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- June 8, 2017
The characteristics listed above show why it is so easy to concentrate on carpeted areas in a home when facing an indoor flea infestation. But how does this help in non-carpeted homes? By making us focus on possible sources of fleas, rather than becoming frustrated. Frustration leads to spending money on the wrong products and overloading a home with too many chemicals. If we focus on selected areas and choose the correct products for the job, time and money will be saved and the home will not be exposed to uncalled for amounts of insecticides that never should have been introduced. There are insecticides that are safe and reliable when used correctly. When faced with an indoor flea problem on tile or wood floors, there are two important points to consider. The first is which pest control product (or combination of products) to use. The next consideration is where to use such products. Fleas do not care for slick surfaces. The prefer to stay in familiar environments. As shown earlier, the fleas stay on their animal hosts as much of the time as possible. Then why are they in the uncarpeted living room? The answer has to be that the fleas either dropped off of a human or animal as it traveled through the room or that there are objects in the room that can support and hide fleas in one or more stages of their development. We can list a few possible areas that would support the unwanted fleas. It is up to you to compare these examples with your own home, giving you an edge on inspection and treatment of your home. Fleas did not just appear in your home. Something or someone introduced them into your home. Most people are quick to blame the dog or cat, which is often the case. But what about those who do not own a pet? People are great movers of fleas. When we work in our lawn or garden, go for long walks, jog around the neighborhood or engage in outdoor sports such as hunting, fishing, golfing, etc., we are doing so in areas where fleas can come into contact with us. When a flea feels the vibrations set up by your actions, its reaction is to jump. As the flea jumps it is expecting to come into contact with a warm blooded animal. The more hungry a flea becomes, the faster and higher it will jump. When these hungry fleas land on people, the people rarely feel the insect or know of its presence. Children are even more apt to carry fleas into homes because of their particular habits. A child (as well as an athlete) is more likely to be found laying on the ground instead of just moving across an area. While laying on the ground, the body heat and breath are added attractants for fleas. And, of course, while laying on the ground a person is more likely to pick up hitchhiking fleas. Rodents are another possible carrier. Rats and mice can easily enter almost any building they desire and when they do, they bring their friends with them: fleas and ticks. To stop the influx of fleas, try to stop the exterior sources. Treat all dogs and cats with approved products. Eliminate fleas outside on your property that can be carried indoors.
The salt/baking soda definitely works. The way I did it is slightly different. Vacuum your home (then put bag in freezer or discard). Recipe: 1c table salt, 1c baking soda, 30 drops essential lemon oil. Mix and put into perhaps an old peanut butter jar and punch holes in lid then shake all over the floors and carpets. The salt will kill most of the fleas, but the key to eliminating them is to wear white socks over your pant bottoms and regularly and carefully check them for fleas - remember fleas can be tiny and can resemble a speck of dirt! If in doubt, drown that 'speck of dirt' and once in the water it'll be clear if it's dirt or a flea. Fleas swim and have long legs out back. Dirt simply floats or drops to the bottom. (I drowned the fleas in an old yogurt 500ml plastic container with water and a drop of dish soap. Release the flea UNDER the water or it may jump out again.) Carefully check your white socks before you leave for work so you aren't spreading fleas. As soon as you come home, immediately put on the socks. Wear socks to bed. Check before you get into bed. Check every time you use the washroom through the day. When the fleas are almost gone, the last times you'll see them is at night when you use the washroom. You get the idea, check regularly. The good news is, in about two weeks, the fleas will be almost gone. Also, purposely walk through your whole place twice a day to trigger any remaining eggs to hatch and jump on you. This speeds up getting rid of them. When you launder your clothes & bedding, nothing special is needed except perhaps to extend the washing cycle to the maximum length of time to make sure they are drowned if they're in bed clothes or whatever. After 2 weeks, vacuum (then garbage or freeze the bag) and re-apply salt. (I salted thoroughly the first time, but mainly down the middle of the rooms the second time.) After this second two week period, likely all the fleas will be gone, but I still vacuum and re-apply salt again and leave it on for some time. If the fleas get on you, you'll itch like a dog. Just shower with soap and they'll be gone. Fleas travel on people so keep visitors out of your place until the fleas are gone to prevent spreading them. (I am omitting the pet care part. People can look that part up online or visit your vet if there's a pet involved. If I had a cat, I wouldn't use the lemon essential oil, just the salt/baking soda.) I used the salt mixture on carpet, kitchen floor and bathroom tile and my landlords upstairs used it on their wood floors and it didn't seem to harm any surfaces. (Aside, I also tried making a spray out of lemons - wow what a sticky mess, don't do this. It also wasn't very effective. Neither was the light over the bowl of water. The ground cloves may act as deterrent but killing the fleas with salt (and using white socks to find and kill the remainder) is the only real solution for completely eliminating the fleas. Oh and my landlords first had a pesticide sprayed upstairs and one application decreased them, but didn't eliminate them up there.)
At the end of October, we adopted a new 6 week old puppy. Unknown to us, we brought home fleas with him. The first thing we noticed was that my legs had over 50 very sore, itchy bites on them. Upon checking the dog we found him crowling with fleas and he had already infected the cat (strictly indoor) with a few. Both were treated by the vet with Advantage II drops but then we had to start treating the environment. The drops seemed to take care of the animals so we treated the furniture and carpeting with very expensive pet flea powders. I followed the instructions, even left it on longer than the recommended time to get rid of the pests. No luck.Within two weeks the puppy was crawling with fleas again and I was getting more bites. I took him back to the vets. After 4 weeks the vet authorized another dose of Advantage II. She did not want to overdose the puppy even though the fleas were back, so for two weeks we were washing with Dawn dish soap - her recommendation. That worked to get rid of the fleas on him for 2 days and then he was re-infected. The cat remainder clean as she also stopped sharing a bed with the puppy.I was washing floors with vinegar, Dawn dish soap and water on a daily basis. all pet bedding was being washed twice a day and the living room was treated again with flea treatment from the pet store. A Spray and a Powder. No luck. The were relentless.I finally isolated the puppy from the living room. He was clear of fleas in 2 days. I vacuum the death out of the carpets again, took 1 lbs of salt, ran it through the blender to make it more powdery, mixed it with baking soda and swept it into the carpeting in the living room. I left the salt for 3 days - no one allowed in that room. Then I went through and vacuumed everything up, and did it all again.It has been six days. When I walked in that room yesterday spreading more salt and baking soda I got new flea bites on my ankles. We have NOT seen a single flea on the white carpet in that room - ever. We have done the white sock test and found nothing. We have set out flea traps and found 1 flea in 4 traps over 24 hours. According to our vet, the infestation was very light and not a heavy one.The salt is certainly slowing down the number of bites I'm getting. Because of isolation and medication the dog has now been free of fleas for almost a week. How, when can I be certain we have eradicated the fleas from the carpets and furniture in the living room so we can go back into this heavily used room in this house. Do I have to go the full 9 days? Have I been doing the salt thing wrong? The wear is definitely apparent on my carpets already. I have an extremely powerful and good quality vacuum that will have a premature death from all the fine powdered salt and baking soda already used.Advise is welcome. I just want to do right by my fur children and the humans in the house.