Hi and thank you for the post on DE and flea control. You talked me off of a serious ledge there. I had purchased foggers and was planning on poisoning the house and moving my family to my sil's house for a week. Frankly, I was feeling paralyzed by the thought of having to clean my entire house to the degree that I'd be comfortable ( if it's possible after putting poison in your house) bringing my kids home...including washing every stitch of clothing and fabric. Anyway, situation aside, after reading your post we bought and spread DE over all of the carpet in the house. I'm working on washing everything washable that was in contact with the carpet (a LOT with a 3 & 4 year old and all of the toys and dress up and blankets that end up spread out). And will treat our hardwood too once I can see it as it's covered with laundry right now.
We got everything off of the carpet and vacuumed. My husband used a shaker and his hands to spread the DE all over and we used a condiment bottle (new from the dollar store) to get plenty around the baseboards.
My question is, should I be vacuuming daily or do I wait a few days for the fleas to die? Once I vacuum do I spread more DE? If I don't spread it after each vacuuming do I spread it once a week? Twice?
I don't think we have a major issue at this time. There have been bites, but not like some poor folks I'm reading on here. I set a trap the night before spreading the DE in our bedroom and caught 4 fleas. I think there are other areas that are likely worse, but hopefully not much. We had a very old dog for years and we did treat him for fleas but he passed away just a few weeks ago and, I suspect, without him around the fleas have turned to us for food. He mainly laid in our hallway outside the bedrooms, all of which (including the hall) is carpeted.
So, really looking for some clarification and detail on frequency of vacuuming and spreading DE.
THANKS SO MUCH!