Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fleas vs. vacuumes


According to this Science Daily article, a study has shown that fleas are killed when vacuumed up. No pesticides, no muss no fuss. It worked so well that they did multiple trials because they couldn't believe the mortality rate at first.

A scant few adults will survive the trip(~4%), which I'd wager you could decimate by occasionally sucking up a couple tablespoons of Diatomaceous earth, which shreds up their skin and dessicates them. Charming thought I know, but it does work and I'm sure even better when inside a vacuum bag with high velocity winds to help it.

[photo credit in linked article]

Enjoy your new flea destruction information,

Bp

8 comments:

Trappin' Pat said...

I routinely vacuum my cat, Levi, who enjoys the experience.

Bpaul said...

I have very few regrets in my life, one of them being that I didn't acclimate my cats to being vacuumed. Cats love it when trained right -- evidence here.

Tate said...

cats hmmmmm.. my dogs think the vacuum is an evil creature out to get them, unless i am using the wand attachment then it is a wonderful thing that i use to vacuum them with.. crazy.
i use and prefer the Dyson animal vac. spendy but well worth it. with two 75 pound dogs and i swear 300 pounds of dog hair it is the best.

Stu Farnham said...

I prefer this:

http://www.flowbee.com/index.html

Bpaul said...

There was a bar night where they were offering free flowbee haircuts and cheap pabst beer. Can't remember the bar.

Oh Portland.

Tate said...

flowbee haha
might as well hire a plumber to rewire my house.

Stu Farnham said...

I recently heard of an electrician doing plumbing ... One can only speculate ...

Bpaul said...

It's not pretty, that's all I'll say. Not pretty at all.

And lots of cussing.