Help, the fleas are carrying my house down the street......

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Country Living Farm, May 12, 2009.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    Ok. Two days ago nothing, now covered head to toe. I washed the dogs and they sounded the alarm to attack or something. What is DE? I see everyone using it. I have kept the house so so, but after going out to check the chickens, rabbits, duck, I am covered and try to vacc. them up.. I have put salt and borax down for help. Hiring a pest company more than likely to kill them ALLLLLLLLLL....... Can I do the same with DE? Can I put DE in the house????


    Also, the dogs were bad and I feel bad not knowing it until the last sec. I am trying to get their iron back up as they have white gums now. They are currently in the house after several baths!!!


    Tks
     
  2. CallyB57

    CallyB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, use it - it works. Get food-grade only. I use Perma-Guard - order it online.
     
  3. alyssa558

    alyssa558 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can put Frontline or Advantage on the mammals.
     
  4. texaschick-a-dee

    texaschick-a-dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    make sure that you're emptying your vacuum bag or canister if bagless after every use because they will get out of there. A few years ago we bought these raid things that you plug in and they glow to attract the fleas, they had sticky pads to trap them but haven't seen those in a long time.
     
  5. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    I was told I did not have to empty every time since it was bagless. I will start doing that.


    Also, What is DE?
     
  6. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Quote:DE is Diatomaceous Earth. It is a natural aid for pest control. It does help greatly. Please be certain that you buy only FOOD GRADE.
     
  7. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    where do i get it?
     
  8. LoupGarou

    LoupGarou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The flea life cycle is a very short one. You can interrupt it inside your house by vacuuming every third day or so and washing pet bedding on the same cycle. Cover your furniture with sheets or blankets and use the same washing principle, as well. If you don't want to use something like Frontline or Advantage (I don't), you will want to bath your dogs weekly, at least to start. My dogs are primarily indoor dogs, but by doing all of these things I have not seen a flea in about 5 year--even when I lived in an apartment with wall-to-wall carpeting in all rooms but the kitchen and bath.

    By breaking the flea life cycle, you can get your flea problem under control pretty quickly. If you can't get DE, try vacuuming your carpets with borax powder. Good luck!
     
  9. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2008
    It sounds like you are really infested. Maybe you had a bunch of flea eggs hatch out at the same time.
    At this point you might just need a professional come in. You can try closing up your house and flea bombing it, then repeat in so many weeks. I can't remember off the top of my head how long.
    It is a three part cycle to get them all gone. Dog, house, yard all need to be treated.
    I haven't seen this mentioned on here, but I treat my dogs monthly for heartworms using ivermect 1% injectable...given orally. Since I started doing this I haven't seen fleas at all. I have been using it for heartworms for about 4 years now. This shouldn't be used if you have collies.
    Also, when you vaccuum make sure to get the cracks near the floor vaccuumed up. And any areas the dogs walk through regularly. Like all around the baseboards where the dogs come in and out. Where the dogs sleep and where they eat.
    Good Luck, I feel bad for you...flea infestation is miserable...[​IMG]
     

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