing with her allergy or a skin irritation from the borax. (08/07/2008)

By Angelina

Borax for Fleas

I moved into a home that had a basement, and was totally infested with fleas. I mean you could no go down to do laundry without getting eating alive.

I used all of the over the counter bombs and they did not help. My mom told me to use the Borax, I immediately went to the grocery and bought every box they had. I sprinkled it all over the basement and I have never seen another fleas down there since.

I do have a problem in my yard and I am hesitant to use it in the yard, but I have been researching a flea treatments for the yard and have come across, BENEFICIAL NEMATODES, has anyone heard of that?

Apparently they are microscopic worms that occur naturally in soil. They feed on different kinds of pests including FLEAS. I am going to try this, If anyone has every heard of it, and used it please let me know how well it worked. sassyjoann1 AT yahoo.com (08/14/2008)

By Rosey

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