How to Kill Fleas With Borax Powder

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How to Kill Fleas With Borax Powder
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Many people assume that fleas only infest dogs, cats and other animals, but people and their home can become befouled by an infestation of fleas and their eggs. These fleas can cause discomfort and may even spread disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fleas carry diseases such as the Bubonic Plague that can be potentially harmful to humans. (See Reference 3) Borax, which can be purchased in many grocery stores, can be used to kill fleas and their eggs in the home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 20 mule team borax
  • Empty jelly jar
  • Utility knife
  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Garbage bags
  • Outdoor garbage can
  • Washing machine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill an empty and cleaned jelly jar three quarters full with 20 Mule Team Borax.

  2. 2

    Poke several holes into the lid of the jar with a utility knife.

  3. 3

    Place the lid onto the jar and sprinkle the Borax onto the carpet. Work the Borax into the carpet with a broom and vacuum it up. Empty the vacuum outside and place the contents into a garbage bag that should be disposed of in an outdoor trash receptacle.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle the Borax onto the home's furniture, behind the appliances, in the bathroom and anywhere that does not come in contact with food, both human and pet.

  5. 5

    Place any items that can be laundered, such as clothing, draperies and bedding into the washing machine on the “hot” cycle with one cup of 20 Mule Team Borax. Place the items into the dryer, if desired.

  6. 6

    Repeat these steps every two weeks for approximately two years. The flea problem should subside after this amount of time. The carpet can be treated and vacuumed more often, if desired.

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