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I work for a lady who had cats inside, the cats are gone but the fleas stayed! What can we use inside to get rid of them? We've sprinkled bags of Sevin dust in every room, it's help very little. It's very bad, she's bitten several hundred times a day, I'm bitten about a 100 times everyday while I'm there. What do we need to do? We are willing to try anything that's not poisonous because it is inside and she doesn't get out.

Thanks for any help.
Chas from WV

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August 31, 20061 found this helpful
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Borax! Sprinkle borax on all furniture, sweep into the carpets, put in all corners. Vacuum it up after an hour or two but some will stay behind to keep killing them at the base of the carpets. It continues to kill the eggs and is much safer than insecticides. I agree that you need to continue vacuuming. If this does not take care of the fleas, do it again. If you are getting that many bites, there must be a bunch of them and with no animals left, the humans are the targets. You can also mix the borax with table salt as it works, too.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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August 31, 20061 found this helpful
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If you go to Walmart or you local pet store. There is a spray the brand is Adams in a blue bottle. It works great you can spray this on you furniture, carpet, anything it works great.

Kay

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September 1, 20061 found this helpful
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Hello, All the posts are good ones. And yes continuously getting bitten is not healthy besides being nerve wracking. Is there carpeting in the house? I have had flea problems in the past but always got rid of them. I always used a heavy application of salt on the carpeting and letting it sit and then vacumming. Get rid of the vacuum contents immediately. Also wash down everything in that house with a strong vinegar solution. If the person can get out for a while an exterminator might not be a bad idea though I hate the thought of chemicals myself. Salt is cheap as is vinegar. Nothing to lose by trying.

Good luck to you!!

Have a great Labor day weekend all

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September 12, 20071 found this helpful
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If you put a flat dish of warm water and a drop of Dawn dish detergent in each room the fleas will get in and die. PLUS vacuum and after you are done put the vacuum bag in a zip lock bag and freeze over night. This saves a lot of money on a new vacuum bag every day. You must vacuum all areas of the house and around base boards and furniture. The fleas will be gone in no time and no chemicals needed.

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August 31, 20061 found this helpful

What's worked here for over 30 years is sprinkling Sevin Dust onto the carpet, floors, behind things, etc. Research literature indicates it's not harmful to cats and dogs or people, however i'd keep small children away from it. So, let the Sevin Dust remain on your carpet 'n floors for a day or more then sweep and/or vacuum. You might have to retreat the area w/in two weeks, like others have indicated, to kill the second generation hatched in your home. When there's a bad infestation, i'll sprinkle Sevin Dust into my pets' coats; if it's not been shaken off by the pet's normal activities the S.D. will be removed in a day or so. Dawn detergent is dandy for killing fleas; that's been used here for 20 years.

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August 31, 20060 found this helpful

I understand the cats are gone.. so the suggestions about what to wash them with and comb them with...will not help!!

.my friend had this problem several years ago, when during construction by their home evidently a large flea infestation was uncovered..they actually had to move out of the house for 6 weeks, they had an exterminator and followed those instructions about vacumming...they would come back and vacuum.

I am afraid that this is something you may have to do...as you simply CAN NOT continue to be bitten. Follow all the directions of the large email above , but also, get out of there until this is resolved. Good luck.

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

I haven't tried these, but I've heard of both of these. One is to put mothballs into your vacuum bag so when you vacuum, the fleas get sucked in with the mothballs. It's supposed to kill them. Another thing I've heard of is spraying pennyroyal oil on your carpets. (I belive health food stores would have this).

Editor's Note: With all the complaints we've had on this site about trying to get rid of mothball smells, I don't know that I'd recommend this. : )

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

THE EASIEST WAY WOULD HAVE BEEN TO TREAT THE CATS. SINCE THAT IS NOT AN OPTION, CALL THE EXTERMINATOR. YOU HAVE A SEVERE INFESTATION. VACCUM EVERY DAY AND THROW AWAY THE BAG. THEN HAVE THE CARPETS CLEANED, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER CLEANING A WEEK LATER. THE HOT WATER OR STEAM WILL FORCE THEM TO HATCH. KEEP VACCUMMING!

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September 1, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with Ann. I didn't even use the salt, just the nightlight 24/7 & a bowl of water.BOOM NO MORE FLEAS. GOOD LUCK.

C.L.

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July 27, 20080 found this helpful

Washing with original dawn dish washing soap will get rid of fleas. Also after washing and drying completely dust lightly with Sevin dust. Treat the outside of the house with Sevin dust. Sprinkle the yard and areas that the pets use.

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August 18, 20080 found this helpful

I just want to tell a few things that happened to me. Hopefully it can help someone else. I went undiagnosed for so long I was infested with fleas. I know what a flea looks like, but we never saw the actual adult flea. The doctor said, "You can't carry fleas around on you." Wrong! I was the host because we kicked the cat out and treated her.

We had no idea that my problem was fleas. This is what you should do: treat the cat and let her back inside! The fleas prefer the cat but will take the human as the host if there is no cat! After the cat is treated, the fleas will go to it to feed but will die because the cat has been treated.

I bathed with the Dawn soap too. It worked well. Use Tree oil after bath. It has antiseptic properties. Make sure it is 100% Tea Tree oil. The fleas don't like it. We bug-bombed the house. Then used Diatomateous earth (DE), the kind that is pet safe, is good for spreading all over the carpet. You can buy it at a feed store, Lowes, or Ace Hardware. First vacuum. That stirs up the eggs to hatch. Then sprinkle the DE on the carpet, especially the places where the cat would have walked, slept, etc. Leave on. Vacuum the next day. Repeat.

Everyday vacuum to make sure you get all the eggs. Make sure you do the yard with the DE as well. I suffered so long because of doctors telling me I did not have bugs that by the time I figured the whole thing out for myself, I was really infested. Hope some of this can help you.

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June 22, 20111 found this helpful

We have used Borax on the carpets in a house that we were working on and we just went through the whole house and sprinkled it on the carpets and scuffed it in with our feet and left for the day and went back the next day and there were no more fleas. So Borax definitely works, as the man that owned the house was constantly putting out bomb cans but it wasn't getting rid of the fleas. The house was infested with them, it is going on 3 weeks now and still no fleas and I have heard that you could also sprinkle this on your furniture. I have never tried in on the furniture though.

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