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#1 Catherine FCP GA

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:08 AM

Okay so we have a basement/garage and none of our pets go down there. We have paid hundreds of dollars for flea preventative for all our animals and thought our home has been flea free... The other night my husband was in the garage area and his white soxs turned BLACK!! With fleas... I flipped out!!!

There is nothing but concrete on the floors... Why are there so many fleas?

I will not let anyone down there!!! NO WAY!!!

My BIG QUESTION:

HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM??


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

Diatomaceous Earth will do it. all natural and just spread it on the floor and leave. Elrod's garden has it.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:13 AM

Okay so we have a basement/garage and none of our pets go down there. We have paid hundreds of dollars for flea preventative for all our animals and thought our home has been flea free... The other night my husband was in the garage area and his white soxs turned BLACK!! With fleas... I flipped out!!!

There is nothing but concrete on the floors... Why are there so many fleas?

I will not let anyone down there!!! NO WAY!!!

My BIG QUESTION:

HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM??


Put flea collars on your husband's ankles?

Not trying to make light of the subject...but I have never heard of this type of infestation?

Seriously, you might try one of those insect 'bombs' or call one of the local exterminators to determine how they would be in the basement...maybe squirrels or something else is there as a food source for them?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:18 AM

More than likely sand fleas. We had them in our basement. Call the exterminator!!

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:20 AM

I used to date a lady who had this problem. She tried bombing, but it didnt work. She ended up having to call the orkin man. In retrospect I dont think she called him to deal with the fleas in the basement. Se la Vi.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:20 AM

Diatomaceous Earth will do it. all natural and just spread it on the floor and leave. Elrod's garden has it.



Thanks! Will go tomorrow and get some!! I have tried the bombs-no luck.... Exterminator would be $65.00 then $40.00 a month to continue treating... Just dont have that kind of spare money right now.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:21 AM

Good luck! I have been fighting them all summer in our basement. I tried diatomaceaus earth, waited a week and still had them. I got an exterminator that has sprayed twice a month now for three months.
They don't seem to like me, but get on my husband still, if he goes down there.
It is unfinished and has no furnishings in there. I have no pets. I also have no clue what else to do. I just keep vacuuming and having them spray. (yes, bagging and disposing of the vacuum contents)
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:23 AM

I used to date a lady who had this problem. She tried bombing, but it didnt work. She ended up having to call the orkin man. In retrospect I dont think she called him to deal with the fleas in the basement. Se la Vi.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:25 AM

Sevin dust or 20 mule team borax? Those used to be the old stand bys for fleas when I was a kid. Daddy would sprinkle it out and leave it. Our basement was unfinished. The only things down there were washer/dryer and his work shop.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:26 AM

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Yesm how did you know? Oddly she also had to have the carpetting replaced and the wealls repainted frequently and she was always having computer problems so shede have geek squad come over while I was at work not to mention her car always needed some kind of maintenence so she had a mechanic always coming over for something....talk about high maintenance.....Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:27 AM

Thanks! Will go tomorrow and get some!! I have tried the bombs-no luck.... Exterminator would be $65.00 then $40.00 a month to continue treating... Just dont have that kind of spare money right now.


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 10:34 AM

You won't be able to stop them until you find out where they're coming from. Do your neighbors have outside pets? If so, the fleas could be coming from the yard and making themselves at home each time you open the garage door. You probably need to treat your yard too.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:01 AM

What exterminator do yall recommend?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:04 AM

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:14 AM

Go to the local do it yourself pest control company in Lithia Springs. I've known him for years....he's married to my bff :)



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Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:20 AM

Direct Pest.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:02 PM

Sevin Dust!!!!! Let it sit for a couple of days then vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.... We tried poisons, bombs, vacuuming at least twice a day and exterminators for months with no luck. Someone suggested Sevin Dust and it worked first try. We have been flea free for a year now.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:22 PM

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 12:23 PM

What exterminator do yall recommend?



