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Barb

FLEAS: I have had a terrible time getting rid of fleas till now. Borax laundry soap. Vacuum your carpet really good. Then sprinkle the Borax over your carpet. Use a broom and work it down into the fibers of your carpet really good. Don't vacuum for a week unless you have to. The fleas will eat the Borax. It will cause them to dehydrate and die. Repeat the process every week or so for a month. It really works, it's cheap and it is safe to use if you have small children.

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T

This home remedy does work if used correctly. I had 2 dogs and 4 kids who come with assorted friends, so I was looking for something very non-toxic. We had fleas very bad, so I used a combination of home remedies. I needed to treat the dogs, house & yard at the same time. I started by washing my dog with good old Sgt's Flea Soap. Then I cleaned my carpets with 1/2 apple cider vinegar & 1/2 water (we are lucky enough to have a machine, but you can rent one also-this does not hurt the machine, it actually cleans it) I let this sit overnight and had my husband spray the yard with a environmentally safe yard spray for bugs I got from the local hardware store for 12-15 dollars. In the morning, I sprayed the dog with the rest of the apple cider mixture before I let him out & then boraxed my carpeting, included running the broom on the carpeting on my hard wood floors and sprayed the entrance way to these rooms with the apple cider mix again. In my livingroom & dining room I made sure to move the furniture & borax underneath and sprayed the bottom of the couches and any cloth chairs with my apple cider mix. It took about a month and 3 times doing this, but by fall my home was flea free!! also ant free, spider free and basically any creepy crawler free too!! Good luck to all who battle with these pesky blood suckers - you too can vanquish them it just takes the right potions :)

mw

can you mix borax with water and spray outside?

Barb

yes you can spray borax outside. I had a few big ant mounds so i mixed it in a backet and poured over them..no more ants!!! worked great. you can also just sprinkle it around the outside of your house, that works good to . I don't know if it will kill flowers,but it didn't kill my grass.

Scotty B.

Borax has boric acid powder in it that the fleas eat and it eats their insides up.

Bababooy

For outside and in the garage you can purchase Boric Acid powder from most hardware stores and use that.Just a light dusting will do by walls and door entrances.It is safe to use around pets.
Great for ants,spiders,scorpions,fleas,and anything that crawls and cleans itself.

Debbie Vian

THIS REMEDY DOES WORK AS MY AUNT USES THIS TO KILL FLEAS IN HER HOME. WE BOTH HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE FLEAS. I HOWEVER USE FRONTLINE PLUS AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER, FOR OUR DOG AND CATS. IM SURE THE BORAX IS A CHEAPER ALTERNATE. THE FLEAS DO BECOME DEHYDRATED WHEN BORAX IS APPLIED TO CARPETS. THEY DO NOT INGEST IT. THEY WILL DIE FROM DEHYDRATION. WHAT A REASONIBLE ALTERNATE THAT REALLY DOES WORK. IT ALSO DEHYDRATES THE ALREADY HATCHED EGGS OF THE FLEA AND THERE LARVAE STAGES TOO. TRY IT YOU'LL BE HAPPIER FOR IT!!

Anonymous

Diatomacious Earth (DE) from the hardware, garden, or feed mill will also kill fleas (or so I have heard). We are going to try borax and DE and hope for the best. Will lemons do anything? I heard garlic would, but it is toxic to animals, so we just closed the doors and sprinkled garlic powder all over the rooms in our house. Sergeant's 'Natural Guardian Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs & Puppies' is pretty affective. A flea had gotten trapped in a transparent container and I sprayed it with the stuff. It died in 5 seconds! So now we use the Sergeant's Natural Guardian 3 month treatment, and the scratching and flea sitings have practically stopped! Plus it won't really harm the animal. Hope this helps somebody.

Anonymous

can you put borax onto mattresses?

Flea Destroyer

Uhm...I think sticking peppermint and spices under your mattress and other spices will repell them. But since borax won't really harm you, I think it would be okay, as long as you don't sleep with your face mashed against it, it isn't good to inhale. Garlic powder also might work, if you like smelling like an Italian restaurant. Like i said, DE isn't harmful either. But I would just vacuum your bed as often as you can, wash your sheets with borax if you like, spread herbs and spices (garlic, spearmint, peppermint, onions, etc.), and buy plants and set them around your bed like pennyroyal, keep animals out of your room.

S.

Does anyone know if borax does in fact kill the adult fleas?! I've read so many different conflicting things about borax and fleas in general, its so confusing to me. Hopefully someone with real pet experience will know! We only kept a kitten temporarily for about a month while the owner was out of town. He did NOT have fleas when we got him and was strictly an inside cat! (seemed even afraid of the outdoors). But now our whole house is crawling with fleas - and no pets! We've been vacuuming and applying the borax for 2 weeks now.. and still a LOT of fleas in our carpets! I got so frustrated last night that I sought them out myself deep in our carpets and threw them in our water traps -which have been useless btw - they've probably caught about 10 fleas max. Anyway, so my question is does the borax actually kill the adults? Because perhaps they're getting weaker, which is why they don't jump into the traps and also why I was able to catch about 20 last night with my bare hands. I know we have to be patient.. but there are SO many!!

Also, do we have to cover every square inch of the house with it? There are just some things we cannot move on our own... a huge bookcase, our king-size tempurpedic bed.. etc etc. We're afraid even if we do cover 90% of our house, their eggs will hatch in those other hard to reach places.

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