Combat Fleas

 

Fleas are one of my ‘biggest‘ sources of irritation. ( Ants are the other but that will be another post 🙂 They are ‘unstoppable’ so it seems once they arrive. And if you live in a warm climate as I do they are like one of the ‘plagues’ talked about in the Old Testament of the Bible  but instead of ‘Locusts’ we have fleas!!!! Here are a couple of articles I have found, if you know of any others PLEASE let me know!!

                                                                            -Michele- 

Remedy For Fleas

-Author Unknown-

Every 30 days: You shoulduse Duraban or Ortho weed and insect killer granules in your yard. Be sure to read the label and make sure it is the one that says it kills fleas too. These granules are time released and they retreat your yard for 30 days being watered by rain, the hose or just dew. Do not use liquid. It must be granules. You can purchase these from any farm products or tractor supply store and even some hardware stores and possible even Walmart.
To spread these use a spreader if you have one. If not, poke holes in the bottom of empty milk cartons and use a throw away funnel to fill the cartons. Place the lids on and walk through your yard shaking the milk cartons spreading the granules over every inch of the grass.
Spray your trees, shrubs, with 1/2 water and 1/2 Dawn, Pomolive, or Joy dish soap. This only lasts for a short time so repeat this at least once a week for a while. This will kill fleas, larva and eggs also. (Never use this on the grass as it will not do the job. The grass must have the granules).
If you have bird feeders. Remove them for now, as they also breed fleas.
Wash all dogs in 1/2 Dawn, Joy, or Pomolive Dish soap and 1/2 water also. Rinse the dogs very, very well.
Next wash your laundry the same way with very hot water (if possible), and double rinse.
Call 1-800-NESERUM Wholesale Pet Supply and tell them the square footage of your house. Order the amount of Flea Stop Foggers they will tell you that you need to set off in your house, plus one extra. These will work. The ones in the stores do not work. This is wholesale price that they will charge you, not retail.
If you treat the yard and house and dogs and laundry, you will get rid of them and if you continue to treat your yard you will not have the dogs bringing them back in again. The fleas will be gone once and for all.

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FREEDOM FROM FLEAS

From the Rodale book, The Doctors Book of Home Remedies

We challenge you to come up with one really good reason for fleas to exist in a just world. In nine months, two fleas can generate 222 trilliondescendants. They can live two years, they’re built to survive the most frigid winters, and they can go months without eating. They can cause anemia and transmit disease and parasites. To defeat the Charge of the Flea Brigade, Debbie has to create a flea-cological disaster area.

Go for a dip. In Texas, the fleas are so big they have dogs. Marvin Samuelson, D.V.M., director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University, says traditional insecticide dips are the most powerful weapons against fleas. “They have better penetration than sprays or powders,” he says. “And they dry as a powder to keep working.”

These dips, however, can be toxic, he warns, and “misuse is common. Follow the instructions carefully. And don’t use a dog dip on cats.” What’s good for Tobi can kill Marmalade.

Proceed prudently with powders. “Powders can be helpful but are frequently misused,” Dr. Samuelson says. “The problem is in the labeling, which says to sprinkle or dust the animal. Well, ‘sprinkle’ means a pinch to one person and half the can to another.”

Spook ’em with sprays. “It’s pretty hard to overdo sprays because they’re the least toxic, but that’s why they’re not good for heavy infestations,” Dr. Samuelson says. “But they can help prevent new infestations.”

Use caution with collars. Collars also can’t handle heavy infestations, he says, “and they can be toxic to the pet because the exposure accumulates over a long period of time.” But they work like sprays against new invasions. They can also help keep a flea-free dog free of future fleas.

Cool ’em with linalool.It’s understandable if you’re leery of heavy-duty chemicals. You can thank Ohio State University professor of entomology Fred Hink, Ph.D., for finding deadly (to fleas) poisons in orange peels. He discovered the newest proven flea killers on the market. D-limonene and linalool. They are probably the only insecticides available that will kill adults, larvae, and eggs, he says. Linalool is more deadly to adults and eggs than it is to larvae, but it’s more deadly to larvae than D-limonene.

Linalool, however, has its limits. Neither linalool nor D-limonene works as well against adults as traditional insecticides, and neither has a residual effect. “That makes coverage of large areas difficult,” Dr. Hink says. You may feel the positives—low toxicity to pets and high toxicity to eggs and larvae—outweigh the negatives, though.

Linalool and D-limonene are available together in a pump spray (brand name: Flea Stop) at pet supply stores.

Catch them in bed.sprays, dips, powders. It doesn’t matter what you use. Treating the animal isn’t enough. “You also have to treat the pet’s bedding,” Dr. Hink says, “and the immediate area where the pet hangs out—including your bed and furniture. It’s best used in a small space where you can get thorough coverage.”

“It’s important to treat the environment and vehicles as well as the animal,” Dr. Samuelson agrees.

Forget electronic warfare.Those high-tech, expensive flea collars that house an ultrasound monitor and look like a goiter around your pet’s neck are getting a lot of attention, but “they don’t work.” Dr. Hink says. “They have no effect on adult fleas. Fleas and other insects, as far as we know, simply have no receptors for those wavelengths.”

Protect your home against invasion.The least toxic ecological method is to use an insect growth regulator. It contains methaprene, which has the brand name Precor. “This inhibits development of the flea larvae by blocking the pupa stage,” Dr. Samuelson says. “It doesn’t kill existing fleas, but it stops their reproduction. It’s not toxic to warm-blooded animals.” Methaprene is deactivated by sunlight, so it’s only good in the house, where most fleas live anyway, and in the car, where you and your pet have surely deposited them. Treat your home, especially your pet’s bedding, twice a year.

Get them while they’re young.Many products with methaprene also contain a pesticide to kill existing fleas, Dr. Samuelson says. These products are marked with a II—like Precor II. They are more toxic but also act more quickly. They can be used inside a doghouse or kennel not exposed to sunlight. But remember that if your animal comes indoors, indoors is where most fleas will live and breed.

Treat cats differently. Because cats groom themselves, they eat fleas and are more subject to tapeworms, which fleas carry. Because cats hate water and are not fond of hissing sounds, you can guess that cats don’t like dips or sprays. Dr. Samuelson recommends you use a flea-killing dry bath foam made especially for cats. A dog preparation is too potent.

Call on Avon.Avon’s bath oil, Skin-So-Soft, has been shown to be an effective flea repellent. University of Florida researchers sponge-dipped flea-ridden dogs with a solution of 1.5 ounces of Skin-So-Soft to 1 gallon of water. A day later, flea counts had dropped 40 percent. “Fleas have a keen sense of smell,” the researchers reported, speculating they don’t like Skin-So-Soft’s woodland fragrance. Although it clearly isn’t as effective as standard flea dip, they said, adding the bath oil to an insecticide dip helps mask the insecticide odor and gives the animal’s coat a glossy sheen

http://www.mothernature.com/library/bookshelf/books/47/105.cfm

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