Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Tea Tree Oil and Cats
- Advice for Flea Infestations
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Salt
- Banana Peels
- Beneficial Nematodes
- Black Walnut
- Borate Powder
- Borax, Baking Soda
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Boric Acid Powder or Head and Shoulders
- Brewer's Yeast
- Brewers Yeast, Garlic
- Cedar Chips, Dish Soap
- Cedarwood Oil
- Cheryl's Remedies
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Crab Apple Flower Essence
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dish Soap
- Dish Soap and Lamp Method
- Dish Soap, Garlic and Lemon
- Don's Flea Remedies
- Essential Oils
- Flea Bite Remedies
- Flea Combs
- Flea Medication Side Effects
- Flea Remedies for Kittens
- Fleas in the Yard
- Freezing the Bedding
- Garlic, Essential Oils, Citrus Water
- General Feedback
- Lavender Oil
- Lye Soap
- Lysol, Bleach and Joy
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Flea Sprays
- Neem Seed Oil
- Oil Soap
- Orange Rind
- Pine Sol and Shampoo
- Pure Lemon, Rosemary and Lavender Oils
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Side Effects From Frontline
- Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
- Skin So Soft, ACV Solution
- Soap Nuts
- Stash Earl Grey Tea
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vets Vs Remedies
[YEA] 05/17/2012: Earthystuff from Nicholson, Ga, United States: "I met an old indian lady many years back that had great advice for fleas and it has worked very well for me and is non toxic. Simple salt on carpet dries them out. Leave on carpet for a few days and then vacumn. Just a..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||34 YEAS|
|Dish Soap||19 YEAS|
|Diatomaceous Earth||7 YEAS|
|Essential Oils||7 YEAS|
|Brewer's Yeast||7 YEAS|
|Dish Soap and Lamp Method||6 YEAS|
|Neem Seed Oil||5 YEAS|
09/11/2009: Gozdilla from Burbank, IL: "We always sprinkled brewers yeast over our dogs dry food. He loved the taste and never got fleas. He was a collie. My question is, what can I use to treat our beds for the fleas? My daughter is highly allergic to flea bite, and with 5 cats lying on our beds I'm sure they have to be in the mattress and pillows of every bed in the house. I only have carpet in one place in my house but the 3 dogs are going crazy. This is the worst infestation I have ever had. I also have birds and a husband with empysema, so I prefer not to use chemicals or bug bombs. HELP!"
[YEA] 11/13/2008: Tangie from Jefferson City, MO: "I have a Chow German Shepard mix & a Lab both are outside dogs. In the summer months we had a problem with the biting flies, which causes bad sores on my dogs. I used (ACV/Water)1 cup of apple cidar vinear to 2 cups water sprayed my dogs every other day and it helped a lot. Don't spray on open wounds.
I also have 2 small dogs and a cat inside the home that have fleas I use 70-90% full strength rubbing alcohol put it in a spray bottle and spray the animals and their bedding (do not spray eyes, inside ears or genital areas) Spray the carpets and all cracks and crevices of floors (carpets and tile) not good on wood. Not good around birds, I saturate one room, close the door and then go to next room. Put birds in a room that isn't being treated. Do not stay in the sprayed rooms leave until carpet/floor dries. Once I had a flea my arm and ankle i spritz the area with the alcohol and the flea died instantly."Replies
[WARNING!] 03/24/2009: Michelle from Milford, OH replies: "A word of Warning: Rubbing Alcohol can discolor certain wood stains and some paint. We used it and it left streaks on our woodstained doors and walls."
[YEA] 09/26/2008: Holly from Bellevue, Ohio: "We had an absolutely horrific flea infestation on the entire second story of our house (which is uncarpeted, thankfully) and were disappointed by the 20+ flea bombs that failed to kill them, so having heard this from my mom, we filled spray bottles with straight Rubbing Alcohol (just the regular, cheap stuff from any store) and went crazy. We soaked the floor and about two feet up the walls. It worked great, and I mean, GREAT!!! You could watch them die within seconds. Just be sure to open as many windows as possible to provide lots of ventilation while you work; we didn't think it would be safe to use it on our cats or let them (or anyone) in the area for a few weeks until it aired out really well. Oh, and we also laid out ALOT of duct tape (sticky side up) to catch any survivors, of which there were very, very few."
[YEA] 05/17/2012: Earthystuff from Nicholson, Ga, United States: "I met an old indian lady many years back that had great advice for fleas and it has worked very well for me and is non toxic.
