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Yes - cold does kill fleas

Posted By: sm on 2006-08-18
In Reply to: Fleas and air conditioning...sm - Been lucky so far. Hope my time hasn't ran out

it's called WINTER not air conditioning........ROFLMAO!  Are you for real?            

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My hands get cold, and typing with cold muscles is like (sm)
running or other exercise when not warmed up. I wear thin, warm gloves with the fingertips cut out to keep my hands & knuckles warm. For muscle pains in the shoulders, neck, biceps, etc, try Flexall cream - I find it to be VERY effective. Also try slight changes in chair height, keyboard height and angle, and monitor height. I found if I enlarge the print on my screen, it keeps me from hunching forward to try to read it. (CTL + scroll up or down on mouse wheel to make print bigger or smaller. It will not affect the size of the finished product.) Frequent "mini-breaks" to do other chores: filing etc. if in an office, quick household task if working at home, also helps relieve repetitive stress. A few months ago I thought my typing days were numbered due to various pains & arthritis; now I can work pain-free for up to 11 hours in a day. Good luck! :)
PS on fleas

I forgot the vacuming up the Boric acid part and do keep sweeping for the next few days.  I went through vac. bags but it was worth it.  I also made the lemon spray up and used it for the first 2 days. 

They are nasty this year.  I had Frontline on my critters and it did not work, went to the collars and with the above, all is well so far.

Okay, I worked for a vet for 30 years.  Here is my "flea speech".  It is easy to kill fleas on a dog, it is tough to keep them gone.  Fleas go through 4 life stages.  Egg, larva, cocoon and adult.  NOTHING will kill fleas in the cocoon stage.  Fleas can stay in the cocoon stage for different amounts of time but generally 2-3 weeks is the average.  When fleas come out of the cocoon stage they want to feed and they would rather feed on an animal than on a person.  It is only when the fleas are so prevelant in the environment, that they will get on a person. Basically, you need to treat the flea restaurant, your pet.  The best way to do that is with Advantage, Frontline or Revolution.  As far as which of these is the best, every situation is different and it is not a question of one of these being better, they are all different and and what works best for one person might not be the best product for their neighbor.  ALso, you need to treat ALL the pets in the environment.  Even tho you don't think the other one has fleas, you need to treat him so he doesn't become the "safe haven" for the fleas.  You can also treat the pets favorite areas but a good thing about the above named products, the chemicals will be in the flakes of skin that your pet sheds and that the larva feeds on, thus killng the larva before they even go into the cocoon stage. People think that these products are expensive, but in the long run it is much cheaper to buy them to begin with than to spend hundreds trying to get rid of fleas.  ALso, people tend to think of fleas as being a spring and summer problem but fleas are much worse in the fall.  That is why people think they have made it throught the flea season only to find themselves over run in the fall.  If you problem is so bad that you need to aggressively treat the environment, you need to get flea bombs and set them off and repeat in two weeks.  And dont skimp, better to do too much than not enough.  I am sorry this is so long, but fleas are not an easy situation to deal with but done right, you will be happy with the results.

I used to work for a vet too.  You will find that cats are better carriers of fleas and less bothered by them.   I treat my animals more aggressive in late spring to fall and I do bomb twice a year.   I am always told by my vet and groomer that my dog is one of the least bothered by fleas than any animal they have seen.  So it works for me.  She just went to stay with my sister for 5 days and came back scratching and so am doing her flea bit again along with the cats and bombing this weekend.   I may go overboard a bit but it is well worth it in the end.



Picked up my new Corgi puppy yesterday, and she has fleas!  My other 2 dogs (Cocker & Corgi) dont have a single flea and I dont have any flea shampoo (which probably can't be used on a puppy anyway).  Any quick natrual remedies I can do until I can get to the store?
Try Frontline. They have one for puppies.

just went through this with a new pup.....bath in Dawn dish detergent (it's mild on their coats but kills fleas). 

If you notice your other critters with fleas, then do same for them, use old fashion Borax detergent, sprinkle it in areas where the critters frequent (blocking it off from the dogs), sprinkle table salt also (dehydrates the fleas). 

These remedies my vet gave me and between the other 2 dogs & 2 cats/3 kittens it saved my from total chaos.



i've mixed a bit of garlic powder into dogs'/cats' food to deter fleas.  animals like it; fleas don't.

