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getting mobbed by fleas

#1 Post by lurker » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:07 am

the last week, every time i go outside i am mass-attacked by fleas. grass, concrete patio, garage floor, doesn't matter - i feel this tickling sensation on my ankles, and it's as if my ankles have been sprinkled with pepper, little black flecks all over, relentlessly scrambling up toward my calf, my knee, my thigh... no, let's not go there. i admit i take a certain perverse pleasure in killing them, crushing their little carapaces under my thumb, rolling them against my leg. i am reminded of an american indian expression they used when referring to early encounters with the white man. they would talk about "rubbing them out" as if the intruders, few in number at first, were simply an irritant and could be easily wiped out.
but like the white man, the few are followed by the many, waves of them, trainloads, and it then reminds me of accounts from the korean war when american soldiers would have to repel human wave attacks of chinese and north koreans, blazing away until their ammunition, like my patience, is exhausted. then i call in air support, aerosol in fact, and spray the little bloodsuckers down with bug killer. even then, in the relative safety of the inside, i occasionally find one crawling on my arms or, horror of horrors, in my eyebrow. i'm not sleeping well, waking up in the middle of the night feeling (or is it imagining) that tickling, itchy sensation that might be an errant flea
we're having a cool spell, but it was hot, very hot for about 2 weeks in late june, and dry, very dry. the dog simply refuses to go outside (can't really say i blame him) and there have been accidents. i spread diatomaceous earth in the yard and have bug-bombed the garage which yields minimal temporary relief, and dabbed the cats and dog with sergeants and other more expensive flea-killers, but i suspect the fleas are becoming resistant. it's hell, i tell ya.
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#2 Post by Marlene » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:24 am

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#3 Post by atxgunguy » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:29 am

Down here, this time of year is also Hell when it comes to fleas. We doused the house with the conventional munitions, but eventually had to call in the professionals to nuke it from orbit. It was the only way to be sure. It took two visits. One to treat the issue and "sterilize" that were already here, then they came back a week later to mop up the stragglers.
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#4 Post by MaxwellG » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:51 am

I remember the fleas when I lives in Texas, got pretty bad one year. The folks at the apartment complex waged war on them for a few weeks bombing and spraying.

Your basic flea warrior isn't too smart, you can blow off a limb and they're still 86% combat effective.
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#5 Post by shinzen » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 am

Been there- tried the diatomaceous earth to exactly no effect. Wound up getting a bottle of this stuff:
https://www.amazon.com/36-8-Permethrin- ... B003IMO3I2

It's a concentrate, and now a couple of times a year I spray problem areas (yard, around the house, etc.) and no more flea outbreaks. Keep the furballs inside or away from it while you're spraying of course. It acts as a suppressant as well as killing the little bastards. I dislike spraying chemicals unless it's necessary, but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. Good luck man
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#6 Post by eelj » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:11 am

Sounds biblical, I'm sure there's something in the book of revelations that would explain this.

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#7 Post by CDFingers » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:21 am



http://www.wired.co.uk/article/elon-mus ... ng-company

Unless you can handle insecticide out there, pray the frosts come early--other than the flame thrower or poisons, frost works.

Here's the old hippie option:
Another measure I’m going to try is nematodes. These are tiny worm like critters that feed on the flea larvae and eggs. They’re just a tiny little worm. I did read that you have to get the “beneficial” nematodes, “regular” nematodes can cause heart worm in our pets.
https://fleasbgone.org/fleas-natural-predator

I think using a 1911 would be fun, expensive, and would make the neighbors talk to the cops. So, nah.

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#8 Post by highdesert » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:45 am

shinzen wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 am
Been there- tried the diatomaceous earth to exactly no effect. Wound up getting a bottle of this stuff:
https://www.amazon.com/36-8-Permethrin- ... B003IMO3I2

It's a concentrate, and now a couple of times a year I spray problem areas (yard, around the house, etc.) and no more flea outbreaks. Keep the furballs inside or away from it while you're spraying of course. It acts as a suppressant as well as killing the little bastards. I dislike spraying chemicals unless it's necessary, but sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. Good luck man
Stumbled on this article a few days ago about permethrin.
...a pesticide that's chemically similar to extracts of the flowering chrysanthemum plant.
Back in the 1980s, the U.S. military conducted several tests on a synthetic version of the plant-derived pesticide. When it was shown to be effective in preventing the bites of insects and ticks, the military began to purchase uniforms for soldiers that are factory-treated with permethrin.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... -from-mums
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#9 Post by SwampGrouch » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:55 am

It's been a bad year, and the bastards find our poor little dog delicious. I'd been enjoying crushing their little bodies between my thumbnail and the flea comb, but there were just too damn many of 'em and they were making her anemic. When the OTC topical flea meds failed after a week or so, we took her to the vet and got some systemic stuff that makes her poisonous to them. They bite her, they die. Yeah, there's probably a down side, but not itching like mad and having to chew fleas is a quality of life issue that probably makes it worth the risk.
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#10 Post by lurker » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:23 pm

so i'm not alone. not that i wish this aggravation on anyone, but i'm glad to learn that i'm not imagining this, not alone or blowing a minor thing out of proportion. i bought a bag of sevin dust pellets today, i've used sevin before to good effect, will decipher the directions (something about watering it in, but try not to get it in a body of water or risk killing aquatic invertebrates) tonight and try to get it spread tomorrow.
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#11 Post by shinzen » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:15 pm

highdesert wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:45 am

Stumbled on this article a few days ago about permethrin.
...a pesticide that's chemically similar to extracts of the flowering chrysanthemum plant.
Back in the 1980s, the U.S. military conducted several tests on a synthetic version of the plant-derived pesticide. When it was shown to be effective in preventing the bites of insects and ticks, the military began to purchase uniforms for soldiers that are factory-treated with permethrin.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... -from-mums
Yep- the fact that it is safe enough to dip clothes into is what sold me on it as well.
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#12 Post by BigOnion » Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:15 pm

We used to spray the yard with permethrin and it worked well. Often needed a second application to get eggs that hatch after spraying. It was a liquid you could mix in a hose sprayer and just spray the whole yard.

If you have them in the house, look up a product called Fleabusters. Easy to use and super effective. Pet safe and no need to bomb with chemicals. If you have pets, I can get product recommendations from my wife (she was a vet tech for 10 years).

Diatomaceous earth won't do crap for fleas. I love the stuff and we've used it in the past in a lot of different ways, but it's ineffective in controlling fleas.

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#13 Post by AndyH » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:40 pm

The last two years have been horrible for cat fleas in my little world. Monthly drops of 'pet armor' plus (not so) quality time in the shower with that happy bottle of 'kitty bubbles' still couldn't keep the critters under control. Last winter, though, we finally had a hard freeze and so far (knock wood...and the side of my head) 'the mighty huntress' seems to be free of mini vampires. I feel for the folks having a hard time this summer. :(
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#14 Post by lurker » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:59 pm

oddly enough, since posting this they've subsided. not completely gone, but only about half a dozen at a time.
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