How to Get Rid of Fleas With Home Remedies?

In this article, we are telling you the best home remedies for fleas to fight them out. Fleas are harmful insects by nature. They tend to suck blood from humans and animals so it is important to get rid of fleas. You also need to get rid of fleas from your animal body. They cannot be seen under normal eyes. They remain under the hair/fur of certain animals (Dog, Cats, Rabbit, Humans too). Fleas favor to inhabit in cool and humid areas. They cannot fly independently, but can jump to cover long distances. They also transmit various harmful micro-organisms from one body to another. Flea bites are also very painful. They usually bite in parts of the body like knees, ankle and armpits. Their bit can be easily recognized because of the big, inflated red pimple like scar they leave behind (it will also be very itchy). Getting rid of fleas is tough, but not impossible. Here are some of the ways, you can apply to get rid of fleas in house.

Home Remedies for Fleas – Get Rid of Fleas On Dog, On Cat and in Carpet

Fleas do not disturb humans very often, but if you have a pet in your house, then you are likely to get infested by fleas. You can follow the below steps to lessen the flea infestation in your house by a considerable number.

1. Flea Trap to Get Rid of Fleas

Directions to Follow:

  • You can make your very own flea trap. Just make a solution of water and dish soap.
  • Then put it into a shallow aluminium/steel dish. Finally, set the dish next to a light source.
  • Fleas will land after it, but cannot escape easily because of the solution of dish soap and water.
  • Afterwards, you can kill them manually (if they do not die automatically).
  • Just use these methods will not suffice; to get rid of fleas permanently and to prevent future infestation, you must take the proper prevention measures.
  • Vacuum your households regularly and always keep your pets clean. Only then you can secure a permanent ‘loss’ of fleas from your household.

Home Rermedies for Fleas - Get Rid of Fleas in House Dogs

2. IGRs to Get Rid of Fleas (In Carpet and Curtains)

Directions to Follow:

  • Carpets and curtains are favorite hideout places of fleas, and you cannot get rid of them with ordinary vacuum.
  • In that case, you have to spray IGR (insect growth regulator) on your carpets and rugs.
  • Normal aerosols do not have the ability to kill fleas efficiently. But these IGRs are something totally different.
  • They prevent the young larvae to develop into mature adults.
  • That means even if they cannot be removed by vacuum, they still will not be able to grow as adults.

3. Mothballs to Get Rid of Fleas

Directions to Follow:

  • Develop the habit of vacuum on a daily basis to get rid of fleas.
  • Along with the commonly infested areas, vacuum every other nook and cranny of your house. Also, do not forget to vacuum the rugs and carpets carefully.
  • In the dirt tank of the vacuum cleaner, you can put some mothballs in case if the fleas happen to survive the vacuum by chance (less likely to do so).
  • If the vacuum tank (dirt storage) is full, then empty it out in a sealed bag and dispose of it properly.

4. Botanic Dust and Boric Acid to Get Rid of Fleas

Directions to Follow:

  • Botanic dust and boric acid are good natural pesticides to get rid of fleas.
  • Botanic dust has low toxicity, so it is safe to use them around humans and pets.
  • For a better effect, you can mix botanic dust and boric acid together and dust the common areas of flea infestation.
  • Additionally, you can dust your furniture and other items too if you want extra protection.
  • A good side of this mixture is that it will seek out both, adult and young fleas (larvae) like bees do with honey.
  • It will also put a hold to future reproduction of the fleas.
  • Leave the mixture on your items for about a day and vacuum or wash them afterwards.

5. Clean Your Garden to Get Rid of Fleas (on Dogs & In House)

Directions to Follow:

  • Your lawn and garden can also be a hangout place for fleas if they do not get adequate exposure to sunlight.
  • In that case, you have to clear any unnecessary bushes and dark spots (you can use them for a better purpose).
  • Fleas hate cedar wood chips and Eucalyptus leaf so you can collect some of these and spread them over your lawn (you can do it in particular infestation places too).
  • It will kill the fleas and destroy the larvae too to get rid of fleas.

6. Get Rid of Fleas with Cleaning and Bathing (On Dogs & In House)

Directions to Follow:

  • Cleaning and bathing of pets are required after a set interval of time to get rid of fleas. But instead of shampoos, you can use natural insecticides/flea irritants like rosemary oil, tea tree oil (harmful for cats), cedar oil (harmful for cats), Citrus oil and Eucalyptus oil.
  • Avoid using tea tree oil and cedar oil on cats (they just cannot tolerate them). It may be a bit irritating for your pets, but they will certainly be deadly for fleas.
  • Apply these natural insecticides over your pets’ body before giving them a bath (will be better if you mix with a bit of water).
  • Start applying from the neck or head (because once the fleas start to feel the danger, they will take advantage of their jumping ability and will try to escape by moving upwards and then jumping off the body of your pet).
  • Ensure proper use so that you do not miss a single part of their body. Keep the lather for at least ten minutes.
  • Then wash your pets’ body with lukewarm water (for at least 10 minutes) and cleanse the soap along with other body parts (where the fleas can be hidden) evenly.

7. Get Rid of Fleas with Yeast

Directions to Follow:

  • For certain reasons, fleas cannot tolerate yeast. So as an additional method, you can try sprinkling some yeast over your pets’ body.
  • You can also make a citrus spray. Just take a slice of lemon, extract some juice from it, mix it with a bit of water and boil it to a heating point.
  • After that, you can put the solution in a sprayer some over your pets’ body.
  • You can also try to spill some salt on your carpets or rugs (hopefully will be toxic for fleas).

8. Get Rid of Fleas with Washing (On Dogs & In House) 

Directions to Follow:


  • Keeping your home clean and clear is the key to success in your battle against the fleas.
  • They do not like to come to places which sparkling dirt free.
  • So wash your and your pets’ everyday items like bed sheets, pillows, clothing, rugs and other items of this sort.

9. Get Rid of Fleas with Comb 

Comb your pets’ fur/hair with combs which are specialized in removing fleas from your pets’ bodies. Make sure the bristle density and length are enough.

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