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What to do with my tanks?

This is kind of embarrassing for me to ask, but recently a stray cat snuck into my basement and decided to have a litter. They're gone now but left us a nice present for us to remember them by: fleas. I haven't confirmed that they are fleas but my skin is highly allergic to insect bites but whatever they are, they are terrorizing me. Just me too, not anyone else in the family...

With that said, we have decided to use flea bombs to try to remedy the problem because my life is absolutely miserable right now... What I am concerned about is what should I do with my tanks? Will the chemicals be harmful to my tanks with fish and shrimp? I had the crazy idea of wrapping plastic around the top of my tank and just running air pumps during the bombing.

Any suggestions or hints will be helpful. Thanks.
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Instead of bug bombs, you might try diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it around the infested area, let it sit for about 24 hours then vacuum it up. When you empty the vacuum, do so outside in a trash can or bag. Just don't leave it in the house. When you spread it, wear a mask. DE isn't toxic but it will mess with your lungs if you breathe it in. A big bonus, DE won't harm your tanks.

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Cling wrap the tops?


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Instead of bug bombs, you might try diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it around the infested area, let it sit for about 24 hours then vacuum it up. When you empty the vacuum, do so outside in a trash can or bag. Just don't leave it in the house. When you spread it, wear a mask. DE isn't toxic but it will mess with your lungs if you breathe it in. A big bonus, DE won't harm your tanks.
Thanks for the suggestion, but at this point, we have no idea how far the infestation has spread.


Yes I was also thinking of cling wrapping the top of the tanks.
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Cling wrap... saran wrap... put a towel on top of it (for some weight) and I imagine you'll be good if you do a bomb.
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Okay thanks a lot. I will do that.
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USE THIS for fleas.

http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/ul...-oz-p-175.html

We live in the woods and have dogs. We get fleas every year, and they tear me up. I have tried everything, but this stuff works every time first try. Get a few cans of this, spray it around. 2 weeks later, spray it around again. You will have no more fleas.

As far as the tank goes, cover them when you spray. After 30 minutes the spray will have settled and will no longer be in air form and able to get into your tank.
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Before you coat the inside of your home with chemical poisons, look at this site's products:
http://www.cedarcidestore.com/cedarproducts.html

Came home from a dog show out of state and my guys brought some fleas with them. I used the cedar side, problem solved, house smelled nice, no film on every thing and were are not breathing the toxic vapors that can not be good for fish or humans.

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I have outside cats and we bomb every fall. Just cover the top of the tank. The spray settles pretty quickly.

Don't run air in the tank - it'll be pulling from the poisoned air and putting it directly in your tank. You can leave the HOB (or whatever) running with plastic and towels over the tank.
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