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01-03-2013 10:33 PM

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Hi folks

I have a problem that won’t let me work in my shop ,I hate to say it but it’s the “F” word ” FLEAS”!!!!!!!
Last week while still sanding on a long term project in my shop I noticed when I came in for a coffee breaks my ankles would itch. At first I just shook it off and thought I was bitten by a left over mosquito or two,even though it seemed very late in the year. After a few more days I kept getting more and more bits,so I checked for fleas even though I don’t have pets. After checking for several days I finally found one then two on my socks ,OH NO I HATE FLEAS!!!!(but they love me) In years gone by when I owned rental property I would just set of a flea bomb in each room and follow up with a second round in a week or so,problem solved. My problem is that in my shop I have unfinished projects I’ve been working on for some time,plus lot’s of wood and equipment,if I set of flea bombs in the shop that fog is going to get on everything and contaminate my wood,machines etc and possibly ruin any finishing I have to do for a long time to come.
I hope we have some experienced Flea murderers in the house that have tricks other than flea bombs to get rid of these little blood suckers?

Thanks for any ideas


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#1 posted 01-03-2013 10:36 PM

flea bomb .. that’s it … or fire

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 10:42 PM

put a couple of flea collars on your ankles Jim, lol

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 10:43 PM

There must be some kind of flea repellent you could spray on your socks as a short term solution, then bring the rain when your jobs are shipped.

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 10:44 PM

you may have rats around your place or cats maybe hanging around.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 10:44 PM

BOMB ‘em !!

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 10:44 PM

move to the heartland…the only fleas we see around here lately need long-johns.

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#7 posted 01-03-2013 10:45 PM

Maybe try turning off the heat for a few days. You may have some stray cats loitering about too. Rodents also carry fleas. A couple things to try are treating the ground around the shop with an insecticide designed for this. Fleas can and will migrate from the surrounding ground an seek warm shelter.

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 10:48 PM

Jim, you’re just movin’ too slowly.
Get the lead out. Oh! Buy the bombs, and dust with some insecticide (socks too). :)))


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#9 posted 01-03-2013 10:49 PM

Jim, there are some concentrated sprays you can mix up that will take care of them. Just use a fine mist and be careful where the stuff is landing. Either that . . . or rent a cat and put a couple of tubes of Front-Line on it. Flea bites cat, flea dies. If you want to check to see if you still have them, wear some white socks and roll up your pants a little. They’re easy to spot. I’m like you, I hate the buggers. You could also spray your yard early in the spring.

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 10:52 PM

Get a dog …

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 11:00 PM

Common household Borax is one of the most potent bug killers out there. Bugs cannot develop a resistance to it and when they crawl through or over the powder, they get coated with it, ingest it and DIE! You might sprinkle the stuff generously on the floor and get it heavy around the edges. We annually sprinkle a 12” band around all the buildings and the bug infestations are minimal now. You can mix it up and spray it too.
Our farm stores carry a very effective product called Bug Stop. By Spectracide, it is a long term residue spray that wipes out any bug crawling on it. While the Borax works, it takes time. You will see results same day for Bug Stop. It says it lasts up to 9 mos indoors. It is a clear spray that you get in gallon jug with sprayer so you can spray down low. I have to wear a carbon mask because I seem to react to it otherwise. Once it’s dry, no bother. It’s odorless otherwise.

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#12 posted 01-03-2013 11:02 PM

holy cow jim, that is awful , i would set off the bombs , can you use some sheets to cover your machines and your wood, that is going to be the best way to get rid of them…man,, i cant believe they have turned your shop into there home, i hate fleas, they eat me up..and it itches something awful…you have to do something quick as they will lay eggs and when they hatch you will have problems all over again…....fumigate… for the hills…....

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#13 posted 01-03-2013 11:16 PM

I’ve used soapy water in a bowl set next to a small light, not sure how effective it is but I did find dead fleas in the soapy water the next day. Otherwise you could use a bomb, cover up all the wood parts and assemblies. The fog really shouldn’t bother the equipment but it wouldn’t hurt to cover the metal surfaces – ie tablesaw etc.
Good luck!

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#14 posted 01-03-2013 11:25 PM

Thanks guys even the funny one’s :))

Juniorjock do you know the name of the concentrated spray?

Dan both those Ideas sound good I’ve read that Borax is good and the Boric acid is even more concentrated ,Ill also check out if they have “Bug Stop” by me.

Thanks Dez I’ve heard about water but not the light,it’s sure worth a try

I’m also very sensitive to smells so I hope I can take the smell of whatever I use.

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#15 posted 01-03-2013 11:34 PM

Years ago, we had em in the house for a while. What a pain in everything. I can’t imagine them in a wood shop. I know ya don’t have carpet in there, or do ya?? LOL, jus kiddin. .... Flea collars on the ankles…. now that’s funny… Anyway, couldn’t you just cover the equipment and such with plastic or tarps, then set off the flea bombs

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