Most people assume that only harsh chemical-based pesticides and insecticides can effectively kill fleas. After all, fleas have evolved over the course of millions of years to become one of the world’s most problematic pests. From the moment they first hatch, they immediately begin their search for blood. While certain types of chemical pesticides are certainly effective at treating and preventing fleas, there’s a surprisingly effective alternative method in the form of a yellow-colored fruit.
Yep, using nothing more than a pile of banana peels, you can keep fleas at bay. This technique is most effective when used at the first sign of an infestation, so don’t hesitate to take action. The longer you wait, harder it will be to treat the infestation, regardless of which method you use.
So, how do you treat a flea infestation using banana peels? Start by placing a couple dozen banana peels throughout your home, covering areas around doors, baseboards and furniture. Don’t worry if the peels are turning brown/black, because fleas will still be attracted to them. I recommend placing more banana peels in area with high flea activity. If you notice a lot of fleas in your spare bedroom, for instance, add some extra banana peels here.
Once you’ve distributed them evenly throughout your home, wait 24-48 hours, at which point you should go back to check them. Hopefully, each of the peels will have a collection of flea corpses on them. You can then take the banana peels are toss them in the trash. Some people may use the banana peels as compost, but this isn’t recommended since fleas often harbor viruses and diseases.
You might be wondering how in the world banana peels are able to kill fleas? Well, banana peels contain organic compounds to which fleas are attracted. It may not have the same appetizing sensation as blood, but fleas are still attracted to them. When a flea begins to eat it, however, it will slowly die due to the fact that it cannot digest the banana’s enzymes.
The only downside to treating a flea infestation with banana peels is the possibility for fruit flies. Fruit flies love bananas, and they may find their way inside your home once you lay the peels out.
Have you tried the banana peel method? Let us know how it worked in the comments section below!