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Pests

 

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Fleas

When your pet has fleas, your house has even more fleas since only about 20% of them are actually on the animal. The rest are in carpets, upholstery, and corners, merrily breeding more generations to vex you and your pet. Don't forget that fleas can jump 12 inches or more in one leap!

Toss a couple of mothballs into the vacuum cleaner bag before cleaning and the fleas will die when sucked into the bag.

Make a flea trap by placing a light-colored shallow pan of soapy water on the floor next to a 25-watt lamp left on overnight.

Keep fleas off yourself by bathing in soaps that contain certain green dies that repel fleas. There is also at least one available hand lotion containing the flea-repelling dyes.

 

Roaches

Roaches are extremely adaptable. Vast numbers of cockroaches can live and reproduce beneath your refrigerator during a 12-month period--if this happens, it won't matter how clean you keep the rest of your house.!

Keep roach hiding places clean: sinks, old product boxes, closet water heaters; the insides of all appliances and radios, wall clocks, television sets and stereos; cupboards and drawers; cracks in plaster and at baseboards. Seal the space around water pipes under your sink with duct tape.

Roaches love the glue in cartons, brown paper bags, and even your wallpaper. Serve them as little as possible by storing cartons and bags in the garage or carport.

Instead of using commercial insecticides, try Heloise's Famous Roach Recipe which has been used successfully by hundreds of thousands of Heloise readers during the past 30 years:

1/4 cup shortening or bacon drippings

1/8 cup sugar

8 oz. powdered boric acid

1/2 cup flour

1/2 small onion, chopped (optional)

Enough water to form a soft dough

Mix the shortening and sugar together until they form a creamy mixture. Mix together the boric acid, flour, and onion, then add to the shortening-and-sugar mixture. Blend well, then add water to form a soft dough. Shape the mixture into small balls, or just drop blobs into open plastic sandwich bags to keep it moist longer. Make sure you label the bags clearly so that everyone in the house knows it's a roach lunch and put it in out-of-the-way places. When the dough gets hard, replace it.

For a dry mixture, mix equal parts of boric acid, flour, cornmeal and sugar--use for dusting infested areas. Cockroaches walk through it and then ingest it when they groom their legs and feelers.