Fleas, new house, seriously?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@beachchic105:  We do flea bombs twice a year. We usually put the cats out in the garage (detached from the house) and set them up with their food, water, litter box, etc along with the bunny and his cage. And then we’ll take the puppy out swimming or go into the city and take her with us. We usually leave for about 6 or 7 hours which is probably a bit excessive, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

We make sure the TVs are covered up with a sheet and that our bed sheets and pillows for the living room are set to be thrown into the wash as soon as we get home. 

Also, make SURE your smoke detectors are off! We forgot to take the batteries out once and about 2 minutes into the bomb going off we heard our alarm as we were leaving. 

As SOON as you get home throw the sheets and such in the washer (I also wash our comforter) and anything else that you come in contact with. As for the hardwood floors, there’ll be residue but it will mop right up. Just make sure your pets don’t go into the room until you’ve mopped it REALLY well. It won’t hurt the wood though. 

As upkeep between flea bombs, I make a salt and baking soda mixture to sprinkle over furniture and carpets. Leave it down for about 2 hours, and then vaccuum up. The mixture will suffocate the fleas and kill them, and it’s much easier (and cheaper) than setting off a bomb more than once or twice a year. I do the mixture sprinkle around the house about once a month. We haven’t had fleas since we’ve been doing the bombs and the baking soda sprinkling. 🙂

 

 

 

Post # 4
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

So sorry that your furbaby is going through this – sounds terrible! I have never heard of flea bombs but they sound like a good idea based on @PacificMrs:‘s feedback. Can I ask if you do the flea bombs even if there are no fleas present? I’m thinking maybe we should too!  

Post # 6
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783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Do you know that dawn dish detergent works better than flea dip? It suffocates the eggs so they cannot hatch. True story. I called my vet once because my dog was infested. I dipped her to no avail. The vet told me to try dawn. I swear it killed them and they never returned. It was also much less harsh on her skin. So now if I see one of my dogs with fleas iwash them with dawn, regular original dawn.

Post # 9
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@beachchic105:  Nope, it doesn’t hurt it! I promise. And no, all you need to do get the heat and AC unit off. We triple check everything before we leave, too. 

Post # 10
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783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Fleas and ticks are bad this year. I myself just got over a staph infection from a nasty tick bite. Thankfully it wasn’t lymes disease. An oatmeal bath would probably be very soothing to her skin. Poor baby…:(.

I just called my sis who has used flea bombs before. She said that it didn’t ruin her furniture. She had carpet though and not hardwood floors. But she said pretty much the same thing as the first person who responded.

Much luck and I hope she feels better.

Post # 11
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258 posts
Helper bee

DE your yard. It is animal safe and will kill alloutside critters. Even if the furbaby dosen’t go outside they can still come inside on you. 

Sweep and mop your floors!!!!! and vacum your couches. Also you can buy furniture spray that kills them as well.

 

My kitten is very allergic to fleas so I am kinda nazi about it. 

 

if you are worreid about your stuff talk to the pet store people and they will tell yu what is safe to use.

 

Also wash ALL cloth. Clothes sheets bedding…everything the animal lays on. Also Don’t forget under the bed and such 

Post # 12
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@beachchic105:  I know ticks have been awful in my area this summer, so fleas have probably been the same.  Ugh!  Glad I have a white dog – makes it easier to spot any creepy-crawlies before they latch on.  We also use Frontline every month, which we get from the vet – much safer and more effective than anything you can buy at a drug store.  I second the PP’s comment about diatomaceous earth – I believe you can use it on carpet as well as outdoors, it’s sold at pool supply companies.  Also, I know you’re worried about your furniture getting damaged, but you actually want the flea bomb chemicals getting on the upholstery – fleas can live in there, too (like bedbugs!).  If it were me, I’d probably hire an exterminator to do the bombing/spraying, though….I’ve heard too many stories of drug store flea baths/sprays/bombs going wrong and sickening people or pets.  Especially since it’s your new house, a thorough exterminator visit is probably a good investment as he or she can check for all sorts of pests and head off any problems.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Ibblet:  I came here to also suggest treating your lawn. Even if they’re not in the house anymore, as soon as your dog goes outside, he can get re-infested. I LOVE Diatomaceous Earth (make sure you get “food grade”), although I don’t personally have experience with using it on lawns. I did use it inside of the house when my family moved to Texas and we found that our new house was infested with roaches– killed those suckers good and fast!

If you don’t want to fleabomb your house yet, you can try a combo of DE and vacuuming, washing, and mopping to see if that helps with the fleas. At one point, my cats had a huge problem with fleas, and that’s what I did. Anywhere the cat could possibly sit, there were probably eggs. Wash any and all removable bedding, vacuum anything else you can think of. Spread DE where the dog can’t get to, or even put the dog in another room (just for the sake of not being disturbed in the process) and sprinkle it everywhere before vacuuming.

I also used Revolution. It worked WONDERS! Everyone will have different levels of success with various medicines, but it seems to be stronger than the medicine you can buy in the store.

Post # 16
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258 posts
Helper bee

@beachchic105:  AS long as they have stayed in there it should be fine…but if you took them out layed them on the bed then hug them back up I would wash. 

You wont ever get rid of the problem untill you kill all the eggs. Make sure your Bomb kills all stages of flea life. Also advantage is amazing!!

We don’t use bombs cause they make me sick we just use the foam spray and vaccum everything. but After the bomb I would flip over your cushions and vaccum under them…if your animal sleeps on the bed strip your bed first so the bomb gets on the mattress they can crawl up in there and survive. 

Harder than roaches to get rid of :/ 

 

 

Oh and..

The red patches means she might have an allergy to the fleas….you would be amazed at what childrens benidryll can do to help that. Call your vet and ask about doseage 

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