How to Naturally Get Rid of Fleas Part 2

If you missed my post on How to Naturally Get Rid of Fleas Part 1, click here.

I’ve been on a battle this past week to get rid of fleas in my home.  Flea eggs can hatch as quickly as every 2 days and as late as every 2 weeks, depending on humidity and temperature.  This makes them multiply very quickly, so aggression on your part is a must to get rid of these annoying jumperoos!  

In my first post last week, I used a lamp and water to catch several of them, and I continued to do this every night, and it worked for a lot of them.  Having my house sprayed for fleas using chemicals is not an option for me.  

Read this list I found about some of the possible side effects of using chemical sprays:
“Among the complaints in the moderate and major medical incidents were dizziness, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, tremors, abdominal pain, disorientation, stumbling, coma, seizure, liver failure, lethargy, numbness, blurred vision, chills, blood in the urine, memory loss, migraines, inability to walk and heart attack.”  Uhhhh….I think I’ll go with something more natural! =O  

Click here to read the full story of how a lady suffered for months from chemicals sprayed in her house for fleas.  I wonder how many people suffer from the side effects of these chemicals and don’t realize it?

The second part of my getting rid of fleas is using salt.  Salt acts as a dehydration agent that dries out the fleas.  I bought the cheapest salt I could find.  It takes about a pound of salt per room with carpet, depending on the size of the room.  You want the salt to be almost a powdery consistency, so I ground up the salt in my coffee grinder, or make sure you buy a very highly refined salt.  Sprinkly it evenly over carpet and sweep it down into the carpet with a broom.  Vacuum after about a week and throw away the bag.  You may need to repeat this if you have a really bad case. 


Here’s a video about using salt for fleas made by a pest-control business owner:

 

 You, like me, can be flea free without the use of harmful chemicals! 






How to Naturally Get Rid of Fleas Part 1

I don’t like to admit that I have fleas in my house right now, but I DO!  Things like this happen to the best of us.  We actually don’t have any animals in our house, so I assume we carried them in on our clothes.  I have a plan to get rid of these pests this week.  I certainly don’t want to use toxic bombs or products that are not safe for my family.  I have two things on the agenda – water and salt.  Sounds pretty safe to me! :)
Here’s what I did last night that took care of several of them~

 I put warm water and dish soap in a bowl on the floor, and placed a lamp next to it.  Fleas are attracted to light.  When they jump towards the light, they land in the bowl and drown.  This morning, I found several fleas (and a few other insects) in the bowl.  While this method will not get all the fleas, it took care of several that would have been biting us this morning!  I’m keeping this lamp on and putting fresh warm water and dish soap from time to time to drown as many of these jumping critters as I can!  I’ll update you when I’ve completely conquered them, and share what else I did!  I’m also going to work on ridding the animals of fleas!

Unlike me, I hope you’re having a pest-free day! :)
Click here to read Part 2 of getting rid of fleas.