- Sep 18, 2019
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- currently USA, Washington
GntlStone said:Food grade Diatomaceus Earth works like a charm. I got mine on Amazon. Its very lightweight, so a 4 lb package is more than enough. Maybe a hardware or pet store will also carry it locally. Totally non toxic. Also good around the campsite.
Sprinkle it around liberally. I use a very fine mesh strainer you would normally use for powdered sugar. Its a very fine powder, so maybe wear a mask as it can irritate your nose/lungs during application. You can use a broom or something to work it into fabrics and rugs. Leave it down for a few days before vacuuming.
Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I should probably try something like this. I guess, it was only a matter of time. We had some occasional guests, but usually a quick cleaning session + essential oils worked for us. Now we have an infestation, so I'm looking for a proper weapon.
Such a big plus that it's harmless. I wasn't so sure about the bombs so it looks like a solution.
vanbrat said:When I was a kid and we had more critters then people living in our house my Mom would put a flea collar into the vac bag. She also had the dogs rabbits and what ever else was around wear one and when the drops came out for the dogs and cats they got them regularly. We still do the drops on the dogs backs and that usually takes care of them. But since I don't put drops on me or hubby I was glad to hear about the Alcohol spray. It seemed to work in the room were we had some guests & dogs stay. It was bad when they left... anyway maybe vac bags could get the flea collar thing again.
I would worry more about the moisture in doing a good steam thing, does it dry enough or would that kill the fleas but feed the mold? Just wondering?
Collars don't work. Been there.
As for drops - usually works for us, but I'm afraid the last batch was quite old so we got this local cataclysm as a reward. Lesson learned. Always check twice before applying something to your pet. Well, guess, I'm just a bad dog-owner.
As for the moisture, I did my research after reading your post and, according to some sources - like these, that, and another one proof - it should be harmless. Relative humidity in my camper is ok, I don't have lots of carpets so we should be OK. Thanks for the warning though. As for the humidity that should be good for these fellas, well, it's recommended to steam repeatedly. I've done this before with bed bugs. Just wasn't so sure it would harm the fleas. But the temperature should be just right to damage the eggs.