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I picked up a flea in the park.  Maybe picked up more.  Then went on vacation and came home to many many visitors.  I did the, sorry to say, bombs to get rid of them.  But I am tired.  Tired of washing my clothes (the fleas are in the living room and bedroom), tired of leaving the house for 4 hours, etc.  So I am gonna try DE - it just came in.  However, about a week ago, the situation has improved. Well I think it has.

I read on this site that putting a desk lamp over a plate with soapy water will kill fleas. And that it is a good way of monitoring the fleas.  The problem that I have with doing the test is that my flea problem is in the only two areas that I can sleep.  So I can only test on area at a time.  First time in the living room resulted in 4 fleas.  Since then, it has gone down to 2, 1 or even none!  The bedroom has given the same results - usually one or none.  So my first question is, can I assume that my problem is almost over?
My second question is how many should this trick be getting?  In other words, can it be that only some are attracted to the light and I have 100's more hiding in the corner?
My third question is recently I have been waking up and having none in the dish.  Yay!  However, I just turn the light off, since I am doing the trick in the night.  Twice, I walked past the dish and there was a flea in it.  Today, none in the tray, when I came home, 9 hours later, 2 in the dish.  Is this typically?

Sorry for the length of this.  I really need this to be over, and am afraid that I won't see the true situation.  I have two cats that have been saying with my dad.  I am not comfortable bringing them home with this. The other test that I do is monitoring the bites on me.  I haven't had any in a week. 

Oh, and thanks for recommending this test....it makes me want to get a lab coat!
 
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Christmas is coming.  Someone can get me a lab coat and safety glasses.

When you go 28 days without a single flea, I think you can then know they are gone.

Remember - the flea trap does probably kill about 90% - just enough so you will never get rid of them. 

Do you own a dehumidifier?  I think it would be great to do the dehumidifier test again.  Run a super duper dehumidifier in a room and see if that kills all of the fleas.  Keep a hygrometer in the room (the thing that says what the relative humidity is).  You want to keep it below 30% for 24 hours. 

 
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my suggestion is to "change your tactics"....

first of all you need an organic flower dust made from flowers that repel fleas, as does cedar shavings and or cedar pillows.

Fleas absolutely hate vitamin B1 so you can dust your two cats with brewers yeast...the nutritional yeast left over from making beer getting it down to their skin.

Its really good for animals and safe to have them lick their fur because it's a super nutritional food.

If you take two exact same sized bowls of dry cat or dog food and put them on the floor each with an equal portion ...they'll always choose the one with a little brewer's yeast in it.

I'll never forget getting a new PUPPY  that had fleas real bad ...so after bathing it and using this method
the young lady came back a week later to visit to check and see how we were doing with the puppy. 

She kept turning it over and over examining it ....and finally exclaimed: How the hell did you do that?  i  said,  what?  she said,  get rid of the fleas....i cant find even ONE.  I told her the same thing i just told you.

 
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had fleas in our house once and the best remedy was 20 mule team borax powder..sprinkled it on everything..left it for several days, it kills the live ones..then you vacuum and immedaitely put more borax powder down..as the vibrations from the vacuum cause the eggs to hatch..and you have to put more borax down to kill the live ones..

2 treatments was enough for us but some people might require more..

leave the borax as long as you can stand to
 
                  
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Diatomaceous Earth.... diatomaceous earth.... diatomaceous earth.

I have 2 large dogs, 1 small dog, and 1 cat. all of which sleep in the house everyday. I have in the past tried and treated my animals with frontline, advantix and other knock off chemicals monthly, thinking this was the only sure way to keep my house flea free. Yet every year I have flea problems (this area is very prone to fleas)

About a year ago after doing a bunch of research I tried food grade diatomaceous earth. I have not had a single flea problem since.

About once a month I lightly dust my animals and there bedding with DE. I use NO flea killing shampoo, and NO once a month treatments of chemicals on there back. Not only does this save me a bunch of money each year, my animals dont get a bunch of chemicals pumping through there body each month. 

When I first got the DE I had a small flea problem at the time and sprinkled it on my couch and chairs (I have wood and tile floors so luckily no eggs hidding in the carpet) problem solved. 
 
                          
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All our 5  pets go out of doors. THey certainly have fleas and we will never make them flea free until all the wild birds, squirrels, rabbits, 'dillos, deer, panthers, bobcats, and neighbor or feral dogs and cats are dead. (Animals are fenced but we walk them outside the fence and all but dogs and ? deer can get in our fence.) We treat them with frontline or revolution to cut down on ticks and fleas for their comfort and ours, but to keep fleas off us we let the animals back in the house before we go in if we leave town and kennel them!!!

That said DH is covered with flea bites (he thinks) this week, first time in his life. I have none, we share a bed, cats sleep on it but more on my side... He forgot to change the sheets as advised (and I'm refusing to baby him so I haven't done it either) but number of bites is already decreasing- none last night.

We do keep borax down behind furniture sinks etc but that's to keep down roach popualtion.
 
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ozark guy wrote:
Diatomaceous Earth.... Diatomaceous Earth.... Diatomaceous Earth.

I have 2 large dogs, 1 small dog, and 1 cat. all of which sleep in the house everyday. I have in the past tried and treated my animals with frontline, advantix and other knock off chemicals monthly, thinking this was the only sure way to keep my house flea free. Yet every year I have flea problems (this area is very prone to fleas)

About a year ago after doing a bunch of research I tried food grade diatomaceous earth. I have not had a single flea problem since.

About once a month I lightly dust my animals and their bedding with DE. I use NO flea killing shampoo, and NO once a month treatments of chemicals on their back. Not only does this save me a bunch of money each year, my animals don't get a bunch of chemicals pumping through there body each month. 



Do you mind if I put this in my flea control article?


 
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