If you are a pet owner you will probably already know that the spring and summer are when the flea population multiplies. Fleas are annoying and can irritate and bite both you and your pet which can lead to scabs and skin lesions. Fleas are the most troublesome in the spring and summer as this is when they begin breeding outside and start jumping around the grass eventually making their way into your home. If you have an indoor pet you are still likely to develop a flea problem on your furniture, carpet and pet. There are many different ways to get rid of fleas but as a pet owner, I have a concern for using a chemical-based product due to the potential toxins this creates in the house. Looking up information on the Internet about how to get rid of fleas naturally inside my home has lead me to a simple and inexpensive remedy. Salt and baking soda was something I stumbled upon and thought that this was an inexpensive and safe way to remove fleas, but I was very skeptical of this. If you have a flea problem in your house and want safe alternatives to get rid of them, using salt and baking soda might just be a solution.
Salt and baking soda are two common household items that you can find just about anywhere and you can get them both for about 4 dollars. It is a good idea to buy the bigger containers of salt, any kind will work but Morton’s is one of the best brands of salt for this flea treatment. For this natural indoor flea remedy you are going to also need a broom so you can push the salt and baking soda into the carpet. Using natural remedies to kill fleas in the carpet is something I was interested in since most flea products are toxic chemicals. When you have a flea infestation in your home it can really become a nuisance because they multiply within days and can get all over your furniture and bedding. To eliminate fleas from your home you need to remove them from your carpets while killing the eggs and the adult fleas as well. A lot of products do not end up killing both the adult flea and the eggs but baking soda and salt seems to really work. You can mix the two products together in a container or you can apply them separately to your carpet which is what I ended up doing. You also want to remove your pet from the areas you are going to treat especially if your pet likes to lay on the carpet. A pet on the carpet of the treated areas might become irritated and have a burning sensation occur on their fur if they have open flea bites coming in contact with the salt.
The first thing you want to do when you are using the baking soda and salt treatment to kill fleas is remove all of your furniture from the carpet you want to treat. Take the salt first and sprinkle it fairly heavily onto your carpets going from right to left, applying liberally. I used about one-third of the big salt container for each flea-removal application so depending on the size and number of carpets you treat will determine how much salt to use. Make sure you cover the whole room in a light salt drizzle so that you will be killing the fleas from every aspect of the carpet. Then you want to use the same process for the baking soda, applying liberally from one corner of the room to the next corner. You do not need to use as much baking soda since it can be a hassle when it comes time to using the broom but you want to make sure you sprinkle it throughout the carpet. Once you have both products on the carpet, take your broom and sweep from right to left so that your carpet is absorbing the salt and baking soda. The key to killing the flea eggs is to get deep into the carpet fibers where the flea eggs are most likely to be so make sure you sweep firmly into the carpet. You can leave this flea treatment on your carpet anywhere from 12 hours to a week depending how severe the flea infestation is inside your home.
The salt and baking soda works by basically dehydrating the flea and eggs so they are unable to survive, which will eventually kill them. Since flea eggs hatch within about three days, it is important you keep repeating the salt and baking soda treatment everyday for at least three to four days. Personally, I would put the concoction together on the carpet in the evening and leave it overnight until the next afternoon but it can be done at any time within the day. After you have left the treatment on the carpet for a while, you need to vacuum the fleas up so that you can get rid of the dying or dead and start the process over again. If you are using a vacuum that has a bag with it, you need to empty the bag or throw the bag away immediately following the cleaning. Using a debris canister on a bagless vacuum is easier than throwing away bags but again you should empty the contents immediately following the cleaning. You want to throw away the contents of the vacuum outside in your trash can as opposed to the one in the house because fleas will jump out of the inside trash can and infest your carpets all over again. When you are vacuuming it is important to use the tile setting or bare floors setting because you want the vacuum to get deep into your carpets, even if this makes it hard to push the vacuum.
If you repeat this process for about four days or a week, you will be one step closer to getting rid of the fleas for good. I have been doing this for a week and after being reluctant to drizzle salt all over I have realized it really does work. The only bad thing about it is that when you apply the salt and baking soda, it makes the fleas very active since they are trying to get away from the treatment. During the treatment on the carpet, you might want to wear slippers or shoes because the fleas will end up jumping on your legs left and right. This process does work however it will not essentially kill all of the fleas. The most important aspect of killing fleas is vacuuming the carpet everyday whether you use a natural remedy or not. The salt and baking soda flea treatment is great because it is not toxic to people or pets and it is very inexpensive to buy. Products like Raid cost about eight dollars for a spray bottle and might only last for one application depending on the amount of carpet you have. Raid and similar products are also very toxic and can harm both you and your pet if ingested or inhaled which is a common concern for people with an indoor pet. Using salt and baking soda is actually one of the best natural ways to get rid of fleas because it kills both the flea and egg so reproduction is not likely. If you are looking for a safe, natural and inexpensive way to get rid of fleas in your home and on your carpet, then this is something you should start doing.