Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I have fleas in my house that I can't get rid of. I have used Borax, flea bombers, and vacuum at least twice daily. We have cats (outside) that have been treated with Advantage and are flea free. Does anybody have any other ideas?


By rosy red 29 from WV


Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I've sent this info to so many people you'd think I had told the world already, but I guess not.

  1. You have to do all areas on the same day. Otherwise, all you're doing is chasing fleas.
  2. Get something like Seven dust for the yard. Put some in an old sock and shake it all over.

  3. Apply Advantage to all the animals on the same day.
  4. Put all pet bedding in the washer and wash on hot.

  5. Probably most important: Get a good fogger (I used VetKem) and be sure to have enough to cover your whole house. If you have an enclosed garage get one for it also. Follow directions on the fogger, take your animals with you, go for a drive for a couple of hours. The fogger needs to be one that has a residual effect. It will continue to kill fleas as they hatch. A knock-out spray is not good enough.

  6. When you get home air the place out.

This should do it. If you keep flea protection on your pets all the time. (07/21/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

Most store-bought bombers suck. Buy a quality bomber from your vet and also use a quality sprayer (also bought from a Vet) on your carpeting. Call around and ask the vet if they sell the really good spray that also kills flea eggs after they hatch. I've been in your place (with a totally infested house).

First off, take your toothbrushes and put them into your fridge and put your dishes in the oven (to keep chemicals off). Then go to your vet and ask for the flea carpet and upholstery spray that also kills flea eggs. Make sure you buy enough. You'll most likely need 2 spray bottles. Vacuum first because the vacuuming makes the flea eggs hatch, then spray (while wearing rubber gloves) all over your carpeting. Wash your draperies and either remove the upholstered furniture, or clean or spray it. Keep your kids outside while you're spraying and leave the house with everyone for the rest of the day (with the windows closed).


When you come back home, open the windows for an hour or more to air out your house before you guys enter. Keep your kids off the carpeting for at least 2 weeks (or more) and don't let them play on it or sit on the carpeting while watching TV or playing video games (have them sit on a chair).

With foggers, you need to repeat in 2 weeks because the don't kill eggs. The spray from the vet costs more, but it works andyou don't have to repeat it again, because it kills the eggs too. Also, it doesn't get all over your furniture and tables with chemicals like the foggers do. Make sure to wash your animals and put a flea killer on your animals or the house will be infested in no time all over again. I've been there, done that. And to top it off, I'm very allergic to fleas.

Many will balk about using these nasty chemicals, but if you've tried everything, this is the only thing you can do. I had a friend who had to get rid of all of her bedding and furniture then take all the clothes in the house to the Laundromat to get rid of them. As far as washing your clothes, sheets or bedding. Put them in the hot dryer for an extra 15 minutes after they're dry to kill fleas. Talk to the vet for complete directions. They've seen this problem on may occasions. I always say, first, try the natural approach and if that fails, you'll not have any choice, but to go with the chemicals.

The directions on the spray say to spray the vinyl and wood flooring too, but you can always wash it. First use the spray on the carpeting and the bottom part of the upholstered furniture. The fleas will try to go into the kitchen and if you have enough spray left over you can spray the flooring, but first do the carpeting. Get out of the house as fast as you can after spraying. If you have a respirator wear one. I go back and forth to a window, or step outside and take in a deep breath, then I hold my breath while I'm spraying. (07/21/2009)

By Cyinda

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

Read these two URL'S:

"Ask the Vet" from the Division of Humane Services:

The University of Kentucky College of Entomology:

They have more details about fleas and how to get rid of them. (07/22/2009)

By Cyinda

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I have posted this somewhere else, but I do not remember where. I use the 100% all natural Diatomateous Earth, Food Grade. Food grade is extremely important. Dust outside and inside of your home, your dogs, cats and even you if you needed it. The animals can also eat it, because it is natural and safe.

Here is an informational page at the store I purchase from. At the time I was looking for another batch (about 3 weeks ago), they still had the best price. wolfcreekranch1.tripod

So please read up on this 100% all natural flea killer and protect these loving pets from the pesky pets without chemicals. Rose (07/23/2009)

By pogrl06

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

Plain ole rubbing alcohol will do the trick. Just put it in a spray bottle and spray everything. It kills fleas on contact. Cheap, fast, and economical. (07/24/2009)

By Bama_Jypsy1

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

Call in an exterminator. (07/24/2009)

By mulberry204

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I read one time that you could put a bowl of water at a nite-lite at night and the fleas would go for the light and fall into the water. Good Luck. (07/24/2009)

By grannygirl

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I think an exterminator might be needed, but take a last shot with lice spray. It might work and they should die on contact. (07/24/2009)

By damaged05170

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

The most important thing is that the spray, bomb etc. has and insect growth inhibitor. This stops the egg/flea cycle. Good luck. (07/25/2009)

By Merlene

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and no fleas in my house. I use Revolution flea control on my animals and also put 6 mothballs in my vacuum bag. Mothballs kill fleas before they escape the vacuum bag and back into your carpet. Do not leave mothballs laying about your house as they are poisonous to animals. (07/31/2009)

By Lorraina

Nothing Is Working To Get Rid Of The Fleas

How to get rid of fleas from your home without paying the exterminator costs. I adopted 2 cats that had a major flea problem, my house became infested with fleas and when I called the exterminator they said they would charge $400 to get rid of the problem. I found out some cheaper alternatives to get rid of my problem and they worked really well.

You will need:

  • A vacuum cleaner that has bag- Bag-less vacuums won't work for this
  • At least 2 vacuum bags
  • 2 flea collars
  • 1 Gallon of Zep Ready To Use Flea Spray FSH-128 with sprayer nozzle or any home flea spray that has the chemical Permethrin in it.
    This comes already mixed and does not need to be diluted and can be found at most hardware stores for under $15
  • 1 bottle of PineSol- any scent will do.
This is about a 2 week process depending on your home size, but trust me this really works. First, move your children and pets out of the room in which you are working. Then you will need to wash all of your clothes with a cap full of PineSol added to your water, this is to kill off any pests that may be in your clothes or bedding.

Second, place a flea collar into one of your new vacuum bags and vacuum any surface you can- the flea collar will kill whatever fleas that wind up in the bag.

Third, spray your rooms down with the gallon of spray, let dry for about an hour. Don't go overboard.
Then, vacuum again after the carpets and surfaces are dry. You will need to vacuum and spray at least twice daily, and it is work, but you will reclaim your house back.

When vacuum cleaner is not in use place it in a room that you are treating until the next use. I would suggest changing the vacuum bags every 4 days or so. Be sure to place the vacuum bag into an air-tight container or bag before throwing out.

There are traps that work at night as well that won't break the bank. They are usually found at hardware stores and cost around $10. They are called overnight flea trap nite light. They are handy to have and really do work.

Be sure to bathe your pets with flea and tick shampoo during this process and keep them in fresh flea collars. (09/15/2009)

By Laura06378


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