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Preventing a Flea Infestation from a New Cat

How quick can your house become infested with fleas? I have two adult cats that have never had fleas. I brought a new 3 week old kitten into my house 3 days ago and never noticed any fleas at all. Today, I noticed a few fleas and immediately gave him a bath with Johnson's Baby Shampoo and didn't notice any fleas on the towel after I dried him.

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If he's been isolated in a room since the day I brought him in the house, do you think I've managed to avoid an infestation? I will get Frontline for my other 2 adult cats, but I'm really hoping my house is clear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

By Theresa from NJ

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

Ditch the frontline. It is poison after all. Get dry 20 mule team borax into all carpets, rugs, furniture. Carpets, 2 cups (or more) dry sifted for average size room. Leave down 2 weeks before you vacuum. It takes 2 weeks for life cycle of egg larvae and adult. No fleas will survive in the house for over a year and a half if you don't reintroduce from the outside. Outdoor yard, fleas will freeze over winter. In spring and summer if no fleas are introduced you should be flea free. I never had to try it but I am told Sevin dust powdered into lawn areas kills fleas but has to be replaced periodically.

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