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are there any homemade solutions to get rid of fleas ?

big problem all the sudden with fleas, anything laying around the house that could work?

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Asked by SHADYZGIRL1983 at 8:51 PM on Sep. 16, 2008 in Pets

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  • I know a groomer who swears by Shaklee's Basic H2 cleaner. It's all natural and actually suffocates and kills the fleas - won't hurt the dog or the person washing the dog, and the dog's coat is really soft and clean. It probably won't do anything about any flea eggs though!

    (It's one of Oprah's favorite products, and has 100s of uses!)

    Answer by mnrock at 9:52 PM on Sep. 16, 2008

  • You can make flea traps. You plug in one of those nightlights and put a foil pie pan under it filled with water and dishwashing soap. The fleas are attracted to the light and jump in the water. The soap keeps them from jumping out and they die.

    Answer by rasbneon at 11:22 PM on Sep. 16, 2008

  • yeah, you can clean the animals with vinegar, if you have a steam cleaner you can also do your floors and also can wash the cloths in it to and its not bad for children or animals to be around.... the best is white vinegar but cider vinegar works too...

    Answer by Pooky_mommy at 1:34 AM on Sep. 17, 2008

  • Hi - Marie here from Alternatives for Pets - YOU may want to check out All experts - our Q and A site has loads of questions on this subject.
    There are sprays - you can buy - all natural and safe...
    Also, sounds crazy - Dawns dishwater soap is good for the first bath - when fleas are awful and you need to get the off FAST... otherwise, don't use the Dawn.
    Please visit Me at - All Experts ( search on - Marie Peppers LPN MA)

    Answer by nuvetmarie at 9:06 AM on Sep. 17, 2008

  • You should vacummn and make sure you change or empty the bag cuz they'll manage to get out. I've been told that moth ball in the bag will kill them but I have allergies so haven't tried it.

    Answer by toomanycritters at 9:41 AM on Sep. 17, 2008

  • Bathe your dog in vinegar and dish soap. Run a flea comb through the dog's hair after you bathe him to get any left on eggs and fleas that might survive. This should take care of the fleas and flea eggs on him. Put a few drops of vinegar in his water dish to keep fleas away. You will want to steam clean your carpets, rugs, cloth furnisher, and wash all your dog's bedding and your own bedding in HOT water to try and kill all the eggs that may be in the cloth. You should do this all in the same day. If you see one flea anywhere you should bathe your dog again in the dish soap and vinegar. Try spraying vinegar around the edge of your yard to keep fleas away but be careful this can kill some plants!

    Answer by Inle_Rabbit at 11:10 AM on Sep. 17, 2008

  • Use white distilled vinegar. Sorry and put vinegar in his water dish every time you refill it!

    Answer by Inle_Rabbit at 11:12 AM on Sep. 17, 2008

  • Plant tons of mums around your yard if you can. The natural chemical used in natural based flea products is Pyrithrin. It is a direct extract of the mum. VACUUM!! Empty bag or canister into a bag and seal for the garbage.


    Answer by equusvetgal at 1:01 PM on Sep. 18, 2008

  • Use dawn dish liguid. make sure you dilute it though. It needs to be mild.

    Answer by lovinben at 9:23 AM on Sep. 22, 2008

  • Comfortise is a natural oral flea product sold by your vet. It works for one month to keep fleas off of your pet. Borax will do the house.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:51 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

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