Q:

Does table salt kill fleas?

A:

Quick Answer

It is possible to kill fleas using table salt. In order to kill fleas with regular table salt, a generous amount of salt should be sprinkled over any carpeted areas of the floor.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The reason that table salt kills fleas is that when the fleas eat the salt, the salt causes the fleas to dry out and die. For best results, salt should be left on carpeted areas for up to 24 hours. This ensures the majority of active fleas eat salt and eventually die. After 24 hours, the carpet should be vacuumed thoroughly. It is important to note that while table salt does kill active, living fleas, it does not kill flea larvae. It is possible for flea larvae to live for up to a year, so it is best to use measures that effectively kill both fleas and flea larvae.

Learn more about Veterinary Health
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why do indoor cats get worms?

    A:

    Indoor cats can get worms by swallowing fleas, eating mice, or getting bit by mosquitoes that are infected, according to petMD. There are several different worm species, including tapeworms, roundworms and heartworms, that cats can contract, even without ever venturing outside the home. If worms are suspected, contact a veterinarian as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment if necessary.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What causes skin rashes on cats?

    A:

    Food allergies, irritation from grooming products, sensitivity to fleas or flea-treatment products, and ringworm are among the many possible causes of skin rash on a cat, states the ASPCA. Contact dermatitis because of allergy, contact with an irritant and reactive dermatitis from medications are other possible rash causes, notes petMD.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you kill fleas quickly and naturally on your dog?

    A:

    To eliminate fleas quickly and naturally, locate the source of the infestation, clean up all areas associated with the dog, wash the dog with an appropriate shampoo, and apply a rosemary water solution followed by lavender oil to the dog's fur. Make your dog less attractive to fleas by adding brewer's yeast to its food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you remove fleas from animals?

    A:

    To remove fleas from animals, apply a topical flea control product, administer an oral product to kill fleas or use a flea comb on your pet's coat. In order to effectively control fleas, you must also remove them from indoor and outdoor environments.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore