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Posted by Hkington (Cocoa, Fl) on 05/29/2012
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Using the 20 mule team borax from the laundry section works well for carpet, but you must work it into the carpet with a broom and let it sit for at least 2 weeks without vacuuming. This is done to kill the eggs, if you vacuumed after a couple of hours and do not reapply it will NOT stop the cycle. The key is to let it sit for 2 weeks then reapply every time you have vacuumed during flea season..This was told to me by my vet years ago, and it works great!!!!!!


Posted by Patrick (Deer Park, Wa ) on 12/13/2010
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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.

Replied by A. O'brien
Arkansas
07/15/2016
Yes! Borax kills flea eggs! You could also purchase Boric Acid, which is in Borax, since this is what kills the flea eggs! Being that it does NOT kill ADULT fleas, did you know you can combine ordinary table salt, which kills ADULTS but NOT EGGS, with Boric Acid to eliminate all life cycles at once?! It's the truth, I tell ya!!

HOWEVER----->Many pet lovers opt in favor of sprinkling Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on their carpets since it's an effective natural remedy and safe for all furry critters- even if they consume it (it's also a natural de-wormer). Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth physically destroys the fleas exoskeleton from the outside, causing the little pest to dehydrate. AND because it works on this physical level, they will never build immunity (Yesss!! ).

BONUS: Did you know F.G.D.E. not only annihilates fleas... it efficiently 'snipers' any would-be invaders, like: Ants, Roaches, Bed-bugs, Mites, Ticks, Crickets, Lice...actually THIS AMAZING BAG OF POWDER KILL ANY BUG IN THE ENTIRE WORLD WITH AN EXOSKELETON!!!

ARE YOU FEELING MY EXCITEMENT PEOPLE?!? IT'S AN ENTIRE BAG OF "AWESOMENESS" and its uses are endless!!

How are these flea control companies even staying in business? I will NEVER study another 'flea control' box label to assess my pets health risks after use. It's just not worth it, and my pets agree.----->

"Hey...we totally agree." -the Pets

What...of course they wrote that ;)

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
07/15/2016
Please read up on Borax and Boric acid.

Per this Pest Management company:

http://www.dodsonbros.com/blog/borax-and-boric-acid-for-insect-control-228.html

This site goes into detail on how to apply borax for fleas:

http://www.boraxforfleas.com/

The above also recommends the floor lamp flea trap which is now my first choice in addressing any flea infestation.


Posted by Bonnie (Torrance, Ca) on 12/02/2010
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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
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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?

THANKS!

Replied by Linda
Baytown, Tx
12/31/2014
Any idea if the Borax will work on roaches as well?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
12/31/2014
Hey Linda!

Borax from the laundry aisle will work on roaches, as will diatomaceous earth. However consider doing a google search for "mason jar roach trap" or check out this video on how to make an effective trap at home:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvHiF-ptomQ


Posted by Pierre (Phuket, Thailand) on 07/11/2009
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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.


Posted by Diane Hacker (Emerald Isle, North Carolina) on 05/29/2008
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re: fleas in the house: sprinkle 20 mule team borax around the house. it dehydrates all insects.

Replied by Sharon
San Clemente, Calif
09/03/2008
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
Replied by Cait
Waycross, GA
12/22/2008
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?
Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
12/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars
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.
Replied by Pkt2313
Collierville, Tn
05/03/2009
great information, i am going to try these remedies.
Replied by Amym
Boulder, Co
08/01/2009
1 out of 5 stars
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.
Replied by Christopher
Brooksville, Florida
07/14/2011
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.
Replied by Edh
Marietta, Ga
07/20/2011
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.
Replied by Jml
Mayfield, Ky
10/24/2011
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  

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Posted by Kathie (Houston, Tx / Usa) on 02/03/2012
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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.


Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide  

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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
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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.


Boric Acid  

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Posted by Diana (Staten Island, NY) on 06/13/2013
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Someone used boric acid -- Stop!!! Mature cats know not to lick it, but kittens are killed.


Boric Acid Powder or Head and Shoulders  

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Posted by Tania (Stockholm)
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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.


Brewers Yeast, Garlic  

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Posted by Debbie (Climax, Ga) on 11/25/2009
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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.

Replied by Dwszoo
Midway, Tenn
09/28/2011
Just a bit of warning about using garlic on dogs and cats.... They have found that onions are toxic to animals and galic is in the onion family so be very cautious of the amounts you give as you could be harming you dog and I would never give it to a cat.... Just fyi

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Posted by Robyn (Hampton, Tn) on 05/16/2010
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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!

Replied by Blankie
Fajardo, PR USA
12/13/2010
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For years I have used Brewer's Yeast until now and that is because it has been difficult to find it here in Puerto Rico. I used to buy it at Walmarts and Walgreens Pharmarcy but it has been discontinued. I have always used it for my dog and her hair is shiny, she is quite healthy. She is always outside and she loves to sleep on sand (major factor for fleas and ticks) and she has no fleas nor ticks. I have used it on all the dogs I have had. The ones that died were of all ages (15 yrs) but never due to anything they ate or that I gave them.
Replied by Mikki
Youngsville, Nc Usa
04/08/2012
I wanted to add to this a little as well. Some dogs do have a high yeast count in their body's and giving them supplemental yeast could result in a yeast infection of the skin or ears. But as a general rule, brewers yeast is effective on flea prevention and is very safe for your dogs. If you are concerned that your dog might develop a yeast infection talk with your vet about assessing yeast levels on their skin before you begin.

Posted by Izzy3 (Sebastian, Florida) on 10/16/2009
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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.

Replied by Holly
Martinsville, In
12/04/2009
How much brewer's yeast do you take, and internally, right? Thanks
Replied by Westwind
Orlando, Fl
05/03/2010
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Brewer's Yeast works! I started using it early last spring, throughout the summer and into early winter. I never saw a flea on my Bassett Hound. I had my doubts living in a humid, hot climate where fleas thrive, but I never saw even 1 flea. I put about a teaspoon on her food at night (she's a small bassett, about 40 lbs). She loves the taste! Brewer's Yeast is natural and filled with other nutritional stuff your dog needs. Give it a try!


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