Mix equal parts of: BAKING SODA, BORAX & SALT. Mix together well, then put in a shaker container (like for Parmesan cheese). Sprinkle this mixture EVERYWHERE, all over your carpets & wood floors & furniture. Next sweep it into the rug, wood floor cracks & upholstery as DEEPLY as you can. Leave this on the floors & carpets for 2 or 3 weeks then vacuum it up (with a flea collar inside your vacuum). Then do the same thing again.
You'll have to do this 2 times for sure & possibly 3 times. This formula works because the borax & salts dehydrate the fleas & their shells, which kills them. It's not the best thing for carpets because it the salts are slightly abrasive & can make the carpets wear out faster. If you live in a very humid area like Florida & don't have air conditioning, then the salt can attract & absorb moisture from the air, so if you live in a humid climate without air-conditioning just use the Borax all by itself. It's not nearly as effective, but it's an option. Don't worry if you have air-conditioning because it gets rid of excess humidity.
They sell this very same formula at most vets, but you'll have to pay a pretty penny for it. The Salt & baking soda are usually sold 2 or 3 for $1 at most dollar stores. The Borax can be hard to find. They don't sell it at my Walmart, but I've found it at several grocery stores in the laundry isle. (It's called: "20 mule Team Borax" & it's sold as a laundry additive)
If you have a pet, you'll need to buy those flea drops you put on the back of the pets neck like "Advantage"... They are expensive (about $12 per month) & are only sold at a vet or on the internet but they work amazingly well to prevent all fleas & ticks on your animal & from being tracked into you house by your pet. They also prevent tapeworm in your pet. Tapeworm is cause by fleas (My cat had one. They attach to the inside of their stomach lining & send sections of themselves (to reproduce) that look like dried rice under the pets tail)... This is one reason why people shouldn't let their cats up on their counter tops where they prepare food!
My son & I are allergic to fleas. So I have tried all the chemical treatments. This one really does work & it won't harm your family, PLUS, it's fairly inexpensive!
Good luck! (04/26/2008)
An old Indian told me to use table salt. Sprinkle the salt and vacuum up. It works! (04/29/2008)
Oil of American Cedar Leaf from Loranne Oils - 3 drops on a 3 inch square of brown shopping bag in each corner of EVERY room and fleas are gone in 2-3 days. Refresh each week until cold weather. It seems expensive, but I'm still on the same 4 oz. bottle I bought 5 years ago and I have an 8 room home! Just keep it in a cool, dark place (cabinet) throughout the winter. (04/29/2008)
I am a Avon rep and have used the Skin So Soft line to prevent bites on myself and my pets.
I keep my dog totally free of fleas and ticks. It's the easiest, dumbest thing in the world to do - I put some liquid garlic juice in his food three times a week. I have done this for over 4 years. No fleas, no ticks. How easy (and cheap) can it be?
By Bobby Zorich
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