(Closed) FLEA RANT

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Fleas are extremely difficult to get rid of. I don’t know where you live, but here in Florida we had almost *no* winter this year, so I’m prepared for a pretty bad flea season. Like many other pets, they build up a resistance in some areas to certain common pesticides.

Back when Darling Husband (then BF) and I first rescued our cat, the apartment he was living in got infested with fleas. It got so bad that I had to take our cat temporarily to my apartment and treat him there. They all died within 24 hours and my apartment didn’t get infested, but DH’s was another story.

After our cat left, the fleas started biting people. They were in the carpet big time, and it wasn’t just his unit. It was several units in the building. It took two times of flea-bombing the entire apartment, spraying down the carpets numerous times, and finally spreading out some dietenacious earth over the carpet and letting it settle for a few days before vaccuuming it all up.

In all, it took somewhere around 2-3 months to get rid of them.

Post # 4
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Booknerd:  It’s not uncommon to have to clean amd treat a home multiple times to get rid of fleas.  Most pesticides and cleaning only take care of adult fleas.  Even the pesticides that kill flea eggs only work on the ones they can reach, and many flea eggs are tucked into the most out of the way places. So while you kill the adults, the eggs that are tucked into tiny tiny cracks amd crevices hatch and start biting you and laying more eggs. You pretty much have to vaccum amd wash any fabrics at least once a week, and check the instructions on whatever pesticide you are using as to how often you can safely reapply it.

I would keep puppy away for a few weeks while they get the fleas under control.

Post # 6
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Booknerd:  Fleas can be transported by humans as well. So if they are in the yard or neighbors yard they can be brought in that way too. Also you need to bomb your house. We did bombs for fleas and did flea baths twice before we got rid of them two years ago… and our cat is an INDOOR cat! No other animals were in the house!!! They can also get through screens so we assume they got in that way or from the yard!

Post # 8
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Booknerd:  You can. Call a pest company to come out.

They can treat your yard for fleas. At my parents’ place, we have this one once a year because our dog loves to be outside. We get the yard treated for fleas and then we don’t even have to give her flea medication. She’s been flea-free for almost 10 years without even putting flea meds on her, just because they die once they get into our yard.

Post # 9
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Grrr… I had a similar thing with my FI’s family when we moved to the farm. I was routinely worming/fleaing etc… my dog, but she associates with the farm dogs who were covered in them.


I am still battling them (SEE- a spot on treatment, flea collar AND regular baths and she STILL has a few on her.) I am not happy. 


(NB I could just seperate her from the farm dogs and go wild. BUT, she has no other dog friends, Fiance says one dog is more than enough, and she has become very good friends with them.. Now they are also being treated… so.. hopefuly)

Post # 10
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

For fleas,where you live can make a huge difference.  If you live where it’s warmer during the winter, fleas are a huge problem.  There are years where my dog will get fleas just from going on walks — and he gets his Frontline every month year round. Our house never gets infested, though — we have all wood floors and clean very regularly — I don’t know if that is why or if we are just lucky.  If you live in an area like this, it might not be your in-laws’ fault.

Comfortis is da bomb, though.

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