Would you settle for beneficial nematodes outdoors?
These, however, will not work in drought conditions.
Since you have cats, do not use linalool,citronella, etc.
Many fleas spend a good deal of time off the host, so topspotting with
something like Advantage is useful. So would spraying one of the insect
growth regulators inside -- my current preference is for nylar -- excellent
safety profile in humans and animals other than insects, keeps baby fleas
at the juvenile (non-biting)stage but does not kill them. Mix the concentrate
in water and apply with a garden sprayer twice a year.
Many home control products are an IGR with a pesticide for immediate
knockdown -- I prefer to apply the IGR alone on a regular basis and simply
wait out the couple of weeks or so before you start seeing the benefit
if you don't use an IGR regularly. Nylar can be used outdoors, but
I prefer to keep it in, as it's fairly broad spectrum in the insects
it hits. http://www.pestproducts.com/archer.htm
This is the same outfit I got the info on the borate treatment. Here
is their complete flea control page
I'd still give that borate powder a try, it definitely worked here.
Now that I see the bottle on the page for Fleastoppers I see that it
is the same product I used.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
If they worked I'd be impressed - they didn't here. And I say that as
a long-suffering flea bitten human who finally got rid of the nasty
little buggers with borate powder.
The point is, do you have a persistent problem that hasn't been
controlled by other methods? If all of the other treatments work for
you then great. If they don't, then this is a viable option.
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
I forgot to mention another potential source of insect infestations,
which is buying old furniture, especially upholstered stuff. It's worth
flea-dusting (and beetle-inspecting) newly acquired treasure before it
comes into the house.
A friend used to joke with me and say "fleas and mosquitoes are
attracted to female hormones". So I quit saying that those pesky bugs
were biting and just used a product by "Cutter - botanicals" for the
body. It works - if you do not have any allergic reactions to the
botanicals products. If you have allergies, the standard bad guy "DEET'
like in "OFF" might be better.
I have sprayed my yard near the house with that "Cutter - botanicals"
for the yard. It states as a repellent not a bug killer. Read all labels
first, just in case I am wrong. Again I have no allergies, if some one
does have such allergic reactions, they may have problems, I never did.
Nooooo, Mint is a stinking miserable WEED in my book. I planted just one
about 6 years ago, three years later it was all over my yard and garden.
It took years more to wipe out that cursed plant.
I have dog door for my little Yorkie. When I first got him I was also
concerned about putting chemicals on little Mickey. However, that
quickly changed when I saw ticks in his doggie bed. Hail Frontline, it
works, no bugs at all on the dog or in the house. Lyme or west nile is
probably worse than the chemicals. Little Mickey seems to be just fine.
If I have read things correctly, The Bug stuff for pets goes like this.
Advantage kills more bugs. Frontline last longer. Your choice or bugs.
I use fly tape in the garage. When it gets dark, I just turn off all
outside and most inside lights and close the shades and curtains. I have
found, like most people, lights attract bugs.
Sounds like you have a walk in basement. Do you have a dehumidifier?
Dryer areas might have fewer bug problems than damp areas. If you have
house plants down there - that could also help breed the bugs. Spray the
plants. Old broken floor drain tiles could also be a source for bugs.
Those are my thoughts .... Enjoy Life ...... Dan
Email "dan lehr at comcast dot net". Text only or goes to trash automatically.
about every 5 weeks the three cats and the one dog get
treated with FrontLine. the stuff works well and it
don't make the cats sick.
for me, when I go to the pond or out where the mosquitoes
are thick I use a mixture of water and Avon Skin So Soft
Bath Oil. get one of those little pint bottles with a pump
spray mister. fill it half full of water and then add about
6 to 10 drops of the Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil. I mist
myself and the insects will leave me alone.
Avon Skin-so-Soft's mosquito repellant properties are a myth.
it repels *me* though. ick :p
i like Crocodile anti-bug. no citronella!
we have a pond, 2 brooks, upland wetlands, & 20 acres of
swamp. there are virtually no mosquitoes in the 3 acres of
'yard' around the house since we got the chickens. no ticks at
all (until you get into the woods).
the chickens do a great job keeping all kinds of bugs in
check. they also eat small snakes, which i think is a
disadvantage but some may like.
good way to kill all life in the pond! mosquito dunks work
well, & only on mosquito larvae. you do NOT want to kill your
dragonfly larvae! dragonflies eat a lot of mosquitoes, &
assorted biting flies.
Avon had a Skin-so-Soft powder that smelled just like
the bath oil. it was the best damn flea powder I'd ever
used. can't get it anymore because they discontinued the
manufacture of it.
I wonder if they got tired of people calling and wanting
to order some flea powder?
The version available here is a push-button spray (not aerosol) ,
"Woodland Glade" flavour.
It's very light and non greasy but men don't much like the smell. It's
always fun working in the woods when I put it on, and offer squirts to t
all. The men always say no. I can guarantee that within 10 minutes every
single one of those midge-bitten guys will sidle up on his own, and
mutter "Uh, maybe..could I just..please....changed my mind."
yep, I know exactly what you mean. it is like when fishing
buddies break down and say give me some of that home made
if it works, don't knock it because relief is relief. damn mosquitos!
then why would you be putting oil on the pond?
even if you don't have mosquitoes you don't want to kill the
dragonflies. they eat other insects. (we have hundreds of
dragonflies, damsel flies & predatory wasps)
if you don't have mosquito larvae in the pond (what pond in
the US doesn't?) then obviously you don't need to put dunks
in, or empty & refill ever three days (for garden ponds or
stock tanks), but then you don't need to go dumping oil into
the ecosystem then either.
where on earth did you get the idea that putting vegetable
oil on a pond was even remotely a "good" idea? i thought you
were somewhat ecologically savvy.
Question with boldness even the existence of god; because if
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