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Home Remedies for Fleas

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Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of when trying to avoid toxic remedies. With perseverance home remedies can work. This is a guide about home remedies for fleas.
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December 11, 2016

Our pets are like members of the family and we want to protect them. But, it is inevitable that our dog and cats will attract those pesky fleas. Flea collars, sprays, ointments, and pills aren't 100% effective all the time either, so what can we do? Well, there are two items that I have used that kill fleas in one wash! The quickest way is to wash your pet in blue Dawn dish washing liquid. It has a refreshing scent and is very gentle. Murphy's oil soap is also effective in killing and deterring fleas. And as a bonus, it is also good for dry skin! Murphy's makes the fur shinier and the skin softer. With either product, fleas won't stand a chance! I've had a couple vets and pet professionals recommend both products. A little goes a long way. And of course you can verify with your own vet, if your have any reservations.

Source: Local veterinarian recommended use of both products.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

Hello. Is Dawn safe to use on 3wk old puppies please.

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September 15, 2011

To get rid of fleas, use apple cider vinegar! Add a bit to your pet's drinking water and it really helps! I have 3 small dogs that are prone to fleas and we no longer have that problem.

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By Kathy from Plymouth, CT

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

How much vinegar do u add and how long before it starts working

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September 24, 2013

I use ammonia to get rid of fleas. I close the window and then pour it on the carpet and anywhere your dogs lay. Take your dogs and cats out of the house for at least 4 hours. When you come back in, open all windows. There should be no more fleas. Just run the vacuum all through the house and give your dog or cat a flea bath.

When I do this, I don't get fleas back in my house for a good year.

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May 16, 20170 found this helpful

I had flees I live Oklahoma out in the country I have alot of animals tried all kinds of stuff to kill them then a lady told me how to get rid of them cheap I got a gallon icecream lid put a little bit of water in it with dawn dish soap an out a light over it at night I was shocked the first couple of nights of how many there was but every night there was fewer an fewer until there was very small ones then none it works an sabes alot of money

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July 24, 2013

Give your cats or dogs a bath with Head and Shoulders shampoo. It will kill the fleas but they will still be stuck on your animal. After you give them a bath, take a fine tooth comb and get all those bloodsuckers off of them.

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August 8, 2012

For years Avon's Original Bath Oil has been used as a great remedy for preventing fleas on your pets. Horse ranches also use this. It has a variety of uses and is cheaper than the commercial flea pills.

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September 9, 2008

To kill fleas in your home, put down lots of salt in your carpet. Wait 24 hours and vacuum. If you do this every other day, your home will be free of fleas. You have to keep up this or they will come back.

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July 19, 2013

Put shallow bowls of warm water with a dash of Dawn liquid detergent on the floor under lamps. If you have fleas in your house, they will gravitate to the warmth of the light bulbs and jump in the water.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Cat with fleas scratching

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This is a guide about homemade flea spray recipe. Using household products you can make an effective flea spray.

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September 16, 2011

Use a flea comb on pets, it works wonders. I use a dry flea comb on my 2 cats. Swipe, then throw the fleas into a bowl of water and dish soap. I do this every day to make sure they are rid of fleas. Takes about ten minutes a cat.

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February 5, 2011

I have 11 cats and 9 dogs. It is too expensive to buy Frontline or the equivalent to get rid of the fleas. I am also on disability so money is tight. How can I get rid of the fleas very cheaply?

By Rena from AL

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful
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Try borax in your carpets. Leave in over night vacuum and throw the vacuum bag out right away and a teaspoon of vinegar in the drinking water. Helps deter them.

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November 13, 20131 found this helpful

My daughter is covered in flea bites and nobody else in our family has any. She is a magnet for mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and any other insects. I don't know why it's just her. We all use the same soap and all. My dog has just a few. They seem to like my daughter more. What do I do? My baby looks like connect the dots.

By K.

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August 22, 20160 found this helpful

It's also our blood type. The sweeter the blood the more attachments you get. I'm the only one in my house that gets the most bug attention band I've learned that it's my blood type. I have O blood, and other people I know that get bothered also have O blood type. It's inevitable, if there is a way to make them stop biting I'm all ears.

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September 28, 2013

I have a 5-6 month old kitten that has fleas. I need a home remedy because she can't use other store products.

By amberfaith01

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September 20, 20150 found this helpful

I have a 7 month old kitten. And I called the vet a couple of months ago because my roommate had 6 flea infested animals (I no longer live there). And she told me to use blue dawn. And it has worked tremendously.

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May 27, 2016

I have one dog and I am not working at the moment. I am noticing he has a lot of ticks and fleas. Tacobell is an active dog who plays a lot and runs a lot, but a problem I have is he licks everything and eats whatever he wants even when he has food down. We bathe him reguarly with flea and tick shampoo and I am losing my mind. So I am asking what is a natural remedy I can use?

