While on vacation our house became infested with fleas. We don't have any animals that live at our house. What is the best method to getting rid of them? I am kind of scared of all the toxic bombs, but understand it may be necessary. Is there a certain brand that people prefer?
By Stella from Manchester, WA
We got these tips from our vet and they DO work. First thing is spray your carpets/floors with pure vinegar. I know it stinks but once you get rid of the fleas you can clean them. Also at night, fill a while bowl with water and put under a night light. The fleas are attracted to the white for some reason and they will drown. You will be suprised how many fleas end up in this white bowl. I hope this works for you. It did for us and it is environmentally safe.
I hope this helps.
Nice thing about the vinegar is that it will also remove odors as it evaporates-the smell goes away within 24 hours taking every bit of staleness with it. Another way to get rid of fleas is to spray Liquid Sevin (find it in the garden centre including the big-box stores), be sure to repeat the treatment as instructed on the label. You can also try boric acid dust, again, read the label carefully.
Dry Borax left down for 2 to 3 weeks before you vacuum. Each average size carpeted room gets 1 and a half to 2 cups sprinkled into carpet (collander works well) little more in soft furniture. Keep fleas dead and gone for year and a half or more. Leave down the proper waiting period to cover life cycle of egg larvae and adult. When first spread fleas will be active because they are dying.
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