I have heard that salt, and borax do the same to the fleas and their exoskeletons... In my remedy search I have found a lot of pretty wacky things that people claim work like a charm... one being, spread coarse grained salt all over everything, furniture, carpet, etc... and leave it there for at least 24 hours (some people said a week) and then vacuum it up. Supposedly it slices their bodies and then they dehydrate, or something. I just can't figure out if you're just supposed to pretend like the stuff isn't everywhere and go about your business in a half inch of salt, or leave the house for that time...
With that being said, though... I'm not going to spread salt or borax all over my entire house... so, I'll just hope vacuuming does the trick.
I'm even weary about putting chemicals on the yard because of the dogs, but we always let it sit at least over night, (sometimes longer) to ensure that it is all dry and everything before letting the dogs out. One plus is that they really don't hang out in the grass much longer than it takes to do their business... after that they either jump in the pool or come right back inside. Spraying the yard always works though. We've never had a single flea up until now, and have probably only had two or three ticks ever. I guess we should have sprayed sooner this year.
We put ACV in their water... and it's hilarious to watch them drink it. You'd think we put cat pee in it or something... Boss and Harlow don't get that weirded out by it, but Degan will do anything he can to find a toilet instead (I have such a hard time understanding how THAT'S better! haha!) and starting today for the next few days I'm going to put a tiny bit of ACV on each of their food, too. After Boss's bath last night he seems to be mostly cleared up... I've seen a couple random ones here and there today, but considering how many he had on him last night it's like a 99% improvement.
Ugh, I'm just REALLY hoping this goes away quickly. I'm really grossed out by fleas... I have been since I was in elementary school and a girl from class had a sleepover... her house was probably not legally inhabitable... and I remember looking down at the carpet and it looked like it was moving because their were so many fleas...Needless to say, I stayed outside on the swingset ALL night long with another friend... and since then, I've been traumatized haha.
I did write a facebook message to my neighbor who is like 21 and lives with his family... they have a big chocolate lab and even though she's hardly ever outside anymore, I can't help thinking the fleas came from her...I didn't say that of course, they could have always come from a stray cat or a squirrel or something. I just told him we have found fleas and they should check Abby, and that we are going to spray the yard so they should be extra on the lookout for bugs evacuating... None of our other immediate neighbors have pets, so that's good... I just didn't want the fleas to keep lingering at the neighbor's house because they didn't take care of it.
gah who knew so much could be written about fleas?