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Using Salt to Kill Fleas in Carpet

I have fleas in my home in the carpets. This makes me crazy, I don't want use chemicals, I have 2 babies and I have asthma. What could I do? I read about using the salt, but I'm confused about the rock salt, regular salt, or sea salt. What is the correct kind for killing fleas?

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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

I am trying Diatomaceous earth which dehydrates insects and have not used salt. You might want to consider DE. It is as fine as baby powder. It must be organic DE and not the type manufactured for swimming pool filters so you have to make sure you buy the correct DE. Home Depot in my area did not carry organic but an animal feed and garden supply store did supply it. I purchased 4.4 lbs for $11.00 The product is by St. Gabriel. It can be used indoors and outdoors and is approved for pets. It says to keep out of the reach of children and is a food grade item. It kills many insects, including fleas, within 72 hours. It does say you can treat carpets etc. but also says to void breathing it. You can call the manufacturer at 800-801-0061.

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To apply to my cats, I put a small amount in my hand, rub my hands together so that I can pat the dust on their belly and around their throat. I avoid their eyes and nose. I wash my hands well. It seems to keep them free of fleas for two weeks and then I reapply. Hot weather here seems to cause the problem and FrontLine has not helped. You can use inside on carpets and floors and other dry areas outside. I also have used it in my garage where opossums like to explore and around the ground under bird feeders. Very thin amount but only works when it is dry.

I use it in my carpets every month and then vacuum it 2 days later. If I had little children, I would not put it in areas they liked to sit and play with toys, crawl, etc.

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I used the salt and just used reg. salt.....cheapest you can get and poured it in my hands and broadcast it everywhere then put baking soda on the same way it took about a month to really know it was working and had to treat the 2 small dogs that go in and out of the house and now no fleas. you may notice little white spots from the salt as it will draw any stains out also.

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Taking stains out with salt is an old remedy so I was not surprised at the light colored spots where a lot of salt dropped. My carpet is bluish and 16 years old in case u were wondering. I shampoo it regularly after a good vaccuming but it still gets dirty. after shampoo no spots so does not stain. Hope this helps. No amount was given me I just used whatever it took to lightly cover the house.

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I would suggest that you put the salt out at night and vacuum before babies get into the rugs much. Baking soda doesn't do that and you may want to just use the soda instead. you will have to figure out what you need to do but if I were you I would get Bengal spray for carpets, you treat it like tonight and in the morning vacuum and no fleas.

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If you are worried about the children my girlfriend took them on an excursion for a couple of hours till it dried and the smell isn't something you'll notice much and you can use freshener to mask that.

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September 9, 20110 found this helpful

My sister uses Borax on her carpets. Before she goes to bed she sprinkles it on and drags her feet around getting it into the carpet and then the next morning she vacuums the heck outta the floors. That works real good for her and she has 3 dogs in the house. Just a suggestion...

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