These little В creatures called fleas do give us sleepless nights whenever they enter our homes. They happen to sit and infect anything they find, fruits and vegetables, dogs and cats and even your other pets that you might have at home. An astonishing fact is that whenever they come, they happen to drop off eggs in the house. These eggs develop into larvae which then develop into another set of fleas in no time. These eggs can sometimes remain in your house for a considerable amount of time if they are not removed and then develop into harmful fleas. Keep reading to know more about fleas and remedies for fleas removal.
What are Fleas: Know a Little More
Fleas are actually harmful insects of nature. These fleas can suck blood from your skin and other animals. One reason why you need to be very careful if you have pets at home, as these fleas tend to suck blood from their skin as well. You will mostly find these fleas in cold and humid areas and their bites can actually be painful. One reason why they can be harmful is that they can transmit a number of microorganisms from one body to another. These fleas mostly happen to bite on ankles, knees and armpits and their bites will mostly appear in the form of red inflamed pimples on the skin.
How Do you Flies Enter your Home?
- You can pick them up from anywhere, a visit to the park, beach or a market.
- They can come hiding under your petвЂ™s fur when you take them out for a walk.
- Any guest can bring them into your house as well.
- If there are garbage dump areas near your house, there are higher chances of these fleas flying from there and entering your house.
Home Remedies for Fleas Removal:
Some simple home remedies for fleas, however, can help you get rid of them really fast:
Salt helps to dehydrate the fleas and helps to get rid of them really fast.В It is a very inexpensive product to use as well and one of the most effective home remedies for fleas.
Just take a good enough quantity of table salt or sea salt. If you are using sea salt make sure it is in the form of finely ground powder. Now fill a spice bottle with this salt and spray the salt all over your carpets in the house. Make sure you spray the carpet evenly covering each and every inch. Let the carpets dry for at least 12-48 hours and then use the vacuum on your carpets. This is one of the best home remedies for fleas you will find for getting rid of them.
Use food grade DE for this purpose. Brush all items in the house properly and use the vacuum on them. This is particularly those items which cannot be washed, like carpets etc. Spray diatomaceous earth evenly on the carpets etc. and let it be for at least 12-48 hours. After that vacuum your carpets and get rid of that vacuum bag from your vacuum machine as well.В This method is one of the most effective home remedies for fleas and will help you get rid of them really quickly.
Boric acid works in a similar way as salt and diatomaceous earth. It is one of the most commonly used home remedies for fleas. To use boric acid take a spray bottle and put some boric acid in it. Now use it to spray boric acid all over the carpets, upholstery and other areas where there are fleas and then use a brush to spread it evenly such that it forms a thin coat. Let it be for 12-48 hours and then vacuum all the items well.
Rosemary is a good way of getting rid of fleas if there is a mild infestation. In case your home is badly infested by fleas then this method is not recommended. You can use rosemary to flee off the fleas over your dog as well, just give them a bath with rosemary water. However, for using it in your home make a mixture of these вЂ“ Rosemary, wormwood, rue, peppermint, fennel etc. Now use this mixture to spray it all over the carpets, under the furniture, over the curtains etc. Let it be there for 12-48 hours and then vacuum them all.
This is one of the best-selected home remedies for fleas and will help you rid of them really fast. However, it wonвЂ™t help you kill them but they will fly away from your house for sure.
Horse apples belong to the mulberry family and have been traditionally used as an effective remedy for insects. But it works really well to get rid of anything practically вЂ“ insects, fleas, field mouse etc.
For this purpose take a horse apple and either cut it into pieces or use it as a whole. Put one fruit each in every room. You can put it on the window sills, rooms, hallway and even in yards. Horse apples last for more than three months in air-conditioned environment. So let the fruit be till they naturally dry out. Use the green colored horse apple as it is most effective. After the period, you will find that all the other insects along with fleas will naturally die out and you will get rid of them. This is one of the easiest home remedies for fleas.
A mixture of citronella oil with other essential oils is practically safe to use. You can use it safely around the house as itвЂ™s practically safe to use near animals and kids as well. For this purpose tale some warm water about 1 gallon and mix some citronella oil, geranium oil, tea tree oil and lemongrass oil in it. Put 10-20 drops of each oil and only 5 drops of geranium oil. Now use this to mope your floors daily. It will help you to get rid of mosquitoes and fleas simultaneously. It one of the best chosen and effective home remedies for fleas.
This home remedy works well and is safe to use for pets as well. To use this remedy, wash all the stuff that cannot be vacuumed and vacuum all the items which cannot be washed. Make a mixture of Water, vinegar, lemon juice and hazel. Use a garden sprayer and pour this solution in it. Spray it everywhere in the house, garden, carpets, window sills, furniture etc. You will notice a reduction in the numbers gradually as you use it every day.
Dishwashing liquid is really easy to use. It can be also be used for bathing your dogs and others pets if they are infested with fleas too. For this, take some plates or bowls and put warm water in it. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to this water. Now place the bowls or the plates in the center of each room on the floor. Place a tea candle near the bowls and plates or it inside them and light them.
The fleas and insects will get attracted to the light and will get trapped in the water mixture. You will see a huge number of fleas and mosquitoes in the morning if you do this every day. Dishwashing liquid is one of the easiest and effective home remedies for fleas.
Pennyroyal herb can be a little toxic and harmful so better be careful when you use it. You can also plant pennyroyal herb in your garden, however, keep your pets away from it.В You can take some pennyroyal leaves and crush them to make a fine paste through a mortar and pestle. Now use the paste and the oil in it to put into cheesecloth. Hang this cheese cloth in an area which is badly infested with fleas. You can also put just one or two drops of pennyroyal oil into a dogs collar and tie it around him. If used with care, it is one of the best home remedies for fleas.
Take a large bowl and put some lemon slices in it. Now add a few chopped rosemary leaves in it. Add boiling water to the rosemary and lemon slices and then put 3-4 drops of geranium oil. Cover and leave overnight and in the morning strain and put the liquid in a sprayer. Spray this solution everywhere, over your furniture, curtains, carpets etc. It is relatively safe to use and will help you get rid of fleas easily and quickly.
Vacuum your house really well. Vacuum just about everything and vacuum daily to get rid of fleas. Put some moth balls into your vacuum bag while you sue vacuum. Replenish the bag whenever itвЂ™s full and then add the mothballs again and then use the vacuum. The mothballs will help kill the fleas in the vacuum bag and help you get rid of them. It one of the simplest home remedies for fleas and works really well in killing them.
Insect growth Regulators (IGR’s)
Carpets and curtains are a favorite hideout place for fleas. To take the fleas out of the stubborn areas use IGR (insect growth regulators) on your carpets, rugs etc. Normal aerosols do not have the ability to kill stop the young larvae from developing into mature adults but IGR helps to do that. Even if you are not able to take them out of the carpets it will still help to kill them and not multiply further.
Use IGRвЂ™s as it is one of the best home remedies for fleas.
Whichever home remedies you choose to use, itвЂ™s better to use them at the start of the season. ItвЂ™s better to prevent these fleas from coming rather than get rid of them when the whole house is infested which is a harder process. Preventing the fleasвЂ™ from coming into your house altogether is the best way to keep them away.