I have a rental property that has been infested with fleas from the previous tenant. Most of the house has been cleaned up, but the basement still smells like a kennel. This is where the flea problem is at. How can I get rid of the fleas so I can clean the basement without being infested myself? I have bombed three times and sprayed the steps going down to the basement, but still have these pests. Please advise.
By Bruce from Newell, WV
Use 20 Mule Team Borax. It is located in the laundry section of your local grocer. Just sprinkle it, leave it overnight, and vacuum up. Repeat in 5-7 days to get any survivors. Always change your vacuum cleaner bag each time. Have used this remedy over the years, it works. Good luck. (06/29/2010)
Sprinkle Salt on Carpets to Kill Fleas was posted on Thrifty Fun:
The best thing that I found was sprinkling salt in the carpet. You don't see the salt like you do powders. This was so effective, I was amazed. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats that come in and out. The fleas got in the carpet and were biting us all the time.
I started looking for natural ways to get rid of them. In my search, I found out about salt. A box of table salt, so cheap yet so effective. The salt dehydrates the eggs and larva in the carpet. After a day or so you can vacuum. Reapply as needed.
By Kathynrwd from Birmingham, AL
Sounds like you'll need a professional exterminator to spray the "entire" house including immediately outside. Make sure it's someone who gives a six month or more guarantee. Since it sounds like the place is quite infested it might be a good idea to have them spray again two weeks after the original spraying to be extra certain. They need to spray with chemicals that kill, not only the living fleas, but also the eggs (eggs can lay dormant for months and months before hatching) and the pupae and larvae!
Please know that they do not live only in carpets. They also live and lay eggs in crevices in molding, under appliances, etc. (06/29/2010)
Apply Concern diatomaceous earth crawling insect killer. It won't hurt pets, in fact you can sprinkle it on them and even put in in their food to rid them of worms. Some people are sensitive to diatomaceous earth, and some pets are, especially their eyes. I've never had or heard of a problem with it. Get it at your garden center. The kind they process for swimming pool filters won't work, or so I've been told. (07/04/2010)
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