Get some branches off of a sweet gum tree and lay them around the house. Before you know it, no more fleas. Don't know why it works, but we did that one year and have never had any more fleas.
I know this might sound a bit wierd, but try vaccuming the dog/cat. If they get used to the sound when they are puppies/kittens, then the sound shouldn't frighten them. The suction from the vaccum will pull off any fleas, and there is no bothering with expensive shampoos or other things. Just a suggestion...
What can we use on the yard for fleas? I got a
cocker spaniel a few months ago to go along with the cats but since the end of June/beginning of July we have been fighting fleas. I'm surrounded by neighbors who both have 2 dogs but their backyard grass is about 3 feet high so now matter how much spraying I do in the yard, the fleas still comes back. I've had the yard and house sprayed a few times this month but the fleas keep coming. We never have a problem with fleas until summer months. I just wish the neighbor would cut his grass more than 3 times a year.
Fleas and air conditioning...sm
Do you think that a flea would die if it were to come into a house that is really cold.  We keep our air very, very cold and everyone around has had a horrible time with fleas.  But we let our two cats come in and out as they wish and tonight is the first night I have noticed fleas on one of my cats.  Let me tell you it was the whole flea family.  So I rushed him in and bathed him with flea shampoo....It seems like I heard somewhere though that cold kills fleas (if they were to jump off the cat).  Has anyone ever heard of this?  I just hope that I got them before they became a problem in my home.....
If only air conditioning killed fleas!! No way!!
I rescued 2 kittens about 6 months ago, and they blessed my house with love and fleas!! I wasted 6 months using Frontline on kitties and dogs - forget it! Infestation crisis! I finally had the sense to switch to Advantage and its a miracle. Much less expensive than Frontline, and way more bang for your buck!! After the initial application of Advantage on 2 cats and 3 dogs, just had to reapply after 2 weeks, and now we are on top of things. No more fleas, though I will continue to use for months more. I hate using this toxic stuff, but my dogs are flea allergic. Nearly killed them. I would give Advantage a shot once just to make sure you didn't miss any fleas. And we keep our house frigid - doesn't bother them one bit. In fact, I picture them laying around in floor cracks and furniture, on little flea lounge chairs with pina coladas!!
Does anybody have a GOOD home remedy for fleas...
I have two "sons" (shih tzus), one has long hair and the other has short hair.  My short haired baby has fleas that I cannot get rid of.  I have tried all kinds of over the counter medicine and I have done everything including cleaning this house top to bottom and bathing him 3 times a week.  One would think the long haired one would have them worse, but he doesn't.  He enjoys being groomed though and brushed daily whereas my short haired guy thinks the brush is a toy.  I used the Zodiac line last year and had absolutely no problems at all but it is just not working this year.  Any good ideas would be appreciated!!!!
Dawn dish soap for fleas
I had this problem before with some kittens. Soak the pup down and scrub it up with dawn dish soap. Apparently the fleas get caught in the "bubbles" and suffocate. Leave this on the puppy for about a 1/2 hour to an hour then rinse. Keep in mind that this does work BUT dry skin occurs.
Sometimes they just kill me!

Chief Complaint:  Back pain.

Review of Systems:  No back pain.

Social History:  He smokes and does cocaine.  No alcohol.  No drug use.



Anyone know how to kill
these little boogers? I have some at my house, my feline might have had 1 for lunch and they are poisonous to kitties- any ideas? Looked on the internet but could not find anything definite. Thanks!
you people kill me! (sm)

give the woman a break, already! HER CHILD IS MISSING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY! I'm sure she's not in her usual state of mind. Instead of running her in the ground, all this energy should be spent on positive thoughts and prayers for the family and for Natalee. They need support, not condemnation. Prayer is a mighty thing, give it a try!

That which does not kill you, will only make you
Would it kill a doctor to....

Actually just spell out a name of a random physician that they include in their report?  I mean, for the company I work for, we have to search physician registries and such to FIND physician names.  Now, if the hospital is in Alabama and the doctor just throws it out there and says......"She once saw Dr. XXXXX in Toledo, Ohio", I mean come on now, PUH-LEASE just spell Dr. XXXXX's name for me!  It will take you TWO SECONDS to do so and it takes me way too many minutes to search around and try to find this dude's name! 

Not trying to be Miss Complainey Pants today, LOL, but sometimes you just gotta vent!

not kill any living thing?
oH, what about the plants? are they not living? some worship them too...and NO. I will not leave my God out of anything. My God is in me and I in Him. I will not try to separate one from the other. Sorry if my faith bothers you.
LOL! And stress will kill you or make you
now have some incurable, difficult to treat, chronic, crippling, painful disease brought on by stress!

