I need the quickest and cheapest way to kill fleas. I am also needing instructions on what to do, how often to do it, and how to do it in my house. I am looking for something that is safe for children and pets.
I am desperate. I just started using Advantage on my cat. Will that help with the fleas in the house? Please advise.
By BChambers from Jacksonville, FL
You can bathe the cat in Dawn liquid dishwashing soap. That will kill the fleas on the cat. (07/21/2009)
I found this on another site. Hope it helps.
Low-cost Flea Spray:
If your dogs pick up fleas, squeeze the juice of a couple of lemons into a bowl and let it sit overnight. The next morning, strain it and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray your dogs (avoiding the eyes) and pat them down with a sponge. No more expensive flea medicines to get rid of all those fleas.
Ruth from Houston, TX
DE, diatomaceous earth, I use it for garden pest control, parasite control in my dogs water dish and sprinkled on the dogs to absolutely kill off any fleas. They die on the dog, then when the fleas jump on from the rug or grass they die, the nits die, no more fleas. Also, I keep my dogs away from other dogs. And it is safe, non-toxic and organic. (07/22/2009)
I was told to sprinkle salt on the carpet. I did it the day before yesterday and the little buggers are not jumping on my feet today. Oh, I forgot. Vacuum the floor approximately 24 hours after you put it on. Repeat in 3-4 days. Make sure animals are flea free or the rug will be infested again. (07/22/2009)
Plain ole rubbing alcohol will do the trick. Just put it in a spray bottle and spray everything. It kills fleas on contact. (07/22/2009)
Sprinkle 20 Mule Team Borax liberally on the carpet and let it set overnight then vacuum it up. (07/22/2009)
My friend's dog was infested with fleas. It was horrid. The thing that worked for her was:
Sevin can be bought at the agricultural stores or feed stores. It is safe for people to use this on tomato plants to keep bugs off. She puts it on her yard, carpet, and on her dog. It really works and is safe. (07/31/2009)
Borax can be dangerous for small children and babies. It is a desiccant. It dries out your insides. Babies' insides are still very delicate, they can not handle this stress like adults people. Check it out on Wikipedia and see if it is for you. Or just keep the kids away for a while.
It's such a fine dusty powder, I'd be afraid to use it on carpet. We use it on diapers though. (She does not eat the diapers.) The danger is that kids love to eat their hands and lick their hands (which could come into contact with the carpet or floor and borax).
Someone said that garlic is bad for pets. We always, always gave our indoor outdoor cat Brewer's Yeast and garlic once per day. We never had a problem. Is was a very large, huge 23 lb. cat. (Fat, yeah, but also, just very broad shouldered, very tall, very big.) We never had fleas then. (08/05/2009)
In years past I have used pennyroyal oil as a flea repellent, but that is also somewhat toxic. Vacuum the carpet frequently to get rid of the flea eggs. Also you can put on insect repellent on your legs, especially outside, so you don't get flea bites on your legs and carry them inside. (08/05/2009)
I was reading this book called "Eco Dog" and it had a few recipes for fleas, and it was worth it. It includes a lot of great ideas. Back to the fleas I believe that rosemary water tonic should help. (08/07/2009)
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