10 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Fleas

In the dog days of summer’s end, the last
thing you want to do is to itch like a chimp all the time and try to catch tiny acrobats
around your house. Fleas are seemingly impossible to get rid
of. But don’t rush to spread poisonous toxins
all over. There are natural ways to alleviate this tiny
pest! First things first; you need to remember that
nothing will replace a good old cleaning. All the remedies and repellents will have
a much better effect if you combine them with vacuuming, shampooing carpets, and of course,
bathing your pets if you have them. The same goes for your yard, which is probably
where the fleas are coming from. Keep the grass mowed and trim the lower tree
branches. Fleas aren’t only acrobatic, but also quite
deceptive. As soon as you’ve annihilated them from
one place, like, for example, your house or yard or pets, it doesn’t mean they’re
gone; it only means that they already found another place to breed themselves into a widespread
infestation. So, take all the following advice, not as
a magic trick that’ll miraculously make all the fleas disappear, but as cool life
hacks that’ll help you immensely in your struggle against these horrible pests. 1) Vinegar sprays. Fleas are numerous, and it seems like no matter
how many of them you put to an end, there are always more. But, they’re also pretty vulnerable. Fortunately, they’re more vulnerable than
babies and pets, so this leaves us with a lot of natural weak toxins that will eradicate
fleas, but won’t do any harm to you or your loved ones. A good recipe will contain vinegar – fleas
hate it! The easiest one to get at any time would be
apple cider vinegar. Just mix it 1 to 1 with water, and spray the
areas where you’ve seen fleas. While it’s not dangerous for your loved
ones by any means, it’s also not completely lethal for fleas. Instead, it’ll make your cleaning much more
effective, since fleas won’t be as active and agile after close contact with a vinegar
solution. Do you know of any other interesting uses
for vinegar? Let me know in the comments! 2) Lemon sprays. Vinegar is extremely effective, but if you
don’t like the smell, you may want to try something else. As they say, if life gives you lemons – protect
your house from fleas! Just three will do. They need to be shredded in thin slices and
dropped into water with all the juice and peel. Lemon peel has another helpful effect – it
has essential oils in it, which are also universally hated by fleas. If you let the solution steep for a while,
the oils will give their repellent qualities to the water. Just like with vinegar – spray it wherever
it’s needed. Your pets will probably be unhappy with the
smell, but that’s the worst of it. It’s just lemons, you know. 3) Rosemary. Fun fact: there’s a theory that in ancient
times, people thought that rosemary was a sacred resource that could drive evil spirits
away from the house. This probably has something to do with the
fact that rosemary can protect a house from fleas, which are famous for spreading some
of the worst contagious illnesses in history. While they may have been wrong about the evil
spirits, it was effective against the fleas, who avoided rosemary like wildfire. The same method still works, hundreds of years
later. Just grind some dry rosemary into dust and
sprinkle it around your house. It won’t do much for the existing infestation,
but it’ll prevent any future ones. Hmm, vinegar, lemon and rosemary…this might
also be a good salad dressing! 4) Flea trap. It’s laughably easy to get fleas caught
in a trap. Watch this – ha ha ha gotcha! They’re uncontrollably attracted to light
in the dark, especially yellow light. The easiest way to use this against the fleas
is to set a small light right over a big dish that’s filled with a water and dish soap
mixture. One warning though – keep this one away
from kids and pets to avoid any accidents. The next morning, you’ll see for yourself
how effective this trap is; the dish will be filled with fleas that had no chance to
get out of the soapy water. The only downside to this method is that it
won’t free you from flea eggs and larva, which like to hide away in darker places. But once again – good cleaning is always
needed when you deal with pests! 5) Cedar chips. If letting your dog out in the yard is scary
due to pesky jumpers hopping on their back, just find those shady places where your pet
likes to lay a lot. If you can, fence it away from Fido, and then
drop some cedar chips around the area. It’s really rich with essential oils, so
the fleas will want to hop away from it. But remember, cedar chips won’t treat fleas
by themselves, they’ll only repel them away from your yard. The fleas may just flee inside your house,
where they’re likely to find more hosts. So don’t use cedar chips alone; they’ll
work much better in combination with several other methods. 6) Diatomaceous earth. Or just DE for short, is a fine white-ish
powder made from the fossils of a special kind of algae called diatoms. It’s the most convenient way to get rid
of fleas in your yard. First – because they’ll stand out from
it too much visually, and second – because it’s lethal for fleas, but almost perfectly
harmless to anything else. Just spread it around the yard thinly, everywhere
you can. Pay special attention to the places where
your pet likes to be most of the time. The only reason why it’s used mostly outside
is that it’s not a good idea to breathe in a lot of this powder. But it won’t do any harm to the inhabitants
of your house if you just sprinkle it on a specific surface, like dog beds, or in those
spaces behind and in between the pillows of a couch. Fleas love these areas because it’s easy
for them to hide and breed here, and it’s hard to vacuum them away without the DE powder. The way DE works is kinda strange and fascinating. On a microscopic scale, this powder consists
of very sharp, glass-like particles that can poke through a flea’s armored legs, but
can’t do anything to bigger creatures. This causes the flea to start losing moisture
from its body, and later succumbs to dehydration. 7) Baking soda or salt. This mixture is perfect if you still don’t
trust DE or other unfamiliar remedies. It won’t be as effective, and you may need
to repeat the process of sprinkling it all over the place and vacuuming it up several
times. But if you clean your vacuum’s canister
carefully, without letting the fleas out near your house, it’ll work well. 8) Pinewood sawdust. It’ll scare flees away in no time, but obviously,
don’t try to use it in the house. It’s more of an outdoors thing that can
help you secure your house from recontamination after you’ve cleaned it from floor to ceiling. Sprinkle sawdust all over your yard, mostly
concentrating on the places where your pets or other animals hang out most often. One more thing – it wouldn’t be good for
either you or your pet to inhale it. So keep a safe distance, or wear a mask while
you’re spreading it around. 9) Nematodes. Here’s a curveball for you. How about replacing one kind of yucky thing
in your backyard with another kind of even more yucky thing? That was a rhetorical question, because serious
problems sometimes call for serious measures. Nematodes are small and constantly hungry
worms that will chomp their way through your entire yard, eating any bug smaller than them. What’s good about these worms is that they’ll
leave absolutely no flea eggs or larva on the ground. On the other hand, though, they’ll also
eat all the other insects that are beneficial for the soil. 10)Sulfur or boric acid. These are fine powders or solutions that are
cheap and easy to find in any pharmacy. They’ll be lethally toxic for fleas if you
sprinkle them thinly. But don’t forget to wear a respirator, and
don’t work without protective gloves. By themselves, these powders are natural and
non-toxic for people or grown-up pets. But you won’t enjoy their smell at all,
and they can do harm to young pets under 6 months. By the way, Pests have been known to team
up against us. Just remember this:
A flea and a fly Flew up in a flue. Said the flea, “Let us fly!” Said the fly, “Let us flee!” So they flew through
A flaw in the flue. The best part, they flew through the flaw
in the flue absolutely free! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
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