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Getting Rid of Fleas in an Apartment?

I live in an 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. I foster animals with a rescue and have never had any issues until my most recent lot of kittens. I currently have 7 foster kittens, 1 foster puppy, and my personal dog.

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I have removed all of the animals and taped off my private unit and used 3 foggers, one in each bedroom and one in the living room. I have washed all of the bedding in my apartment along with buying a spray for my carpet, couch, beds, everything. I vacuum and flea comb all of the animals every morning and night. But when I comb the kittens I still get some fleas off of them.

I am giving them all meds today to kill anything on them, but I don't want to waste it if they are going to just jump right back on them. I have never dealt with this before and apparently I am not doing too great. What else can I do? I need them gone; I'm losing my mind. Do I contact the apartment office about it? Will they fix it? What else can I do? I don't want to keep wasting my money, but I want them gone!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Sprinkle salt or borax on carpets and vacuum. Empty bag outside. Vacuum vigilantly. Put anything that can be put in the dryer for 20 minutes to kill the fleas.

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September 21, 20210 found this helpful

I feel terrible for what you are going through and you are receiving great advice from people that really want to help . I've been through this awful situation and th

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Is the medicine from the vet? If so, I would try that and see if it works.

Also ask the vet to be sure you are using the best home products.

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If you think someone else in your building is also infested and that is why you can't seem to get ahead of the issue, then, yes, tell the landlord. They may need to do a building wide deep cleaning/treatment.

Post back with an update on this. Prayers!

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

My neighbors have been really great about my fosters and they know that I have had the problem, and they aren't worried they just make sure I want neighbor that does have two cats have the preventative. All kittens got capstar to kill everything on them and a flea preventative. I still vacuum and comb them twice daily and I am barely getting any now, and hopefully soon I will get none.

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I have one more round of capstar to use but I will bathe them between that and hopefully the next round will knock them out fully. Thankfully no other apartment is having any issues but they are all vacuuming a little extra for now.

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January 21, 20200 found this helpful

I am using the Flea spray in my Apt. Constantly after vaccum & wash ..we have 2 cats & they are treated as well. This is also effecting me & my son as we are being bitten too . Nightmare's

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

You can contact the Human Society to see if there is any help for your issue sense you are fostering animals.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I private foster but currently the fosters I have are three a rescue. They have been great and have provided me with the medication for the animals and even m own. They are reimbursing me for the foggers as well. We have the babies capstar to kill all on them and prevention as well.

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So far it's been much better I still vacuum and comb them twice daily, once and a while I do get some off but seems like it's getting less atleast.

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

I would definitely contact the landlord first and see if they would be able to assist you. If you do end up having to cover the cost yourself, then I would say rather than spending any money on any other online home remedies or suggestions, just spend the money right off the bat to have a professional come out. Trust me on this, you will end up spending less money in the long run and it will be a lot less stress on you and your pets as well. The thing is, you can get rid of the fleas on your pets but how do you know that the fleas are gone from your home? And, maybe you think they are all gone but there can be eggs. I know this from experience, and unfortunately I also found out from my experience that I am allergic to flea bites so it was not very fun for weeks and months on end. I scoured forums online talked to many people and tried everything from borax to flea bombs to treatments on our pets, but it wasn't until months later when we had tried every single thing under the sun that we realized we had to hire a professional. be sure to ask what their process is for ridding your home of fleas.

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If they answer your question by stating that they will come out and treat your home, and then they will have to come out again a week or two later to treat it again, that is the company you want to go with. Because that company knows that the first round of treatment will take care of the fleas that are live right now, and the second round of treatment will take care of the fleas that are born from the eggs laid from the previous fleas. That was the one thing that rid our home once and for all of every last flea. if you are budget-minded like myself, I would also suggest to call around to various places asking that question I mentioned to you as well as finding out the price. Be sure the price they quote to you is for both treatments. They will want you to get everything up off of the carpet if possible to be able to treat every inch of your home. I will be thinking good thoughts for you and I wish you the best of luck. It's not a good situation to be in but there is a solution :-)

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

It is a lot of repetition with fleas. Cleaning, vacuuming, washing, re-applying flea spray, and so forth.

For me, I made traps with dish detergent and water but I don't own any pets. The fleas hatched from previous owners.

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Eventually they went away on its own. You'll be free of fleas hopefully within 3 months, but that was given I had no pets for fleas to lay more eggs.

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

First; Check your lease before you go to your landlord!
Does your landlord know that you are fostering these animals?
Does your lease allow for animals or do you pay a fee for each animal (many people do).
Please check this out or you may have to move or give up the animals.

I hope the flea meds work for you and these babies.
You seem like a very caring person so stay calm and think about the best method to try next.
It's very apparent that you probably have fleas in every room and with small kittens it can be a nightmare.

I always recommend giving baths with blue Dawn as this is safe for all animals but maybe a couple of days in a row and then only twice a week. They also might flourish from a few drops of olive oil in their food to keep their skin healthy.

I use diatomaceous earth (DE) (FOOD GRADE ONLY) for any kind of bug problem because it is safe for animals and humans. This can be usually be purchased at Home Depot, Lowe's, Garden Center stores, Farm Supply stores and online. Google where to buy food grade diatomaceous earth with your zip code).
Please read about it so you will know how to use it - much easier to use than salt or Borax (but both are good and safe to use if handled properly) - just be slow in dispensing and try not to breath very much of the dust. Wearing a mask is recommended. 2-4 pounds will last a very long time.

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www.lowes.com/.../3276739

Read about DE so you'll understand how it works;

www.aspcapro.org/.../getting-rid-fleas-kittens-and-puppies

www.fleabites.net/.../

richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

Information about Borax;

www.smallfootprintfamily.com/is-borax-toxic

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you for the advice! My apartment does know that I foster thankfully they have been great I have had no issues & I'm sure I won't unless one causes an issue but all my neighbors love meeting the kittens/puppies some even send their kids over to tire them out I pay for my personal dog but that is it. I was all animals with Dawn when they first come in and every time we bath them. My rescue gave me some meds for the kittens along with some preventative. I have every piece of bedding bagged up. So far with vacuuming & still combing them twice daily I'm getting less & less. I only seem to find them in the animals in my kitten room so I am keeping those I can in my room. Fingers crossed it only gets better. I have never dealt with fleas before in ally years of fostering & hopefully this is the last but I would like to learn from this experience & be prepared for another war if need be. I will try that powder, I went to the store to get a powder but I tried a natural spray they recommended at Petco I got to bottle at about 20 bucks each and used it a few days in a row on everything everytime I vacuumed. Didn't seem to make a difference and it just made my apartment smell strongly of citrus.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for posting back! So good to hear things are on the upswing!! What a lovely heart you have to foster and take such good care of them. Continued prayers blessings to you all!

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

I use a mixture of baking soda, white vinegar and water to kill the fleans on my dogs. You may need to make a hot water bath for the kitten and put in white vinegar in the water and bath them. This will not hurt them at all. When they are in the water take the flea comb and try to get off as many fleans in the water. Empty the water between baths. When you flea comb the cats you need a small bowl of vinegar by you and put the fleas in the bowl. You can also spray your carpets and around your home with this mixture. Then clean the home and throw away the bag outside. You will need to treat all the animals the same each day to get rid of the fleas and stop them from jumping from one animal to the other.

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