FLEA ERADICATION -
In addition to the obvious
instructions to remove brush debris from around your home, bathe your dog, wash all dog bedding often, and vacuum
often, a flea problem needs to be tackled both inside as well as outside the
home. The ways in which to do that are:
For outdoor eradication, use
beneficial nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae for flea larvae and
pupae, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora for adult fleas, and
Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Steinernema feltiae for ticks).
Beneficial nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented roundworms that occur
naturally in soil. Inside the nematode’s gut is the real weapon – symbiotic
bacteria that, when released inside flea larvae, kill them within 24 to 48 hours.
Tests have also found that nematodes penetrate flea cocoons, killing a large
proportion of fleas before they hatch into adults. Nematodes enter pests via the
mouth, anus, respiratory openings, or directly through the body wall of pest.
Upon entering, the
bacteria multiply and cause blood poisoning of the pest, leading to death. Beneficial
nematodes work on a host of pest. For further information see this
Beneficial nematodes can be purchased through a garden center, through
VAMMI Beneficials LLC
online or at 1-866-495-9236,
or through Arbico online or at 1-800-827-2847.
Order from Arbico online.
Order from VAMMI Beneficials online.
For indoor eradication, use
Diatomaceous earth (not the
kind you use for swimming pools) is a powder that kills fleas by dehydrating
the insect as the powder absorbs waxes from the flea's body.
Diatomaceous earth can be purchased at garden centers and I have seen it at
pet-grooming facilities. Order
Dust Insect Powder online.
First vacuum your carpet and remaining areas of the
house. Then sprinkle the diatomaceous earth throughout your house, into
cracks and crevices, and onto
carpets. Work it down into the fibers of carpeting with a broom.
If you would like to read an
articled published in The Whole Dog Journal entitled "Are 'Spot-On'
Flea Killers Safe?" it can be found at
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