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If you have animals that may go in and out of your house--- and if your paranoid like me, then look at what my husband did.

While washing the rugs in our house with a bissel rug cleaner he added a few capfulls of Sevin (a low toxic bug killer, available at most home stores to the cleaning mix.

Now when cleaning the rugs will get a light wash with a known tick killer. I know it's not the best, but if you have rugs, carpeting and want to be safe in your house- it's a reasonable solution.

At least I feel I can lay on my floors and feel safe from a possible hiding tick loking for a bite to eat.

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I cant stand rugs! They are like yuck sponges...The house were are moving into only has one rug in one of the kids room and one in the living...and I plan to pull them out eventually and put in pine flooring.

The rest of the house is mostly hard wood and pine.

Thanks for the tip...I get worried about my family



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Whenever I would see creepy crawlers in carpets,,,I would spray with Tempo,,,made from geranium flowers, with NO smell!!

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I don't mean to burst your bubble... not at all.

But before others try this.. please read this information.

Personally I would NOT use this product indoors and can't recommend others do.


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ACUTE/CHRONIC HAZARDS: A poison by ingestion, intravenous, intraperitoneal, and possibly other routes; human mutagenic data exists. An experimental carcinogen, teratogen, and tumorigen; produces experimental reproductive effects.

An eye and severe skin irritant; absorbed by all routes; skin absorption is slow with no accumulation in tissue. A reversible cholinesterase inhibitor. [703]

Targeted organs include the respiratory system, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and skin. [704]

When heated to decomposition, emits toxic fumes of NOx. [703]

SYMPTOMS: Symptoms of exposure to carbaryl (trade name "Sevin") may include miosis, blurred vision, tearing; nasal discharge, salivation; sweat; abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; tremor; cyanosis; convulsions; and skin irritation. [704]

Symptoms include blurred vision, headache, stomach ache, and vomiting. Symptoms similar to but less severe than those due to parathion. [703]


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Diatomaceous earth might be one way to deal with creepy crawlies. It's non-toxic to humans and pets. No smell. All natural.

Granted, it's a bit messy (it's a powder). If you're a nut about keeping a tidy house, maybe this isn't the approach for you.

We had a flea infestation a couple of years ago. Applied the DE to the carpets, around the baseboards, etc.

Even rubbed a little into the pet's coats.

Fleas went away and no further problems since.

It works by mechanical, rather than by toxic action. Essentially, what it does is make tiny scratches in the "shell" of any insect and it's eggs. The insect/eggs then die of dehydration.

Something to think about anyway.

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