Subject: C-word / fleas / D-word Date: Apr 26 10:36:28 1995 From: Alan Richards - alanr at ednet1.osl.or.gov
Tweets -- (esp. Karen & Teresa)
I have been gone for a couple of weeks, so missed some of the chat about this ever-present subject. I don't want to start any more of it, but would loke to get my 2-cents in too.
I really know what you mean about fleas, as we have two cats and a dog.
We have found that vacuum cleaning every day is a very effective way to get rid of lots of fleas in the non-adult stage. Only 1% (1 per 100) of a flea population is in adult form, during the average time frame. The flea comb (we have these too) only works on the adult portion. About 34% are eggs, 57% are larvae, and 8% is something else that I forget.
Lately, we have also used baking soda on the carpets -- put down for a couple days, then vac or sweep up the excess. This really works! Another thing I have heard of as being very good is boraxo and some inert ingrtedients to spread it out. Similar treatment method to baking soda -- takes about 2 months to work (even tho you only leave it on carpet for a day or two) completely -- dehydrates fleas. It has worked for us -- the baking soda -- and is not toxic.
Also, putting bells on the necks of the (insert C-word here) s (as many as 3 per cat) has really put a stop to bird-getting by our cats -- also chicken wire in a few areas but the bells are really the key -- the ones with actual clappers, not the round "jingle bell" type, seem to work the best.