One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
Thankfully, she’s not infested, but last week I realized a small part of my home was. Since I didn’t want to fill my home with poisons, I went in search of home remedies that would kill fleas and little else. I tried several approaches. Here’s what worked:
I took a small cookie sheet and filled it with dish detergent and water; placed it on the floor under my desk (where I’d noticed the infestation) and placed a lit (small) candle in the middle of the water. Within two hours, the water in that cookie sheet was the eternal resting place to at least a hundred (a tried counting, really I did) fleas. This all happened between 8-10pm. From what I understand, the candle light attracted the fleas. So they jumped toward it. Then they fell. And fleas can’t swim ~ who knew?! After dumping out the watery grave, I sprayed the area with a mixture of vinegar, tea tree and lemon oil (to kills eggs).
As suggested, I repeated this two nights later and will do it again every other week during flea season.
So now I can sit at my desk without seeing or feeling those little critters AND my workstation smells great!
THIS is an experiment I wouldn’t have believed if I hadn’t seen it work for myself.
What home remedy experiments are you willing to share?