Are pets the only way fleas can enter your house or is there another way?
By Michelle83 from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
We got them once, a LONG time ago, when we lived in an apartment. We did not have pets. The maintenance guy said that we could have gotten them by walking through the grass.
If you are in an apartment building you can get them from a neighbors apartment if they have an infestation. If you have a house you can get fleas from rats possum or racoons that may have found a way under your house. Or even a stray cat or dog under your porch.
You can pick up fleas from even going to the park, the beach or a family, friend or neighbors house or yard. The fleas can be hiding on you/your clothes when you get home.
We lived in a nice place with some lovely bushes surrounding our patio. Unfortunately, the local wildlife also thought the bushes were nice and those bushes just bounced with fleas. It took quite awhile to get them taken care of.
From your house plants. You can bring them in with new plants even. You need a bug plant spray, enclose in a bag (water plant prior) and spray it, close the bag, leave for a week. If you have plants outside you bring in, you have to go through a de-bugging thing.
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If you do not have a pet and you have a dirty house, can you still get fleas?
Crystal from Da Veg
During 1993 when the midwest had so much rain and flooding, it was impossible to find flea foggers. The fleas were thriving and everyone had them-even those without pets. (04/10/2008)
Do not use salt, use only Borax if you live in high humidity areas, this is an alternative. Since salt absorbs water, salt in carpet in an un-airconditioned house in Florida (for example) would mean a damp carpet and later rotted or mildewed.
Here are 2 URLs for getting rid of fleas without chemicals:
It doesn't matter how clean or how dirty your house is. Fleas get in by jumping on people and/or animals, especially if they've walked through the grass before coming inside. The only time you don't have to worry about fleas is if you live somewhere it freezes for most of the winter (like Minnesota, etc). The long term freezing kills the fleas temporarily (just for the winter), but in the springtime when it starts warming up again, they come back as strong as ever! But here in Seattle, the fleas never go away because it never freezes for long enough.
But if you do have animals that go out and back in you'll have much more of a chance of having your home invaded by fleas. That means if someone has an indoor only cat, they have much less a chance of having fleas invade their home as someone who has an indoor-outdoor cat or a dog. Sometime the previous owner can leave a place infested with fleas, especially if they didn't de-flea their animals. I know what I speak of, my youngest son and I are EXTREMELY ALLERGIC to fleas. Whenever or where ever there is a flea, it will attack and bite us, and we'll swell up as big as you please! (04/11/2008)
I don't like using the bombs. but sometimes have no other choice. I also used carpet cleaner on all the furniture and now I spray it on at night before bedtime and let it dry. Then in the morning when I vacuum I get the furniture too. I am not a clean nut, but this is working well for me. (04/15/2008)