Getting Rid of Fleas

February 23, 2005
Getting Rid of Fleas in Bedding. Upclose photo of a flea.Editor's Note: Most veterinarians do not advocate the use of garlic with pets as it can be toxic, especially to small breeds. Please consult with your own vet before trying this home remedy.


  • 1 cup cooked hamburger meat
  • 1 tablespoon brewer's yeast
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 raw egg


Cook hamburger meat in skillet until browned, set aside to cool. Combine egg, garlic, and brewer's yeast. Add to hamburger meat, stir until blended well. Feed to dog.

Note: They love it! Use once a month to control fleas and ticks.

By DeAnn C.

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May 20, 2010

Here is one to try for fleas. Take any kind of baby wipes (mark wipes container for pet use only) and add just 1/4 cup of Skin So Soft to the wipes container. This can be used daily for either cats or dogs.


August 15, 2012

After treating your dogs, you have to do something to discourage and kill those pesky fleas from hanging around in your yard. I buy the cedar chips and sprinkle it all over the yard


April 13, 2005

Borax has a skull and crossbones on it for a reason. It is very dangerous to animals. Please remember that our pets are so much closer to the ground than we are and that they have to lick themselves to get clean.



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September 17, 2017

My dog is just getting over having fleas, but he's chewing his tail. Does that mean he still may have some? I've checked him and they are gone and he's been treated by the vet already.

Do I still have to treat my house and everything he's been sitting on?


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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

It is important to treat your home for fleas and the eggs left behind.

Step 1
You will need to dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum all places the dog lays on or has sat on. Eggs are laid on the pet and drop off the pet around your home.


Step 2
I would use dish soap to kill the flea eggs. You will need to create a flea trap with the dish soap. This is simple to make and very effective. Place a plate or bowl of warm water and dish soap around your home or the place that you find the most fleas.

Step 3
Make your own herbal flea spray for your dog and treating your home. Mix 4 liters of vinegar, 2 liters of water, 500 ml of lemon juice and 250 ml of witch hazel in a large pray bottle. You can use this on your animal and spray around your home to kill fleas and the eggs that are hatching.

Step 4
Vacuuming is the most effective flea control for your home. Before vacuuming lay down baking soda around your home Use a hard brush to brush this into the dog bed, rugs, and furniture. Afterwards, vacuum your home. Once you are done vacuuming you will need to remove the bag and throw it away.

Step 5
Sprinkle salt all around your home and leave it for 2 days. Afterwards, vacuum the home and throw the content of the cleaner in the trash can outside.


Step 6
Citrus spray is an excellent way to get rid of fleas. Slice a lemon thinly and add it to a pint of water. Boil the water with the citrus slices. Afterwards, turn off the stove and let the mixture sit overnight. Add this to a spray bottle and spray your home.

Step 7
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the areas in your home that you have fleas. Leave this in the areas for 2 days. Afterwards, vacuum and dispose of the contents in the garbage can outside your home.

Step 8
Natural flea power can also be made at home. Grind rosemary, rue, wormwood, fennel and peppermint. Place this in a pestel and morta and grind it to a fine powder. Sprinkle this around your home.


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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Step 1
Wash lived-in areas and items.

Step 2
Spray an insect growth regulator (IGR) like methoprene or pyriproxyfen.

Step 3
Vacuum everything!


Step 4
Use botanical dust mixed with Borate acid on your floors.

Step 5
Fill shallow bowls of water with dish detergent.

Step 6
Place the water and detergent mixture in a very shallow bowl, low enough to the ground so that the fleas accidentally hop into it. An old flying disk or low-walled bowl does the job quite well.


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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

We had our dog take a pill for fleas. It kills the big fleas then the eggs for up to 3 months. So we did not have to do the house. Your dog will scratch, be patient.


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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

if your dog was treated for fleas then most likely he is scratching where fleas attacked him before.

  • He may have created a "hot spot" in that area from time spent chewing before flea treatment.
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  • Try some of these solutions that may help him stop or break the cycle of chewing.
  • Gently wash the area with a mild shampoo (baby shampoo is good) and rinse with warm water. This can be done several times in a week.
  • Cleanse the area using witch hazel on a cotton ball, daily.
  • Add a thin coating of Neosporin on the spot, daily.
  • Give a little bit of liquid Benadryl mixed in with some wet dog food a couple times a day for 2 days.
  • Coconut oil has antifungal properties and can be useful both topically and internally.
  • Some people use Tea Tree Oil but I hesitate to use this because it can be harmful if the dog licks it and they can really twist when they have an itch.

Probably a good normal cleaning, especially his bedding, and vacuum will be all the house cleaning necessary.

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December 1, 2010

I am having a flea problem, does anyone have any advice on what is the best and long lasting way to get rid of fleas in my home? I am also on a fixed income so I can't afford professional or really expensive remedies! Thanks and I look forward to hearing from all of you.

By candy from North Myrtle Beach, SC


December 1, 20100 found this helpful

Don't ask me how this works but it does. Someone told my mother to do this. I have four "babies" in the house so I know this works. I do use frontline on them but not on my furniture. Place a lamp on the floor and set a shallow bowl of water under it. Squirt Dawn Dishwashing, original scent in the bowl of water but do not disturb.


The light attracts them and they fall in the water. I've counted as many as 10 fleas at a time. Change each night till you no longer see any fleas in the bowl. I tried it without the dawn with no results.

January 5, 20110 found this helpful

Hey there Candy.

There are two problems to address here; the house and the pets. If you really want to stretch your dollar then go out and buy the appropriate sized flea control for your pets. Frontline is labeled for one month but really works for about three (although I recommend using it monthly for the first 2-3 months).
For cats, apply it the neck, as directed. For dogs; give them a good bath and make sure they are super dry. Apply the frontline down the midline of the back. One spot on the head, and continue all the way to the base of the tail. Be sure to part the hair and apply it all the way to the skin. (You should have about four or five different spots along the back, including the head and tail base).

Now the house. Buy some 20 Mule Team Borax from the store and sprinkle your carpets with it. Use a decent amount, enough to make the carpets white. Then stomp it in! I would leave it there for about a week..letting people walk all over it! (This really works it into the carpets!) After the week, take a vacuum to it! You'll suck up all the visible stuff but the Borax will forever be ground into the carpet. The secret is that the microscopic crystals interfere with the flea's ability to breath and the egg's ability to hatch.

Note: Make sure you cover all carpeted areas, even throw rugs and under the bed.
Frontline doesn't wash off, but hold off on pet baths for a week after application.

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July 6, 2013

How do we rid our dog of fleas? And how can we keep her from getting them in the first place?

By Dot


July 8, 20130 found this helpful

I bathe my girls with original blue Dawn dish soap every one to two weeks. I also use original Skin So Soft bath oil from Avon. Both of these products kill on contact. With the SOS I mix one part SOS and five parts water. Keep in a spray bottle. I keep a tiny spray bottle with SOS in my pocket. When I check my girls bellies the fleas will run across and that is when I spray them dead. You don't need much. This stuff smells great. Be sure to rub it into the skin. I also vacuum every day and wash their bedding.

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June 15, 2010

I need a cheap way to get rid of fleas on a dog that is 11 yrs. old and has never had fleas before. Help.

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