Baking Soda

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  05/29/2011: Meems from Apache Junction, Az, United States: "I have a beautiful conure, but the lady on the first floor in our apartment building has 3 cats. They must have been loaded with fleas, because I brought them into my own home after they hitched a ride on my feet. The landlord knocked on my door and handed me a "bomb" to kill the fleas. I don't want to expose my little parrot to chemicals so I phoned her vet. I was told to use Arm & Hammer. Get a few boxes and sprinkle it everywhere. The fleas are drawn to the salty taste of it and the next day I could see their bodies were completely flat. They had dehydrated and died. Of course, yours truly tasted like a potato chip, but that didn't stop me from doing it again in one week. After vacuuming up all the Arm & Hammer, I never saw another flea. It worked great, was inexpensive, safe and only caused a tiny bit of inconvenience."


Baking Soda, Salt

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  08/05/2012: Yankee from Seymour, Tn: "Regular table salt mixed with baking soda. Sprinkle on your carpets and let sit for awhile then vacuum it up. This is also safe to rub on your pet. I also heard apple cider vinegar but havent tried it."


Banana Peels

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  04/27/2011: Diana from San Marcos, Texas: "For fleas in the house, throw banana peels down around the areas where the fleas are concentrated. Leave them until they're black & dried up. They emit something that kills fleas as they dry. Is sounds gross but the peels don't get nasty, they just shrivel up & get hard."

Replies
[YEA]  12/31/2013: Picturesleuth from Califon, New Jersey replies: "Banana Peels also seemed to help as well as putting a bowl of water in each room with a night light (fleas would jump in and drown)…Also Ants came into the house and I realized they were hunting and harvesting flea larva or cocoons in-between floor boards or in rugs and taking them back out to their nest… Great thing that nature helped us! We also tried amethyst and we also used masking tape to capture any flea that hopped on to us. Religious combing of both our cats in morning and evening and cat baths too…. Also vacuuming… First infestation ever and boy was it a horrible long experience… But banana peels really did seem to be the turning point for us…."


Benadryl

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  09/09/2008: Nancy from Plant City, Fl: "My pomeranian can get a sigle flea bite, and itch really bad, my vet gave her predisone, and an antibiotic, also said to use childrens benadryl for her itch, please use according to their weight, just like a child, my pomerain is about 8 pounds, I give her around a l /2 tsp, it is a temporary fix for the itch, believe me, they are in pure torture,

I had a skin problem, I itched for four months, inbetween taking medicine such as benedry, and applying cortozine. You can also apply cortozoine for itch to your dog, really rub in it will temporally releive their itch, and also give them the benedryl. Take to a vet, use flea prevention, I just saw a web site that says use vinegar (diluted), and dawn dish soap. The little animals can't help this skin condition, please do all you can to help them. Remember, we have to speak for them... I know my little dog would do all she could for me.

Good luck to all you pet lovers....."


Beneficial Nematodes

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/17/2008: Brian from Ft. Worth, Texas: "I have gotten rid of almost all fleas in my yard by applying beneficial nematodes - found at organic garden centers. This helps keep my JRT from getting infested and then bringing them inside with her. ACV is great to keep fleas and other undesirables off of her, and I love the other natural rememdies on this site. I think if anyone loves their animals, they will not use harsh, dangerous, or otherwise bad chemical solutions for problems!"


Black Walnut

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
50%
WARNING! (1)
50%

02/12/2011: 4mastiffboys from Palm City, Fl: "Dose anyone have a dosage amount for Black Walnut powder to aid in flea control in dogs??? dogs range from 130lbs to 225lbs."


[WARNING!]  02/15/2010: Kathy from Palm Coast, Florida: "I was reading in the upper part of this page about giving our dogs Black Walnut Hulls for flea control. I thought that people needed to know what else I found on the internet about it. Here is the web address, should be read: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5949597_diluted-walnut-hulls-safe-dogs_.html"


[YEA]  05/12/2009: vlccairo from Cairo, Egypt: "If you have access to a black walnut tree, you can get rid of fleas in the house by putting the leaves around the edges of each room. My mother was told this by a wise old country woman in Georgia many years ago and it worked for her. Much later, I came back after a long absence to a severe infestation of fleas in my apartment (also in GA). Black walnut leaves did the trick again. I left them long after they had dried up, a couple of months, and then swept them up and tossed them out. The fleas were long gone from both the cats and the apartment by this time and never came back. I've often wondered if the thick green/yellow nut cases (not the shells) would also work, as they have the same strong, staining oil as the leaves, but I've never tried it."


Borate Powder

10/21/2010: Dr258250 from Johnstown , Oh, Usa: "I wanted to let everyone know that I have 4 dogs and suffer from the same thing FLEAS. I have tried so many things on the dogs I'm at a loss so I am excited to learn of the ACV but I wanted to let you know of something I use in my house. The stuff is... RX for fleas plus. I have not tried the yard stuff because I have to much yard. Just wanted everyone to know what seems to work in the house and the great thing about this I only do it once a year. LOVE IT.... Now off to see if the ACV works."


