OK, so you are vacuuming the house, and along the way, you suck up a couple of spiders, some spier eggs, a beetle or two, and as the cat or dog walks by, you figure you’re probably sucking up some fleas and flea eggs, and so on and so forth.
SO you know all these cooties are now in the vacuum cleaner bag. When you are done vacuuming, you put the vacuum cleaner away. The thought is in your brain… all these creepy crawlers are now going to slowly work their way out of the vacuum cleaner and go back to their crawly creepy business. But you stop yourself from thinking further about it and live your life in denial of what might be a horrific reality.
Well, it turns out that the fleas don’t survive the trip into the vacuum cleaner.
Scientists have determined that vacuuming kills fleas in all stages of their lives, with an average of 96 percent success in adult fleas and 100 percent destruction of younger fleas.
n fact, the results were so surprisingly definitive that the lead scientist, an Ohio State University insect specialist, repeated the experiments several times to be sure the findings were correct.
That’s funny. That’s like washing your hands a hundred times after you accidentally touch the dog poop while scooping up after a pet you are pet-sitting for.
The lead researcher also examined vacuum bags for toxicity and exposed fleas to churning air in separate tests to further explore potential causes of flea death. He and a colleague believed that the damaging effects of the brushes, fans and powerful air currents in vacuum cleaners combine to kill the fleas. The study used a single model of an upright vacuum, but researchers don’t think the vacuum design has much bearing on the results.
“No matter what vacuum a flea gets sucked into, it’s probably a one-way trip,” said Glen Needham, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State and a co-author of the study.
But the spider eggs … they’re probably hatching as we speak…