Simple salt on carpet dries them out. Leave on carpet for a few days and then vacumn. Just a sprinkle dont go crazy. She also said mothballs in the vacumn bag will kill if not already dead. This works. However since then I have read that breathing mothballs is not good so reasearch a little more. I only use 1-2 mothballs cause the vacumn does put that scent out."
[YEA] 07/01/2009: Fae from Henderson, North Carolina, USA: "Table Salt to rid your carpets of fleas--Instantly!! It sounds goofy, but it's true!!! My rugs were infested with fleas!! But this home remedy is not only inexpensive (price of table salt), it works like a charm!!
Just use regular table salt that you buy at the grocery store, or dollar store. Buy the container that is about the size of a small coffee can.
Sprinkle it on your carpets. It should look like it snowed in your living room! Depending on the size of your room, may need to buy several containers. Be liberal with it, it won't hurt.
It's ok. You can walk on it; it won't hurt. No need to leave it on there overnight or anything like that. Just vacuum it up and poof!! No more fleas in carpets!! How cool is THAT?!!
Gotta love grandma and those old remedies!!"
[YEA] 04/18/2010: Bethers from Addy, Washington, Usa replies: "Salt is a gift, cheap and truly shows how bad your flea problem may be in carpet rooms for sure. Lived in a trailer that was engulfed in fleas, we sprinkled salt around the inside perimeter of the home the next morning it looked like we salt and peppered the floor. JUST BEWARE if you have moisture in the the floor it will draw it up to the surface and make a pasty mess with the salt (worth the mess)."
03/05/2012: Sophia from Usa, Ar replies: "@Carol from Alamo...... Salt IS abrasive that is correct but seven dust is a poison! I do NOT recommend using it indoors where pets and humans breathe (plus it kills honey bees on plants! ).
Also you said it is commonly known as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) aka Fossil Shell Flour (FSF). That is not the case. DE works in a mechanical fashion by piercing the exoskeleton of hard shelled insects and will also deworm humans and pets. It CAN be sprinkled in carpets as well but it is very fine and is not supposed to be inhaled by pets or their people."
12/31/2008: Cait from Waycross, Goergia: "I am absolutely AMAZED at how well the salt worked to get rid of fleas!! I recently moved to a duplex with my 2 cats while my husband goes on tour to Iraq. I have never had a problem with fleas and my pets. It was literally in just a matter of a day or 2 that my home was INFESTED! I called my landlord and he had the pest control company come and spray my house. He told me flea eggs can lay dormant for up to 2 years. I am a neat freak, and frequently vacuum especially around baseboards. He said this couldve hatched the leftover eggs and thats why the infestation occurred so quickly. The spray that the pest company did had ZERO effect on the little nuisances, and both my cats, and I were at our wits end! I was being eaten alive and was ready to break my lease and find a new place! I got on here, and read salt would work. I was reluctant to use chemicals because of the fact both my cats are indoor pets and I was really worried for their safety. I heavily salted the carpets (2 large containers of salt for my 1200 sq ft duplex), and used a broom to get it deep in the carpet. I let it sit overnight, vacuumed the following morning, and lightly re-dusted the house with salt. Within 2 days I had NO fleas! I have seen 2 since I did this treatment. I must thank you all for your input, I would recommend salt as a safe and natural remedy for flea infestation, and also as a preventative measure!"Replies
[WARNING!] 01/02/2009: Carol from Alamo City, Texas replies: "Though salt may have cured the problem, it also creates a whole lot of other problems i.e. scratched wood floor; left in carpet, it will act like an abrasive which over time will act like blades and cut threads in your carpet, resulting in bald spots. I would suggest using Sevin Dust, commonly known as diatinaus (sp) earth. It is all natural and is crushed (pulverized) rock which acts like little shards of glass and when the flea crawls over it, it cuts them to shreds! It will vaccum up easily. Sprinkle the area which has been blocked off from people and pets. Leave it down as long as you can or want. It is safe to put on furniture as well. Needless to say, it is safe around pets."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/11/2009: Cait from Waycross, GA replies: "Ok, an update on my "magic salt remedy"...so, it seemed the salt worked for the first week or so. I continuously left it on my carpets even when I began to see a significant reduction of fleas. Well, I went out of town for 2 days, left my carpets salted while I was gone, and when I got back, my infestation was out of control! Actually worse than it had been initially, which I really didnt think was possible! Im trying to Borax on the floors now, and am thinking about going and getting alcohol to spray on the floors and bathing the cats in blue dawn dish soap. I hope something works, because Im at my wits end and really cant stand this anymore..I will keep everyone updated again if anything seems to work. Just be cautious of the salt working long term is my advice I suppose"
