Fleas: Want them gone? You must do this.

Flea

Fleas. Small reddish brown bloodsucking pests to people, animals, dogs, cats, and birds.

They bite, sucking your blood, leaving you with a persistent annoying itch. Fleas leave their little flea nesting places when the flea senses vibrations and the carbon dioxide that we breathe out.

There is about 30 days between flea egg laying and the flea adult stage. This is important because if you kill the adult fleas, the flea eggs are laying dormant waiting to hatch and when they do you get round #2 of flea infestations.

So lets get rid of the fleas. Cat fleas. Dog fleas. Bird fleas. Ferret fleas. Hamster fleas. Mice fleas. Rat fleas. Yes...people fleas. We all get these little pests.

PREVENTION:

  • Indoor:Constant effective sanitation is very important because fleas feed on organic matter. Pets such as cats and dogs must be treated with effective repellents such as Frontline or Advantage applications, or at least bathed with insecticide soap frequently.
  • Outdoor: Spraying a commercial insecticide, pellets, or lightly dusting with powered diatomacious earth (2 or more days before rain is expected), are your best alternatives. These products are available in most local stores or from internet pest control websites.

TREATMENT:

  • NO COST TIP: Vacuum thoroughly before any of the flea treatments: Get as many fleas as you can up front. Trash the vacuum bag of fleas before the fleas can get out of it or put mothballs in the bag to kill the fleas before you vacuum.
  • Fogging the house for Fleas: The most common flea and insect treatment also is probably the most effective...especially using 2 or more bombs. Fumigation with a flea bomb can be very dangerous and you must follow the directions on the flea bomb exactly. Flea bombs can be purchased on the internet and some local stores.
  • Heating: If you can get your house to 90%, the fleas reportedly expire. Hmmmm.
  • Spraying for Fleas: Commercial insecticides to be used indoors or for outdoor use for fleas and other insects are available locally or on the internet.
  • Dehumidifier: Run the dehumidifier getting the moisture below 70% which will cause the fleas to leave.
  • Nematodes do the fleas in: Purchase these locally or on the internet and spray them around the yard.
  • Flea Traps: Lamp traps are effective. You can purchase one or (NO COST HINT) make one yourself using a low wattage bulb suspended above a bowl of soapy water. Turn the light on and they jump in and drown during the night. Commercial light traps use sticky boards to catch the attracted fleas.
  • Powder: Use Diatomacious earth (DE garden strength) spread lightly around a room, left for several days and then vacuumed up. Use it in the yard when it is not going to rain for several days. Also a dusting of boric acid similar to the DE is effective. NO COST HINT: Or table salt made into a powder in your blender and then dusted into the rugs, cracks and crevices like the other two above, will dry out the fleas and they expire. Remember to vacuum the powder and the dead fleas days later.
  • In many cases, the wisest alternative is to hire a professional pest control company to rid your house of these fleas. Use your local phone directory or visit a internet pest control website to find the contact information that you will need.
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SandBox: Deadly Spiders and more Hide There

Is there a deadly spider in this sandbox? Look see.

 

Your innocent looking child's sandbox in the back yard can harbor some very bad events.
Each year children are surprised when they pick up a toy left in the sandbox, and they get bitten by a spider. And in some cases, it is a very serious bite.

Because the black widow spider loves to hide in a quiet dark place, and that is exactly what the sandbox presents...even with the cover on it because the covers never seal the sandbox, they just lay on top leaving many access holes around the edges.
It is accessible to the black widow spider because it is low to the ground and the kids toys are full of small crevices where the black widow and maybe even brown recluses can spin their web to catch their prey.

Covers on sandboxes help if you have one, but they must fit very tight and most do not...and many are never even placed over the sandbox.

So, you MUST inspect every toy that is in a sandbox before your child is allowed to play.
Why...this is why...you must inspect a sandbox.

  • CAT URINE and FECES: Your neighbors cat will use the sandbox as their personal toilet if you left the cover off the box. Get that stuff out of there before those brown jewels from the cat find their way into your children's mouth.
  • INSECTS: If you gave your child a snack to eat the last time they played in the sandbox, they undoubtedly dropped some crumbs into the sand. The crumbs are food for insects of all types like roaches who will find it and eat it. Ants will be everywhere and as soon as your child sits down to play, they will start to scream from the ants biting them. Get those ants out of there before they play.
  • BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS: As we reported above, the sandbox is one of the very small black widow spiders favorite places to build their webs. When your child picks up a toy with the black widow spider hidden on it, they brush against the black widow, and the black widow bites your child...and that is very very bad. You must inspect the sandbox and pick up and look at every single toy...for spiders, black widows, brown recluses, and all the other spiders who can be there...even though they are not as poisonous as the black widow....because they still bite.
  • SCORPIONS: These little nasty creatures can hide in the sandbox as well. Scorpions sting and if you don't want your kids to get stung...you better check that sandbox before they begin their play.
  • WASPS: Sandboxes left unused for a long period can be inviting to a wasp as a place to safely build their nest. If they do, the nest will be attached to a toy or the loose fitting cover and it will be very obvious to you that wasps are there, but not to a young child. So inspect that sandbox BEFORE your child gets to it...to prevent massive stings and the urgent trip for medical care.

 

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