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I picked up this story from KVOA.com about a soldier in Baghdad getting rid of fleas using diesel. Apparently a scruffy dog in Baghdad adopted a paratrooper unit there. Edward Watson, the paratrooper in question wrote in his blog about Charlie, the new found friend in warzone.. It is quite a long post and the blog even has some pictures of Charlie. The site might be 18 PL rated, which is understandable since it is war there.

What I liked to point out however was that Edward used diesel fuel to rid Charlie of fleas. It is not something I recommend, instead I strongly suggest you don’t try this at home ever. Any spark and your precious pet will be toast. Granted that for for Edward, I don’t reckon he could have gotten any flea powder even if he wanted to. He wrote,

Even after the bath he still had fleas so one of they guys went and
dipped him in JP8 (Diesel Fuel). We thought this was crazy, but it
worked and he was flea free.

This is an extreme measure for getting rid of fleas. It could seriously harm you and your pet.

 

Sometimes getting rid of fleas requires extreme action. But don’t over do it. It is so easy to resort to chemical bomb the fleas but the chemicals can be dangerous to you family especially if you have toddlers or babies around. Fleas also build up tolerance to certain chemicals over time.

Having just watched Die Hard 4.0 myself, I know we can be tempted to gun em down, but hold on to your “weapons of mass flea destruction”. You don’t have to do what these guys did in the video below.

I know its kind of funny, but using more “traditional” methods could be more effective.

After all the effort that you put in to getting rid of fleas, and at times feeling that you are losing the battle, it is good to let lose. Don’t let the bugs get to you, pun intended. But getting all stressed up will not help you or your family. I know how you feel. Here is a funny video to cheer you up. I did the same when I had fleas attacking me. And yes, it is about fleas. I guarantee that you will enjoy it.


Getting rid of fleas naturally

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So, your home turned to a war zone, getting rid of fleas. A war that, eventually after you nuke the pesky fleas with all you’ve got and some more, most of those pesky little fellas will be gone. But wait, don’t celebrate so soon. Fleas are survivors. There will be some Schwarzenegger type fleas. “I’ll be Back” is their motto.

After all your efforts, what you do not want is a handful of fleas making a comeback. So it makes sense to continue using the methods I mentioned earlier. It takes too much effort to get the last few fleas. And, you don’t want a few fleas to spoil the remaining days of summer.

So, the best choice you have is to use Flea Traps. Flea traps comes in several forms and they function by attracting fleas from their hiding and then trapping them. It is especially useful to put them at places where fleas will probably move past. So, at the very least, you have out into place, strategies to outsmart the last fleas.

You can check out the Flea Traps here.

After all the methods you tried out, how can you be sure if fleas are still around or not? Here is a simple method you can use. I found it while I was hunting down fleas. Jeff Hahn, Assistant Extension Entomologist of University of Minnesota wrote it.

The easiest is the white socks test. Wearing a pair of white socks, someone walks slowly across rooms where are fleas are suspected. Fleas are attracted to the vibrations from the walking and the warmth of the person and will jump towards the ankle. Their dark colored bodies show up plainly against the white background of the socks.

Besides that, you can also try this method.

Place a shallow pan of water in a room where they are suspected and put an Alka Seltzer tablet into it. The carbon dioxide that is given off attracts fleas. Put a couple drops of dish soap into the water to help prevent fleas from jumping back out of the pan.

If your efforts are successful, then you won’t be able to see any fleas.

You can get the whole article here http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/YGLNews/YGLN-Nov0101.html

There are methods that work and methods that don’t in getting rid of fleas. After looking at comments from those who have tried them, I decided to list them here so that you don’t waste time and money trying them.

Methods that don’t work : –

1. Store-bought flea bombs are usually not very effective. Although the idea of lobbing a bomb on the fleas is enticing when the flea problem gets on your nerves, flea bombs create a volcano effect. Fleas near the can gets killed but further off, the effectiveness drop.

2. Flea collars. These only work on a pet’s neck. Since their “home” is huge, the fleas will just move north to a pet’s head or hang out around the tail.

Getting rid of fleas effectively requires a total approach according to experts. A three-pronged approach to getting rid of fleas is needed because if you leave out just one of the areas, the flea circus keeps going!

The important thing is to treat the interior, the yard, and any pets you may have all at once. That way, fleas won’t be able to find shelter in untreated areas and keep causing problems.

I came across this article while I was looking at ways of getting rid of fleas effectively. According to Tara of Wichita County, you have to tackle to problem all at once. She says,

“You need to treat all three at the same time to get effective control,” said Tara McKnight, horticulture Extension agent for Wichita County. “If you treat your yard and you don’t treat your pets and your house, the dog or the cat will bring them back outside and re-infest your yard.”

Remember that fleas can hitch a ride through a passing dog or cat. When they have eaten their fill, they just hop off conveniently. Look out for such passing flea taxis and keep strays away from you home if possible.

This summers hot days and cooler evenings and occasional rain have created a healthy breeding ground for fleas, and a population explosion started. In order to treat the fleas, read product labels properly. Chemicals used on the lawn is quite different for those used on pets or for those in the home.