Vacuuming is highly effective against fleas with any added powders or anything. DE is effective on critters you can control, like the cat but not the squirrels. Spreading some in the dog run might help. -Jenn
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Fleas do tend to be somewhat species specific... such as birds tend to have thier own "type" of flea, as do rodents including rabbits etc. Just like with ticks... fleas are opportunists and will gladly hitch a ride and a meal on another host! Pigs woud be the least likely host out of what you have named as fleas do like warmth, darkness and pigs, as a rule, are not quite hairy enough for thier liking! We are lucky in that very few fleas are found out here in eastern Oregon... ticks however abound
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I have never had fleas on anything other than cats and dogs, Calif, and the Oregon coast are bad for fleas,when you get up to higher altitudes they disappear. I lived in Santa Rosa, Calif for 26 years and brought some Scotties and a cat from Grants Pass, OR that were crawling with fleas I know that is not much help, but I used flea shampoos weekly to get ride of them Suzanne
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My dogs caught an infestation when we were all in Florida. The fleas were crawling all over the fur of the pets. It was disgusting. I had to bicycle around a strange city looking for Frontline to treat the animals.
It took a year plus, and a return to icy Massachusetts to finally rid our family of these disgusting creatures.
I did have bites on my body, but they could have been no see em bites instead of flea bites. Considering how many fleas there were on the animals, I should have been chewed to bits.
See if you can find beneficial nematodes, the ones that have to be kept in a fridge and are on a damp blue sponge in a little baggie. just don't get the ones that are in a dry powder, they are not that reliable. You will put the sponge in a gallon of lukewarm water and slosh it around for about an hour then use a pump up sprayer, can be a small gallon or half gallon sized one and spray your barn yard or where ever the animals go, it has to be on fairly moist ground, if it is moist enough for grass to grow it should be fine. Usually with in a week you will stop seeing fleas. Usually about a million of the microscopic creatures on the sponge cost about $10. Look for it at organics respecting nurseries. They are just beneficial, only eat the bad guys, grubs, fleas, thrip, tics while they are still in the ground but leave earthworms etc alone.
Will beneficial nematodes die if it is too dry? This place is very very dry right now. I drink only raw milk but I am not "Organic" as I was advised to treat the sheep and the goats and the dogs with Ivermectin and Frontline even though I never noticed a flea on them.
Google Sticktight Fleas if you have never heard of these.
OR If you know about these and know if doses of ivermectin orally will not eliminate Stick Tight fleas let me know.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2008 23:10:28 GMT -5 by sallymcd
(has been SallyMA, and SallyCA in prior years.)
I know what they are, I had neighbors with fighting roosters and when they got tired of them, let them go, eventually preditors and or my husband took care of them all, but their houses were infested with these fleas which soon found my chickens. I had to get rid of my chickens that i had at the time they got soo bad. After we got rid of them the fleas disappeared. They are horrible. Well, as to being organic or not, I am as much as possible but do use what I have to, Frontline has stopped working here, I don't know why, but Revolution is what I use in its place for my little dog. but I find that what ever you use works better if you also use the nematodes too, but yes, they do work better in moister soil rather than loose sand. What they will do is migrate down to the cooler moister dirt. Perhaps if you could just water the areas for a couple of weeks itis all you would need. Usually you see a noticable improvement in just a week.
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Frontline takes a year plus to get rid of an infestation since untreated fleas have probably laid a zillion eggs before you noticed the problem. These eggs can hatch out a year after they were laid. Frontline will work on live biting fleas and the eggs that they lay, but you have to keep it up for at least a year - maybe a year and a quarter. It was the only way I got rid of the fleas that I had.
Last Edit: Jan 22, 2008 7:18:08 GMT -5 by Christine
I have heard that fleas will hatch with heat and activity in the room (and stay dormant if it is calm) so Iam vacuuming and stuff, just in case. I checked the hens this morning and did not see any, so, so-far I have still only seen one.
(has been SallyMA, and SallyCA in prior years.)
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