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Glenda Dawes
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[size=18] [/size]I am using the FGDE on my whole house. I started room by room and moved all furniture to one side while I used a (it's like a veggie) duster on the clear side that is after I vacuumed first. Then moved all furniture back and did that side. I have put all pillows and mattresses in bedbug bags with FGDE in the bags. I have done both bathrooms and cleared out the bottom drawers and cabinets and dusted in there also.
I have the kitchen to do next and I will do the bottom drawers, cabinets, under the sink and last I will pull out the Refrigerator. I have not vacuumed any of the rooms since. I figure if the larva are there and hatch they don't stand much of a chance to live. I have not done any light experiments and I did use Advantage II on my cat while all this was going on. I have not seen him scratch and I am not giving him advantage ii next month. I will spray the front porch, back porch and yard for ants and fleas.

My question is that last room to be dusted was my bedroom/bathroom/closets on July 22. How long do you think the fleas could live under these conditions. I also dusted my furniture and in the family room I dusted the recliners and put new slipcovers on them. So my questions still stands? Does anyone have an idea how long the fleas would last under these conditions?

I used a bandana, nose/mouth filter, safety glasses and over that I used a face shield. So far my cat Blackie and I have been fine. To flea comb Blackie I probably wouldn't be able to see the fleas anyway considering his name.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You............Glenda & Blackie
 
allen lumley
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Glenda and Blackie : This is an ongoing issue especially where it is easy for Fleas to winter-over outside ! Here is a link to another Thread by a fellow member
with the same problem ! Link below :

http://www.permies.com/t/48809/bugs/flea-advice-pups

also handy ;

http://www.permies.com/t/43625/introductions/Universal
http://www.permies.com/t/34193/tnk/permies-works-links-threads

For the Good of the Crafts ! Big AL
 
John Polk
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If you vacuumed before dusting with DE, your vacuum is probably full of living fleas, and their eggs!

It is probably best if you 'park' your vacuum cleaner outdoors until the entire process is finished.
At least, leave the contaminated bags outside of the house.

Good luck with your project.
 
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