01/11/2009: Anne from Jacksonville, Arkansas replies: "I recommend this effective flea removal technique that has worked for me in the past. Plug a nightlight in near the infested floor area and using a shallow plastic pan or even a cake pan--a large size 9x13 or so fill with water and dishwashing liquid mixed together. The fleas will jump toward that light during the nighttime hours and fall into the soapy water and die. Empty and repeat several days. Continue this treatment until the fleas are gone. If you have a bad infestation you might want to try in several locations throughout your house. Good Luck"
01/11/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "Try diatomaceous earth, which can be found at the big name home improvement stores in the lawn and garden section. These links have general and usage info on DE (not sales links) - http://www.weekendgardener.net/organic-pesticide/diatomaceous-010801.htm. and http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html. Also, when you vacuum, if using a bag be sure to seal and dispose of it EVERY time you vacuum. Bagless vacs can have the canisters thoroughly washed in hot soapy water - wash the filters too, every time. Fleas/eggs stuck in there will perpetuate the problem if you don't."
[YEA] 07/04/2008: Kim from Gadsden, AL: "The best all natural way to rid fleas in the home is salt! It works like magic! Just use your blender to grind regular table salt into a powder. Then sprinkle the powder onto carpet, beds, etc.... use a broom to "sweep" it down deep into the fibers. I let it settle in over night on my carpets before vacuuming it up. The powdered salt dries up the fleas and the eggs. You'll notice a huge difference the first time you try it. Also, if you are giving your dog a heart worm medication make sure to use Sentinel. Sentinel acts as birth control on fleas. They can lay the eggs but the eggs are dead so that helps clear up the flea infestations in your home."Replies
[YEA] 09/09/2008: Katie from Westland , MI replies: "Salt worked for us to. After using frontline, carpet powders, carpet sprays, baths etc. I put salt on the carpets and used some of those lighted flea traps. That worked the best."
[YEA] 05/13/2008: Chu from Edmond, Oklahoma: "FLEAS: hi, i've been using salt in my carpet for flea infestations, i have a cat that goes in and out of the house like 7-11, so i will get reinfestation every once in a while, the first thing i tried was salt, i sprinkle it all over the carpets and leave it there from 3-7 days, and then vacuum it up, and no more fleas.
i had also tried diatomaceous earth but it didn't really work for me i used permaguard food grade fossil flour, and i was uncomfortable using it cause it is bad for your lungs, so from now on i will only use salt cause if its safe enough to eat i won't have to worry. i use the cheapest one i could find at 33 cents a can. i bought idolized and unidolized i don't know if it matters though."Replies
09/16/2010: Erin from Largo, Fl replies: "I've had a bad flea problem for about a week and tried everything but nothing worked. As a last resort I tried salt. Instead of sprinkling it on the carpets I mixed table salt and hot water in a spray bottle. I sprayed all the carpets, furniture and dog bedding. It worked great, as the water dried it left an even coat of salt on the carpets, was easy to spray under beds and couch and was much less messy then sprinkling a layer of powdered salt over everything. Within an hour I noticed that there was a drastic decrease in the number of fleas and it took less than 10 minutes to spray the entire apartment."
[YEA] 05/08/2007: Sandra from Pasadena, CA: "Last year we had a really bad outbreak of fleas in our house. My 2 year old kept getting bites all over her body and my husband and I too. I didn't want to use all the toxic powders or even boric acid since she has asthma. I got desperate and bought 10 cans of salt from the store and sprinkled it all over the house (mainly the carpet). Let it sit for 4 days and then vaccumed with a vaccum that has excellent sucction and a HEPA filter. THE FLEAS WERE GONE!!!!!. I guess the salt dehydrates them and kills the eggs as well. IF you live in a humid climate don't leave the salt in the carpet too long as it retains water. Wash all the linens and couch cushions etc....repeat the vaccum every day for 3-4 days to get all the salt out."
