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Fleas can quickly become a problem for not just your pet but your entire household. A flea infestation usually requires treating large areas of your house with special purpose chemicals, many of which are expensive and inconvenient. In this how to you will learn how to use borax, which is both cheap and easy to use, to treat your home for fleas.
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Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Borax, broom, vacuum
Locate areas where fleas are most likely to nest, these are locations you will want to target with borax. Carpets, rugs, behind and underneath furniture, these are all potential flea nesting areas and locations to treat with borax.
Carry out a spot test on your carpet. Sprinkle a small amount of Borax on a small section of carpet and allow it to sit for a short period of time. Check the carpet for a change of color or any other damage that the borax might do to your carpet. If the borax appears to alter your carpet in any way do not use it.
Lightly shake borax over the area you would like to treat. Do not use an excessive amount. A light dusting, enough to work into the material is more than enough.
Work the borax into the material with a broom making sure all of it works down in between the fibers where fleas and their eggs are.
Allow the borax to sit for 24 hours. During this time keep any children or pets you have away from the borax as it is toxic to them. Also avoid exposing the borax to any moisture. If the area you live in has high humidity do not allow the borax to sit for as long, as it will absorb moisture and make cleanup more difficult.
Vacuum up the borax and dispose of it. Vacuum the area where you used the borax several time to make sure you have removed all of it. If your vacuum cleaner has a removable bag change the bag once you have finished picking up all of the remaining borax.
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Tips & Warnings
Borax is not safe as a flea treatment for animals or people. Do not use borax on animals or people.
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KarriAnne saidFlag This Comment
on 9/21/2008 I tried this recommend treatment with Borax and have not had any luck. Is there something that I missed? Are there any other suggestions. The investation is out of control! I have treated all my animals. One dog and two cats and it seems that the fleas have multiplied. HELP! Email me at Karrebear29@yahoo.com
sassynic saidFlag This Comment
on 7/27/2008 According to Wikipedia, Borax is used in cosmetics and food....Borax has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many detergents, cosmetics, and enamel glazes. It is also used to make buffer solutions in biochemistry, as a fire retardant, as an anti-fungal compound for fiberglass, as an insecticide, as a flux in metallurgy, and as a precursor for other boron compounds.
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