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Are there any cheap ways to kill fleas?

On the dog and in the house and yard.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:25 PM on Apr. 26, 2009 in Pets

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  • Anti-freeze. But you have to make sure it's put somewhere the dog and other animals won't get to it. Set out a bowl of it. The "heat" draws them in and when they drink it they die.


    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:27 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Pick em' out one by one and STOMP ON THEM HEHAHA!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • In the house you can have eucalyptus plants. It repels them. Not sure about the animals.


    Answer by admckenzie at 12:34 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Yes there is an economical way to kill them. I've not tried it myself but know many people who use it. If I ever have a flea problem again I will certainly try this.
    Its called Diatomaceous Earth. You MUST buy the food grade DE. Or else you will be poisoning your pets and children. The food grade is safe for both.

    Here is a website w/ more info

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 1:06 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • has a flea trap. It doesn't use chemicals so you don't have to worry about that... and its costs a lot less for refill pads for this thing than it does to have your carpets cleaned all the time and to keep putting flea meds on your pets. The product number so you can look it up on that website if you want to is AV-A2 and the code for the refill pads for it is AV-A3. Hope you find something that works! Good luck =]

    Answer by mrsbvader at 1:31 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • broax rubbed in to the carpet and then vaccuumed up will take care of the house repeat every 3 months until the whole problem is under control. The best way to take care of the pet fleas is by getting a flea preventive form your vet. It is no t'cheap' per say but it can be worth it. You can get it in 3 or six month supplies equaling to about 11-15 dollars (per pet) a month (around here) depending on the size of pets in your home. Some vets will sell individual doses you could get each month if the works better for you. There are over the counter flea products for pets but the do not have any residual effect. They kill what is on them but not what hops on later.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:22 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I'd be terribly afraid of trying the antifreeze suggestion. No matter how careful you are there will always be that one time where you are not careful enough or where you think you have done everything possible to protect everyone and everything but it still isn't enough. Kids and animals are extremely curious and if there is a way for them to get into something they shouldn't, well without a doubt, they will. I'm not saying this was a bad suggestion -- it may have worked for many. I personally just won't take the chance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:23 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Table salt. Put it down, preferably over night on your floors. The next morning, sweep/vacuum it up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • here is the thing, a flea spends most of it's life cycle on your pet. In order to control your flea, problem you have to control them on your pet. When you see them jumping around, they are on their way from where they hatched to your pet. I suggest buying a topical flea product for you pet. Use the ones sold at the vet, not at the grocery stores. The ones sold at the grocery stores don't work, and end up causing more problems that anything else. Try Frontline or something of that nature. (If you have a tick problem, make sure you use one that takes care of ticks too). As for you house, if you don't want to use a chemical, then vaccum EVERYTHING, incuding couches, drapperies, carpets, wash whatever you can in hot water. When you are done vaccuming, throw the bag away OUTSIDE, or empty your cannister OUTSIDE. As for outside, well, GL with that. I don't suggest the antifreeze as you will kill more than fleas.

    Answer by Angel8203 at 3:03 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • HERBS!
    If you grow herbs (or know somebody who does) put a cup of rosemary leaves in boiling water, let it cool, strain, and after washing and rinsing the dog, pour the rosemary tea over him, work it in well and let him dry. Like leave-in conditioner. This repels fleas, ticks, and a lot of other insects. Put some dried rosemary in the stuffing in the dogs bed. Sprinkle borax on the carpet then vacuum. Use a cupful of rosemary tea in the water after you mop to rinse tile floors. (Check before using on wood floors.) Dried rosemary is even good to add a LITTLE to his food to make him immune to fleas from the inside out!) Growing some rosemary will reduce the outside flea population, which is where the dog gets them in the first place--outside. In most of the US rosemary is a tender perennial so you will have to replant it every spring, but potted starts are cheap. Approx $2.50/4 inch pot here.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 3:03 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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