Thanks for your response and for the recipe. It sounds much easier than what I'm currently doing. Did you use this method for yourself? If so, were you able to completely eradicate any parasites?
As far as the pets, I love animals and my pets are like family members. I wouldn't exactly call them filthy. Would my house have less germs without them, probably. I would also be a lot unhappier not having them around. I will probably make some changes to help prevent something like this from happening again, but I'd never get rid of them :). You must not have any pets!