Post # 1
So, as was bound to happen eventually I guess, the summer months caught up with our house. :/
We have two dogs, both roughly 3 years old. We haven’t had any sort of flea issue in YEARS (only time prior was when we first got them from the shelter) but this summer was so dry, I suppose, that the fleas were especially present in the environment. Plus it was our first year in our new house, which has a big, wooded backyard.
A few weeks ago we started noticing our dogs were scratching more than usual and biting at their hind quarters. One of our dogs is apparently allergic to flea bites. 🙁 I feel like I’ve failed as a dog-mama! We had been doing their spot treatment regularly, and like I said, had never had any issues. It just wasn’t strong enough and they ended up in our house — we’ll remember this for next summer! Not sure what else we can do though. Suggestions are welcome!
We’ve decided to do the flea bombs in our house to make sure we don’t have anymore issues.
Have you ever had to use a flea bomb? What was your experience? I’m nervous that we won’t do something right. :/ Darling Husband is at the store getting them now.
Post # 3
I never did flea bombs. We would purchase the carpet stuff that you sprinkle onto it and then vaccuum. I would also give my dog a bath with flea shampoo, brush her out, then put Frontline on her. It always seemed to work.
Post # 4
@Rouquine: We just don’t think that will work with our house and our surroundings. We’re also going to do a fogger thingy in our backyard because we’re pretty sure that’s where they are coming from. We just have sooooo much carpet. :/ Downside to big house. I hate carpet!! I hate it anyway, but it doesn’t help with this.
So no one has ever had to use a bomb/fogger before? THAT makes me feel better. :/ Lol.
Post # 5
Raid Flea control carpet and room spray is really excellent.
Post # 6
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We have had to use a bomber before. We also got capstar for our kitties when it happened. It kills all of the fleas on them instantly. It’s pretty cheap from the vet, like 6-9 bucks for the capsle. We just stripped all of the sheets/bedding, clothing and took them to the laundry mat and did extra hot drying. We then fogged the place and took the cats out for the afternoon. We didn’t have a problem after that, because we sprayed the doorways with flea spray to ensure we were not getting it once again from the neighbor’s animals that they refused to take care of.
Post # 7
Can you throw out all you carpeting? lol Fleas kind of remind me of bedbugs in the fact that they are pretty hard to completely irradicate.
I have not bomb/fogged but someone in my family did something similar (they fogged inside too) and they were pretty satisfied. However they had all the furniture cleaned, every sheet/bedset and article of clothing got put in the hot hot setting in the washer. Floors scrubbed. etc Its a huge undertaking but its worth it!
Post # 8
@Eva Peron: I would have thrown all the carpeting out a year ago if I could have! haha. We are saving up to replace it all with hardwood. I really hate carpet. Lol. And I feel the same way! Like I’ll feel like there is still a rogue flea in my house. -_- Call me the flea hunter? Every article of clothing? Oy vey.
@doily: Forgot about Capstar! When you say clothing, do you mean every single article of clothing? Including stuff hanging in the closet?
@SoupyCat: Good idea, we will buy some of that as well.
Post # 9
I’ve used flea bombs. Trip the trigger and RUN!. So I use the bomb in the most heavily infested area, and traps/spray in adjacent areas. I had really good luck with the traps made of an incandescent night light over a tray of soapy water.
About a day after I bombed, I would put down boric acid overnight, and vacuum it the next morning. Then I’d give it another spraying.
The spray I used was the purple stuff by Raid. I liked to joke that you could hear tiny screams of flea-death as I came through.
Post # 10
@SoupyCat: That’s what I used.
Yikes! I really hope you are able to get it under control!
Post # 11
I am also from Georgia and have a wooded back yard. I highly suggest using Advantix because it helps with Mosquitos and ticks. With a wooded back yard in Georgia having tick prevention is really important to me. As far as inside I am not really sure because we haven’t actually had a flea problem indoors.
Post # 12
I recommend Diatomaceous Earth. Its natural, safe and better than anything I’ve ever used. It is a white powder with the consistency of cornstarch. It’s fossilized, powdered water plant life. It kills any bug with an exoskeleton (including fleas) by making tiny cuts in their exoskeleton which dries them out.
I used it on my rabbits when they had fleas because Revolution, the only stuff that’s ok to use on rabbits, was not working even after two months. The DE killed the fleas within a couple days! I kept combing the rabbits and checking for fleas and didnt find any more living ones after just two days. I have a big mouth and have told everyone I know about DE and it has worked in less than a week on everyone’s pets!
