How to Get Rid of Fleas With Banana Peels

banana peel spread out on floor

Fleas can invade your home whether you have a pet or not. The worst part is that, once fleas have taken hold, seemingly the only way to get rid of them is by using harsh chemicals. However, there are a few alternative flea-killing methods. When you first notice a flea problem outside of the home, use these steps and some banana peels to get rid of them.

Step 1 - Acquire Bananas

You will need to use several pounds of bananas to get the required amount of banana peels you will need for this project. But, don’t worry. If you don't have a banana tree growing in your backyard, you can usually buy them for cheap. Use the leftover bananas you don’t want to eat in banana bread or freeze them to use in smoothies or recipes at a later date. If you have any leftover peels, you can feed them to your rose bush.

Step 2 - Spread the Peels Around

After acquiring the bananas and peeling them, you need to distribute the peels evenly throughout the backyard. Generally, one peel per 5-10 square feet will suffice. It’s better to use more peels than too little.

Put the banana peels on a plate in several different locations throughout the house as well. However, beware of attracting fruit flies. If you see any, you should get rid of the peels inside your home right away.

Step 3 - Inspect Your Peels

When the fleas eat the banana peel, they will die. Fleas are attracted to the smell of the peels, but their system cannot handle the enzymes that are present in the peel. The longer the fruit peel sits, the more effective they are in killing off fleas.

Once the peels have turned completely black and shriveled up, you can decide if you need to add more peels or not. Inspect your grass to determine if there are any fleas remaining.