Natural methods to get rid of fleas in carpet?

United States
June 21, 2007 7:30am CST
I use frontline plus on all of our cats to keep fleas and ticks off of them. Problem is, now all those fleas are in our carpet! Yikes!! What's a safe way to get rid of them? We have a bird and a fish, plus I have asthma so don't want to set off a flea bomb or anything like that. I've heard of using mothballs in your vaccum sweeper and wondered if that really worked. I'm looking for ideas to get rid of the fleas that don't involve chemicals. Any suggestions would be appreciated? Thanks!
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@anij34 (317)
• United States
21 Jun 07
The fleas will naturally die if they have no access to the blood. If your treating your cats and other animals like dogs or other furry critters, then the fleas should die on their own in just a few days. I wouldn't worry about going crazy to kill them in the carpet, as they will die in a few days anyway. Just wait it out.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
21 Jun 07
It depends on how bad they get. Waiting isn't a great idea as they will start to infest the people in the house.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Filmbuff is right - the fleas are attacking us people! Yikes!! Nasty, little critters! LOL
• United States
22 Jun 07
Re: fleas attacking people: I had a problem with fleas from the roommate's cats biting me a few years ago. I had some lavender essential oil and I spread some on my legs. It worked like a charm. Fleas hate it. Lavender's one of the few essential oils you can use undiluted on your skin.
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
21 Jun 07
My Brittany Spaniel got a bad case of fleas a few summers ago. What I did was buy some borax powder, it is used in laundry detergents ask someone who works at the store where you might locate it. Any way spread this over all of your floors evenly. Allow this to sit on your floors for at least an hour to two hours. Then you can vacuum this up. I would immediately remove the bag from the vacuum and tape it closed. Throw the bag away outside. Repeat this once a week for a couple of weeks to make sure that you have removed all of the fleas from your home. Another thing you might do is place some salt in the corners. The fleas will eat the salt and explode.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
I'd think I should be able to find borax in the laundry section at the grocery store. I'll look for it. Thanks!
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21 Jun 07
This is what my Nan did when she had her dog, She would put down a Bowl of hot water before she went to bed. In the morning there was a bowl of fleas this is cause the love the warmth so they jump into it then they can't get out.... Maybe it will work for you!!
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Thanks for the tip!
• United States
22 Jun 07
Thanks for the tip!
• United States
30 Jun 07
I use a somewhat similar method to catch and kill fleas. Use a night light, and put a container of soapy water underneath the night light. The fleas will be attracted to the light and will die in the soapy water. (The water must be soapy, I have seen plenty of fleas still alive in plain water)
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@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I heard this years ago and just tried it last year-same problem as you, I have 7 fish tanks, a parrot, and at the time a crawling baby...didn't want to use chemicals. Borax-the laundry booster, sprinkle it on the rug, and let it sit overnight, then vacuum real good. I don't know what it is about the Borax, some lady told me it suffocates them and absorbs the eggs....I know it has a lot of uses as well, but they don't list flea treatment on the box lol. But when I used it, it cut down a bunch on the fleas, in fact I didn't notice any after using that (and with the Advantix). Vacuum a lot too. I've also heard of putting a dog or cat flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag/canister. I use Frontline Plus or Advantix as well, and it just takes time if you don't treat the house, but a lot of the fleas in the house will jump on the animals also. It's a good idea to treat the yard as well. I'm fortunate, we have a small fenced in area for my dogs, so it's a piece of cake to treat. I use the granules, think it's called Eliminator-from Walmart. Use the spreader to spread them around and then water it down. Let it dry before letting dogs back in there. Kills lots of creepy crawlies :) Also, I had bought some moth balls, my mom swears keeping a small paper cup of moth balls in the window sills keeps the spiders out. The smell was really over powering though, so I took them down. I'd be hesitant to use those around the bird, they can be super sensitive to smells, even killing them. Good luck!!
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I could've swore you said you had dogs lol....well, probably wouldn't be a bad idea to treat the yard as well, especially if the cats go out.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
We have 2 dogs also that are mostly outside dogs. I treat their yard every year - since it's outside the chemicals don't bother me. I use a spot-on treatment for the dogs too. I agree about the odor of mothballs. I tried that one last year around our flowers to keep the cats off them. Didn't work and it stunk! At least with using the mothballs in the vacuum sweeper I could dump them out as soon as I was done. Thanks for the tips!
• United States
30 Jun 07
The good news is that, now that all the animals have been treated with flea control, the problem is already solving itself. Even if you did nothing else, the fleas would die off in about a month or so, just from the Frontline, because it interrupts the flea lifecycle. The fleas will bite humans when theey are starving, but they can't live off our blood for long. However, since I'm sure you don't want to wait that long, you can try any of the sugestions listed above as well. I haven't used any of those, except for the pan of soapy water and a light on the floor (use a light, rather than a candle, to reduce the chance of fire). I used that as more of a test to monitor the flea population than to really kill them all, it will only attract fleas from a certain radius. you can also buy a spray from the vets office called "fleatrol" (I think) I had to buy a bottle about 5 years ago and I still have some left. It cost about $13 and you can just spray it on the carpets and furniture. It dries in about half an hour and is safe for animals and humans after that. You would probably want to cover the fish tank and remove the bird from the room as you are spraying, but it is much safer and more controlable than a bomb. Good Luck.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
That is good news! Thanks!
• United States
23 Jun 07
We always just sprinkle hartz flea & tick powder on the floor like carpet fresh, let it sit about a half hour and sweep it up. After doing that for 2-3 days in a row, buh-bye fleas in the carpet.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
Good idea! Thanks!
@weemam (13377)
22 Jun 07
I don't have any cats or dogs , no pets (I have asthma too )but I never use chemicals at all , I bought myself a portable stem cleaner , it cost about £30 $18 and it is brilliant , it sanitizes everything and I would imagine it would kill anything like fleas etc . I do my hole house with it and it is brilliant , If I were you I would have a go with it , good luck xx
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• United States
23 Jun 07
Thanks for the idea!
• Austria
22 Jun 07
You mentioned the vacuum. I had fleas years ago and I just vacuumed several times a day. I put the Advantage on the cat and to get rid of the ones in the carpet I vacuumed often. I did this a couple of times a day, getting in all the nooks and crannies, under the bed etc. trying to get all the eggs too. Then I put the vacuum on the back porch in case they survived and tried to make their way out. It worked, I got rid of the fleas.
• United States
23 Jun 07
That's good to know, especially since I vaccuum pretty regularly. Thanks!
@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
22 Jun 07
Take a shallow pan...melt the bottom of a candle and drip the wax into it ...then stand the candle up in the middle of the pan....add dish washing detergent and water...wait until after dark....light the candle and set the pan into the floor...in a couple of hours...no more fleas....they jump towards the light and land in the dishwater and drown... It really does work...LOL
• United States
23 Jun 07
I've heard of that one before now that mention it? Thanks Tina!