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.
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Posted by Bonnie (Torrance, Ca) on 12/02/2010
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!
Posted by Nancy (Boca Raton, Fl) on 11/28/2010
I know the answer: After a long and tough battle with the fleas. I have two dogs and my guy is visiting for two months with his two dogs. Four dogs. We brought the dogs to the dog park and we walk the dogs around a property with lots of grass, trees and a lake. Plus I live across from a Preserve. So, it could be from the community I live or the Dog park.. Not being treated for fleas. Wherever they came from they were extremely hard to get rid of.
I live in South Florida (hot and humid) which does not help. We tried everything. Flea shampoo, washing linens; dogs beds, toys, plus the dogs... Cutting their fur short, vacuuming and cleaning out the vacuum, brewers yeast pills and garlic pills, etc. Finally we did all of the above.. And then I read online... Take Borax, boric acid and sprinkle all over the floor, base boards, etc. Then wash everything in Borax or Chlorox... In hot water. Then leave the sprinkle down mixture down for 1/2 hour or longer. Clean out the vacuum... Then sprinkle mixture inside vacuum bag/compartment..(where the dirt goes). Put pets in an area away from this. Open windows and doors to the room if you can. Then vacuum it up. Cleaning out the vacuum thoroughly when it is done. Then bath dogs, bedding, toys (in hot water if you can) etc. Let shampoo stay on for 20 minutes then rinse. Then spray raid (indoor/outdoor) automatic (in gray bottle) flea and roach spray on your outside property and all along your baseboards of your home( everywhere). Keep pets out of rooms you spray for a half hour. Then vacuum again and air out room during process.. Spray window and outside sliding glass door perimeters as well. Spray dogs with Adam's flea treatment (blue bottle) Douse their fur (do not get near head, eyes, etc. ) Get into skin.. They will not like it but.. For it to work get them somewhat wet.. not soaking just enough so it get them. Bathe again in 3 days or 4 days. Make sure you shower after the whole thing to and wash you clothes and towels in hot borax mixture. Get borax mule 57 or something. It is only about $2.49. Ok, I hope this helps. Bye for now, Nancy;)
Posted by Ivory Coasst (Loco, Ca) on 12/21/2009
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?
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Posted by Pierre (Phuket, Thailand) on 07/11/2009
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.
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Posted by Kathie (Houston, Tx / Usa) on 02/03/2012
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.
Posted by Rondamommie (Kansas City, Mo, Usa) on 11/11/2010
I am reading the flea bath for cats suggestions here. Today I only have borax on hand and ACV... I do Not have Hydrogen Peroxide on hand. I have read through Ted's suggestions for remedies. Will it work to give my cats a bath/dip in only a Borax solution? Do I need the Hydrogen Peroxide for it to be effective? Can I substitute ACV or white vinegar and get the same results?
I also wish to treat my yard effectively. Can anyone recommend a solution they have effectively used? I do not have the Hydrogen Peroxide for the yard treatment recommended either. Can I use plain Borax, liquid or dry???, in my yard. Shall I combine it with something else?
I would appreciate anyone's experience with this! Best, Ronda
Posted by Millie (Milliewhite84@yahoo.com, Missouri) on 10/27/2010
My son has a black lab and she got case of fleas. He wasn't sure it was fleas because he treats her monthly with frontline. She was in the process of developing mange, he had her to the vet a couple of times but he hasn't go a lot of money, he lives on disability, so I went on line and found your idea of borax and peroxide. He tried it and she is as good as new. We thank you so much we can't tell you how much. God bless you and your work. He also put cider vinegar on her spots as you recomended.
Posted by Diana (Staten Island, NY) on 06/13/2013
Someone used boric acid -- Stop!!! Mature cats know not to lick it, but kittens are killed.
Posted by Tania (Stockholm)
For fleas in dogs wash them with boric acid powder or Head and Shoulders. Use white vinegar in the water just a little. Sprinkle Earl Grey Stash tea and fleas will run dogs love it could be the reason they roll in it!
EC: Boric Acid can be toxic to dogs.' Read more about this on our Mange page.
Posted by Debbie (Climax, Ga) on 11/25/2009
I give my dogs brewers yeast and garlic tablets.1 tablet for every 5 lbs.They love them,eat like treats.I have mini dachshunds from 3 months old to 2 years old. No fleas or worms. Garlic kills the worms and brewers yeast is good for the skin.
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Posted by Robyn (Hampton, Tn) on 05/16/2010
I bought a bottle of brewers yeast at walmart for flea control as I read somewhere it might help.
It made my german shepherd so sick and he got an ear infection right away. I had to take him to the vets to get meds. The vet would not give me oral antibiotics, but gave me ear drops. I wish I had bought fish antibiotics and looked up the dosage from revival animal health or drs foster and smith for him. He ended up biting me really badly because he didnt want the drops put in his ear and I ignored the threat display to get them in his ear and he attacked me...not that it was his fault..he is a wolf hybrid german shepherd and he has a large set of teeth.
Never use brewers yeast for flea control it doesnt work and it causes illness.
ON the contrary, I have a big steel pot I use for all my animals water and every time I fill it up I put a cap ful of apple cider vinegar in it, the best kind is the kind at the health food store but I just use the kind at the dollar store, and it starts working in about two weeks. They dont even notice it is there and it cuts the yeast out of their bodies and the fleas dont really like the taste of it and I also mop with it and I love it for all it does!
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Posted by Izzy3 (Sebastian, Florida) on 10/16/2009
Thank You so much for having this site !! I am having success in only less than a full day using Brewers Yeast against these invisible biting bugs , which I believe to be Sticktight Fleas, I have suffered with them for a year now. I am so thankful to be able to pass along what I consider VERY valuble information. I always knew somehow , the remedy would be something simple and common, Brewers Yeast has been used for decades ( maybe longer ) on all kinds of animals for fleas and moskitoes bothering people. I felt results within 15 minutes of taking it, you will feel them getting active in your flesh!! I slept last night , straight through for the first time in at least 8 months. Don't give up the Borax & DE in carpets though, it is also valuble in this battle, I will continue using 20 MT Borax in my laundry for some time. My prayers are with you all.
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Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 04/29/2009
I had the worst flea infestation EVER, last year. I have two Dogs, and I live in Ohio, right near the lake, so the humidity here is terrible. The infestation was so bad, my 2 year old was getting bitten all over. I didn't know what to do. I tried ACV, in their water, and It didn't really improve anything. Although, I think I was a little impatient, I read that you have to wait 6 weeks for results. Tried Garlic, the kind you get in the jar in olive oil, AND powedered. Did not workat all.
Brewers yeast seems to be working well, so far. I started in March, now it is almost May. They are a lot better now then last year at this time. I also use flea collars, because, I have to do something aggressive for these dogs, they suffered so much last year. My German Shepherd actually liked off all of her hair on her hind side, and was bald. I used Tea tree oil, about a dropperful in some Castile soap for their baths last year, but this year, I'm planning on trying Neem Oil. I'm going to try rubbing it on their fur as a repellent as well. See how that goes. Wish me luck!!
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