Holistic pet experts say: use borax and 5 other natural remedies for flea control

Boric Acid or Borax is an excellent natural remedy for flea control according to Sara Novak, writer for TLC. She ought to know- South Carolina where she resides, is one of the most difficult states to control those itchy little critters: “We never get a hard enough freeze to kill the flea,” she says. In an article recently authored at TLC, Sara gives her top 6 natural flea control remedies for dogs and cats alike that she received from talking with some Holistic pet experts:

Holistic pet experts say: use borax and 5 other natural remedies for flea control


borax for flea control

Using Borax for flea control? Just sprinkled on carpet-will causes severe dehydration and death for the fleas

Boric Acid Borax (such as the 20 mule team brand) is actually the potent ingredient in many commercially available anti-flea products. It’s considered safer than other chemical strays and it lasts longer in your home, up to a year. It works by causing severe dehydration in fleas. There are reports of irritation to the skin and eyes, but it’s actually very mild. The key to success with boric acid, or borax, as a flea killer is careful and vigilant application. First, vacuum all the target carpeted surfaces thoroughly to remove dirt and dust. All cushions should also be removed from furniture. Sprinkle the powder over carpeting and be sure to be extra careful around your pet’s favorite spots. Use a broom to make sure the powder gets into every inch of carpet. Do the same with furniture and use a smaller brush to rub it in. Vacuum up all excess powder.

Nematodes: But it’s usually not just the fleas on your dog that are the problem. It’s the fleas that are festering in your yard. For that, nematodes are particularly beneficial, according to All About Pets. They work to rid your yard of fleas. Because applying poisons to your yard isn’t good for you or your pets, try nematodes, which are little worms that naturally eat fleas. Beneficial Nematodes will kill fleas as well as other undesirable pests in your yard. Steinernema carpocapsae nemotodes are microscopic non-segmented worms. Not only do these nematodes attack fleas, they also feast on cutworms, sod webworms, and termites. Steinernema carpocapsae are suited for cooler climates while Steinernema feltiae are better for warmer climates.

Diatomaceous Earth: Also consider sprinkling diatomaceous earth, also called diatomaceous dust, in your yard, particularly where your pup likes to hang out. Diatomaceous earth is comprised of microscopic sea shells that act like razor sharp wire to sever fleas. It sounds tough, but they’re small enough that they won’t hurt your pets or you while putting an end to those pesky fleas.

Vacuum Regularly: likely one of your best tools for getting rid of fleas,” Ric Sommons of Dolittle’s Pet Store in Charleston, S.C. said in an article on Tonic. “Vacuum weekly, and make sure to change the vacuum bag. If you don’t, the fleas will just hatch in your vacuum bag. Then, when you vacuum the next time, you’ll end up releasing the adult fleas back into your living environment.” Keeping a tidy home is one of the best ways to keep your home flea free. That means vacuuming the entire house, including the furniture once a week. If you don’t, you are providing an inviting hatching ground for the enemy. original article

In the original article, Sara lists Ectopamine Spray as her #1 line of defense for flea control but doesn’t expound on it… so I will. Ectopamine is a natural flea and tick insecticide that kills fleas, ticks and also repels mosquitoes on contact. Ectopamine is effective for about a month but can be applied more frequently as necessary. It took me a while to find the ingredients contained in Ectopamine (I’m always looking to see if the natural claim is actually “natural.” In this case it is). Contains mostly citric acid with canola oil (for the skin) with active ingredients of lemon grass oil, peppermint and clove oil. One of the negatives that I’m hearing about is the smell… permeating and not so pleasant (especially if you like holding your pet). I suppose that choice comes down to “fleas or smell” but after time the odor does disparate. You can get it at Amazon for about $10.

Borax and the 5 other natural remedies for flea control listed here are not the only natural remedies available. Not mentioned in Sara’s article is the use of a dry vapor steam machine to kill fleas and ticks in your house. We own 3 commercial machines that are powerful enough to kill the aids virus, Mrsa, mold, bacteria, bed bugs, dust mite and anything that else gets in it’s way. If you are having a very serious problem please let me know. I can provide you with more expert info if you want to contact me directly.

If  this article was helpful you might also want to check out Vinegar for flea control, which is also a natural remedy for tick problems for your pet.


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  1. Great article. Living in Texas, I’ve employed most of these suggestions. I’d like to add one more thing. Cover the area where pets sleep with something washable, old towels or pillowcases that can be put in the washing machine every week. My cats sleep on an afgan stuffed inside a pillowcase. That way eggs and larva can be washed away before they have a chance to grow up. Also fold the corners of the towels to the middle to contain immature fleas.

  2. Bob says:

    Hey Susan,
    Thanks for the advice- We have a blanket that our cat sleeps on and we do wash it regularly. I never heard about folding the towels- thank you- will try that as well.

    • Hi Bob,
      Aren’t fleas a pain. The thing you have to remember is that flea eggs are not sticky. So if you just pick up the towel or blanket and head for the washing machine, you could be leaving a trail of eggs, larva and pupa all the way thru your house. Yuck.

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