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what about cedarcide for fleas?

 
vandana purohit
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http://www.richsoil.com/flea-control.jsp
You said no to chemical bombing..which i makes sense and not an option for us.

However, I want to know how you feels about..and if you've any experience with cedar fogging? https://www.cedarcide.com/product/tri-jet-fogger/

we've a flea infestation..hardwood floors most places with rugs. top floor has some wall to wall carpet.

i will certainly be using your recommendations in article but it's going to be a lot of work with diamataceous earth.....and i'm pregnant and a month away from being due. all the vaccuuming and laundry..
i'll be keeping AC on to keep it as dry as possible in home. using the DE on rugs.

but cedar actually kills eggs/larvae as well. and they their product (cedarcide) is non-toxic.. so no cleanup after. of course still lot of laundry to do and vaccuuming..but still it's soupposed to be a one-time shot. well two.. they say to do it again after 3 days to be sure. but the fogging..if done thoroughly as they explain in their video..should kill everything....adults, eggs/larvae, etc..


If you've any experience with cedar, and cedarcide product....i'd love to know your opinion. i've to get all this done before labor starts/baby comes. having a homebirth.

Thanks!
p.s. we've no pets.. but had got lot of rain..live in woodsy area...or it could be my husband brought home fleas as for last several weeks he had to work in people's homes and ran into lots of households with pets. we just dont know where it came from..maybe our 5 year old playing in slighly moist grass with squirrles/chipmunks around.. we've a racoon or two i see.. birds nest nearby. we live in Silver Spring, MD...close to Wash DC.

 
chip sanft
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vandana purohit wrote:http://www.richsoil.com/flea-control.jsp
p.s. we've no pets.. but had got lot of rain..live in woodsy area...or it could be my husband brought home fleas as for last several weeks he had to work in people's homes and ran into lots of households with pets. we just dont know where it came from..maybe our 5 year old playing in slighly moist grass with squirrles/chipmunks around.. we've a racoon or two i see.. birds nest nearby. we live in Silver Spring, MD...close to Wash DC.


Given that you don't have pets, I'm wondering if the fleas won't just die out themselves for lack of food. Fleas have preferred hosts and people aren't usually them, at least not enough to maintain a bothersome level without animals, too (think of the Black Death and the necessary presence of rats, not fleas hopping from person to person).

Our dog, for example, gets fleas periodically in the summer but the fleas never bother us humans, just her. They don't even seem to spread away from where she lives. She's just that tasty to them. Maybe your problem will resolve itself?

So, although I don't know about Cedarcide, I'd hesitate to use it because I'm cheap and because the idea of fogging the house with anything, even something organic, gives me the willies. But then again, maybe it'd be like a giant cedar potpourri and worth it for that alone!!
 
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I keep thinking about the recommendations to not use certain kinds of wood shavings for pets (I think cedar is one of them) because they were shown to be causing severe (sometimes deadly) damage to the animals. Just because something is plant based doesn't mean it's safe.

Editing to add

A quick google search gives a lot of relevant articles on this issue. I've nearly randomly chosen this one as an example. http://www.ratfanclub.org/litters.html
 
Galadriel Freden
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chip sanft wrote:

Given that you don't have pets, I'm wondering if the fleas won't just die out themselves for lack of food. Fleas have preferred hosts and people aren't usually them, at least not enough to maintain a bothersome level without animals, too (think of the Black Death and the necessary presence of rats, not fleas hopping from person to person).

Our dog, for example, gets fleas periodically in the summer but the fleas never bother us humans, just her. They don't even seem to spread away from where she lives. She's just that tasty to them. Maybe your problem will resolve itself?



I can't say about cedarcide, but in my one experience with fleas, we had them for a full six months after our dog died. We lost her in November and they finally died out in May. It was awful! I think what finally broke it was that we were away for a week, and when we returned I was vicious about vacuuming (wood floors, no carpet). Within the month the traps were showing up empty every night.

Good luck, in any case.
 
chip sanft
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According to Paul's article DIE FLEAS DIE! DIE! DIE! http://richsoil.com/flea-control.jsp:
"Egg-to-egg life cycle is usually two to four weeks. Under the right conditions this can be a little shorter (12 days), or much longer (8 months)."

Maybe Galadriel had bad luck? I don't know if I'd go fogging my house with insecticide (even organic pesticide) to deal with a minor pest. As Paul puts it in his article, "Fleas are nothing more than a minor nuisance. Panic can lead to poisons for you and profits for the panic mongers."
 
Galadriel Freden
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It was three years ago and I still get paranoid if I see black specks!

I agree Chip, we never used pesticide. Having fleas isn't great, but it's not the end of the world. If we got them again I would do the same thing (only a lot sooner): leave the house for a week, then be a vacuum goddess. This wouldn't have worked if we brought the flea-carrying dog back with us though
 
Bonnie Johnson
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I have never used the fogger, but I have used Cedarcide spray. In fact I have some of the Pet Home Livestock concentrate right now. IT works really well. I have used it on my carpets and furniture and my dogs when we had a flea infestation.
I have used the PHL (pet home livestock) on my horses and on myself. Works great on my horses for Flies. It seems to last about as long as regular permethrin sprays for keeping flys away. Fleas hate this stuff.
The fleas die quickly while trying to get off my dogs. I don't get that fuzzy light headed feeling after spraying it on my horses and having it get all over me. I use the cedarcide on the horses so that I can trim their hooves and when we go riding.
It keeps the face flies and stable flys off and it keeps the small green horse flies and big horses flies away. Sometimes if you have a horse fly or bot fly fly through the mist while you are spraying they will just fall to the ground.
I truly like this stuff for use around me and my animals. It doesn't work as well in the garden......I might have mixed it wrong but it put spots on some of my plants. It did make the bugs leave though. I don't use it in the garden anymore.

good luck

Bonnie
 
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