Fleas are tiny insect parasites that live off of their host's blood. Fleas may be found on an animal companion such as a dog or cat. Fleas can cause discomfort to the host, and are notoriously difficult to eradicate once they have become established. For example, a cleaned pet can become infested with fleas again if the pet comes in contact with carpet in which the fleas are hiding. Some individuals attempt to get rid of fleas in the carpet naturally to avoid causing their pet harm through the use of toxic chemicals and medicines.
Vacuum the carpet, focusing on areas in which your pet often lies down or rests. Also focus on dark areas that fleas might flee to, such as under any furniture. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately, as the fleas in the bag may escape. Some individuals choose to place the bag in a sealed plastic bag and throw it away. Others choose to burn the bag.
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the carpet. Diatomaceous earth can be purchased at most health food stores, and is a natural insecticide made up of the powdered remains of fossilized diatoms.
Cut up one lemon and boil it in a pint of water. Allow the solution to cool and pour into a spray bottle. Spritz the carpet. You may also wish to spray the actual pet. The natural oils and citrus scent naturally deters fleas.
Add several drops of citronella and rosemary essential oils to a spray bottle filled with eight ounces of filtered water. Both of these herbs are natural pest repellents. Spray the carpet and any living areas with the mixture. You may find that this solution also freshens the air.
Cleaning your carpet will not solve your flea problems if your pet is still infested.
Combine your carpet cleaning with a holistic approach to flea eradication. Use herbal flea shampoo from the pet store to clean your pet.
Items You Will Need
- Diatomaceous earth
- 1 lemon
- 1 pint of water
- Spray bottle
- Citronella and rosemary essential oils
- 8 oz of water
- Makowski, Christine, D.V.M. "Natural Flea Control." Mother Earth News magazine. June 1985.
- Puotinen, C.J. "The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care." New York: McGraw Hill, 2000.