Please take her to a "No-Kill" Shelter!
Otherwise, the animals are usually put down after only a week and 1 week really isn't long enough to get the dog adopted. So Please only bring the dog to a "no-kill" shelter! 
Hope they don't kill off Tony!!!
DITTO-don't kill off Tony - say do you think....sm

do you think if we ALL wrote to HBO that they'd keep the Sopranos on for a couple of more years???????  It wouldn't hurt to write to them - I mean how easy can it be online?  *laughs*

Off to write to HBO....*S*

Since he dialed 9-1-1 he will....can't kill him in the first episode! -nm
if our mothers don't kill us while we are in the womb.
If I gave that recipe out, he'd kill me....but....
no body lives forever, right? ;) My son makes three 8-inch round cake layers, cuts off the tops to make them all flat then cuts each layer in half (using a piano wire--very culinary :). The rasp. filling from scratch takes forever, but a quick alternative is to heat rasp. jelly on low and add regular nonflavored brandy. Heat stirring constantly until it thickens a little and is spreadable. This should not take very long at all (heating too high for too long will turn it into hard candy when it cools). Spread between the cake layers. The genache is just white chocolate, butter and heavy cream. My son goes by what the stuff looks like with regards to how much of each he needs, but I'll bet you can find a recipe on epicurious. com or the like. I know this is not exact, but hope it helps a little.
Okay then, should you kill every animal that scares you be it a dog or - sm
or a cat....does not make sense. They are animals, they just want to be left alone. Some people scare me sometimes, should I go out and shoot them? People need to be a bit more tolerant. I am not a huge fan of snakes either but I will never understand the killing of any animal unless it is for food or if the animal attacks.
so in other words, kill everything that is causing--sm
an epidemic. What about HIV and other diseases? Kill them too?
Didn't that unmatched SS kill ya? nm
Go to Mickey D's where you belong before you kill someone. nm
LOL. MT's don't kill people. Not that much power! nm
Hey, I've done that before and they didn't kill me.
I told my boss right away what I did and apologized.  I still have my job.
Yes, as a matter of fact, it WOULD kill them.
And the planet might fall out of orbit too.

I once had to tell a doctor that I'd only been to Ireland once, and thus didn't know any of the same people over there that he did, so when he was writing letters to them and mentioning other people's names (all with the accent of course) I had NO clue who he was talking about.... Somehow, that was an odd concept to him. Doesn't everybody know all the same people in Ireland??
some jerk wanted to kill my pigeons
I have lots of doves, regular birds (sparrows, finches, you name it) and pigeons frequent my property cause I put bird seed down.  I had some guy come by last winter and ask if he could pay me to catch the pigeons so they could kill them and eat them..I said, honey, I love animals and there is no way Im gonna let you come here and kill my pigeons..you are talking to the wrong person, LOL..
Try to get you old job back, I'd kill for $500 a week after taxes- nm
I'd kill for what you have--- be thankful -- sounds very good to me! - nm
no, kill animals that are carrying the epidemic
to save the humans. Sorry if you don't agree with that.
Dr. Zhivago, Silence of the Lambs, To Kill a
Need to vent... (If you have time to kill, check it out!)

I am so frustrated right now I could just scream!  If nobody even makes it to the end of this I will understand, but I'm just livid. 

First of all, I was due my paycheck on the 15th.  I work for a small MTSO, and our checks are frequently late at the end of the month.  (The checks due the last day of the month usually get paid sometime during the first week.  I'm used to that now.) But the paycheck on the 15th is consistently on time.  Our mortgage is due on the 1st with a grace until the 15th.  With the terrible economy and struggling like we tend to do, we usually pay on the 15th.  We save half our checks from the 1st week of the month then pay the mortgage when we both get paid on the 15th so that we don't have to take the huge mortgage hit out of one paycheck but rather spread it out over two.  (Hope that makes sense.)  Well, I was told on Monday that we would PROBABLY be paid by FRIDAY, but that it's not for sure.  Since I won't have my check, and we will be paying after the 15th, we will get a $75 late fee on our mortgage.  Is it too much to expect to be paid ON TIME? 

