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I think we may have fleas in our sandbox. We've seen several red bumps, look like bites, on my daughter after playing in the sandbox. A flea was found on one of the dogs after he lay in the sandbox while my kids were playing. (In ten years my dogs have never had a flea!) The sand box was covered until recently. I've heard cats can be a problem but we've never seen a cat, cat prints, or cat feces in the box. Anyway we were planning on removing all the sand and refilling the box but were hoping there was a non-toxic, natural way to get rid of fleas - assuming we even have them. The box is approx. 6ft x 6 ft and 1.5ft deep - made of cedar. Thanks.
 

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Try checking out the Mindful Home Management forum if you don't get any answers here.
 

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Instead of removing/replacing the sand you could try treating the sandbox with a bake in the sun and black plastic, like you would to kill weeds in a garden.<br><br>
Just an idea, I've never had a problem with bugs in the sand box.
 

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I'm going to try saturating the sand with salt water. I rec'd my Feingold e-newsletter today and it mentioned the following:<br><br><br>
SUMMERTIME BUGS - SAFER PEST CONTROL<br>
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Environmental specialist Russell Olinsky informs us that Stephen<br>
Tvedten's 1,900 page IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Encyclopedia on<br>
safe and far more effective alternatives to synthetic pesticide<br>
poisons is now complete. Called "The Best Control II," all or any<br>
of the 41 chapters can be downloaded free from the website<br>
<<a href="http://www.stephentvedten.com/" target="_blank">http://www.stephentvedten.com/</a>><a href="http://www.stephentvedten.com/" target="_blank">http://www.stephentvedten.com/</a><br><br>
In an effort to reduce the pollution of the planet and all of its<br>
occupants, he is giving this copyrighted work to the world for free -<br>
with only one stipulation - that as you use these safer controls, you<br>
note where you found them.<br><br><br>
I've only read one chapter - on fleas. I think it may be a useful reference.
 
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