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Fumigating Apartment!!!!! Need help!!!

I have a flea problem, and I've tryed everything I can to get rid of them. I even got rid of cat, who was source of fleas. I am going to use foggers today, and was considering turn off all the electricity in my apartment. I have a 40 gal and 5.5 gal tank. I dont want to kill my fish, and cant find any info or advice on how to prepare my fish tank. The fogger instructions say to leave apartment for 2 hours. Also i thought I would turn off all electricity to be safe. Dont want my place blowing up. Will my fish be ok with all the equipment shut off??? Please help!!!!
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I would definitely remove the 5.5 if possible, as for the 40, would turn off any air pumps, turn off lights and CO2, and seal the top with celophane (the self-adhesive stuff would probably be optimal), would throw some carbon in your filter if possible. Would leave it that way until you've aired out your apartment for a good couple hours afterward...
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I was going to turn all the electricity off. Then come back and air out apartment. All together all equipment to fish tank will be off for 5 hours. WIll fish be ok with no running equipment?
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Well, my power was out for over 24 hours a couple weeks ago and nobody died... I picked up a battery powered air pump to swap back and forth between tank and filter media, but I think you'd probably be ok.
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Thankyou, my plan was to cover both tanks. They both sit on the same stand. I was going to cover entirely with trash bags. Seal with tape, and place damp towels over it as well. Also do I need to call electric company to shut off the gas? Or is that not necessary as all electricity in home willl be off.
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I dont see why your shutting off the power. Air pumps sure, that makes sense but leave everything else on. Your apartment certainly wont blow up.


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I've never done this before, and just wanted to be safe. I do have alot of electronics in my home. Realisticly I thought that leaving filters and heater on tank would be ok. Again not sure, due to lack in experience.
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I dont see why your shutting off the power. Air pumps sure, that makes sense but leave everything else on. Your apartment certainly wont blow up.
Agreed, I've used those bug-bomb type aerosol fumigators before and I just turned off everything, didn't actually turn off my power. If you want to be ultra-careful and it would put your mind at ease, you could throw your main breaker but I think it's mostly a CYA recommendation by the manufacturer. As for gas, unless you already have a leak somewhere it isn't necessary. Might want to turn off your HVAC though...
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Have you tried spraying baseboards? Foggers make me nervous, have heard too many stories of them wiping out an entire tank. Last year I had a flea problem and I got rid of them in non toxic ways...

sprinkled diatomacious earth all over carpeted areas/under couch cushions, let sit for a day or two, started vacuuming daily after that (did throw a flea collar in vacuum cleaner canister)

I bought a flea trap that plugs into an electrical outlet that uses a nightlight and glue paper... it works, the glue paper gets coated with fleas. You can make home made traps with a shallow pan of water with a little bit of dish soap in the water with a light suspended over the pan of water.

Last but not least, take banana peels and put them under furniture with the inner side of the peel facing up and replace once they turn completely black. There's an ingredient in the peels that is in many flea sprays... the fleas munch on the peels, they die.

These things worked completely for me and I never had to get rid of my two old kitty's.
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I have tried alot of home remedys, and they do work. However does not effectively kill all fleas. Also my wife is getting eatin alive by fleas. Thus my reason for fumigating.
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I've never done this before, and just wanted to be safe. I do have alot of electronics in my home. Realisticly I thought that leaving filters and heater on tank would be ok. Again not sure, due to lack in experience.
I totally understand. I hope you can get it under control!


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I have tried alot of home remedys, and they do work. However does not effectively kill all fleas. Also my wife is getting eatin alive by fleas. Thus my reason for fumigating.
Did you try all the things I posted? They got rid of every flea I had last summer, have not had a single flea in my house since last summer. If you're set on poisons... did you first try spaying your baseboards and throwing down flea traps? That prevents a lot of the airborne poisons that will be created with foggers. Even if you turn of your ac the fogger will coat your duct work with poison so as soon as you turn your ac back on it will disperse poisons in to the air. Also, you will pick up poison every time you touch anything in your house and you may stick your poisonous fingers in a tank accidentally.
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I did try salt and baking soda. Also home made traps, with bowl of water and lamp over the water. The lamp and water bowl worked well, and its still catching fleas. However my wife has always had a problem with mosquitos, and any type of insect. They seem to always go for her. I on the other hand have not been getting bit by fleas, but she is uncomfortable. So im trying whatever I can, and the fastest way possible. Never tryed banana peels though.
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I did try salt and baking soda. Also home made traps, with bowl of water and lamp over the water. The lamp and water bowl worked well, and its still catching fleas. However my wife has always had a problem with mosquitos, and any type of insect. They seem to always go for her. I on the other hand have not been getting bit by fleas, but she is uncomfortable. So im trying whatever I can, and the fastest way possible. Never tryed banana peels though.
What does the salt and baking soda do? The diatomaceous earth cuts their exoskeltons and dries them out. Did you put the dish soap in the pans of water? The soap creates an oily film on the surface of the water that doesn't allow the fleas the ability to jump out of the water.

Have you considered spraying baseboards instead of fogging?
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Salt and baking soda dries out the eggs. So I spreaded heavily allover carpets, and rugs. Let stand for few hours and vacuumed. I assume diatomaceous earth does the same thing. I probably should have let it longer, but I have a child who is 8 months old. So this makes it difficult. I did move all furniture one night, and spread salt and baking soda everywhere. Then vacuumed the next morning. Worked for a few days, but the fleas are slowly coming back again.
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