I sprinkled it on my rabbits and rubbed it in once a day for a week to be sure the living fleas and their eggs were dead. I sprinkled some on the carpet and then vacuumed it up (having DE in the vacuum prevents fleas from hatching or living in the vacuum). I have never been able to deal with fleas so cheaply or quickly before.
DE costs about $20 for 10 lbs and I got it on eBay. The 10 lbs will last me forever. DE is perfectly safe and is eaten by humans without humans even knowing it (in biquick, for instance) and is mixed into animal feed to kill internal parasites YOU MUST GET FOOD GRADE DE, not pool grade because chemicals are added to pool grade DE.
Post # 13
Oh and I didn’t even comb the eggs out of my rabbits when I used the DE on them. I just let it do its thing and the fleas died anyway. That makes me happy because I friggin hate flea combs.
Post # 14
@Rouquine: We’ve decided to try a powder and vacuum the house. We don’t have like a crazy infestation or anything, but enough to go “Oh dear, our spot treatment isn’t working.” Meh.
@bunnyharriet: Thank you for the recommendation!! Darling Husband bought some sort of carpet sprinkle powder for us to try – he isn’t home yet, so I can’t remember what it is. But we’re going to do that and use a room spray as well (Adams or Raid) and of course bathe the dogs and use the spot treatment — though it says to wait 3 days after bathing to spot-treat so the body oils distribute the product. I’m definitely ordering what you’ve suggested for future use or for if this doesn’t work. Thanks!
@OtterHalf: We haven’t either! We check them for ticks daily as I’m a little paranoid, but they’re mostly inside dogs anyway. Do you find that the Advantix works better than other products for our area?
@surkim: Thank you!! I’m going to have to look into this soapy water/light thing as well! I’m LOL’ing at the flea screams. I pulled one off of my dog the other day and was creeped out by the fact that I drowned the stupid thing. :/ Aack. We’re going to nix the bomb for today and see if the powder/vacuum/spray works — perhaps with some soapy water and a light added into the mix? I’ve gotta Google now!
Post # 15
@AmeliaBedelia: Southern States sells flea traps, but they want more than the $3 a night light and foil turkey pan cost. I feel like the trap caught a ton, because it lured them in, where the spray only really killed the ones that took in enough poison.
I’m sure I took a few years off of my life killing those fleas. And my poor kitten, I overdipped him and he had the runs for a day. I felt so bad.
My current cats had fleas when we got them, but a dose of Frontline had them clean in about three days. I still washed and combed them, and sprayed their area with pet-safe spray and the perimeter with Raid death-spray.
The boric acid works the same way as the diatomaceous earth. I haven’t had a chance to try the DE because my parents pitched a fit about having to spend $8 on the spray, so I had to use the boric acide we had around the house. You’d think if they weren’t willing to help stop the fleas, they’d at least be willing to spend a few dollars so I could take them down… nope.
Post # 16
I had both of my parents’ dogs and my own dog a few summers ago. I felt like such a dirt-bag b/c they had fleas…. for a long time. I bathed those puppies almost everyday and used the little flea comb— didn’t help. Tried ever spray available… I even tried FrontLine- and I think I heard the fleas laughing at me! I tried everything over the counter/ traditional that had worked in the past that was available. After almost a month—- I called the vet.
They recommended the flea pill Comfortis– it killed the fleas on their body within 30 minutes and prevented them from coming back for 30 days or so. It was worth EVERY penny. So that problem was solved but after living with the little blood suckers for a month or so— the house was taken over. The vet also sold me a spray that is a miracle worker!!!! It is called Knock-Out. It was about 30 bucks… but I had already tried everything out there and didn’t care how much I had to spend. You spray it on your furniture and along your baseboards (and in my case on all of the hard wood floor planks to get in the little cracks) 2x’s (the initial time to kill the larva and the insects…. and then again in 2 or 3 weeks to kill the newly hatched larva… something like that). At the time my house was over 2000 square feet and there was enough spray in there to do both applications (and I had to do extra due to the entire downstairs being hardwoods)
As promised- my house was back to being pest-free almost instantly. No more little nasty bugs jumping around ON my pillow (seriously this was GROSSSSSS). I’m seriously scratching just thinking about this!