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House Fly Infestation In Home
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: Ragweed is a specific plant, which usually results in allergy symptoms in the fall. ...Read more
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
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
Yes.: Though you probably release more of them just carrying the wood to the fireplace. ...Read more
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
Think contracted ringworm from couch at son house who watched friend cat, not from swimming pool. Your opinion. Used anti fungal on couch, cushions put in sunshine, and used diatomaceous earth prior to sleeping on it?
Ringworm : Sounds goodGet a more detailed answer ›
My dad did home renos such as demo and redo basement in late 1980's to our home built in 1957. Should I worry that there was asbestos in the drywall?
Probably: yes but exposure was minimalGet a more detailed answer ›
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