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Can fleas be transported from house to house?

Can fleas be transported from house to house?

Flea guest: Yes. Fleas can be brought in not only from pets but from humans. Where you go, they go. ...Read more

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Can my house cleaner bring in dust mites from her vacuum?

Can my house cleaner bring in dust mites from her vacuum?

Yes: Theoretically yes. If she is not emptying the receptacle or changing the bag between jobs, then yes. Also, if she knows she serviced a place with dust mites, she should disinfect her equipment. ...Read more

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How to get rid of bed bugs in hotel room in a hot country?

How to get rid of bed bugs in hotel room in a hot country?

Hard to treat: Bed bugs are a global problem. They hitch-hikie from place to place in luggage, etc. When traveling check your hotel for small insects the size of an apple seed in the crevices of bedding, baseboards, etc. Keep your luggage off the floor (use bathtub if needed) to avoid bringing them home. Heat is best way to kill them: put your clothing in dryer for 20 min. Don't bring luggage into your house. ...Read more

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How can I avoid getting scabies in an infested house?

How can I avoid getting scabies in an infested house?

Must un-infest home.: It requires effort to get rid of Scabies. 1st, you & all members of your household need to be treated. Ivermectin is an effective medication for treating scabies. 2nd, clean (ie. Hot water in machine) clothes, bedding & towels you've come in contact w). There may be things like pillows that can’t go in the wash. Place them in a big plastic bag & tie it up. Keep it in there for 48 hours because > ...Read more

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I live in the basement apartment no windows for air circulation . Should I have a humidifier .?

I live in the basement apartment no windows for air circulation . Should I have a  humidifier .?

Basement apartment: A humidifier should be used if there is central heating or cooling that dry the air. An air purifier would be even more important if there is excess moisture that could lead to more mold growth. The best purifiers are the ones that circulate the room air through filters, though they are more expensive. Shop around, I personally like IQAir. ...Read more

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Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Lice Don't Swim: Head lice live only on human beings. Can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or towel of infected person or by close contact. May crawl or fall onto clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, pool.Don't survive off body >24hr.Anyone can get lice despite frequent hairwashing. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice in about 1 week. Do not carry other diseases, no lasting health consequences. ...Read more

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I live in a house where several indoor outdoor cats stay in the back room and i'm alergic to cats.Are there any good allergie masks to deal with this?

I live in a house where several indoor outdoor cats stay in the back room and i'm alergic to cats.Are there any good allergie masks to deal with this?

Cat allergies: If you are going to live with those cats for a while, you need to consider allergy shots. They have a 95% success rate with cat allergies. It is a better long term solution and face masks are really useless unless you are actually cleaning after the cats and do not want to inhale particulate matter from their litter. ...Read more

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Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

Why would a nursing home have petting zoo animals brought into nursing home?

Pet therapy: Pet therapy has been well recieved in hospitals as well as nursing homes. In order to be labelled as a pet dog--the animal has to undergo certain testing. I am sure if one is opposed to having an animal in their room- the staff would welcome your concern. The friendly animal can bring a lot of happiness in the person visited. ...Read more

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Are house flies really dirty? There is one in my home and it is landing everywhere every surface getting everything dirty? Will fly spread germs?

Little or no risk: House flies are pretty much unavoidable; there will always be some in and around almost any house, offices, stores, etc. In theory, they can carry disease germs, but it's rare. In your home, you are no more at risk from flies than you are from simply touching doorknobs, table tops, etc. Use common sense hygiene, discard older foods, and keep a reasonably clean environment. Then no worries. ...Read more

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Does having cold air conditioning running through house all night and day kill possible lice in house?

Does having cold air conditioning running through house all night and day kill possible lice in house?

No, it won't: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be. ...Read more

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Dirty air in your house a risk if ragweed allergy?

Dirty air in your house a risk if ragweed allergy?

NO: Ragweed is a specific plant, which usually results in allergy symptoms in the fall. ...Read more

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I bought wilson one shot ant, roach and crawling insect killer, and sprayed house, should I leave house and air out the place to avoid toxicity?

I bought wilson one shot ant, roach and crawling insect killer, and sprayed house, should I leave house and air out the place to avoid toxicity?

Yes: According to the safety data sheet "avoid breathing vapours and mist." Undoubtedly there are vapors in the air for several hours after spaying so I would leave your house for many hours afterwards. Any chemical that kills insects will have at least some toxicity to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/zy2xd7q ...Read more

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Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Washing: Washing in hot boiling water should eradicate the bugswho can live in soft and spongy toys. ...Read more

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My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

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My cat killed mouse in garage could I get hantavirus from petting cat or mouse in the garage?

Yes: A man asks about the risk of transmission of Hanta Virus from petting a mouse/cat. There is a belief that people may be able to get infected with the virus if they touch something that has been contaminated with rodent urine, droppings or saliva and then touches their nose or mouth. So it is prudent not to touch rodents and if you pet your cat make sure you wash your hands soon. ...Read more

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Can I go inside a sleeping bag to avoid dust mites for bedding?

Can I go inside a sleeping bag to avoid dust mites for bedding?

No: Dust mites are every where. You would have clean the sleeping bag extensively and this may reduce their numbers but they wo uld still be there. ...Read more