Ever wondered how to get rid of fleas? Whether you have a pet or not fleas can be an issue in your home. There are multiple ways fleas can get into your home, on pets, second hand furniture or they could have been their already lying dormant if you have just moved into a new home.
If you think that you have a flea infestation in your home, then it’s worth calling out a professional pest controller to come and assess the extent of the flea infestation and treat it as necessary.
It is more common for fleas to bite and feed on an animal host however humans can be bitten as well. Flea bite are more irritating than painful so if you have been bitten you will know about it. Like most insect bites, a flea bite will be a raised red bump that causes itchiness and irritation. When pests get bitten it is much the same however some pets may develop an allergy to the fleas saliva over time.
Home Remedies For Flea Infestations
There are many home remedies out there, however it is important to remember that a lot of these are just old wives tales and although they may have some value they will not help treat a fully established flea infestation.
- Dish Soap – you can use dish soap and water to create a flea trap. First you need to fill a bowel with warm water and then mix with dish soap, then place the bowel in rooms of the house that are affected by the flea infestation. The idea behind this is that the dish soap solution will act as a glue trapping the fleas, and this method should be repeated every evening with a fresh bowel d dish soap and water.
This method may work to trap the fleas however, there is nothing to attract the fleas to the solution so its just pot luck whether they happen to be jumping around in that area and accidentally get stuck, so this method may rid you of a few fleas but is a long way from treating the whole infestation!
- Baking Soda – This remedy works by scattering baking soda over carpets and furniture and then rub it in using a hard brush, then hoover your carpets and furniture and remove the hoover bag or its contents outside and put straight into an outdoor bin.Salt – Very similar to the baking soda remedy. As the old wifes tale says you should sprinkle salt through out your home, leave for 1-2 days then vacuum thoroughly.
The idea behind this is that the salt will dehydrate the adult fleas and kill them, but in actual fact the thing that actually works in both this method and the baking soda is the thorough vacuuming throughout your property!
- Lemon Spray – Lemon is a common factor in a lot of home remedies, in this one it is said that if you add a slice of lemon to a pan of water then boil it, leave it to rest overnight, then transfer it to a spray bottle and use it to dampen affected areas such as carpets, pets bedding and furniture. The idea is that this solution will treat the flea infestation, but in reality, all you will achieve is a nice fresh smell in your home, but the flea infestation will still be present.Rosemary – It is said in old wives tales that rosemary can be used to treat a small flea infestation when you use it to make a herbal flea powder. To do this you need to use rue, wormwood, fennel, and peppermint and crush together in a pestle and mortar until you have a powder. Use this powder on all suspected areas of the flea infestation. It is thought that rosemary is a natural flea repellent so the idea is that this powder will help repel and prevent them.
In truth this is just another remedy that will leave your home smelling lovely but not actually get rid of any fleas!
- Flea Repelling Plants – This is the final home remedy we are going to debunk, using various plants around your home to try and repel fleas. There are plants that fleas will naturally try and avoid such as, penny royal, lavender, spearmint and chrysanthemums.
Although fleas dislike these types of plants it is unlikely that using this alone will get rid of or prevent a flea infestation.
- Diatomaceous Earth – Now this is one of the few home remedies that can be effective if done correctly. Diatomaceous Earth is a fossilised algae, diatoms. It’s a nontoxic powder and works by causing fleas to dehydrate. You should sprinkle thin layers of this powder over areas you suspect are infested with fleas and leave for around 2 days, after this you should vacuum thoroughly.
Although this natural remedy is nontoxic, it is advised that you should use the food grade option and also wear gloves and a face mask when using diatomaceous earth as it can get quite messy and sometimes cause irritation to eyes and throat.
- Vacuum – You may have noticed that many of these old wife’s tales all included the process of vacuuming your home. By simply vacuuming your home regular taking care and attention to get in every crack and crevice around your home and furniture you can drastically reduce the number of fleas in your home than using all of these mentioned home remedies together! It is important to remember to remove the contents of your hoover outside and discard of it in an outdoor bin.
With all of these flea remedies out there the most effective and easiest way to make short work of a flea infestation is to call in the help of a professional pest controller. They have the knowledge and necessary tools and equipment to rid your home of all traces of a flea infestation.
If you are having trouble with a flea infestation at your home then contact STP Pest Control today – 0121 459 3997