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How to Kill Fleas in a House Naturally

By Gina Stewart | Updated September 26, 2017

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Items you will need

  • Table salt

  • Vinegar

  • Spray bottle

  • Borax laundry additive

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Shallow pan

  • Lamp

  • Small white towel

  • Dish soap

Pets, as well as humans, bring fleas into the house, where they will live for what seems like an eternity. The life cycle of a flea has four stages in which they are determined to feast on you and your pet. At their most resilient stage, they are tiny and protected by a hard cocoon-like shell that keeps them safe for up to a year. Fleas will stay hidden in a house until they "hatch" and begin breeding trillions of offspring. Many people, as well as their pets, are allergic or highly sensitive to chemical flea treatments. However, you can use natural flea remedies to kill fleas and keep them from coming back.

Sprinkle salt on carpets and furniture and allow to set for up to two days. Vacuum up the salt with a vacuum clean that has been prepared with salt in the bag or canister. Vacuum daily during a flea infestation.

Sprinkle Borax on floors, carpets and furniture. Allow to set for up to two to days. Vacuum daily during an infestation.

Fill a shallow pan with a white cloth, water, and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Place the pan under a bright light on the floor overnight. Empty the pan in the morning; it will be filled with hundreds of dead fleas.

Fill a spray bottle with a solution of white vinegar and water. Spray the vinegar solution on the carpets, furniture and even the pets. Vacuum the carpets and furniture immediately. athe animals with a flea shampoo and add some vinegar.

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Gina Stewart began writing in 1986 for the "Suburban Journals." She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia in her early 30s, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After graduation, she started writing for the "Centralia Guard" newspaper and the "Columbia Business Times." Today she is a freelance writer for many of her own clients who own blogs and websites.