Non-Toxic Indoor Flea Elimination
When cats bring fleas into your home
We are all paying more attention to the poisons in home cleaning products and looking for safer non-toxic alternatives. But is there a safer, healthier, non-toxic solution for indoor flea elimination? Yes, there is!
But first, a little background on those nasty insects. Fleas are nearly indestructible and they reproduce at alarming numbers. In many cats, fleas cause skin allergies with lots of scratching and raw bloody sores because they are allergic to the flea’s saliva from the bites.
Did you know that fleas spend most of their lives OFF their host? The host is your cat, whom fleas bite and drink blood from. When finished feeding off your pet, fleas love living in carpeting, bedding, and nook and crannies, where they are laying eggs. Those eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae eat the adult flea’s poop. That’s the little reddish-black specks, which is your pet’s blood. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
Poisonous indoor flea control is detrimental to everyone’s health
The conventional way to kill fleas in our homes is a very toxic, poisonous method — for our pets and for us. The sprays, flea bombs, and powders are full of poisons that have a negative effect on our pet’s nervous system and weaken the immune system. These chemicals are bad news for anyone being exposed to them. Poisonous chemicals accumulate in our bodies and our pet’s bodies and organs. This toxic load has adverse effects over time.
The pet aisles are full of containers of poisonous flea control products, leading the consumer to believe they are safe for their pets! Have you ever read the Warning Labels on these products? Perhaps you have read them, but you feel there is no other way to get rid of the fleas in your home.
If we want our beloved cats to have thriving health, we must get rid of the poisons that weaken their immune system and lead to disease. Non-toxic indoor flea control is one area where you can help your cat avoid being poisoned.
The non-toxic way to eliminate indoor fleas with borate crystals
Borate crystals have been used for many years to kill fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae. This substance is odorless, nearly dust-free, and perfectly safe for your pets, for you, and for children. Borate crystals are less toxic than boric acid and table salt! (Federal regulations require a warning label, but the product is not as lethal as the requirements make it out to be. Of course, you don’t want to ingest it or roll around in a pile of it.)
When the eggs, larvae and fleas come in contact with the borate crystals, the crystals cut their hard exo-skeleton, and they dehydrate to death. It works for cockroaches, ants, and silverfish too.
The best part is that the borate crystals kill indoor fleas for one full year! That is as long as you don’t shampoo the carpeting, in which case you’ll need to reapply the borate crystals. I have used borate crystals in the past for indoor flea elimination, and I can attest that the application really does last for one year. Even with bare floors.
The brand I’ve used is by Dr. Goodpet, and you can purchase borate crystals on their website: goodpet.com
How to use borate crystals for safe, non-toxic indoor flea elimination:
Purchase the correct amount for the square footage of the area you are treating. Amounts are listed with the product: one canister of Dr. Goodpet’s Inside Flea Relief is 1.5 lbs. and treats 150 sq. ft. My former home in Hawaii was 1200 sq ft, and only the master bedroom and two smaller bedrooms had carpet. For the bare floor rooms, I applied the crystals along the floorboards. I used two canisters. Considering the effects last for one year, that’s quite a bargain!
Thoroughly vacuum all floors, carpeting and rugs, under furniture cushions, and your pet’s bedding. You might want to shampoo your carpeting prior to application, since it’s best not to shampoo them after application.
Simply sprinkle the crystals all over carpeting and rugs, under furniture cushions, in the crevices of your pet’s bedding, and along floorboards for bare floors.
For carpeting, use a stiff whisk broom (made of corn, palm, or straw) to work the crystals into the carpet, rugs, and under the seam of the floorboards. This is quite a workout, so be prepared to take a few rest periods.
For bare floors, use a small dust pan brush to push the crystals under the floorboards. There will still be some crystals visible. Leave it there for about one week before vacuuming right up against the floorboards to make sure most of it has worked its way under the trim.
Wait one week before vacuuming the treated carpeting. During this time, the crystals will fall deeper into the fabrics. This helps to prevent crystals being removed when you vacuum. ***You will see the results in about one week. There will be fewer and fewer fleas, until there are no more.
Mark a calendar when it will be one year for the next application. You will also know when it’s been a year because you’ll see more fleas appearing if your pets are going outside and bringing more fleas in.
NOTE: this does not prevent fleas from coming in on your pets or you. That’s another topic for another article. But it will kill fleas in your home, and then quickly kill any future fleas that get indoors and their eggs.
Hire Flea Busters service to eliminate the fleas
Another option is to hire a service to do it for you. They come to your home and apply their product. You can find them here.
Finally, have you ever experienced a bad reaction to chemical laden indoor flea control products? Do you have a safe, effective and natural method of eliminating indoor fleas? Please share with us in the comments below.
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