Pet ownership is a rewarding experience for most, with the exception of having to deal with a common nuisance: fleas. Fleas are strong jumpers that can easily travel from the pet to its bedding and into your carpets and furniture. Once fleas have established themselves in your home, they can be difficult to control. Most commercial flea shampoos, sprays and powders are effective in killing or repelling fleas but many contain toxic chemicals. A safer solution to flea infestations can be found in many household pantries.
Things You'll Need
Borax or boric acid
Rubber gloves (optional)
Mix together equal parts of borax or boric acid and salt. Borax, boric acid and salt kill fleas and other insects on contact by dehydrating them.
Lightly sprinkle the mixture along baseboards, in and around pet bedding, in between furniture cushions and onto carpets.
Put on gloves and work the mixture into the fibers of the carpet with your hands or with a broom.
Allow the mixture to sit overnight or for several hours at a minimum. Avoid allowing treated areas to get wet, or the mixture will be less effective.
Vacuum treated areas well to remove all traces of the mixture. Empty the vacuum bag or canister outside of your home or into a plastic trash bag and seal it tightly.
Repeat the treatment weekly or biweekly to prevent reinfestation, particularly in warmer months if your pets travel outdoors frequently.
Test the borax or boric acid on a small, hidden area of the carpet and furniture for 24 hours. Check for color changes before proceeding. Block access to the room to pets and children before starting treatment. Boric acid and borax are toxic if ingested. Avoid breathing in boric acid or borax during application. Do not apply boric acid or borax directly on pets.