6 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Fleas Instantly at Home

Having trouble with a flea infestation? We got you covered. Read on to learn six natural remedies for instant flea control. These tricks should cover all bases, including flea problems in the yard, at home, with dogs or cats, or on specific areas like the carpet.

How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally

A summary of six natural remedies to get rid of fleas instantly. Scroll down to find specific instructions for each home remedy.

  1. Plug in a flea trap around the household.
  2. Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth on high-traffic flea areas.
  3. Spray home-made citrus repellent on problematic areas.
  4. Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil when washing bedding items.
  5. Grow flea-repelling plants around the perimeter of the backyard.
  6. Create your own trap using a lamp, dish soap, and warm water.

Flea Trap

1. Plugged-in Flea Traps

Electronic flea traps work very well in the house. Many of these plugged-in flea traps also pose less of a safety risk for pets and children.

Electronic flea traps generally consist of two components: a light source and a liquid trap. The purpose of the light source is to attract fleas to the device. When the fleas enter the device, they fall into the trap and meet their demise. We like these flea traps, not just for their efficiency, but for creating less of a mess compared to other flea remedies.

Safety Note: As with most things, keep the flea trap device out of your children and pet’s reach.

2. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

This natural powder works well for many flea control scenarios. If fleas are infesting specific areas of your home, such as the carpet or bed, then this powder could do wonders. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is basically powder made from the fossilized remains of ancient algae. It is important to use food-grade and not pool-grade diatomaceous earth.

Diatomaceous earth is a very effective flea killer and you could expect to start seeing results within 48 hours. To use this remedy, identify areas at home where there’s a lot of flea traffic (e.g. carpet, windowsill). Next, coat the area with a thin layer of diatomaceous earth.

The fleas that ingest the powder will eventually die of dehydration. For them, coming into contact with diatomaceous earth is similar to when we step on tiny shards of glass. The powder will pierce their exoskeleton and cause them to dehydrate. The good news is that fleas can’t build resistance against it so it will work again and again.

Safety Note: Food-grade diatomaceous earth is not considered dangerous to children and pets. A large concentration of the powder, however, may cause breathing irritations and skin irritations (e.g. dryness) so make sure to take precautions when using this remedy.

3. Home-Made Citrus Repellents

Fleas do not react well to the presence of citrus. This natural remedy won’t kill fleas but it could help repel them. The citrus repellent solution is recommended for people who are having trouble with fleas outdoor, such as in the backyard.

One simple way of using citrus as a flea repellent is to make a spray using a mix of citrus juice and water. This could work with a number of fruits, such as oranges and lemons. To create the solution, we recommend boiling some lemons in water for about five to ten minutes. Once cooled down, steep the lemons in the water overnight to give the oils and juices enough time to blend with the water. Once ready, pour the solution into a clean spray bottle and start applying it on problematic flea zones (e.g. dense foliage in the garden).

Safety Note: do not spray the citrus solution onto your dogs and cats. The oil extracted from citrus fruits could be toxic to pets.

4. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil also makes a great flea repellent. We recommend this natural remedy if the fleas are infesting fabric items like carpet and bed linens. The next time you run laundry, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your wash.

Safety Note: some people may have skin that’s sensitive to essential oil. Be sure to check for any reactions before you start applying a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the wash. Essential oil may also be toxic for pets so be extremely careful when using this remedy around cats and dogs.

5. Flea-Repelling Plants

While this solution won’t lead to instant results, it may do a lot of good in preventing flea problems in the foreseeable future. Over time, many plants have developed resistance against pest and rodents. Typically, the resistance comes in the form of appearance or chemicals that the plants produce to deter the pests. As we alluded to earlier, the essential oil extracted from citrus fruits is one example of resistance that plants build against pests.

Fortunately, there are a number of plants you can grow in the backyard to repel fleas, ticks, and many other pests. Common examples include citronella grass and lavender. These plants should be grown along common entry points and along the perimeter of the backyard.

Safety Note: some flea-repelling plants can be toxic to dogs and cats. Chrysanthemum, for example, is considered a pest-repelling plant but it is also considered toxic for dogs and cats. Be sure to check the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants to verify whether the plants are toxic or not.

6. Create Your Own Flea Trap

Build a trap that works much like the electronic pest trap. You will need a light source (such as a lamp or candle), a tray, water, and dish soap. First, mix the water with a few drops of dish soap then pour the solution into the tray. Next, place the tray underneath the light source.

The idea of this flea trap is to attract the fleas via the warmth and brightness of the light source. When the fleas get close enough, the hope is for them to jump straight into the tray. The soapy water prevents the fleas from escaping.

Safety Note: this method could pose a hazard, especially if you use a candle. Be sure that the light source is fixed and placed in a firm position. If you are using a lamp then keep the power cord away from the tray of water.

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