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How long do hookworms live outside the body and what can i

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How long do hookworms live outside the body and what can i clean infected areas with?

Hi there,

Do you mean how long do hey live in stool or in soil?




Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Both and on other surfaces such as cement. I have feces on my driveway and small children. Is there any cleaning products that kill it faster? And how would you get rid of it in soil are there sprays to kill them? Bleach?

Dear friend,


You can kill hookworms and their eggs with a solution of one part bleach to twenty parts of water sprayed on the sidewalks and soil where the animal has defecated.

Boric acid raked into the soil will kill the as well.

Do not let your children go barefoot as they can enter through the feet.


However, it is rare for kids to contract hookworms.


Just remove any feces and use the bleach solution.


I hope all will be well.


Warmest best wishes,



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
how long should i wait to let my children go barefoot after treating? and will they attach on to their shoes and come in the house?

The clorox works immediately to kill them and disinfect the area.

However, wait one hour before letting them walk on the grounds.

No, they will NOT attach to shoes. They are unable to do so.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
how long before letting them walk barefoot in the yard? if I don't treat the yard how long do they live?

Unfortunately, if you don't spray the yard with the bleach solution the pests can live for months.

Get one of those lawn sprayers that attach to a hose and spray up the yards to be on the safe side.

Edited by Terri Riba on 3/17/2010 at 12:27 PM EST
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for all of your help I have been worried sick.

Dear friend,

You are more than welcome.

It has been my pleasure to help someone as lovely as you.


Thank you for your accept.

If you need anything further I will be here for you.


Warmest best wishes,


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