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October 17, 20160 found this helpful

I have 4 dogs and they're all half ticks and I can't seem to get rid of them what am I supposed to do I'll give them bath and tick shampoo and Tick dip they're still here

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November 27, 2016

I have fleas in my home. I can't afford an exterminator. What can I do?

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

Very hard work, I'm afraid. First of all find the source if possible. If it is your dog than you'll need to get the house sprayed and the dog treated at the same time. No point in taking poor little dog back into a sprayed house if he's only going to dump more fleas in the carpet! Not to mention how bad the spray might be for his health. When we had fleas I bathed the dog with an insecticidal shampoo and carried him out to the car. Stage two: I left the house for the day while someone else did the spraying, only coming back when the instructions said it would be safe.

It might take a few goes, but eventually with modern flea sprays you will be free. Expensive, but not so much as employing someone else.

Another thought - a steam cleaner might help with maintaining a flea-free environment.

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August 14, 2016

I need a safe way to get rid of fleas on my cat.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

A friend who ahd 2 huge dogs swears by nematodes. These insects actually crawl inside fleas and consume them from the inside, killing them. https://www.ama  or/dp/B007XFHAR6

She said she never needed to spray after that.

Some people also use Diatomaceous Earth, though be careful to not breathe it in when you put it. This product actually cuts open the exoskeleton of the bugs. Not just fleas but many other bugs die in the presence of this ancient calcified life form: https://richsoi  aceous-earth.jsp

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August 25, 20120 found this helpful

My boyfriend and I just moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, because we are expecting a baby in 2 months. We have no pets, but the people who lived here before must have because this apartment has fleas. It is all carpeted and I don't want to use any chemicals since I am pregnant and the baby will be here soon.

I heard that salt works really well, but since we live on the 5th floor and have no pets, I was wondering if I should still repeat the treatment all of the time or if I should be OK with a few treatments since there is no way for them to get back in? Also if anyone thinks there are any better ways, please let me know.

By Kay

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August 28, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, salt works great. If you can find popcorn salt (usually available at restaurant supply stores or online) that is best because it will not show in carpet while you are treating it, plus it penetrates deep into the fibers. You want to sprinkle it into your carpet thoroughly, then use a broom or whatever you have to beat it deep into the carpet.

It needs to stay in for two weeks. If you have to vacuum before 2 weeks, then you will need to repeat the treatment. This works quickly and safely. I have had many, many, rescue dogs and this is the only way I would treat for fleas. Safe for adults and pets.

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September 13, 2010

I have a dog and now I have fleas in my backyard. Can I use bleach in my yard to get rid of the fleas?

By Charles from Fortsmith, AR

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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An exterminator told an aquaintence of mine about using bleach years ago. As I understand, bleach works to kill ticks but not fleas. I'm not sure why.

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July 10, 2013

We are being eaten alive, help! How do I get rid of fleas without spending a fortune?

By Snowball

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

Regarding my earlier post about earthclinic.com I would never use tea tree oil on a cat as they are not able to get it out of their systems. Make sure and read the warnings on the posts also.

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September 24, 2016

What is the best way to clear up a bad infestation on the dog and the house? No chemicals please!

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September 24, 20161 found this helpful

My husband is an entomologist so I speak with first hand knowledge and experience.

The first and very important step is to take your pet to your veterinarian to make certain the only problem is fleas. There are many other medical problems that could be affecting your pet in addition to a flea infestation.

The humble cat (cat, dog, etc.) flea is one of the most abundant and widespread species on Earth. You may have noticed that your dog and cat often choose different places to sleep in your house and outside. Your cat may have five or six favorite inside spots (usually in the sun) and outside even more. Many animals choose several places to sleep to avoid fleas. They might sleep in one spot for a few days and then another for a day or two. This sleep pattern breaks the flea life cycle and does reduce the effectiveness of flea attacks as adult fleas only live for a few days. However, some can live up to one hundred days in a good food environment. As you will see, the flea has a complicated life and you and your pet are invited!

Flea eggs do not stay on your pet, they quickly drop or roll off as they do not stick to anything. The fleas you find in your house hatched from the flea eggs that fell off of your pet. Flea eggs are tiny and opaque white or almost colorless. The fleas you may see on your cat or dog are immature fleas from eggs on the floor or outside that hatched into fleas and jumped back onto your dog. You will also see (many!) small black dots on your dog but these are only flea feces.

The flea eggs in your home and outside are the real problem. Just one female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day. The eggs fall off into your house and outside so, either way, your dog or cat will then again attract the immature and adult fleas both inside and outside which are the children from flea parents that may still be living on your cat or dog.

