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  • Writer's pictureAndy Hemmer

How to Eliminate Fleas in Your Home Naturally

Updated: 5 days ago


finding flea in house with a magnifying glass

Fleas can be a persistent and annoying problem, especially if you have pets. These tiny pests not only irritate your furry friends but can also cause discomfort for humans. While there are many chemical treatments available, you might prefer a more natural approach to rid your home of fleas. Fortunately, there are effective Eco-friendly methods and homemade flea deterrents to eliminate adult fleas without resorting to harsh chemicals. Here is one of the best home remedies to get rid of fleas in your home.



1. Clean & Vacuum Regularly


Vacuum

One home remedy for fleas is regularly vacuuming your home. Fleas and their eggs can hide in carpets, rugs, furniture, and even cracks in the floor. By vacuuming these areas thoroughly, you can significantly reduce their numbers.


  • Focus on high-traffic areas where pets spend most of their time.


  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap the tiny pests effectively.


  • Empty the vacuum bag or canister outside immediately after vacuuming to prevent fleas from re-entering your home. Remember, there are eggs. Clean out the vacuum before vacuuming inside again.


Washing

Wash all pet bedding, blankets, and any other fabric items your pets frequently use.


  • Use hot water and a high-heat setting in the dryer to kill fleas and their eggs.


  • Wash your pet’s toys and grooming tools regularly. Use soap and water and good ole elbow grease.



2. Natural Flea Treatments For Pets


Apple Cider Vinegar


Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great natural flea repellent and natural remedy to get rid of fleas in your home.


  • Mix equal parts of ACV and water in a spray bottle.


  • Spray the mixture onto your pet’s fur, avoiding their eyes and open wounds.



Lemon Spray

Lemon contains natural flea-repelling properties due to its high citric acid content.


  • Boil a sliced lemon in 1 pint of water and let it steep overnight.


  • Strain the liquid and pour it into a spray bottle.


  • Spray your pet’s fur lightly, focusing on the neck and base of the tail.


Essential Oils

Certain essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint can repel fleas. Fleas really hate the smell of cedar chips as well. It would be good to source that type of essential oil.


  • Dilute a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive oil).


  • Apply the mixture to your pet’s fur or add it to their shampoo.


Note: Always check with your vet before using essential oils, as some can be harmful to pets.



3. Treat Your Home With Natural Remedies


Diatomaceous Earth


Diatomaceous earth in a black bowl

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a fine powder made from fossilized algae. It’s safe for humans and pets but lethal to fleas. For a natural and non-toxic flea trap, add to get rid of fleas in your home.


  • Sprinkle DE lightly and empty the contents On carpets, rugs, and pet bedding.


  • Leave it sit overnight to 1 week. Like salt, acts as a dehydration agent, killing the flea problem with a physical action and not a chemical.


  • Vacuum thoroughly To remove the powder and dead fleas. Be sure to empty the contents of the vacuum before leaving it rest.


We have some great articles on applying diatomaceous earth to dogs and cats for fleas. Check out the home remedies above! We also offer the perfect diatomaceous earth bundle to help you battle a flea infestation below!






Baking Soda and Salt

A combination of baking soda and salt can dehydrate fleas and their eggs.


  • Mix equal parts of baking soda and salt.


  • Sprinkle the mixture on carpets and furniture.


  • Leave it for a few hours before vacuuming.


Herbal Flea Spray

You can make a herbal flea spray using natural ingredients that repel fleas.


  • Combine 4 liters of vinegar, 2 liters of water, 500 ml of lemon juice, and 250 ml of witch hazel in a large spray bottle.


  • Spray the mixture on carpets, furniture, and pet bedding.



4. Outdoor Flea Control


Diatomaceous Earth

Using diatomaceous earth outdoors is an excellent method to control fleas in your yard. Diatomaceous earth can help manage flea populations in outdoor spaces, creating a safer environment for your pets and family.


  • Application: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your yard, in garden beds, and in areas where your pets frequently roam.


  • Reapply After Rain: Since diatomaceous earth is only effective when dry, you will need to reapply it after rain or heavy watering.


  • Target Shady Areas: Fleas often thrive in shady, moist areas, so focus your application on these spots.


Beneficial Nematodes

Beneficial nematodes are microscopic worms that can be sprayed in your yard to kill fleas in the soil.



  • Apply them to your lawn and garden following the package instructions.


Maintain Your Yard

Keep your yard flea-free by maintaining it well.


  • Mow the lawn regularly and keep it free of debris.


  • Remove any standing water to prevent fleas from breeding.



5. Regular Grooming and Inspection


Flea Comb

Use a flea comb to regularly check your pets for fleas.


  • Comb your pet’s fur carefully, focusing on areas where fleas tend to hide, such as the neck and tail.


  • Dip the comb in soapy water after each pass to drown any fleas you catch.


Bathing

Regular baths can help keep fleas at bay.


  • Use a natural flea-repellent shampoo to bathe your pets.


  • Ensure thorough rinsing to remove any lingering fleas.


By integrating these natural methods into your regular cleaning and pet care routine, you can effectively manage and eliminate fleas in your home. These solutions are not only safer for your family and pets but also kind to the environment. Say goodbye to fleas the natural way and enjoy a more comfortable and pest-free home!





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