We are sure that many of us have faced this problem at home, having fleas on the carpet, making it extremely difficult for us to stay. Calling pest control is an option, but what if the fleas come back? Rather, why call pest control when you can tackle the problem yourself?
This 2020 save money and time by going through this article about using Borax to kill fleas and get rid of them. This post is to educate and inform you about Borax and how it can be helpful in getting rid of fleas from your carpets at home, work or elsewhere.
We will be answering a few questions in this article, which we hope will help you one way or another and give you some clarity about the issue.
Let us begin and start with the basics.
What is Borax?
Borax, in chemical terms, is also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate. It is a boron compound as well as a mineral and a salt of boric acid. It is a powdery white substance that is made out of soft colorless crystals and has the ability to dissolve in water.
For years, it has been used as a cleaning product. It has various uses which range from getting rid of stains to killing pests.
Does Borax kill Fleas?
Borax is known to also be used as a pest remover. It can be used in areas having high flea infestation, especially carpets. It acts like an anhydrous and kills adult fleas, flea larvae and sometimes flea eggs. It absorbs the moisture from their bodies leaving them dry and barren.
Therefore, yes, Borax does kill fleas.
How does Borax kill Fleas?
As a powder, Borax does not have any smell. It can be used to control and get rid of fleas by dehydrating them. The borax powder breaks the fleas’ exoskeletons and enters their body, which leads to dehydration and death.
Further, as the flea larvae are in their hatching phase, borax dehydrates the fleas’ outer tissues and on effect, kills them. Therefore, this is how borax stops the flea from hatching fully.
In conclusion, Borax functions by removing moisture from fleas moments after they ingest it.
Although fleas do not consume Borax as willingly as they consume blood, the borax mixture tends to stick to their exoskeleton bodies, legs, and antennae.
Fleas move on to cleaning this mixture on their bodies by licking it and that is how it gets in their system. Further, after ingesting, the sodium is taken in by them and their bodies are left dehydrated from inside out.
Will Mule 20 Team Borax kill Fleas?
20 Mule Team Borax is a brand of cleaner. It is manufactured in the United States by The Dial Corporation, a subsidiary of Henkel.
The product is named after the 20-mule teams that were used by William Tell Coleman’s company to move borax out of Death Valley, California, to the nearest rail spur between 1883 and 1889.
20 Mule Team Borax is very effective in controlling a wide variety of insects. It is generally used as an herbicide, cleaner or a floor cleaner and rust remover. It kills fleas and other such insects like cockroaches etc.
Although Mule 20 Team Borax does not kill them in their immature stages, it works only when they are fully grown.
How long does Borax take to Kill Fleas?
Once Borax powder for fleas is put in the infected areas and it is sprinkled across, it takes approximately 8 to 48 hours to work effectively.
It is advised to treat only one room at a time, as the process of drying the fleas, and larvae out and killing them can take approximately two days.
There is also a suggestion to stay out of the room and keep your pets out (if you own any) as Borax is not safe for them, as well as us.
Is Borax Safe for Pets to walk on?
Now Borax is not just toxic to bugs, insects or pests, it can also be toxic for your dogs, cats or other pets. If ingested, it can cause allergies, irritation and even lead to kidney problems.
Borax can also cause irritation of your dog’s eyes and even lead to tremors, seizures, lethargy, coma and even death if ingested in large quantities.
It is also estimated that about 5 grams of Borax are more than enough to kill your cat, therefore it is strongly recommended to keep this product far from furry animals, especially if they are young.
Therefore, no, Borax is not safe for pets to walk on or to come in contact with.
Can I use Borax on my dog for Fleas?
It is strictly forbidden to use Borax on pets, even if they have fleas as it is extremely harmful to them in numerous ways. It can cause irritation to your dog’s eyes and is toxic to them.
Therefore we should minimize the exposure of Borax to our pets.
Instead, a veterinary-recommended medicine, pill or even a lukewarm water wash of your pet’s body and combing it for fleas is helpful in getting rid of fleas on your pet’s bodies. The borax powder should not be used for these sorts of fleas on animals.
How to Kill Fleas on the carpet with Borax?
We can treat flea infested carpets by using borax to get rid of the fleas by going through the following steps-
We start off with,
Step 1: Cleaning
Clean the infested area with disinfectants and use vacuums for the carpets. Make sure to reach in creaks and clear fleas out from their hideout spots such as under carpets and in wall cracks and crevices.
Further, choose your best Borax brand for treating fleas.
Step 2: Borax Flea Treatment
Target the flea-infested area for this particular step on treating fleas with putting borax on the carpet. Pour this chosen Borax powder in the infested area and ensure your pets are kept away during this process. It is also advised to wear gloves and protect your skin from any contact with the Borax powder as it can cause an irritation to the skin and lead to redness.
Step 3: Leave the Borax sprinkled
After treating the area and pouring the powder, leave the place unattended for about 8 to 48 hours as it can take up to 2 full days for it to work. Therefore, it is suggested to treat only one area or room at a time.
Let borax work for a few hours in the area; it will dry the fleas, eggs, and larvae out and killing them in the process.
Pets should not be allowed anywhere near these rooms during the treatment and until it is done.
Step 4: Final Vacuum
After 2 days, do a final vacuum of the room, clean every part of the carpet and the overall area as Borax is toxic for pets and can also irritate human skin.
Open the windows and spray room fresheners to get rid of the smell if any.
Enjoy your room, which is now rid of fleas!
We would like to believe that this article helped answer your questions on fleas and using borax for fleas on carpets. We strongly urge you to not use Borax on your pets, if they have fleas and suggest the usage of a veterinary-recommended medicine instead.
Following the steps given in this article, you can get rid of fleas on the carpet in the most cost-effective way possible. We also suggest that while treating your carpet, you take all safety precautions. We hope this article helped you and we wish to help you in the future as well!