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HELP!!!---FLEAS IN BASEMENT


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#1 MommyD

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:56 AM

i just went downstairs for the first time in weeks, and i got completely attacked!!!  we have no pets down there. no carpet, just tile and concrete. what's going on??? how can i rid my beloved basement of these invaders.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:58 AM

Yikes! Not sure how that happened... Wish I could help...

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 09:59 AM

Hmmmm... I didn't think you could have fleas without carpet or a rug.

We have had flea problems before... your best bet is to go to Wal-Mart and get some foggers, make sure they kill Fleas, and set them up, and they will spray down there for about an hour or so. You don't want to be around those things while they are working, so you'll want to leave for an hour or so. We had to do it 3 or 4 times to kill them all(but the first time helped alot)

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:05 AM

I have fleas in my basement at certain times of the year. The basement is all concrete floors. I can not use the foggers in my basement because I have 2 natural gas water heaters down there. I don't want to blow up my house just to get rid of the fleas and then not have a house to live in.    I sometimes use the flea spray from Lowes to spot spray. It does help some but not much.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:06 AM

The bad part about fleas... is once you get them, it takes time and money to get rid of them completely.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:09 AM

Brent you've got that right. I think my wife thinks I am crazy when I tell her I went down in the basement and got attacked by fleas  

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:11 AM

well, here in a little while Wal -Mart better look out. im gonna fog. spray, i'm not ruling out nuclear weapons at this point. guys i waqs down there less that 60 second, walked down stairs, went through rec room opened door to main basement, walked to the bathroom and put an air freshener in there, and turned around and walked back. when i got back up here, i sat down and was looking at some pix, and i noticed on my pants there were HUNDREDS of fleas, then on my shirt was all their extended cousins. i totally stripped my clothes off and put them inthe wash in hot water, i put my shoes outside, and got clean clothes on, and i am still picking them off of me.  they muct be SWARMING down there.  i cant have this, because the kids spend ALOT of time down there when it's cold out side. they can skate board and the little ones even ride there bikes.  these suckeres GOTTA GO!!!!

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:12 AM

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Originally posted by Mike in Franklin County,AL:
Brent you've got that right. I think my wife thinks I am crazy when I tell her I went down in the basement and got attacked by fleas    

Mike


We just have recently gotten rid of all(or 99% of the fleas here) It took about 5 foggers, three weeks, and many days of walking through the house and getting wrapped up by fleas(they love white, so they wrap up your socks). It was so aggravating.  

Mommyd... I have never had fleas on my shirt or pants.  

[ November 25, 2003: Message edited by: SWL ]

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:21 AM

I think our weather this past year has contributed to a problem with insects, rodents, or just down right nasty creatures. I know the flood that we had back in May/June made the mosquitoes act as if they took some Viagra or something. I know we were overun with BIG mama-jamba red wasps!   Little field mice have also been a major problem in our area. I adopted two kittens to hopefully keep us from being invaded by them.

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:39 AM

Sevin dust will kill fleas. The most important thing to remember is you have to break the breeding cycle.

You need to dust then no go down there for two weeks.

After that the Bengal flea spray works great at killing any late hatching eggs.

[ November 25, 2003: Message edited by: ScottJ ]

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:52 AM

Staci, my friend had a similar problem a few years ago in her basement (Angie you are right, wet weather attributes to it).....she thought her kids were going to glow and became sterile from all the poison the exterminator had used. She finally took control of the situation and fogged that place and closed it off for several weeks!!

You don't need to go down there without taking your socks and most clothes off before coming back upstairs...you'll get an infestation in the upstairs if you continue to do that. Also, if you vacuum downstairs, the vacuum can bring the fleas upstairs when you vacuum upstairs!!

They can be gotten rid of but don't go the real expensive route just buy foggers....Good luck!

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 07:07 PM

Yes... whatever you do... don't drag them into other parts of the house. It can happen VERY easily. Once one flea gets up there, they multiply like crazy, then you will have to contend with them all the time, when you are watching TV, on the computer, or what not. You don't want that... you want to leave your flea-infested clothes where the fleas are.




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