If you have a furry pet at home, one of the biggest headaches that you’re bound to experience are fleas.
Fleas are annoying at the least and can carry dangerous diseases.
What’s worse, the fleas can transfer from pets to you, so if you have fleas at home, you’ll probably feel itchy every now and again. Especially around your feet and ankles.
Boric acid is a great alternative to most flea powders as they usually contain unfamiliar harsh chemicals.
This guide uses salt and boric acid together which works as a desiccant against the fleas. The mixture is highly effective for fleas, but not on flea eggs. So you'll need to treat for a few weeks to control newly-hatched nymphs.
Here is a simple flea powder that you can use at home to control fleas.
- 200g of boric acid
- 200g of salt
- Metal or ceramic mixing bowl
- Metal spoon
- Kitchen gloves
- Old Pringles can (or similar container with plastic cap)
- Pour the boric acid and the salt into the bowl and mix until it gains a uniform appearance.
- Puncture the cap of the Pringles can until there are uniform holes (similar to a salt shaker).
- Place the mixture into the can.
- Seal the edges of the cap if you prefer.
How to Use
- Vacuum your carpet.
- Shake the mixture evenly over the carpet and lightly brush it into the carpet with the broom.
- Leave for 1 hour and then vacuum up the mixture. Don't leave the mixture in the carpet as it can bleach the fibers.
- Repeat every day if you have a large infestation. If it's not so bad, then repeat every other day.
- Continue until the fleas are gone.
Be sure to vacuum everyday, even if you don't treat the carpet with the mixture.
Vacuuming is the most important part. It finishes off all the good work the boric acid does by getting rid of the dead ones. If you don't, the dead ones become food for the nymphs.
You can store an excess in a cool, dry place.
If you have any great tips about getting rid of fleas, I'd love to hear them. Please leave a comment in the section below.