I just read about an interesting study on flea control done by Ohio State University.
In studying the cat flea, the researchers found that 96 percent of adult fleas and 100 percent of younger fleas are destroyed by vacuuming.
Pretty amazing statistics for those of us who do not want to use chemical flea control on our dogs and cats. The study was repeated several times and they got the same results each time.
Apparently, the brushes on the vacuum damage the waxy outer layer of the fleas–they become dehydrated and die.
Vacuuming, flea combing and the use of diatomaceous earth are the cornerstones of my flea control in the summer and fall.
Looks like I will be doing even more vacuuming this summer!!