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Archive for the ‘Flying and Crawling BUGS!’ Category

postheadericon Who Are You Sleeping With?

Who are you sleeping with….? You might be surprised what all that itching that your doing is really from. It may be bedbugs.

Beg bugs are a growing concern everywhere. Here is a very short video about these nasty YUCKY bugs.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Kills bed bugs without using heat or chemicals.
DE kills bedbugs by dehydrating them.

PS.. I love this wonderful all natural product. I use it for many things besides keeping fleas and ticks off my animals.
I eat it for my good health TOO.

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postheadericon Keep Ticks Off Your Animals For Their Health

I hate ticks almost as bad as I hate fleas. We live in the country so when the dogs go for a walk they will at times pick up ticks. These creepy things are very disgusting. They are true blood suckers, and once they latch on they are very hard to get rid of them.

Here is a video of a moose that has been over run with ticks. I can only imagine how this poor creature suffered.

postheadericon Walts Real Flea Circus

I have heard talk of a flea circus, though I must admit I have never seen one.. nor have I ever seen one advertized to attend. I found the next best thing. Here is a video of Walt’s Real Flea Circus.

I hate these tiny crawly bugs that use to cause havoc on my dogs and cats. But this flea circus really is amazing.

Thanks goodness for Diatomaceous Earth… Walt wouldn’t want to get it to close to his circus

postheadericon How to Dust Your Furniture to Control Bed Bugs and Fleas Using Diatomaceous Earth

Here is a short video that shows how to dust your furniture to control bed bugs using diatomaceous earth

I buy my diatomaceous earth from Earth Works Health

postheadericon Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home

The first step to keeping bed bugs out of the house is NOT to bring them home in the first place. That may seem like a silly statement but if you were on a vacation and you think that you may have been exposed to bed bugs this video will show you what to do to avoid an infestation in your home.

postheadericon Life Cycle of a Flea

         This information is from A PDF from DirtWorks

•Fleas pass through a complete life cycle of four stages.

 

•The flea population is typically made up of 50% eggs,

•30% larvae, 15% pupae  and only 5% biting adults.

            • Completion of the life cycle from egg to adult varies from two weeks to eight months.

 

•Normally the female flea lays about 15 to 20 eggs per day up to 600 in a lifetime.

 

•Usual hosts for fleas are dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums, foxes, chickens, and humans.

 

            •Eggs loosely laid in the hair or fur, drop out where the pet rests, sleeps or nests (rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, cat or dog boxes, kennels, sand boxes, etc.)

 

            •Eggs hatch in two days to two weeks into larvae found indoors in floor cracks & crevices, along baseboards, under rug edges and in furniture or beds.

 

•Sand and gravel are very suitable for flea development which is the reason fleas are erroneously called “sand fleas.”

•Using lattice or other physical boundaries can seal off these areas but, you may need to provide a substitute area for the animals to hang out in because, under the porch or shed is a nice cool place to spend time if you’re a dog or cat on a hot day.

            •Outdoor development occurs in sandy gravel soils (moist sand boxes, dirt crawl space under the house, under shrubs, etc.) where the pet may rest or sleep.

 

            •Larvae are blind, avoid light, pass through three larval stages and take a week to several months to develop.

 

            •Their food consists of digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, feathers, and other organic debris. (Larvae do not suck blood.)

 

            •Pupa mature to adulthood within a silken cocoon woven by the larva to which pet hair, carpet fiber, dust, grass cuttings, and other debris adheres.

 

•In about five to fourteen days, adult fleas can emerge or may remain resting in the cocoon until the detection of vibration (pet and people movement), pressure (host animal lying down on them), heat, noise, or carbon dioxide (meaning a potential blood source is near).

 

•Most fleas survive the winter in the larval or pupa stage and grow best during warm, moist winters and spring.

•Adult fleas cannot survive or lay eggs without a blood meal, but may hibernate from two months to one year without feeding.

 

           

One big surprise people get is when they return from vacation and they find themselves with a major flea problem in the house. 

   There is often a desperate need for flea control after a family has returned from a long vacation. The house has been empty with no cat or dog around for fleas to feed on. When the family and pets are gone, flea eggs hatch and larvae pupate. The adult fleas fully developed inside the pupa cocoon remains in a kind of “limbo” for a long time until a blood source is near. The family returning from vacation is immediately attacked by waiting hungry hordes of fleas. (In just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages.)