It gets better.  The very next day after this news, my MTSO emailed me saying that a client was missing 5 patient reports.  She kind of went "high and right" on me saying that she didn't have them, the client didn't have them, I didn't send them, where are they, etc.  I was calm, knowing that I didn't make that mistake.  I went back and found the files.  I sent the files.  I then went back and searched my email until I found the email that contained the missing files.  I forwarded the email in its entirety, complete with headers showing the time and date it was sent, and put in the email what basically amounted to, "The original email contained 20 files, 7 of which were for other clients and 13 of which were from XYZ Ortho.  Since the other clients never complained of missing files, and since XYZ Ortho isn't complaining about the other 8 files, I am confident that you sent the files on to XYZ Ortho and they just lost them."  (Which this client has done over the last four years, losing files that have been sent and then blaming us.) I finished with, "I have forwarded the original email so that you can use this to show the client that the problem is not with their Transcriptionist - don't let them blame us!"

I graciously did not point out what I really wanted to point out, which was that I sent my boss the files like I do every morning.  If the client lost their files, there is still no reason why my boss shouldn't have been able to pull them up from her computer!   

The next day, however, I get a pissy email saying "I never got your original email.  I searched my computer and I searched my computer and the files are not there.  You will have to get a more reliable ISP, because I'm not getting your email.... " She went on to blame me for the problem in SPITE of the fact that I already pointed out that the problem could not possibly have been with me.

Now I'm really cheesed, because either she's just plain dense or she thinks I'm just plain dense.  I wrote back reiterating that I just forwarded her the original email.  She's only missing FIVE files.  The original email contained TWENTY files for DIFFERENT clients (including one that is VERY picky about getting their files back in less than 24 hours -- if they hadn't gotten their files I would have heard about it weeks ago! ).  I told her that why she can't find the five missing files on her computer or in her email is obviously a problem on HER end, but considering that my other clients aren't missing anything and the problem client is only missing a few of the files, the problem clearly is not with me.  I sent the files.  The files were recieved.  What happened next, either with her or with the client, is not something I can control. 

The next day I get an email that said, "Found the problem.  Thanks."

WHAT?  She accuses me of losing files, not sending files, put it on me and then when it's pointed out that she's the one who did something wrong there's no "Sorry I blamed you, it was my fault."  I'm telling you, I am HOT. 

This on top of the fact that I'm not getting paid is the reason why I am currently interviewing for a work-primarily-from-home analyst position with a local company.  I really expect professionalism, and this isn't it! 

If you've made it this far, you deserve a hug.    Thanks for listening!   






If you go to HBO they have chat area and someone predicted they will kill the characters off (sm)
one by one, and a few other predictions.  I'm really going to miss this show.  I guess the last one in August 21st.  I will say that since all the TV companies seem to be ending the shows I watched the most, it'll make it easier for me to give up TV this fall, dang it. 
Well, I gotta' tell you, if a living snake comes my way, I'm gonna kill him. nm
U love beta fish? Aren't those the ones that kill

I remember my exhusband always had Japanese beta fish when we were married.  As I recall, if my memory serves me well, these specific male fish impregnate the female fish and then when she has the babies, the beta (male) squeezes all life out of the mom and kills her after she has the babies.  Just the idea of this made me hate this type of fish 4ever. 

Just one person's opinion though!  No flaming please! *LOL*

It's CHINA for Pete's sake, where they still kill girl babies. Do you think
they have some sort of dog euthanasia patrol of paid government employees?  Puhleeeze yourself.
For what reason would someone take a chance of breaking into someone's house to kill their 6-year
It was an inside job - Patsy did it.
Would it kill you people to give constructive advice instead of insults and insensitivity?!?
I understand your frustration. I think you just need to sit down and have a talk with your employer. Find out exactly what they want your status to be. As an employee, yes they do have the right to dictate your hours, where you work, etc., but they do not have the right to jerk you around. If they want you to work at home, then they need to provide for that, not you! Anyone who says otherwise is wrong! In any industry, if a company wants you to commute, they pay for gas/mileage. If they want you to have a cell phone/pager, they either pay for it, or they provide an allowance for it. If they want you to work at home, they provide equipment. It sounds to me like they want way too much and are giving very little. Just because a person/company is the employer, it does not give them the right to treat people like dirt, sending them on wild goose chases, interfering with their life, schedule, expenses, etc. I am sorry you have received such critical and insensitive comments. I hope this works out for you. Blessings!
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You think that's bad? I had cold
It gets cold in FL too...........nm