In the world of pests, there are few things as annoying as fleas. Fleas can invade every nook and cranny of your home, and cause you and your pets bites that will itch for days on end. Fleas can be notoriously difficult to get rid of, but there are a few ways that are quite effective at getting rid of a flea infestation. Read on and discover just a few of these ways.
Boric acid is a powdery, white solution that is not harmful to adult humans. Spreading it on your floor and counter tops is a great way to get rid of any infestation, including fleas. It operates by essentially adhering itself to the flea's exoskeleton and dehydrating it to death. It is, however, not recommended that you use boric acid in the home if you have children or pets, as boric acid can have adverse effects on them.
Homemade Flea Trap
A homemade flea trap is an easy way to draw fleas to a certain area of your house, then dump them all out. It's also quite easy to construct! You will simply need a bowl or deep pan, warm water, tea candles or a small office lamp, and dishwashing liquid. Before you go to sleep at night, fill up the bowl or pan with lukewarm water. Add a capful or two of dishwashing liquid to the bowl and set it down in the offending room. Place the candles or the small office lamp near the bowl and make sure that the bowl is catching the light. During the nighttime hours, the fleas will be drawn to the light and jump towards it. They will wind up in the bowl full of dishwashing liquid and water. They will become immobile due to the dishwashing liquid and eventually drown during the night.
Using salt works in much the same way that boric acid does. Although it is not quite as effective and generally only works on carpeted areas, it can be a great replacement for boric acid in the event that you have children or pets in the house. Simply purchase finely ground salt, put it in a spice bottle with a shaker top and sprinkle the salt in carpeted areas of your home where you know there to be fleas. Within one to two days, a small flea infestation should be completely wiped out. Afterwards, vacuum your carpet in order to clean up any excess salt that is leftover.
If you are still having trouble getting rid of a flea infestation after employing these methods, it is recommended that you call a local and trusted flea exterminator.