Fleas! And no dog!

vp_78August 12, 2013

Hello pet owners! We fostered a neighbor's large chocolate lab for a few weeks after they moved to a non-dog friendly apartment. We found him a forever home, but we now have some little buddies to remind us of him... yep, fleas. We have hardwood and carpet, along with 2 small children.

Any tips on how a non-dog owner can rid herself of fleas, preferably without using a fogger?

Thanks!

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ladybugfruit

Glad to hear you found a forever home for your friend's dog. Sorry to hear about the fleas. The best non toxic way I have found to get rid of fleas takes a bit of work, but can be done successfully. You can get food grade ( very important that it is food grade) Diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it on carpets and furniture Lots of vacuuming ( and changing the bag/emptying the canister every time). Washing any bedding where dog slept. and vacuum, vacuum vacuum. I included a link below on how to best use the diatomaceous earth. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Diatomaceous Earth for fleas

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 9:34AM
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jean001a

And forget about the foggers because they don't really emit a "fog" which penetrates every little place.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:06AM
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vp_78

Thanks! Now, off to find food grade diatomaceous earth! Is it safe for hardwood floors? We seem to find the most fleas on the hardwood floors...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 11:25AM
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lazy_gardens

The fleas will lay eggs in the carpets and upholstered, where the babies live and grow. You need to get these before they turn into the biting reproductive adults.

Dust a bit of the diatomaceous earth along the baseboards of the hardwood floors and sweep it under the baseboards to get them where they live.

BEFORE you vacuum, vacuum up a bit of any pyrethrum-based insecticide. Then vacuum the carpets, and along baseboards, and in the crevices of furniture. After vacuuming, vacuum up a bit more insecticide, then seal and discard the bag. This stuns them and removes them from your house permanently.

A steam cleaner can also kill them in upholstery seams.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 3:42PM
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robertz6

Did a quick google search for it just for curiosities sake.

Mostly on-line ads, but Home Depot had some food grade for $11.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 3:00PM
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brownthumbia

can someone help me, please? I need to give my dog some Benadryl for allergies. I know I can give 1 mg per l of weight. the problem is, my dropper is calibrated in ml. an d I don't know how to convert mg. & ml. Would really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 7:26PM
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ladybugfruit

This should help

Here is a link that might be useful: Mililiters

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 10:38PM
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