Can't get rid of the fleas! help!
Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:06 PM
What do you suggest?
Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:11 PM
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:27 PM
We had this problem a couple of years ago with cat fleas, after we took our cats back to the shelter because our daughter was deathly allergic. We washed every stitch of washable fabric in our house. All bedding, pillows, blankets, curtains (we had to do that anyway because of her allergy). Then we vacuumed everything, upstairs, downstairs, the couch, every nook and cranny, which caused many eggs to hatch, then bombed the house. Still had fleas. Did the same thing again, three more times. It was an entire summer before we no longer saw them. They are notoriously hard to get rid of. On the plus side, our house was cleaner than it had ever been.
I still shudder thinking about it. However, they are easy to kill as adults. If I saw one on myself or my dd, I would grab it and put it in a cup of soapy water. It would die almost instantly. I think cat fleas are bigger than dog fleas, though, and easier to spot.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:24 PM
Our dogs now take an oral prescription med for flea and tick prevention. The name escapes me, but I'm sure your vet would know.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:57 PM
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:17 PM
Then get about 10 defoggers, depending on the size of your house. The ones that worked for us were from dollar store...we tried a few and only these worked. Then, remove all your furniture or pile it in garage. the fogger needs to get everywhere and the furniture blocks it. Remove all clothes from closet, curtians, drapes, movable rugs, etc and wash them, then double bag them and put them out of house. Open your closet doors. Seal your windows and doors, but not the front door until you have set off the defoggers in every room, closet and bathroom. Run out of house, don't breathe. Obviously, take the dogs and kids with you......
Stay away from your house for at least 12 hours, preferably 24. When you return, Set off another round of defoggers. I know they say you dont need to, but you do. That's why you need a lot of defggers. Leave home again for 24 hours. When you return home, open all your windows and door for at least 2 hours before staying indoors.
If you are lucky, and you washed everything well, they will be gone.
Ask me how i know.
Eta: oh, and yes, if you have a yard, you have to put flea killer on it. We have 2 acres and we ended up hiring some guys to come every 2 months and spray the yard. $100 a pop, but it is worth after what we went through.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:28 PM
Our house is also being remodeled and we are grating the yard, so yard treatment is out. I live in a cooler climate and we only have to deal with fleas for 4 months or so. This the the first year the meds didn't work.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:32 PM
Being an IGR it is very safe around mammals! Comfort is made with spinosad which is also faulty non toxic as far as pesticides go.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:16 AM
Vacuuming every day is one of the best things you can do. It'll suck up fleas as well as eggs and larva. Try putting a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag to kill the fleas you suck up.
Putting something on your carpet to kill fleas in conjunction to your vacuuming is a great idea. I like to use diatomaceous earth. Make sure it's food grade. It's often used in gardens, so check out the gardening section of Home Depot or whatever is convenient to you. DE can also be used in your yard.
DE is non-toxic, and works by scratching the fleas' exoskeletons and dehydrating them. The down side is it's messy, and can be an irritant if inhaled. I like to spread it on my carpet at night, and then vacuum it up first thing in the morning.
If you treat your pet with an effective topical or oral med, then you just need to focus on your house and put your energy into that. Don't let up until well after you stop seeing adult fleas. Those eggs can live a long time and then hatch and start the process all over again.
I hope that helps. Here's a site I put together with more info:
Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:36 PM
If you really, truly can't see a vet that can dispense one of those, then get Capstar over the counter.
If you use Comfortis or Trifexis, that alone will solve your problem. They kill every living flea that gets on your pet for a month. So, over a few weeks, the fleas in the house will be killed off. If you add a lot of washing and vacuuming, you will get rid of the fleas much more quickly. If you want to bomb the house, you need to also spray areas the bombs won't reach such as under cushions, under furniture, etc. I like to avoid bombing or spraying because that stuff is sooooo toxic. But, if you must, then look at KnockOut spray and bombs. If you use Comfortis or Trifexis, you can avoid the poisons. . .
Capstar works similarly, but it only kills fleas for 24 hours, so we generally advise dosing every 48 hours. Capstar is cheap and effective, but it will get as expensive as Comfortis or Trifexis if you have to dose for weeks or months on end, which you will likely have to do.
Truly, Comfortis or Trifexis is a miracle cure in the situation of severe flea infestation. Call your vet!