I discovered snow fleas in my bathroom. Not a whole lot, just a few every
day, and I spray them with vinegar. I try tp wipe everything down when I
use the washroom, so I was curious as to how they manage to come to roost in
my place. Maybe it's the dehumidifier I got about 2 weeks ago to prevent
severe condensation on the windows (it's winter here). Maybe it made the
place so dry now that the only place they can hang out is the wet spots in
the bathroom, of which there should be very few. Perhaps I'm seeing them
now because they're concentrated there. Would that explain why I notice
them now, after many years (I live in a highrise apartment, 9th floor).
From a process of elimination, I found that I seem the more when I leave a
mop hanging over the edge of the bathtub to dry. It's the same mop that I
use to dry up the place after a shower. The snowfleas are hardly ever on
the bathtub itself, they're usually on the floor by the corner where the mop
is. I dunked the mop into a pail of water with a high concentration of
cleaner, and they seem to have dwindled since. However, I see the
occassional snowflee out of the the crack between the porcelain sink and the
counter in which it reside. The caulking over there is bad. Following the
instructions at http://www.utah-caulking.com/how-to-caulk-a-sink.html , I
removed the old caulking cleanly and put new caulking in. It is a lot
harder than it looks to do well. It felt like I was doing it over and over
endlessly until I got a reasonable seal and finish (not a good one, just not
very bad). Hours. I have my fingers crossed that this is the clincher.
Now....how do I dry the mop? I'm afraid of taking it out of its pail with a
high concentration of cleaner. In fact, does it even make sense to own a
mop anymore, since any time I use it, I will be face with having to dry it.
A mop takes days to dry out completely, and I'm sure snow fleas would be all
too happy to breed in it during that time. I know that snow fleas aren't
uncommon, so I can't be the first person to run into the conundrum of how
the dry a mop without providing a pleasant place for them to breed.
Doesn't sound to me like you have snow fleas at all. But I did find this:
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