Organization and Fleas

Encouraged by merm to get my flea posts better organized, I’ve crafted a page with his help that, hopefully, manages to bring the links all together in one spot. It puts them in chronological order. Besides maybe helping some poor unfortunate soul who is trying to get rid of fleas, it serves to amaze me how much I put up with before I got down and dirty with the critters.

While I was bent on getting rid of them by natural means, they were intent on taking over my house. It was something they accomplished quite handily. They went from a few on my ankles to thousands and maybe millions (my mother always told me not to exaggerate) in a few days’ time.

I wish success for anyone waging the same war. May all the fleas in your house and yard rest in peace.

6 Responses to Organization and Fleas

  1. fleaprobsolved April 11, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    Get rid of fleas naturally – equal parts borax and salt in a BIG bowl.

    Easy to get rid of fleas naturally. First clean your house. Especially the carpets… vacuum well and throw all the vacuum stuff into a plastic bag, tie, and in the dump.

    Next get a big bowl, equal parts borax (laundry borax from target) and salt. Blend it well. Sprinkle every inch of your home, like it was carpet powder and put some into the vacuum canister that you just emptied in case there are fleas and eggs in there. The borax/salt mixture dehydrates the fleas and eggs breaking the cycle of flea/egg. Vacuum carpet after seven days.

    Repeat the process, until you are sure all the buggers are gone. Usually they are gone in seven days, but depending on the infestation…do it again. Mine was so bad one year. This is the only thing that worked. Then I was so scared of the fleas I kept the mixture on hand all the time.

    • Tommie April 11, 2009 at 6:28 am #

      Thanks! I found the salt attracts moisture from EVERYWHERE and ANYTHING so if you mix the borax with salt and use it on your carpets (and upholstery, BTW) do it when the weather is dry and the humidity is down. Borax alone works, too, in my experience. It’s a sad fact that I’ve had lots of experience! 🙁

      Also, if there are any cocoons at all left in your carpet/upholstery, they can be viable for years according to this site.

  2. T Pinks March 22, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    I send Orange Guard to Iraq for my daughter. Fleas are rampant there. Orange peel extract via Orange Guard is the only thing that she says keeps them away. I use it in my house around my cats and dog. I’ve even dipped them in it. Diluted of course. I spray about every other week, perimeter of the house, sheets, etc. Never had a problem since with 12 cats and a dog.

    • Tommie March 22, 2011 at 5:16 am #

      Wow! Good to know! It’s available reasonably close to me, too. I’ll remember that. There aren’t any flea invasions but it’s good for ants, too, and they’re beginning to show themselves. Any suggestions about fruit flies? No problem yet but I’d like to nip it in the bud.

  3. Sienna August 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    For those who are saying natural remedies are all you use for flea prevention, I’m wondering what part of the country you are in. I had no problem in the Northeast, but here in the South, where there is no hard freeze, the fleas are very hardy and of course, year round so I had to break down and use a topical chemical. 🙁

    BTW, I used the Boric Acid on the carpets….left it on 4 days. Never did have to bomb. You have to be careful to clean your vacuum filter after since the dust is so fine will ruin your vacuum if you don’t.

    For fruit flies, in a spray bottle, mix a couple of tablespoons of Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar about 8 – 12 oz of water and 3-5 drops of several essential oils, like lavendar, peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, tea trea. Spray around the kitchen every few days. Smells wonderful and keeps the fruit flies away. Of course, be sure not to have any fruit or other food left out on the countertop. Also, pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour some vinegar down after. It will bubble up any gunk building up in your drain which can attract them too. Best to use both these remedies in the bathrooms too.

    • Tommie August 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

      I’m in Tennessee. We’ve had two mild winters in a row and I expected the fleas to be out in force but no problem yet.

      I used Borax and worked it in well and it helped.

      I’m using ACV, water and dishwashing detergent and the fruit flies are at a minimum. You can find the post here

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