Will baking soda kill fleas in my carpet?
By Mandy from VA
No but I hear that borax powder will do the job. Just sprinkle it on and leave it for an hour, then vacuum.
Borax works well as does diatomaceous earth which you can usually find at your local hardware/greenhouse.
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To get rid of fleas in your carpet, sprinkle salt on it and let it sit over night. Vacuum it up in the morning and the salt kills any fleas in your carpet.
The natural product is apparently very good and safe, HOWEVER, the stuff sold for pools is treated in some way that makes it toxic to humans. I quote: "FYI": Diatomaceous Earth sold for swimming pool filters is dangerous to human health, your pets, and livestock. It has been chemically treated and heated to change it's composition."
So please don't buy it from a pool place. There are a number of diatomaceous earth products. One which also has pyrethrin is called "Perma Guard" or "D20 Pet and Animal". There is also "fossil shell flour" which is the natural form and totally safe even if ingested (in fact it is included in animal foods to treat animals). Hope that helps. There are some good websites to view. (03/25/2008)
I need help with fleas. I just got new kitten. Have been bathing her with special, natural flea shampoo, however there are still fleas in the house. Does anyone know the life cycle of a flea? Do fleas die if they do not have anyone to feed on? I am away from my house 4 days a week, kitten is staying with family. How do I get rid of fleas in my carpet? Is bombing the only way to get rid of them in carpeting?
By RealtorRose from Malvern, PA
1. Put ONE mothball in your vacuum cleaner bag and vacuum your house thoroughly - especially carpet and upholstery. The mothball will kill the flea eggs as they hatch in the vacuum cleaner bag.
2. After vacuuming, sprinkle crumbled oregano on your carpet and leave it there. You can mix it with baking soda as a deodorizer and that also helps thin it to spread more easily.
3. Fleas do not like marigolds (relative or oregano) and planting them around the outside of your home will also help keep them at bay.
4. If they are living on your kitten you are going to have to treat her regularly with flea shampoo and a KITTEN flea collar for the time being.
Hope that helps. I wouldn't bomb my house unless absolutely necessary as you will have chemicals everywhere. I would recommend you have an exterminator come once if the above doesn't take care of your problem. A little more money than bombing, but way less clean up afterward. (08/05/2009)
How do I get fleas out of my carpet?
By Jason from Centerville, IA