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Household Treatments January 4, 2012

Laundry:  Soak your clothes in windex, simple green, or vinegar and store them until washing.  Be careful of metal zippers and buttons because it it corrosive.  Synthetic fabrics are more resistant to infestation.  I also could never save my jeans because of the heaviness of the fabric.  I resorted to dresses and tights.  If the clothing article still is itchy, crawly, etc after a few times of vinegaring, dispose of it.  It cannot be saved and will perpetuate the infestation. * I have recently been using 8 ounces of debriding soap in my laundry, which seems to prevent clothes from itching.

Carpet:  If you can afford it replace your carpet with laminate flooring.  If not, try Sevin 5, 91% alcohol, and vacuuming.

Tile:  Clean floors everyday with windex, vinegar, or straight bleach.  Windex seems to be the most effective.

Furniture:  I have not figured out how to save furniture.  We got rid of all cloth furniture and replaced our beds with air mattresses, which we clean every day.

Seal up cracks and crevices with caulk because this is where the springtails will hang out.

Also, pay special attention to bathroom and kitchens because these are sources of moisture and places in which collembola thrive.


5 Responses to “Household Treatments”

  1. Diana Says:

    Thanks for your postings !
    Have you found a couple of things that work best. I have tried doing it all and I fall out because of exhaustion and I have work.
    Great day !

  2. Kelly Says:

    For fabric furniture, and mattress, spray with witch hazel and essential oils- 10-20 drops ea peppermint and lavender essential oils to 500ml witch hazel. For mold 10 drops tea tree and 20 drops lavender. Wait 2 hrs before using.

  3. Jay Says:

    Thanks for this im pretty sure my bedroom is infested have thrown out my bed and am hoping to clean my carpet with alcohol and vacuum it. Dont know where to start with objects, how did you break it down on what to throw out?

    • Hi Jay,
      We mostly figured out what to throw out by trial and error. And, it really depends on the species of collembola. We could never completely get them out of carpet, upholstery, or clothing if it was infested. Usually you can keep them off of hard surfaces. We replaced all carpet with linoleum. Then, we could keep it clean by cleaning it with Windex frequently. I got a car with leather seats and ozoned my care frequently. You could probably keep your mattresses and box springs if you get the vinyl, zipper protectors and wipe them down with windex frequently. Same with pillows, use vinyl zipper protectors. I’ve heard other people have had success cleaning and washing things with ammonia, and putting diamatiacious earth on the carpet. We seemed to have an extra resilient species, so those didn’t work. Best of luck to you! Let me know if you have more questions.

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