Borax

Approval Ratings
YEA (5)
83%
NAY (1)
17%

[YEA]  12/13/2010: Patrick from Deer Park, Wa : "I have two Golden Retrievers that had a serious flea condition. After washing the dogs with flea shampoo and I then went around the entire carpeted house and lightly sprinkled Borax (yes, the 20 Mule Team type)on the carpet. I sprinkled extra on the dog's bedding and areas where they hung out. It was amazing but I got rid of the fleas completely within a week. I later learned that the Borax dries out the flea eggs and they don't hatch. After a week I vacuumed the house and I never had another problem."


[YEA]  12/02/2010: Bonnie from Torrance, Ca: "I had a nasty flea infestation, and the ONLY thing that worked was borax powder. This stuff is amazing! You can buy it at a hardward or gardening store, and it is pretty inexpensive. I take the powder, and sprinkle a lot of it into all the carpets... I find that using a stiff broom to brush it in really helps to get it deep into the carpets. Then wait a few days and vaccuum! The cool part is that borax powder is less harmful than table salt... A win/win if you ask me!"


12/21/2009: Ivory Coasst from Loco, Ca: "BORAXO OR BORAX LAUNDRY SOAP

CAN YOU PLEASE CLARIFY DO YOU USE 20 MULE TEAM BORAXO HAND SOAP FOR FLEAS OR DO USE THE 20 MULE TEAM BORAX LAUNDRY SOAP FOR FLEAS AND SCABBIES?

SOME SAY TO USE BORAXO (WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN USING). OTHERS SAY NO USE THE LAUNDRY SOAP.

ALSO, PLEASE, CLARIFY CAN THIS BE USED ON CARPET AND ON CATS?

THANKS!"


[YEA]  07/11/2009: Pierre from Phuket, Thailand: "YEA - Hi all, I have been infected by flea and teaks, now is the raining season in Thailand where I living at the moment. I owned 3 dogs and have a see what is the Flea infection , but like this one I never see before! They was there, a millions and millions!!! I take under control this infestation using Borax, mix 4 part of Borax, 1.5 part of Salt 1.5 Soda. I cover all my garden and all place they the dogs playing. Left over night plus 24 hours. I added to the drink water ACV but not much because the dogs do not liked. Finally I prepare mix Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV, Borax and spraying the dogs.

Now I am on the second week and thats work, thats more then miracle, the dogs are more calm and can sleep over night, and not toxic for the dogs and for the human.

Hope that help, Just do it. Cheers Pierre."


[YEA]  05/29/2008: Diane Hacker from Emerald Isle, North Carolina: "re: fleas in the house: sprinkle 20 mule team borax around the house. it dehydrates all insects."

Replies
09/03/2008: Sharon from San Clemente, Calif replies: "One reader recommended Borax. Can it be used indoors if so full strength on carpets? I see lots of flea/dog remedies. Can anyone help me with cat fleas? Thank you, Sharon"
12/22/2008: Cait from Waycross, GA replies: "I read on here you could sprinkle borax and salt on your carpet to get rid of indoor fleas. Would the borax have any effect on indoor cats?"
[YEA]  12/23/2008: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "I use Borax in my carpet for fleas and it didn't hurt my cats, but they didn't like it on their feet. It works best if you leave it on for a while. What I did was sprinkle under furnature and leave it there. I applied to the carpet that we see and let it sit for 5 hours. I just confined the kitties to a screaned porch for treatment. The borax left a film on the carpet, so wear socks after you vacume. Also vacume before and after the treatment. Empty your bag/canister, and spray filter with tea tree or neem oil. That way the eggs in the filter don't hatch and reinfest your house."
05/03/2009: Pkt2313 from Collierville, Tn replies: "great information, i am going to try these remedies."
[NAY]  08/01/2009: Amym from Boulder, Co replies: "NEY-Borax was terrible. Although it did kill the fleas, it got caught in my loop carpet and I could not get it out. I steam cleaned it 3 times, carpet raked and vacumed countless times. It dried out my skin and caused a weird reaction in my ear. I had to stay with friends because I could not stay at my apartment and eventually had to replace the entire carpet so I could sleep there again. Apparently other people have also had a terrible reaction to Borax. Borax came out, took samples but refused replace my carpet because I did not keep the box."
07/14/2011: Christopher from Brooksville, Florida replies: "Can any tell me where I can buy BOREX detergent? I used it for flea control, but can't seem to find it in my area stores."
07/20/2011: Edh from Marietta, Ga replies: "You can buy it at a grocery store (I got mine at Kroger). I'm sure Target would have it too. Look in the laundry detergent aisle - 20 Mule Train Borax."
10/24/2011: Jml from Mayfield, Ky replies: "I found 20 Mule Team Borax laundry detergent at Super Walmart in the softner aisle. $3.27 for a big box. They told me they didn't even carry it and I found it by accident."


Borax, Baking Soda

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  02/03/2012: Kathie from Houston, Tx / Usa: "I make my own carpet powder (for sprinkling on my rugs before I vacuum). I mix half borax (20 team mule) and half baking soda along with a few drops of essential oils (I like lavander and a touch of lemongrass).

I feel like this will keep down the bugs (like mites, fleas and maybe any other gross things! - because we have pets), absorb odor and add a fresh scent. I also put this mixture on our sofa (the cat sleeps on it... ) I then put on rubber gloves and rub it in, then vacuum."






 



 

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