There is no such thing as homemade flea control. Not really. Except, if we mean vacuuming the carpet. That is part of flea control. That is to vacuum the carpet regularly in the area where our cat (with fleas) sleeps or indeed any other area where he or she sleeps. It might be a cat bed or a blanket or our own bed. All these areas should be hoovered and cleaned regularly but not excessively as part of homemade flea control.
While vacuuming picks up the fleas from the floor (fleas spend part of their life cycle off the animal and on the ground) there are only 2 safe ways to get the nasty little monsters off the cat and that is by flea combing or if there is an infestation a product like Front Line (drops that are placed on the back in between the shoulder blades). I would not use a stray that is sprayed onto the cat's coat. A cat will lick it off and ingest the stuff and the spray will contain some nasty chemical, no doubt.
Manual and laborious flea combing is the safest and cats like it anyway. It is a kind of proactive measure, really. It is sort of homemade too. Another proactive measure if we have lots of cats and a functional rather than "pretty" home might be Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. This is a natural and safe product too. It kills fleas by cutting their exterior skeleton and drying them out!
Some time ago I tried a device that emitted light and had some sort of sticky substance inside it but it didn't work. My cat had caught fleas from me. They were Italian fleas from Rome. I had fed a feral kitten at a restaurant and caught the fleas from her and imported them into England!
Some posts on fleas
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