Not baking soda, but boric acid. Obviously do not put on your cat but you can sprinkle it in between furniture cushions, carpet areas the cat can't walk on, around baseboards. It has worked much better for me (and less expensive!) than flea treatments or exterminators.
I wouldn't try baking soda on the actual cat :/ That's just my opinion. You don't know what kind of reaction it might have.
I also recommend Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Great stuff! It is a :silica: source and is great for your hair, skin & nails!! Will keep pets parasite (worm) free & when put on their skin, kills fleas. Just be very careful around the face & don't let them inhale or get in their eyes! Be sure to get on feet & under belly & chin & especially at base of tail! Won't hurt pets who lick themselves!
We had a flea problem inside and outside our home. A friend of mine gave me a bucket of Diatomaceous earth or also called DE. She bought it from the local feed store.
My friend uses it on her livestock as well as in her food to keep her wheat berries that she grinds in her mill pest free. It coats the wheat berries but since it's food safe it's okay that she consumes it. Make sure the kind you buy is food safe. Some pool companies sell it but that is NOT the kind I am talking about.
When you touch it, it feels like chalk. Its abrasiveness is what kills fleas, ants, cockroaches and more. It dries them up from the inside out! It is not a chemical. Safe to use in the garden as well!
It is recommended that when you use it to wear a mask to avoid breathing in the dust.
How to use- I reused an old baking powder container as it had tiny holes in the container. I sprinkled it lightly into our carpets to let it settle down and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, I vacuumed it up. Don't worry about trying to get it all out. The DE will work its way down into the carpet fibers and there will do its work. Anytime a pest comes into contact with it, it will dehydrate them.
One application lasts about a year. It is safe around pets and children. We have not had a single flea found inside or outside our home since! I also used it around our home to get rid of the many ant hills in our yard.
Because it's also food safe, I sprinkle about a half teaspoon in our cat's food dish. When they consume it, it also kills internal parasites.
I called the feed store to see how much it was and they sell a 50 pound bag for $20. It may vary in your neighborhood, but just to give you an idea. The bag she bought has lasted her 7 plus years and the ice cream bucket size she gave me hardly looks touched. A little bit goes a long way.
DE has many more uses. Go here to read more about it. This link (of which I am not affiliated with) has good information: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html
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