Fleas in the Carpet

We have fleas in our bedroom from cats. I let the mama cat in to have her babies, and oh boy was I ever wrong. We are infested with fleas in the carpet. I don't know what to do. Please help me.

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By Alice from Tifton, GA

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

You need to start a monthly pest control programme. You can do this yourself to save up to $100USD a month IF you are careful to read and follow the directions on the label of whatever product you chose.

You can buy a 2 gallon sprayer for around $50USD in any D-I-Y centre in the US, or in a feed and seed store. The sprayers come with an adjustable nozzle-you'll be using the 'fan' setting to apply a pesticide.

As for a good pesticide, Liquid Sevin seems expensive as it comes as a concentrate that you mix with water in the sprayer, but it is very effective in controlling not only fleas but other pests like roaches, spiders, silverfish, and more. (Or used to be, it's been a few years since I lived in the US, the formula may have changed)

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Remember-you MUST read and carefully follow the directions on the label! Any pesticide is a poison an misused can cause illness and/or death to you, pets, and beneficial insects like honeybees.

Vacuum daily, spray weekly at first then monthly once you kill off the initial fleas and their offspring. Spray the perimeter both inside and out of your house, under sinks and in cabinets, and all along the baseboards. Wash everything you can get into the washer in hottest water possible for the fabric, and spray mattresses, couches, chairs, and any other upholstered fabrics that you can't get into the washer.

Flea eggs hatch out in carpet, bedding, and upholstered fabric-spraying and vacuuming will eliminate most of these eggs, but you will need to maintain the pest control programme for it to be effective.

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful

Dry 20 Mule Team Borax into carpet for 2 weeks before you vacuum. Cedercide granules in yard. Forget all poisons. Bathe mama and babies with bar soap or gentle shampoo.

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April 18, 20120 found this helpful

A white dish with soapy water with a light by it will attract them and they cannot break the surface tension of the soapy water. The adults are attracted by the warmth of an old fashion light bulb and the white of the dish.

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You will continue to have problems until all the eggs hatch, but this will bring some relief from the biting adults.

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