I have fleas in my house that I can't get rid of. I have used Borax, flea bombers, and vacuum at least twice daily. We have cats (outside) that have been treated with Advantage and are flea free. Does anybody have any other ideas?
By rosy red 29 from WV
I've sent this info to so many people you'd think I had told the world already, but I guess not.
This should do it. If you keep flea protection on your pets all the time. (07/21/2009)
Most store-bought bombers suck. Buy a quality bomber from your vet and also use a quality sprayer (also bought from a Vet) on your carpeting. Call around and ask the vet if they sell the really good spray that also kills flea eggs after they hatch. I've been in your place (with a totally infested house).
First off, take your toothbrushes and put them into your fridge and put your dishes in the oven (to keep chemicals off). Then go to your vet and ask for the flea carpet and upholstery spray that also kills flea eggs. Make sure you buy enough. You'll most likely need 2 spray bottles. Vacuum first because the vacuuming makes the flea eggs hatch, then spray (while wearing rubber gloves) all over your carpeting. Wash your draperies and either remove the upholstered furniture, or clean or spray it. Keep your kids outside while you're spraying and leave the house with everyone for the rest of the day (with the windows closed).
When you come back home, open the windows for an hour or more to air out your house before you guys enter. Keep your kids off the carpeting for at least 2 weeks (or more) and don't let them play on it or sit on the carpeting while watching TV or playing video games (have them sit on a chair).
With foggers, you need to repeat in 2 weeks because the don't kill eggs. The spray from the vet costs more, but it works andyou don't have to repeat it again, because it kills the eggs too. Also, it doesn't get all over your furniture and tables with chemicals like the foggers do. Make sure to wash your animals and put a flea killer on your animals or the house will be infested in no time all over again. I've been there, done that. And to top it off, I'm very allergic to fleas.
Many will balk about using these nasty chemicals, but if you've tried everything, this is the only thing you can do. I had a friend who had to get rid of all of her bedding and furniture then take all the clothes in the house to the Laundromat to get rid of them. As far as washing your clothes, sheets or bedding. Put them in the hot dryer for an extra 15 minutes after they're dry to kill fleas. Talk to the vet for complete directions. They've seen this problem on may occasions. I always say, first, try the natural approach and if that fails, you'll not have any choice, but to go with the chemicals.
The directions on the spray say to spray the vinyl and wood flooring too, but you can always wash it. First use the spray on the carpeting and the bottom part of the upholstered furniture. The fleas will try to go into the kitchen and if you have enough spray left over you can spray the flooring, but first do the carpeting. Get out of the house as fast as you can after spraying. If you have a respirator wear one. I go back and forth to a window, or step outside and take in a deep breath, then I hold my breath while I'm spraying. (07/21/2009)
Read these two URL'S:
"Ask the Vet" from the Division of Humane Services: cchealth.org
The University of Kentucky College of Entomology: ca.uky.edu
They have more details about fleas and how to get rid of them. (07/22/2009)
I have posted this somewhere else, but I do not remember where. I use the 100% all natural Diatomateous Earth, Food Grade. Food grade is extremely important. Dust outside and inside of your home, your dogs, cats and even you if you needed it. The animals can also eat it, because it is natural and safe.
Here is an informational page at the store I purchase from. At the time I was looking for another batch (about 3 weeks ago), they still had the best price. wolfcreekranch1.tripod
So please read up on this 100% all natural flea killer and protect these loving pets from the pesky pets without chemicals. Rose (07/23/2009)
Plain ole rubbing alcohol will do the trick. Just put it in a spray bottle and spray everything. It kills fleas on contact. Cheap, fast, and economical. (07/24/2009)
Call in an exterminator. (07/24/2009)
I read one time that you could put a bowl of water at a nite-lite at night and the fleas would go for the light and fall into the water. Good Luck. (07/24/2009)
I think an exterminator might be needed, but take a last shot with lice spray. It might work and they should die on contact. (07/24/2009)
The most important thing is that the spray, bomb etc. has and insect growth inhibitor. This stops the egg/flea cycle. Good luck. (07/25/2009)
I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and no fleas in my house. I use Revolution flea control on my animals and also put 6 mothballs in my vacuum bag. Mothballs kill fleas before they escape the vacuum bag and back into your carpet. Do not leave mothballs laying about your house as they are poisonous to animals. (07/31/2009)
How to get rid of fleas from your home without paying the exterminator costs. I adopted 2 cats that had a major flea problem, my house became infested with fleas and when I called the exterminator they said they would charge $400 to get rid of the problem. I found out some cheaper alternatives to get rid of my problem and they worked really well.
You will need:
Second, place a flea collar into one of your new vacuum bags and vacuum any surface you can- the flea collar will kill whatever fleas that wind up in the bag.
Third, spray your rooms down with the gallon of spray, let dry for about an hour. Don't go overboard.
Then, vacuum again after the carpets and surfaces are dry. You will need to vacuum and spray at least twice daily, and it is work, but you will reclaim your house back.
When vacuum cleaner is not in use place it in a room that you are treating until the next use. I would suggest changing the vacuum bags every 4 days or so. Be sure to place the vacuum bag into an air-tight container or bag before throwing out.
There are traps that work at night as well that won't break the bank. They are usually found at hardware stores and cost around $10. They are called overnight flea trap nite light. They are handy to have and really do work.
Be sure to bathe your pets with flea and tick shampoo during this process and keep them in fresh flea collars. (09/15/2009)
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