I have a bag of rock salt, and was hoping to use it around my yard to control the ants and fleas.


  1. akayeo

    I don’t know about putting it in your yard, as most lawn plants probably wouldn’t appreciate it, but you can use table salt in your carpets as an anti-flea treatment, or so I was told growing up. It could be an old wives’ tale, but the theory is that the fleas snack on the salt, and it kills them.

  2. extex_co

    Don;t waste your time with salt. It will only kill the grass. Use a good IGR ( Insect Growth Regulator ). I used NYLAR. You only need to spray it once a year…both inside and out. It keeps the fleas eggs from hatching into adults….brakes the cycle.
    Plus…if you live in a hot area…only spray the areas near the house and bushes where it stays cool and damp. Fleas will not lay their eggs in hot dry areas of yard….because once the hatch into larva stage the would dry out too quickly…ending their life at that point…so they lay eggs in cool & moist areas.
    You can use an adult flea killer mixed in with the IGR to kill more of them at first…then eggs will hatch and die later. Spray adult killer every 2 weeks for about 2 months…this will take care of your problem.
    You can also bath your dog in Lemon Joy dish soap. It kills the fleas instantly…no waiting like when using flea shampoo. Rinse good and don’t bath them too often as it will dry out their skin.

  3. impatien

    Hmm…I don’t know about rock salt.
    Do you have any apple vinegar? A 50-50 mix of apple vinegar and water in a spray bottle works.
    Or cinnamon.
    Or baby powder.
    Or growing minty-smelling plants. But mint will take over, so grow it in pots. Mint is wonderful for teas, too. I have mint on the south side of my house and chocolate mint in front.(Smells just like Junior Mints!)
    Some people like to use pepper, but I like stuff that smells yummy.

  4. eville30

    Ordinary table salt sprinkled around most frequented areas acts as a good deterrent.
    – ground cinnamon is a good non toxic ant deterrent.
    -an equal mixture of baking soda and sugar sprinkled in the frequented areas will kill the ants.
    not sure about fleas though

  5. barbara m

    I tried the table salt on the carpets for fleas, and it actually worked! I sprinkled it all over my carpets, left it there for 2 days, then vacuumed well. Throw out the bag. It worked great without chemicals.

  6. virgo725

    seven dust works well in the yard for fleas but you need sunlight instead of rain and for ant piles raw grits poured on or in ant pile and to keep fleas off your babes advantage kills fleas on pets and in yard 30 days……….

  7. bhea

    If you want to get rid of ants and fleas naturally here’s a way:
    How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally
    Things You’ll Need:
    * Blenders
    * Caulking Guns
    * Caulks
    * Medicine Droppers
    * Black Trash Bags
    * Plastic Freezer Bags
    * Citrus Fruits
    * Tanglefoot Pest Barriers
    Determine why they are entering your property and eliminate the food, water and/or housing that they need to survive.
    Promptly clean after meals and take all trash out of your home. Know that learning how to get rid of ants involves creating an ant-proof abode.
    Move outdoor trash and recycling bins as far from your home as possible.
    Tightly wrap and store food set out on kitchen counters.
    Refrigerate all perishable food, especially in the summer, when fruits and vegetables may spoil quickly.
    Remove pools of standing water. Ants get thirsty too.
    Seal up cracks. The least toxic method is 100 percent silicon caulk.
    Sprinkle powdered red chili pepper, paprika, dried peppermint or borax on ant trails, in cracks and near entryways to deter them from moving in.
    Rid your garden of aphids, whiteflies and mealybugs. These sap-feeding insects excrete “honeydew,” a sugary favorite of ants.
    Spray or paint sticky barriers made out of tanglefoot products on plants and trees. These barriers prevent ants from climbing up stems and trunks to feed.
    Create liquid bait by mixing 1 tsp. boric acid with 2 1/2 fluid oz. corn syrup or honey. Heat until the boric acid dissolves. In an eyedropper, add equal amounts of water and solution to drop in places ants frequent for 2 weeks.
    Make a natural repellent of citrus peelings and water in a blender and pour it over the anthill.
    Drown out ants by pouring boiling water over the mounds and into the cracks where they dwell. Roughly 3 gallons of water per mound ought to do the trick.
    How to Get Rid of Fleas
    Things You’ll Need:
    * Washing machine
    * Flea/tick pet shampoo
    * Hot, soapy water
    * Flea/tick spray or powder
    * Prescription flea-control medication
    * Pet flea comb
    * Vacuum
    * Veterinarian
    The best way to get rid of fleas is by prevention; fleas thrive in heat and humidity (and are most active in summer and fall), so assess your pet and his environment frequently.
    Help prevent fleas indoors by vacuuming your home thoroughly and frequently, paying close attention to corners, cracks, crevices and basements. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags conscientiously, as adult fleas can escape. Also, choose your pet’s friends wisely; avoid animals you suspect may carry fleas. Dog parks are fun, but a move-able feast for fleas!
    Remove any fleas from your pet using a fine-toothed pet comb designed for flea removal, and drop the fleas into soapy water to drown them.
    Wash pet bedding in hot, soapy water weekly; this is the most likely site for flea eggs and larvae.
    Prune foliage and keep grass trimmed short to increase sunlight, as flea larvae cannot survive in hot, dry areas. Remove any piles of yard debris close to your home.
    Bathe pets weekly, if possible, to get rid of fleas. If bathing is not an option, speak to your veterinarian about appropriate alternatives.
    Watch your pet for signs of flea trouble: excessive scratching and biting, especially around the tail and lower back, and possibly raw patches where the animal has been biting and scratching himself. Also watch for ‘flea debris’ (black, granular dried blood) and fleas themselves on your pet’s skin.
    Talk to your veterinarian about various treatments for your flea-plagued pet: a flea adulticide applied monthly to the skin; a monthly pill that prevents fleas from reproducing but doesn’t kill adult fleas; and multipurpose products that prevent flea reproduction and control heartworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms. Also consider flea collars and flea powders.
    Look into chemical flea-treatment products to apply by hand around the environment in spray or powder form. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on the best product and how to use it.
    I hope I helped!

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