 

•Completely developed adult fleas can live for several months without eating, as long as they do not emerge from their cocoons.

            •Newly emerged adult fleas live only about one week if a blood meal is not obtained.

 

•Optimum temperatures for the flea’s life cycle are 70°F to 85°F and optimum humidity is 70 percent.

 

 

For a complete, nontoxic treatment that will protect you and your pets and livestock from fleas and ticks over the long term, use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth.  It kills fleas mechanically, so the pests can’t become immune to it, like they have become immune to most of the synthetic chemical treatments you get at the vet or pet store.  The pure form of Diatomaceous Earth is Fossil Shell flour.  It’s safe enough to eat and is used to treat silos for the storage of grain used in the food we all eat.

postheadericon Bed Bug Dog Detection

I heard an ad the other day on the radio for a service like this.  Has anyone used this type of bed bug detection?

postheadericon Bed Bug Infested Suitcase

I certainly hope your suitcase NEVER looks like this…

postheadericon Pure Diatomaceous Earth

Since 1962 Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (fossil shell flour) was used in grain storage and other food products as an anti-caking agent. As time went on grain storage managers noticed that the treated grain was bug free. And the areas surrounding the fossil shell flour dust were fly free.

Further tests and analysis were done. Results were the microscopic particles in Diatomaceous Earth
scratch the carapace of insects such as roaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, scorpions, crickets, fleas, ticks, lice, etc, resulting in dehydration and death. An example is a fly will walk over the fine powder and get it on its tarsal pads, then rub the irritant behind its head and between thoracic segments and die.

More experiments and testing was done and additional positive side effects were noted. Fossil Shell
Flour has over 14 minerals such as: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus,
Manganese, Chromium, Cobalt . . . . When added to livestock and poultry feed rations productivity
increased, parasites eliminated, diseases and veterinary costs dropped, cured E-Coli, and scours.

Food grade fossil shell flour contains fine silica that carries a negative ion charge. Parasites and disease
organisms carry a positive ion charge. The introduction of negative charged ions in a diseased or
parasitic animal is irritating and disruptive to the life cycle of the parasite or disease organism.

This Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth product is listed in the OMRI, Organic Materials Review Institute,
for use by Certified Organic Farmers.

NOTE: This natural food grade Diatomaceous Earth is not to be confused with the swimming pool grade
Diatomaceous Earth, which is chemically treated and partially melted and consequently contains
crystalline silica which can be a respiratory hazard. Natural Diatomaceous Earth is not a respiratory
hazard because human and animal bodies can dissolve it.

(This information is from FatWorms.com website)

postheadericon I Use Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth

Perma-Guard Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is EPA approved and registered for use against indoor and outdoor crawling insects, including cockroaches, ants, bedbugs, fleas, boxelder bugs, carpet beetles, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, grasshoppers, ticks, millipedes, scorpions, slugs, and silverfish. For use in Cracks, Crevices, Hiding and Running Areas, Under and Behind Appliances, and Wall and Floor Surfaces. For use in and around homes, office buildings, restaurants, motels, warehouses, theaters, schools, hotels, and food handling establishments.

DE is odorless and nontoxic.

Indoor and Outdoor Application: Sprinkle a light layer of DE in areas where pests frequent, including under stoves, cabinets, sinks, garbage cans, window and door frames and sills, entrance ways, sewer pipes and drains, and in cracks and crevices. Repeat treatment as needed.
For Carpet Beetles: Thoroughly dust along baseboards, carpet edges, under furniture, carpet, and rugs, and in closets and shelving.
For Bedbugs: Take apart bed and dust joints and channels. Dust any hollow tubing and the interior framework as well as the mattress and all cracks in the room.
For Fleas: Thoroughly dust carpets and pet’s bedding and sleeping areas, as well as cracks and baseboards. It also can be rubbed into your pet’s fur.
For Flies: Thoroughly dust areas where flies frequent (walls, straw bedding, livestock pens). It also can be applied to livestock coat as an insect repellent/contact insecticide.

DE is composed of finely milled fossilized shells of minuscule organisms called diatoms. The microscopically fine, sharp edges desiccate the insects’ exoskeleton upon contact and the pests dehydrate and die within hours. The insects also die when they eat the dust.