An On Pasture reader called Monday morning with a problem. Even though they have no indoor pets and his stock dogs aren’t allowed in the yard, somehow fleas got in the house. His wife has cleaned and has been vacuuming almost non-stop. She gave up today after a snake got in the house. She’s headed to town for a break from all the fleas and snakes.
He’s sprayed the house twice with insecticide but isn’t thrilled with that solution. I found the following instructions on line, but have no idea how well they work. If you’ve tried any of them, or have solutions that worked for you, please share. We both imagine that other farmers and ranchers might have encountered this problem and this is a perfect opportunity to put our heads together for the benefit of everyone.
Possible Home Remedies For Getting Rid of and Preventing Fleas in the House
1. Walk Into the Light, Fleas!
Place a plate filled to the brim with warm water and a cap full of dish washing liquid in every room. Light a small candle and place it on the plate. Supposedly the fleas will be attracted to the light and will jump into the dish washing liquid and be trapped.
Down sides – Fleas may have left their larvae behind, so you’ll have to do this for over a week. Open flames on the floor of your house may not be the safest thing to do.
2. Herbal Spray
Mix up the following and use a home and garden sprayer to spray it all over the house after you’ve done a really good job of vacuuming. Repeat for 2 to 7 days until it seems you have fewer fleas and then every 3 to 4 days until the fleas are gone.
- Vinegar- 1 gallon (a little less than 4 liters)
- Water- ½ gallon (a little less than 2 liters)
- Lemon juice- 16 oz. (a little less than 500 ml)
- Witch hazel- 8 oz. (a little less than 250 ml)
Down sides – This mixture may do nothing. We don’t know.
3. Salt, Boric Acid, Diatomaceous Earth
The idea behind each of these is to do damage to the bodies of fleas. Salt crystals and diatomaceous earth will cut them up and kill them. The Boric Acid is supposed to dry them up.
Down sides: Its recommended that you leave each of things on your carpets and floors for 12 to 48 hours so things are going to be kind of dusty in the house while you wait for them to do their work.
4. Herbal Flea Repellents
We don’t know if any of these work, but if you’ve tried any of these mixtures with success, do let us know!
Grind equal parts of the following in a coffee grinder and then sprinkle it on your carpets and floors:
- Coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
Mix up 6 thinly sliced lemons, a handful of rosemary sprigs, a liter of boiling water and 3 to 4 drops of geranium essential oil. Let steep overnight and then strain into a spray bottle and spray around the house where fleas might come in.
Mop your floors with a citronella mixture made up of the following. This is supposed to repel fleas and it seems like it might smell nice too.
- Citronella oil- 20 drops
- Tea tree oil- 10 drops
- Lemongrass oil- 10 drops
- Geranium oil- 5 drops
- Warm water- 1 gallon