A Ten Step Guide to Getting Rid of Cheyletiella Mites
1. Quarantine pets with a pet gate.
I have heartbreaking news based on thousands of consultations with mite afflicted homeowners. Pets will keep spreading cheyletiella mites around the home if you don't isolate them in a separate room during treatment. Owners who continue sleeping and congregating with animals have a more difficult time getting rid of cheyletiella mites. Don't set yourself up for a chronic battle that drags on for months.
2. Apply regular topical treatments to dogs and cats
The most common flea control products contain either imidacloprid (Advantage), fipronil (Frontline), dinotefuran (Vectra), spinetoram (Cheristin) or selamectin (Revolution). These are applied to the skin on the back of the neck, where they sink in and spread throughout the layer of fat beneath the skin, killing any adult fleas present. They continue to kill fleas for at least 30 days. After 30 days, a new dose is applied. Note that cats have fragile livers. The tendency to react to topical flea and tick medications is much greater for cats than dogs. If your cat is elderly or immune compromised, consider switching to an organic flea spray.
3. Understand that your infested skin can re-infest the environment
3. Vacuum Thoroughly and Regularly
There's no better way to trap mites than to vacuum frequently. The Kenmore Elite 31150 combines three motors to give you 20% more air power than a conventional upright vacuum while never loosing suction. This ultra powerful vacuum was rated number one by Consumer Reports Magazine, a publication that does not accept advertising dollars. The vacuum also earned Amazon's prestigious Editor's Choice award for 2019. Additional features include triple HEPA filtration to reduce allergens and a bagged design, which is essential for trapping bugs. Tip: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth into your vacuum bag to kill trapped bugs.
Use an aggressive organic pesticide with residual effects
Dr. Ben's Evictor is an organic formula that can be applied to humans, dogs, couches, carpets and furniture. It contains hydrated silica to dry out the insect's exoskeleton and cedar oil to shut down the insect's breathing pores. It works by attacking the insect's exoskeleton, respiratory system and central nervous system at the same time. It also dehydrates and dissolves insect eggs, larvae and pupae on contact. This product leaves behind a strong cedar aroma to repel mites from sprayed territory. It's a nice skin repellent for biting insects, a safe flea treatment for dogs and a popular leave-on treatment for burrowed mites. Wide area treatment of carpeting is fine, as Dr. Ben's Evictor is classified by the EPA as a low risk pesticide. This product won't stain clothing or furniture made of fabric. Fogging protocols are highly recommended for environmental mite cases, as bird and rodent mites can transfer to walls and ceilings to avoid carpets that have been treated with pesticides. The dry fog will settle upon walls, coat ceilings and penetrate unseen crevices that typical spray protocols don't reach.
Use a good laundry concentrate along with borax
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