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#1 posted 01-04-2013 12:20 PM

Jim,
There are two species of fleas, rodent and cat/dog. Rodent fleas do not live on cats/dogs and vice versa. The fleas are either coming in on rodents and/or cats/dogs. As a public health veterinarian, I would set rat/mouse traps and treat the animals with revolution. Fleas have seemingly became resistant to frontline in most the country. Other topical, prescription products work but revolution is best during an acute infestation. Treat today and repeat in two weeks. Avoid over the counter products and collars as they are poor and preventing and horrible for treating an acute infestation. If you have cats or dogs that will take care of the problem along with a good vacuuming.

The boric acid does work to treat the environment but I would be cautious with any bombs/powders. Many are silica based and all are a health risk if inhaled. With the amount of dust you will be kicking up, I wouldn’t want to be sucking insecticides or chemicals for the next 6 months. I would rather wait out the fleas. If you use a silica product such as diatemacous earth, well, you will have a fish eye problem for the rest of your life.

Donald


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