Side Effects From Frontline
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/02/2008: Nancy from Reddick, Florida: "I have been raising westies for many years, which are a very happy healthy breed. Last spring I bought one of the two major spot on flea products here in the USA and administered it to all of my dogs. All 10 got blisters from it. I asked my Vet what to do and he said I must have gotten a bad batch. Well, this whole year of 2007 none of my females had puppies, thats two heat cycles. They would come into season' normally and everything seemed right, but could not get bred. I started researching the ingredience on the flea product since they had a reaction to it. Boy was I shocked !!! This product is the first ingredient listed and everything my girls were going through showed up as side effects from this man made chemical. Drastic alterations in thyroid functions, changes in the levels of sex hormones, the list goes on. Needless to say, I spent alot of time and money at the Vets for tests on my girls/boys and they couldn't give me an answer.I contacted the manufacturer and they denied having any problems with the product. This chemical CAN also stay in the pets system for up to 56 days. So, if you give your dog this product as recommended every 4 wks. you're double dosing him with chemical. I also have friends that live in diferent parts of Florida who breed and used this product this year. The same thing happened to them, I will never use commerical flea products again.Please everyone, Take a minute and research the ingredience on anything you buy for your pets."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/20/2008: Debbie from Northville, MI replies: "PLEASE REPORT THE FRONTLINE PROBLEM TO THE EPA. Last week I had the vet put Frontline on both my Yorkie and Silkie.They were perfectly healthy five year old dogs. They both almost died. Started with them being lethargic and edema developed at the application site, this went to seizures, shock, hair loss you name it. Keep in mind that the head person from Frontline contradicted herself by saying "this is impossible and in the next sentence when I told her she would be paying my bills she replied by saying "we handle all such cases on a case by case review" huh? sounds like this is a problem-check out some links by doing frontline poisoning online. you will find hundreds of such reports. Also the UK puts this right on the label--can cause lethargy, seizures, shock, hairloss, sores and death. Gee, too bad our country doesn't do this--it is the EPA that controls this-have your vet report it too. I am desperately trying to decide what chemical free options to try."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/31/2008: Cait from Waycross, Georgia replies: "I would not ever use this AGAIN! I know its supposed to be the best preventative remedy for fleas on pets, but the side effects are just not worth it. After moving into this duplex and it being infested with fleas, I bought Frontline for my 2 indoor cats. I put it on them, and within a few days started noticing little spatters of blood on my tile. One of my cats had a severe allergic reaction and his poor neck broke out in bloody sores! I ended up spending $200 at the vet to get his poor skin back to normal. a month later, he is still scabbing up and has to get frequent (and expensive) steroid injections from the vet. I felt like the worse mommy ever, and my poor boy was in so much pain!"
01/01/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "you do not ever have to use poison every again for fleas!!! i have a tiny chihuahua who had fleas so bad that i was bathing and flea combing him twice a day. finally i found grandpa's pine tar soap and washed him with it and immediately the fleas were gone. it only took one other time to wash him and he has not had fleas since and it has been months. i live out int he country and fleas can get really out of hand here in the summer. this was really a god send for me. try it! you may have to wash a couple of times - but just lather it up and let the foam sit and then flea comb and the fleas just jump off. good luck."
01/01/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "i had forgotten to say that when i first got my little chihuahua that the breeder had used frontline on him and that he had a big red sore that didn't go away for months on the back of his neck and between his shoulder-blades where they had put it. all his hair had fallen out in that location and he scratched constantly. he didn't have ANY fleas - but you could tell that the front-line was not good for him in any way. try the pine tar soap! when the frontline wore off and his hair grew back and the irritation went away he got bad fleas and the pine tar soap worked a miracle! no more fleas and no poison necessary!"
10/24/2009: Glenessary9 from Salt Lake City, Utah replies: "Pine tar will eventionally give your pet kidney failure. It's better to wash the animal in ___ [dish soap], and then use regular table salt or salt water on carpets, furniture and, floors. to keep the fleas out of the house."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/27/2007: Carrie Elsass from Conway, AR: "About 9 months ago my husband accidentally gave our 2 cats and the dogs flea/tick medicine that you put on the back of the neck. One began seizing and we rushed her in for treatment. My question is: She now has scabs all over her back & neck. Any ideas on what to do? I am just sure it's related to the toxins. She has always been 100% healthy. And for the future, I just don't know what to do to control the ticks & fleas- I will try the natural remedies on this site, but the natural things we've tried in the past have been very inadequate."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/11/2008: Kelly from Rogers, Ar replies: "I used the squeeze on my 7 yr old lab I thought he was going to die 30 min later. He was foaming at the mouth wouldn't eat or drink, he just lay there. I called the poison control number on package and they told me it coats their mouth if they lick it. So to give him tuna packed in water and give a bath in dish soap such as Dawn then watch and make sure he didn't have any other problems.It and other products of this kind can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration. The tuna worked for that but he had an allergic reaction and now has hot spots he did not start getting until after sentry was used. I have tried so many things I hope the acv and peppermint works just tried tonight."
