Banana Stalks for Fleas?


This tip is something I saw my father do back in the fifties. We moved into an apartment that had those old fiber mat room carpets. It was alive with fleas. They absolutely covered you when you walked in.


He went to the local fruit/vegetable stand and got a banana stalk from from the owner. It cost him nothing as all bananas were pulled off that stalk. He brought it home, cut it up into links and spread the pieces around the rooms, within two days the fleas were gone and never came back. Has anyone else seen this done? I've often wondered if banana oil would serve the same purpose as they send bananas here in boxes now. I have my eye on some wild bananas across the way, and intend to snatch them when they come to fruit.

Source: family experience

By Linda S. from Haines City, FL

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April 21, 20091 found this helpful

Wow! Now they need to start selling banana stalks! This is one of the best tips I've ever read!

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April 21, 20091 found this helpful

I agree with Cyinda! Fantastic tip! Can't wait to try this out this summer, when the fleas seem to be the worst in my area. Thanks!

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June 7, 20131 found this helpful

I heard this last Sunday for an elderly lady at church. Must be true. They put the stalk in the hen house.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Banana peels work also

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

My mama did the same thing with banana stalks. She would go to farmer's market and get several banana stalks and place them around our yard. We never had flees. Wish I could easily find banana stalks now. I'd use them faithfully in my back and front yard.

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June 20, 20210 found this helpful

Stalks work and are very effective against fleas. You can also put down banana peels. The potassium is what kills them. Peels work right up to the point of being black.


Replace them or throw out some new ones. Bananas actually work wonders on controlling fleas.

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