Any dish detergent bath may wash away or possibly kill some fleas on your pet, however, not all fleas are killed. In a bath many migrate up to the head and ear area and then, once the bath is over, travel back to their favorite spots, usually on the back. If you use dish detergent, you can seriously dry the animals skin and may cause skin rashes, an allergic reaction, etc., and you are not addressing the real problem. The thousands of flea eggs that exist all the time in your house and outside hatch and then jump back onto your dog or cat (and you!). So, you and your pets are locked into the everlasting cycle in the life of fleas.

A search online for how to kill fleas brings up many ideas for bathing, applying natural and awful sprays, etc., but these only address the fleas on your pet. Rarely do they address the bigger problem as a whole. You can check this site for answers that address your pet, your home and the outside. As you will see, flea prevention is a much larger problem than just giving your dog a bath.

The only way you will become flea free is to treat the cats/dogs and your home with flea killers. It will take time for the flea treatments to work and money for the medications. I strongly suggest having the cats/dogs checked for fleas and any other medical problems and then treat them with prescription medication. Over the counter flea products are not strong enough to deal with the uncontrolled flea infestation in the house.

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May 30, 20131 found this helpful

I just moved from Idaho, where there pretty much aren't any fleas, to Louisiana where there are too many fleas. It has been two days and my little dog is covered in them. I have given her medicine down her back, put a flea collar on her, and given her a bath with flea shampoo. She will not stop scratching, and she is covered with little red bites.

I am living with my cousin who has a cat that goes in and out, but is not having this problem. She also has a dog that stays outside, he doesn't seem to be having the same problem either. What do I do? Why are they attacking her the way they are? I'm feeling horrible for my dog!

By Stormie W.

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June 2, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds as though you as though you are the proud owner of a furbaby with a flea allergy :( Sounds insane, but it's pretty common. Like humans, animals can develop allergies and react more severely than the previously to the same allergen. In addition to treating your pet and any others and the bedding, etc. treating your yard with a food grade pesticide is a good option. Farm stores like South states and tractor supply carry these. I'd also like to suggest an oral pill called a "capstar" for your dog which kills flea immediately or at least they"ll jump off your dog giving it instant relief - and an oatmeal bath. (My GSD was highly allergic to fleas so I feel your pain).

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November 8, 2009

I am having a flea problem in my home. I have 3 chihuahuas all under 10 lbs. I have been reading all the different home remedies. But none have said anything about putting them on furniture.

Taz my long hair likes to sleep on corner section of unit while I am at work. So I have had seen some fleas on us when we sit on the couch. So are any of these remedies safe to put on fabric furniture? I am going to try the salt on the carpet today and bathe them.

I am just so tired of the little hopping pests. I have found them on me. And since dogs sleep with me figured I might even wash sheets in vinegar, too. Would really like to have any info that would help. Thanks.

By SandiF from Stillwater, OK

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September 9, 20120 found this helpful
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I have 2 dogs and they brought fleas into my house a couple years ago. I was horrified as I'd never had this problem. I googled every possible solution and ended up using all of them but finally got the fleas out of the house and off the dogs, but it took us pulling out all the stops to do it. And it took a full 2 weeks of hard work to do it.

First, buy yourself a large box of Borax laundry detergent. Borax dries the larva out so they can't reproduce in your carpets; it interrupts the life cycle. Sprinkle it all over your carpets, then wait a day and vacuum; reapply the Borax after each vacuuming and wait a day. Repeat every day for 2 weeks.

Put some Advantix or similar product on your dog (I know there's an expense to this, but you can find off-brands at Walmart that work just as well). This will get into your dogs bloodstream and prevent the fleas that do land on and bite your dog from being able to lay eggs. It's either that or daily bathings with a flea shampoo, and I found that gets old fast.

The next thing I did is buy a can of Siphotrol spray from the Vet (about $15 for a large can), and I sprayed my upholstered furniture with it right after I had vacuumed the furniture really well (by the way, put a flea collar in your vacuum bag to kill the fleas you do vacuum up, or replace the bag each time, or the little buggers will just find their way out of your vacuum).

I took off the cushions, pillows - you name it - and sprayed the entire couch, cushions and chairs. I also put night lights in rooms with the highest concentrations of fleas and put a shallow bowl of Dawn dishsoap and water below it; in the morning I would find dead fleas that drowned (they were attracted to the light).

Lastly, I bought a few of those aerosol "bug bombs" at the local discount store, took the dogs for a trip for a few hours, and let the bombs off in the house about a week after I started all this. After all this, the fleas were gone. Basically, you aren't going to get away with just putting a flea collar on and hoping the problem goes away - it won't work. You have to interrupt the flea life cycle and understand that it will take time to do that until the life cycle has been completely stopped by your efforts.

I also realize that this isn't exactly a homeopathic way of getting rid of fleas, and I don't condone the regular use of chemicals, but I was desperate and this worked for me. Like I said, I pulled out all the stops.

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