Originally Posted by grouch
Thank you for the information, but I do not think the situation warrants poisoning the landscape. I've managed to live here for over 28 years without resorting to herbicides, insecticides (beyond flea collars for the pets) or chemical fertilizers. (See my opening post).
This particular situation was brought on by unusual weather coupled with the ideal conditions I created in my garage for those fleas to flourish. The weather has changed and I have altered the garage. The pyrethrin fog was warranted inside the garage only because of the level of infestation. The label says that it also kills the larvae.
There is no way to eliminate the fleas in the surrounding thousands of acres of wilderness and near-wilderness. If checks on the flea population did not already exist, the planet would be lifeless by now. Since I'm dead certain that I don't know everything, I'm not about to go on a campaign to make fleas extinct, no matter how much I hate the little bloodsuckers.
I will keep that two-week interval you mentioned in mind. It may be that I will have to fog the inside of my garage again, if another outbreak occurs. For now, it appears to be manageable. I've been able to work two long nights in there with a handful of bites the first night and just a couple the second. It's still the unfinished bay that is the problem, so I'll probably soak that thing with soapy water.
If you ever come to visit, you can safely eat any fruits or berries you find here, with nothing on them except whatever washed out of the air with the last rain.
Bombing and cleaning the shop, dogs and you only goes so far because of the eggs.
After your next round of bombing and cleaning try FrontLine on the dogs...you have to get it from your vet and its about 20.00 for an 85lb dogs treatment amount but it is really easy to use and it is worth every penny you spend.
Your dogs will get near instant relief and within 3 day no more new fleas and the treatments last up to 30 days or longer.
Rambo swears by the stuff!