I have read some awesome posts with great information on using Borax for Fleas....especially a post by "Betsy" on 5/27. I've started using the Borax in my apartment, I have mostly rugs. I'm doing one room at a time so my cat has somewhere to go.
You need to treat the entire house and yard at the same time (weekend). Take the cat to a friend's or the vet for the weekend and apply something to the cat to kill fleas for a month (ex. Frontline, Advantage, Advantage Multi). Vacuum the entire house and sweep and mop all other floors. Then treat all the house, the bombs will get in every nook and cranny, but then you have to put up food and clean dishes. Then vacuum every day for a month. Treat the yard with a spray or granule type flea killer. Granules last longer. Then reapply monthly prevention to the cat for at least 3 months. Treat the house as the directions say on the product you got to kill fleas. Make sure you treat all cats and dogs in the household. Good luck, but it will take a while to get them under control.
One note: after vacuuming, immediately discard the bag or empty the dirt cup into a trash bag and take it outside.
Put the borax around the outside edge of the patio.
You stated you live in an apartment. Contact the owner and have them treat the apartment or the entire building. Maybe the fleas are coming in by way of the patio. Do you keep your cat in the apartment or do you let it outside? Maybe your neighbors have a flea problem also. Ask them and see if you can go to the manager together. You need to treat the ENTIRE apartment at one time. You are chasing them from one room to another. Make it impossible for the fleas to have a safe place to go. Take your cat to a friends or vet while your apartment is being treated. Make sure your cat is flea free before taking it to your friends. Maybe the apartment management could also treat the yard which will take care of other insects as well.
We recently had a problem with fleas. At the time I had a dog, who stayed outside sometimes and a cat. Well, we got rid of the dog, but we had fleas and my poor cat who never goes outside had fleas. It has taken awhile, maybe about two months, for us to get the fleas under control. I use a flea/tick shampoo on my cat every two weeks, to kill fleas on him, since that is more economical that buying thirty dollers worth of advantage or whatnot. We have vacumed alot, and I even tried putting salt on the carpets, because I heard salt would make the eggs burst and kill the fleas. I'm not sure if it worked or not. We use Termipest and had our house sprayed ( we live in a subdivision), put our cat in the garage and told him not to spray there, and had to leave the house for three hours for the spray to dry. The process had to be repeated two weeks later to kill off all of the eggs that hadn't hatched yet. We also got the house quaterly sprayed at that point in time too. We recently mopped our kitchen and bathrooms and discovered alot of fleas there. It is best to vacum right before the pest man gets there, to open up the carpet so the spray can hold better. And it helps to wait at least a few days before you vacum, as it takes away some of the spray. You have to work at it to get rid of the fleas. But I've also heard of people who didn't have pets, getting fleas from their neighboors at apartments. Good luck.
I have a huge cement basement, and my cat sleeps on a cat bed down there. So when he came in with fleas most of the fleas were on the cement floor down stairs. It's actually very easy to kill them on the basement floor. All you need to do is get this ant /bug spray from wall mart its like 8 dollars you spray it all over the cement floor it dries in 30 minutes and when I came back the next day to my amazement there were about 50 fleas dead on the floor. I recommend doing this if you have any hard wood floors or cement floors.
This is more about interior treatments, but critical info regardless. Borax products kill fleas by dehydrating them when they fill up on it, which takes time, so vacuum first, and don't freak out when they're still hopping around for days.
No matter what you use, tho, it's only gonna kill or prevent 3 of the 4 stages. The crysalis stage is impervious - the lil buggers can stay dormant for for a year or more if undisturbed. But in an active home, new adults will emerge in 7-10 days, and could lay eggs and away we go. So - what you want about that time is an adulticide. If you're fussy, there are greener pesticides available, just make sure whatever you use delivers a quick death.
If you are treating an unused room with Borax, by the way, put a fan or something in there that vibrates. It's the vibration of your feet brings the undead out of their little cocoons, so if nothing is moving, the current batch of them will sleep right through whatever you do. Vacuum, dust the place w your borax product, and put something on the floor that vibrates. Come back in a week or ago and use poison.
The borax product I use doesn't work once wet, so I'm gonna have to buy some serious evil for the back patio. Hoping just dusts will do for thr basement. By the way, if you want to know exactly where your fleas are, just go around bare legged. If they don't jump you while you're in motion, stand still & see how quick & dense the response is. My whole house was infested and its much better now on the first floor, but I still look ;-)
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