Amanda Reykdal wrote:john,
I have a very important question...if there is an overpopulation of fleas, would they kill an ant infestation? Or does it not work that way? Only ants kill fleas? They are a great deal larger than a flea...and I am not sure fleas are intelligent enough to plan a group attack...I am asking because, ironically enough, there were ants here before...actually lots of ants before. Outside the house, inside the house...mostly in the kitchen on the floor and on the floor in the bathroom, but this year in particular, there is a HUGE decrease in ants. They could even be found on the carpet before...mostly on a nibble of food dropped by mistake, but there were a LOT of them, Smaller ants like maybe the sugar ones, not big carpenter ones...(in case you're wondering, the homeowners are actually my friends parents so before actually moving in here, we were frequent visitors)
flea control in a nutshell:
1) don't panic!
Fleas are nothing more than a minor nuisance. Panic can lead to poisons for you and profits for the panic mongers.
2) keep a paper thin layer of diatomaceous earth wherever a vacuum cannot reach
3) vacuum once every three days, tossing a little diatomaceous earth on the floor first
4) if you have a pet:
flea comb every three days (every day if fleas are found)
wash bedding every three days
5) do not use toxic gick!
No flea bombs, no boric acid, no borate powders (and this definitely includes the fleabusters product), no flea collars, no pyrethrins.