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Apple Cider Vinegar   36  1   

Posted by MJ Fox (Ireland)

[YEA]  I use ACV in my rescue dogs' food twice a week and give them diluted ACV rub downs with a wet sponge or rag about every 10 days. There are no fleas on these dogs at all, which I think is a result of the ACV. I also use it full strength for ring worm and seem to be having some good luck with mange.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Salt   1  0   

Posted by Max (St-pascal, Quebec, Canada) on 12/22/2011

[YEA]  Based on what I read here, I decided to mix up different solutions for maximum effectiveness.

I used ACV, Yeast and Sea salt (about 2 tbsp acv, 2tbsp yeast and 1tbsp sea salt) in 500 mL spray bottle, and used on my cat once a day. It was dramatically effective!! My cat stopped itching herself all the time and was flea free, but we didnt take care of the eggs so she became re infected... we will re-do the treatment with eggs in mind soon.

Interesting side effects is that her hair became completely nice and soft, and prior to that had been filled with hard hairballs all of her life! She also got a very improved mood, more energy, and became more sociable!

I believe the nutrients from the high quality Brewer Yeast (used Lewis Labs brand), and the ACV did wonders for her health! As soon as she would be all wet with the mix she would try to lick it all up, so she ended up eating quite a bit of it... (a reason why NOT to put too much salt in there..)

Replied by Kellz
Manukau, Auckland
Just get your carpets steam cleaned to kill all the fleas and eggs.

Baking Soda   2  0   

Posted by Sheila (Wichita, Ks) on 08/07/2012

[YEA]  Started brushing my dogs and cats with baking soda about 2 years ago. I originally did this as a dry bath. It definitely helped with the smell. But I have also noticed that I have not seen any fleas in this time. Usually I have to treat every year. I brush them once a week. It's worth a try right?

Replied by Sheila
Wichita, Ks
Baking soda worked this year too! And it didn't bother my allergy prone dog. Not one flea! I check every time I brush. And there are a lot of dogs and cats around here!

Posted by Meems (Apache Junction, Az, United States) on 05/29/2011

[YEA]  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   1  0   

Posted by Yankee (Seymour, Tn) on 08/05/2012

[YEA]  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   2  0   

Posted by Diana (San Marcos, Texas) on 04/27/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Picturesleuth
Califon, New Jersey
[YEA]   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   1  0   

Posted by Nancy (Plant City, Fl) on 09/09/2008

[YEA]  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   1  0   

Posted by Brian (Ft. Worth, Texas) on 01/17/2008

[YEA]  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   1  0   

Posted by 4mastiffboys (Palm City, Fl) on 02/12/2011

Dose anyone have a dosage amount for Black Walnut powder to aid in flea control in dogs??? dogs range from 130lbs to 225lbs.

Posted by Kathy (Palm Coast, Florida) on 02/15/2010

[WARNING!]  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:

Posted by vlccairo (Cairo, Egypt) on 05/12/2009

[YEA]  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   0  0   

Posted by Dr258250 (Johnstown , Oh, Usa) on 10/21/2010

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.

Replied by Linda
Baytown, Tx
What is Borate Powder, and where do you find it?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Linda!

Borate powder could be boric acid powder, could be powdered borax..

You can get the boric acid from your pharmacy, and the borax from the laundry aisle.

Borax   5  1   

Posted by R M (Quincy, Illinois) on 09/30/2014

I have recently learned of using Borax to get rid of fleas and I am wondering if it is safe to make a spray with the Borax to use on our cats? If so, how much Borax should I mix to the water? Thanks for your help!

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

[YEA]  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.

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

[YEA]  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!

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