boric acid to a white earth you by from a swimming pool supply place it just dries them up and they are gone in a fe days

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Yeah, there's some natural explosives out there... Look into those.

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Insecticides are the only real way. I have tried the pans of water on the floor (fleas are supposed to jump into them and drown at night. Not.) Salt in the rug (tears up the backing of the rug.) And some home concoctions I was given years ago. None of them worked.<br />
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If you have animals, they are probably your source. If you can stand being bitten for a while, treat them with Advantage or some similar flea treatment. (Note: In my experience, only the expensive vet presc<x>ription stuff works.) Fleas prefer your pet. They will bite the pet and die. After a while, they will all be dead. (6-12 months.)<br />
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Flea bombs are the best for immediate relief. Despite the advertisements, I usually need a second treatment about two weeks after the first to completely eliminate them. If you don't vacuum and let the poison remain in/on the rugs, one treatment might do it. <br />
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As far as toxicity/cancer/environment issues, today's flea treatments are relatively benign when used as directed, and if you clean the house well after a few days. I personally prefer those risks to the infection and disease risks of being bitten, regardless of how small that risk might be.<br />
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An aside. I live in an area where we have spiders whose bites cause necrosis, which can be fatal. They seem to like my wife. When her or I get bit in our sleep by any spider, I use flea treatments kill them too.<br />
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Good luck in the never ending fight against fleas.

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Advantage

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