How to Get Rid of Fleas With a Home Remedy

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How to Get Rid of Fleas With a Home Remedy
Vacuums can remove large numbers of fleas from your home. (vacuum cleaner image by vb_photo from Fotolia.com)

Not only are most flea home remedies safer, but they can be cheaper than many commercial products designed to eliminate the jumpy, biting pests. Harsh chemicals that are not only costly but potentially hazardous to your family's health may not be necessary to control fleas. With the help of a few items around your home, such as a vacuum cleaner, you can get rid of fleas in no time.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Lemon
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls or washcloths
  • Cedar chips
  • Tansy
  • Small bowl
  • Lamp
  • Vacuum

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Instructions

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    Cut a lemon into quarters and place them in a cup of boiling water. Allow the lemons to steep in the water overnight. Strain the lemon pieces from the water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to your pet and around your home. The citrus in the lemon will get rid of the fleas, states the Grandma's Home Remedies website. Spray the mixture whenever you see fleas.

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    Apply rubbing alcohol to areas around the home in which fleas are present. Fleas will typically reside in furniture, including dog beds, couches, chairs and beds. Either pour the alcohol on the material or use cotton balls or washcloths to disperse the liquid. The strong smell will get rid of the fleas. Once the fleas are gone, wash the material to remove the alcohol. Do not apply the alcohol to your pet.

  3. 3

    Place cedar chips around the perimeter of your yard and house. Typically, if your home has fleas, your yard has fleas. If you don't treat both, you will likely never get rid of the fleas entirely. The odour of the cedar chips may keep fleas from entering the yard and your home. The herb tansy is also effective in preventing fleas. Plant this herb around your home and yard to deter the fleas.

  4. 4

    Fill a small bowl with rubbing alcohol or water. Place this bowl under a lamp that is turned on. Fleas are attracted to light and will likely fall in the bowl and drown when they attempt to hang around the lamp.

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    Vacuum the floors and furniture in your home often. Fleas will spend time in carpets, upholstery and areas that are dark, such as spaces under furniture. The vacuum will remove adult fleas as well as any eggs or larvae. Use your hose attachment to reach the places where the walls and floor meet, as fleas will often hide in those crevices. In addition, vacuum in between and under your couch cushions.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle food- or garden-grade diatomaceous earth around your yard to eliminate fleas. You can also sprinkle a bit on your dog or on its bedding if it is infested with fleas, suggests the Vet Info website.

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