Side Effects From Hartz Flea Powder
[WARNING!] 07/09/2011: Zookeeper from Sunnyvale, Ca : "I was told by my vet to use just plain old mild dish detergent to wash my pet. Honestly, I'm afraid to use any over the counter flea rememdy after my 1 yr kitty got so sick and had seizures. She is an indoor cat and I only let her out for 5 minutes while watering the garden and she got infested. I first used Sargeants squeeze on for cats and kittens and she started bouncing off the walls and was throwing up all night. And on top of that it didn't kill the fleas. So a few days later I went and got some Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Powder for cats and rubbed her down. The next day she started having seizures and had to be rushed to the vet. I can't tell you how bad I felt and how scared I was. I don't know why they sell this toxic stuff.
I gave the kitty a bath today after a day of rest and just used mild baby shampoo. I hope this does the trick because I will never use Flea Powder or Spot applications again.
Don't use Sargeants or Hartz!! Very toxic!"Replies
07/09/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "HARTZ HAS BEEN ON RECALL FOR MANY YEARS BUT IT HAS NEVER BEEN TAKEN OFF THE SHELVES. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST TO BATH HER WITH DISH LIQUID AT LEAST UNTIL YOU FOUND THIS SITE. I BOUGHT SOME NATURAL HERBAL FLEA AND TICK REPELLENT IN EITHER WHOLE FOODS STORE OR NATURAL HERBS, WHICH I PREFER NATURAL HERBAL STORES BEST. I DID A TREATMENT ON A KITTEN I FOUND ROAMING THE STREETS IN THE COLD WINTER NIGHT, SHE LOOKED LIKE DEATH ALREADY, SHE WAS INFESTED WITH MANGE OR WHAT EVER BUT IT TOOK ME SOME TIME TO SEARCH THIS SITE AND I THOUGHT I GOT RID OF THE MANGE UNLESS THERE IS ANOTHER TYPE OF INFESTATION GOING ON, BUT I'M BACK TO GIVING HER MORE OF TED'S REMEDY TREATMENTS ONLY THIS TIME ITS WARMER OUT SO THERE ARE MITES AND ALL KINDS OF BUGS IN THE HOUSE.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR KITTY"
Skin So Soft, ACV Solution
[YEA] 09/06/2008: Tina from St.Louis, Missouri: "We brought a new kitty home and realized that he had fleas. After being infested and trying everything from the store for my dog and new kitty, I came here and found the skin so soft from Avon. It worked AWESOME. And they smell good. My cats coat is soft and I havent found any fleas. Hopefully in a week I will do it again to get rid of any leftover fleas. And then I sprayed my house with the apple vinegar solution. Not very good smelling but that passed. So I am really greatful for all of you and this website, it helped my animals."
02/18/2010: Namooni1974 from Portland, Oregon, Usa: "Natural Flea, Tick, and Lice remedy
So we have had so many different animals in our family over the years that fleas have been a problem. We have tried so many different products with as many results. All have eventually failed except one. Soap nuts!
A friend introduced us to them for allergies to laundry soap. I found recipies online to make liquid soap out of them. We all now use it as our only household soap (bodywash, shampoo, house keeping,ect..) I bathe the animals monthly with it and stopped having any problems with fleas. We also do not get bitten by mosquitos. I buy my soap nut online, and they last a very long time.They are 100% natural with no side effects and are compostable."
Stash Earl Grey Tea
05/21/2011: Heather from Katy, Tx: "I've heard that Stash Earl Grey tea gets rid of fleas in the home from several people now. I haven't tried it yet, but thought I'd put that out there for anyone who needs another idea to try. Open the bags and sprinkle on the carpet. Vacuum up in a few days. Sometimes the pets will even roll in it, which helps keep the fleas off them, as well! For those with very light carpets, please test small area first.... although this tip came from someone with white carpets and she had no problems."