Considering how many dogs are in our kennel and the cost of maintenance when one of them gets sick we are in constant patrol for what will keep our dogs healthy.Since we live in a humid environment problems fleas and ticks are a constant annoyance to me and I do doth wage war upon the little minions of darkness on a daily basis.
So if you have ever had an infestation, you know you have to combat fleas from many angles to control and eliminate these hopping, opportunistic parasitic pests. One of the most powerful agents in reducing flea populations is one of the most safest is : SALT
Salt. Yes. Regular, everyday, plain old, put it on your fried eggs, salt. Can it be used effectively against large infestations of fleas? Yes. Salting and vacuuming your floors and furniture kills the flea’s eggs by dehydrating them. If you take this route-you will be pleased with results. You’ll have to be diligent and persistent with treatment to be really effective. But with patience(or focus and tenacity) it can be done.
I have also read about using borax. But the down side to borax is it can hold moisture. So using on your carpets can be a risk if you don’t get all of the powdered vacuumed up, it can lead to problems later.
Flea eggs hatch every 3 days, so by sprinkling your floors for at least 9 days, vacuuming each 3rd day for 9 days, takes you through the complete lifecycle of flea life. Be sure and empty your vacuum after each cleaning or the pests will just crawl back out and re-infest your home! You can also salt porches, doghouses and kennels to kill eggs & maintain flea control. Borax works as an alternative to salt but has a few cautions. In high humidity areas you may need to use a dehumidifier with the salt treatment for its use to be effective.
So good luck to you and your pet.
The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s. ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899