Mr. Wheaton, my problem is in my barn. I bought 10 acres with an old tractor shed which I have turned into my barn. I kept my son-in-laws dog in a large dog kennel. It was not a day and I noticed the dog scratching. I immediately thought ticks, since the area is kind of wooded. As I checked the dog, I could see the fleas just jumping around. My question is does the DE work for outside flea infestations also or is there something else I should do. I am sure my rooster and hens probably have the same problem. My rabbits so far have been spared. Look forward to your answer. Love your podcasts, articles and discussion forums. Wish I had visited the permies.com sooner. Thanks.
3. DE is made out of almost pure silica. Have you checked the toxicity of breathing silica dust before claiming its as safe as breathing in flour? Toxicity is almost always about exposure, and concentrations. "Have you done it right?" applies to everything. Remember we eat lots of bad stuff, so just because DE is eatable, doesn't mean it safe or healthy spreading it all over your house.
Springtails are small insects which thrive where there is a lot of moisture. This can be in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, crawl spaces, behind walls, under siding, under mulch and just about anywhere moisture is prevalent and persistent. Springtails do not do any damage nor do they bite but because they will emerge enmass, people fear them. Springtails are commonly mistaken for fleas, ants or termites but are dramatically different. They eat mold, mildew, fungus and decaying organic matter which is usually present in moist areas. They can be found in great numbers in homes which have been built for several years or in homes which are new.
Buggedin Brooklyn wrote:I originally posted this in the general permaculture forum and asked a moderator to delete it as I meant to post here. Sorry about the mistake!
I hope I am posting this in the right place. I need solid advice and prayers.
I have 3 dogs and noticed last month that they had fleas. I believe in home remedies but didn't want them to suffer and for the problem to spread so I put Frontline Plus on them. Things seemed fine for a couple of weeks.
I went to work vacuuming, steaming and mopping and dusting with DE. Then I started to notice that when I would stand in a spot for a few minutes (like when washing dishes) I would feel something jump or hit my legs and feet. I would not see anything, but would feel like a piece of sand was hitting my leg. This went from occasionally to now it is all the time. My hair also started itching, so I thought - I got fleas in my hair and started spraying mentholated alcohol or apple cider vinegar mixed with eucalyptus oil in my hair. I wear cornrows so, this is driving me crazy. The alcohol or apple cider works for a little while and then the itching is back in my scalp. I also have oil in my hair.
I feel like something is hitting my legs and occasionally I feel something jump on my face or eyelashes, even in my ears. Again I didn't see any fleas or any bugs. So I took some table salt and water with lemon oil in a spray bottle and sprayed all my floors down. So now my floors (tile and wood) have a sparkly gritty layer on them. Been vacuuming everyday.
I took a shower and moisturized well. While sitting on the bed, I felt the pinging sensation on my legs again. I reached down and because I was so oily removed a teeny, tiny spec (I have no hair on my legs). I took a piece of paper towel and wiped it on the paper. What I saw was reddish and teeny tiny and I did not see it move. It was hard to squish, could only do it with my nail. Then it happened again and again. Basically because I was so oily, they got stuck in the oil. When my skin was not oily, I guess they just ping off me. I do not have bites, just itchy on my scalp and but the feeling of them hitting me on any exposed skin is making me itchy.
Today, I felt one hit my forearm while laying on my bed. I was close to the wall and the walls are off white. I looked at the sheets (dark colored) saw nothing and looked at the wall next to me. Then I saw this teeny tiny spec jump off the wall toward me. It was the first time I saw one move or jump.
I am SO FREAKED OUT, I feel contaminated. I don't even know where to start or what to do. On my computer screen I see specs but they are not moving. I keep cleaning my screen and it keeps looking dust covered. In my bathroom sink (which is white) I see specs. I keep saying how do I have so much dust? Now I know it is not all dust but some are these spec sized bugs.
PLEASE HELP! I am ready to bomb the whole house but I know it may not work and is toxic. They seem to be on every surface, probably in my hair, on the dogs (they are not scratching tho have a combination of DE and flea and tick spray on them) in my bed and clothes, just everywhere.
Today I had 2 real estate brokers over to talk about selling my house. I could feel them hitting my face while I sat in my chair in the living room. I noticed them swiping their faces too while sitting on the sofa... I know what I am feeling and what I saw today. It is like a flea because it jumps but about 1/10 the size (if that)...how do I get rid of them? I am tired mentally and physically from this. I have been online researching this like crazy but don't know where to start. What are these things? How do I get rid of something that is a pin sized spec that is on everything?
I am not imagining this! I am about to wash all my dogs down again but if these bugs are on walls and floors, they will just be back again as they dry. What can I do? PLEASE, PLEASE HELP!
Sorry for this long post but I am at my wits end. I found this forum by researching fleas and found:
Die Fleas! Die! Die! Die! Freaky Cheap Flea Control.
I know the author said not to panic, but it is hard not to panic now, I feel like I am under an invasion.
Hastily awaiting a solution.
I researched small spec sized jumping bug and came across spring tail, could this be what I am dealing with?
Jami McBride wrote:
Have you purchased from cedarcide, and if so how did you use the product and what were your results?
Blue Dog wrote:Just wanted to add my two cents. As a vet tech for over 12 years and working in veterinary product sales for another four I am very aware of the gimmicks out there on both sides.
1. Any soap can kill fleas during a bath. It does not have to contain pesticides at all. A good lather left off for a couple minutes will make it easy peasy to rinse those fleas away.
2. Nothing is as safe for the planet as a good old flea comb! Yep, get a good fine toothed metal comb and make it a nighly ritual. You can drop the fleas into a bowl of soapy water (or a jar of DE) and they will drown.
3. If you are having a hard time catching the speeding creatures dab them with a litte rubbing alcohol which will stun them and give you some time to pull them off and drop them into the soapy water.
4. If you have a cat that is going in and out and they will be dropping flea eggs in your yard and house. Comb daily or twice daily or consider using Program. Herbs will not work enough to keep an allergic dog from flaring up with pyodera again.
A Ziml wrote:Oh, how wonderful, my whole flea dilemma didn't post!! Lucky for you! It was quite long and drawn out. So, condensed:
I have a smaller dog, who I've confirmed has fleas. Absolutely grosses me out!! Anyway, I bought a 10lb bag of DE, and I just want to know for sure exactly how I should apply it. I haven't tested with the light/ soapy water yet.
So, the area the dog spend 75% of his day in is tiled floor, with an area rug. The rest of the house is carpeted (getting rid of it isn't an option). The living room is really long, almost shag style carpeting (I don't own, I rent!). The rest of the house is old, worn down, thin carpet. The dog really only goes into 1 other room (my son's room). But, obviously we humans walk all around the house. I know you said grab handfuls of the DE and rub into carpet, but I'm a little confused on the vacuuming thing... Do I rub it on every piece of carpet, then vacuum what I can? Or just put it in the nooks and crannies?? Any suggestions on how to keep a smart, curious 2-1/2 year old boy out of the DE in the corners?? Any additional input you could give would be GREATLY appreciated. Sorry for being repetitive with my questions, just want to make sure I get this right. Knowing there are bugs jumping around in my house is just so sickening to me, but I'm not dumb enough to "bomb" or "fog" my house. Might as well just feed poison to my family!