Fleas are similar to cockroaches in that they adapt to their environment. They become stronger and more immune to these popular chemicals with each generation.
A single flea can lay as many as 60 eggs per day. The lifespan of a flea is about 90 days. Controlling fleas does require some effort, but there are there safer and effective ways to control fleas than several well-known commercial flea control products.
With the horrible drought throughout the United States the flea problem has exploded as one article describes the problem:
Drought Brings Flea Problem
September 28th 2012
It’s a battle against the fleas. With the mild winter, dry summer, and now recent rain and cooler temps, fleas are making a big appearance.
Several animal hospitals in the Tri-State say it’s been a bad year for fleas and right now, they’re seeing a lot of pets with allergies from flea bites.
One flea can lead to 28. It’s a problem that’s affecting pets and their owners.
“Lots of complaints. Scratching, itching, how do we get rid of them? What’s the best advice,” Kathy Lutterbach said.
The problem is so prevalent that it forced the closure of three libraries in Genesee County, MI:
Flea outbreaks prompt closures at three Genesee County libraries
September 27th 2012
A flea outbreak spreading through Genesee County libraries has prompted three branches to close their doors for fumigation, with the parasites spotted at two of the locations in the last two days.Genesee District Library officials first noticed fleas at the Clio location about two weeks ago and considered it an isolated incident, said library spokesman Trenton Smiley.“Thought it was just kind of a fluke,” Smiley said.
lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, and spearmint.
Other natural repellents include vitamin B1 (thiamine) and apple cider vinegar.
This is basically a non-chemical kind of soil designed to kill insects. It doesn’t have any chemicals – it relies on tiny, sharp edges on the dirt that do damage to the exoskeleton of a flea or other pests.
The fleas will then die of dehydration – they essentially leak water, and they can’t replace it fast enough. It’s a non-chemical means of natural flea control, but it can be rather messy to use. It’s made mainly of fossils from water plants, so there isn’t much risk in using it. It might not mesh well with your current soil though, and you should be careful if you have plants or gardens that it might affect negatively.
If you’re using it in the yard, get one of the larger bags so you can repeat the dusting if it rains, etc.
However, one of the good things about it is that it’s safe to use around your pet’s bedding or other areas – you’ll have to clean it up later, but it can be much better than setting off a flea bomb or a flea bath.
Unfortunately, there’s not much this will do about flea eggs, which could remain dormant for awhile. You can go with smaller bags of the earth if you’re just using it indoors.
Flea Control by Vacuuming
This assumes that you have carpets.
One of the things that convinces a flea that it is time to leave the cocoon and jump on a host is vibration. And a vacuum provides one helluva vibration! If you toss a little diatomaceous earth on the floor before vacuuming, then the flea ends up in a cushy pile of diatomaceous earth in the vacuum bag.
If you are going to vacuum less often than once every three days, you should probably spread diatomaceous earth all over the floor between vacuuming.
If you are experiencing a LOT of fleas, you might want to vacuum once or twice a day just to be comfortable.
Flea Control by Less Carpet
If you have hardwood floors and no carpets, chances are that you have no flea problem. People with no carpets rarely have flea problems. And if you do, it seems to be easy to get rid of fleas.
Another excellent reason to have hardwood floors, not only are they easy to clean but they attract less pests.
Flea Control by Washing your Clothes & Bedding
If your clothes are on the floor, they could be harboring fleas in one of the many stages. A trip through a washing machine (with soap/detergent) will kill all fleas in all stages. Pretty easy.
During the days of flea trouble, it would be wise to keep your room(s) clean and do all of your laundry at least once a week.
If you have flea bites above your knees, the fleas are in your bedding. Wash all of your bedding. Your comforters and blankets might need to go for a ride in those big, front loading things at the laundromat.