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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:09 PM

Ivory Liquid Soap approach: Rather than poisoning fleas, Ivory reportedly suffocates fleas, gnats and other bugs. To spray Ivory in your yard, use a garden sprayer attachment such as the one made by Ortho Sprayer. Fill it with Ivory and set the dilution dial to 2 tablespoons. Saturate the area, then let it dry before allowing your dog or anyone else walk on the treated ground. Using this method, people treat their yards every 4 to 6 weeks.

* Homemade solution to repel insects from from Hints from Heloise: Make a solution of 1/2-cup of liquid dishwashing soap, 2 tablespoons of ammonia, and 5 to 7 cups of water. Use a bottle spray attachment to apply the solution.

* Outdoor/indoor bugzapper alternative: Pour some water in a white dinner plate and add a few drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent. Set the dish on your porch, patio or other area. Mosquitoes reportedly flock to the dish and then die at or within a few feet of the dish, soon after drinking the mixture. Joy was the specified detergent, but other brands can work.
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 02:18 PM

Okay so we have a basement/garage and none of our pets go down there. We have paid hundreds of dollars for flea preventative for all our animals and thought our home has been flea free... The other night my husband was in the garage area and his white soxs turned BLACK!! With fleas... I flipped out!!!

There is nothing but concrete on the floors... Why are there so many fleas?

I will not let anyone down there!!! NO WAY!!!

My BIG QUESTION:

HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM??


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:12 PM

Love all the ideas!!! Thanks!!! Think I am going to Seven Dust my Basement and then Ivory my yard!!! Then if that does not work.... Call Arrow!

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

Okay so we have a basement/garage and none of our pets go down there. We have paid hundreds of dollars for flea preventative for all our animals and thought our home has been flea free... The other night my husband was in the garage area and his white soxs turned BLACK!! With fleas... I flipped out!!!

There is nothing but concrete on the floors... Why are there so many fleas?

I will not let anyone down there!!! NO WAY!!!

My BIG QUESTION:

HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM??


We had sand fleas in our basement as a kid and we got rid of them with seven dust spread on the floor .

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 05:14 PM

My mom had sand fleas in her crawl space years ago. She had ONE visit from Northwest Exterminating and never had to have them come for sand fleas again. Give them a call. Don't have their number handy but they are located there on Business 6 near Hardee St. We have used them several times in the past for fleas and it always works, without monthly visits.

Thanks! Will go tomorrow and get some!! I have tried the bombs-no luck.... Exterminator would be $65.00 then $40.00 a month to continue treating... Just dont have that kind of spare money right now.


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 05:34 PM

Ivory Liquid Soap approach: Rather than poisoning fleas, Ivory reportedly suffocates fleas, gnats and other bugs. To spray Ivory in your yard, use a garden sprayer attachment such as the one made by Ortho Sprayer. Fill it with Ivory and set the dilution dial to 2 tablespoons. Saturate the area, then let it dry before allowing your dog or anyone else walk on the treated ground. Using this method, people treat their yards every 4 to 6 weeks.

* Homemade solution to repel insects from from Hints from Heloise: Make a solution of 1/2-cup of liquid dishwashing soap, 2 tablespoons of ammonia, and 5 to 7 cups of water. Use a bottle spray attachment to apply the solution.

* Outdoor/indoor bugzapper alternative: Pour some water in a white dinner plate and add a few drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent. Set the dish on your porch, patio or other area. Mosquitoes reportedly flock to the dish and then die at or within a few feet of the dish, soon after drinking the mixture. Joy was the specified detergent, but other brands can work.


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Posted 17 August 2010 - 06:37 PM

I also had successwith sevin dust,....but everything must be out of the area.No boxes...nothing,just bare concrete floor.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:05 PM

If someone posted this, I'm sorry, but, I don't want to read through all the topics. Fast, cheap way:

take a bowl/paint pan/ whatever and put dish soap (no water) in the bottom. The fleas jump in, stick and die. Works like a charmPosted Image
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:16 PM

You're not gonna like hearing this but the little varmints are not crawling in on their own. Unless your pets are going down there or have been down there recentily, they are riding in on bigger varmints, probably rats. Check for droppings around the corners. Is the area "finished"???
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