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Fleas & DE (by FabricGal [CA]) Jun 5, 2023 5:29 PM
       Fleas & DE (by WMH [NC]) Jun 5, 2023 5:55 PM
       Fleas & DE (by Gail K [GA]) Jun 5, 2023 6:02 PM
       Fleas & DE (by Fabric G [CA]) Jun 5, 2023 6:37 PM
       Fleas & DE (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jun 5, 2023 7:04 PM
       Fleas & DE (by J [IN]) Jun 5, 2023 7:35 PM
       Fleas & DE (by MikeA [TX]) Jun 5, 2023 9:11 PM
       Fleas & DE (by Deanna [TX]) Jun 6, 2023 8:13 AM
       Fleas & DE (by zero [IN]) Jun 6, 2023 4:18 PM
       Fleas & DE (by Vee [OH]) Jun 6, 2023 8:31 PM
       Fleas & DE (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 7, 2023 1:09 AM
       Fleas & DE (by don [PA]) Jun 7, 2023 2:18 PM

Fleas & DE (by FabricGal [CA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 5:29 PM

How long does it take fleas to die when they’re “poofed” on with diatomaceous earth? Is there any other thing to use for carpets and furniture, other than vacuum a lot and then “poof” them with the DE? Thanks!



Fleas & DE (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 5:55 PM

Is the place vacant? --50.82.xxx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 6:02 PM

How long does it take for fleas to die when they are "poofed" with DE? Forever. The idea is that the stuff dries out the fleas and they go to flea heaven. In truth it does nothing except, possibly, clog the vacuum. Suggest reviewing online sources such as domyownpestcontrol for more effective products. Keep in mind that while products will kill adult fleas you still have flea eggs (which are encased in a hard shell) to deal with. Some bomb and then wonder why there is a new crop of fleas in about two weeks. Spray and continue to vacuum every day for a least two weeks to break the cycle. Often (if there are animals present) the pet, the inside of the property and the yard all need to be treated. --73.108.xxx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by Fabric G [CA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 6:37 PM

Nope, the place isn’t vacant. I was hoping that being poofed with DE would make them die immediately or within 30 seconds, and then of course they’re dead forever. Thanks for the extra info! --174.243.xxx.xx

Fleas & DE (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 7:04 PM

Eggs can continue to hatch for upwards of three or four days after the parents die. So it makes getting rid of fleas a challenge for me --24.101.xxx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by J [IN]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 7:35 PM

I had them once and it is not fun or easy. I used an aerosol called pre core 2000 twice, got 3 flea lighted sticky traps and ordered medicine for the dog that kills the fleas when they got on her. It was a battle and continuous sweeping. --207.113.xxx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jun 5, 2023 9:11 PM

Get the flea bombs from the big box store and set them off. It will kill them all in minutes. I do a 2nd bomb after a week to get any 2ndary hatchlings. --209.205.xxx.xx

Fleas & DE (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2023 8:13 AM

A reminder that vacuuming up DE can potentially lead to the loss of a perfectly good vacuum... Ask me how I know. :) --172.59.xxx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2023 4:18 PM

The vacuum isn't as much for sucking up the fleas as it is for the vibration. You can stomp around the place as well for nearly the same effect. The vac (or stomping) gets the eggs to hatch faster into pupa. Then the chems can stunt the pupa so they don't become adults that can reproduce.

Fleas are a tough one to get rid of. 21 day cycle from egg to adult that can reproduce. The DE will kill them, although slowly and using a vac or mop removes the DE.

Get a pro if you aren't comfortable with running the chems. Get a good killer and add a growth inhibitor. Spray, wait until dry before tenants or animals return. Vac every day and apply again after a week (according to the label times vary).

Dump the vac each day as well. I have offered to toss a dog or a cat into the place to attract the fleas to them. Nobody likes that idea, but it will get a lot of them, then they suck the blood that has the other chems in it and they are gone faster.

Remember they live outside as well. The tenant can bring them back into the house easily.

I think roaches are easier to kill than a flea infestation.

Now my head is itching again... --107.147.xx.xxx

Fleas & DE (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2023 8:31 PM

It is not instant kill, the blood has to drain and this brings plenty of other insects to have a picnic on such a good menu, whoosh boric acid on the bloody mess before it stinks badly, this does act quickly. --184.59.xxx.xx

Fleas & DE (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 7, 2023 1:09 AM

We treat every other day for a week. The present fleas have laid eggs which are awakened by vibration so fresh fleas hatch every day. Gotta go thru a few "generations".

We use Precor with an additive which makes the sterile so the eggs don't hatch.

We also use PHANTOM spray.

Spray then dust when the spray is dry.

DUST is the key word - fine powder. The just climb over DE if it is thick.

AND get them to treat the dog. As long as the dog is untreated the fleas will thrive. We used a pill.



Fleas & DE (by don [PA]) Posted on: Jun 7, 2023 2:18 PM

I see DE as a preventative measure. It won't quickly clear out an infested house. The bug has to actually crawl over the DE and it sticks to them and dries them out.

Fleas are the toughest to get rid of, after bedbugs. Spray and bomb the place, open all drawers. They gotta run clothing through washer and dryer. They gotta wipe down kitchen surfaces after. Vacuum. Spray and bomb again a week later, as eggs hatch.

Bomb your car, and when you get home, strip down to your underwear in your yard and immediately wash and dry your clothing. --73.141.xxx.xxx

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