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What are some home remedies for getting rid of fleas?

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Some home remedies for getting rid of fleas include making flea traps with dish washing liquid, using an herbal flea spray, and sprinkling diatomaceous earth in problem areas. Each of these remedies can be made using common household products to kill the fleas and control their recurrence.

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Making a flea trap requires dish washing liquid, bowls, tea candles and warm water. At night, place a bowl on the ground in each room, partly fill each one with water, and add a small amount of dish washing liquid. Place a candle near the bowl to attract fleas and, when they jump toward the light, they get stuck in the soapy liquid due to its high viscosity.

To make an herbal flea spray, put 4 liters of vinegar, less than 2 liters of water, 1/2 liter of lemon juice and 1/4 liter of witch hazel into a home and garden sprayer. After a thorough vacuuming, spray all of the carpets, furniture, pet bedding, window sills and floors in the house. This remedy may need to be repeated daily for up to a week depending the level of infestation.

Sprinkling diatomaceous earth powder, in thin layers, in places that fleas or their larvae might hide can supplement either of these remedies. Let the powder sit for up to two days before vacuuming it.

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