Post # 1
In our old house, our dogs were outside as much as they wanted to be and we never had a single flea/tick. New apartment? FLEAS!! I found them on the dogs the other night, so we flea-bathed them and then took them with us when we went out so that we could fog the apartment. Came back, washed the sheets, treated them with flea stuff and I’m still finding live ones, and I can see one or two tiny spots of flea dirt on the white one.
And now I have three little bug bites that I’m pretty sure are flea-inflicted. GROSS!! I hated fogging the apartment, just the thought of all of that poison all over everything is awful.
What else can I do? I don’t want to OD them on flea-treatments, but they’re obviously still alive and breeding. *shudder*
Post # 3
Have your apartment people come and spray pronto. And put your pups on Sentinel…a monthly heartgard pill and flea protectant. I hate those little buggers! 🙁
Post # 4
Salt, salt every fabric surface in your house. Leave it for a few hours and them vacuum. (I left it one our rugs for 24 hours) Salt causes the eggs to dry out and die thus no baby fleas. We only had to do this once but you may have to do it a couple times. During this period wash the doge and everything in the bathroom while you are washing them. Add flea medicine to the dogs asap. You may need to contact your management company to have the area sprayed for fleas outside.
Post # 5
@becauseilovehim: Can I salt the dogs? I’ve already medicated them with advantaged, AND shampooed them. I want to salt myself now. ugh.
When I leave in the morning, I should just salt their beds and shake them out when I come home? We have no carpet, so the only thing harboring fleas should be bedding, and one couch. I have to go back and read it, but apparently we signed a bed bug/flea addendum that makes us responsible for treatment. Even though I KNOW they picked it up from the property and not from us.
Post # 6
If you’ve applied Advantage, do not reapply until it’s due again. It does take some time to kill fleas on the animal, and if the environment is infected, you will continue to see fleas on the dog.
Post # 7
Cleaning may lessen the problem- vacuuming all rugs, couches, along base boards, etc will get a lot. Also wash any bedding-yours and the dogs. Look at what product you used to treat the apartment, some only kill live fleas and if there is a bad infestation there will be eggs that survive and hatch after treatment. It may take several times to get them all. Putting your dogs on a preventative like frontline will help manage the problem in the future. If they are on one consider asking your vet to switch them to a different one as fleas can develop a resistance to them over time. The only other suggestion I have would be to have an exterminator come in and treat/confirm it is a flea problem. The city I live in has had a big issue with bedbugs whose bites resemble flea bites. With it being a new apartment it could be an infestation from a previous tenant that is worsening now that you are living there.
Post # 8
We do not use flea shampoo we just took then outside one by one and combined them with a flea comb and dipped it in water Fleas cannot live in water so as long as you shower afterwards and wash your clothes you’ll be fine
salt anything that cant be washed then vaccum (if you have one) shaking might work. You are going to want to do your bed as well
ps putting salt on the dogs will dry them out so I would not. Our dogs paws got cracked from the salt. I just coconut oil on them to heal them
Post # 9
I don’t know if you get it where you are but next time they are due for their month flea treatment don’t use the spot on treatments, use Comfortis, it’s taken orally and just blows all of the others out of the water.
Post # 10
We have had this happen to us a couple of times and it is pretty easily addressed.
First get the Raid carpet spray (purple can) and spray ALL your carpets throughout the home that the dogs have access to. Wash all bedding that the dogs come in contact with. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!!! If the dogs have been treated with a flea medication already and you have bathed them the fleas will die.
If the first treatment doesn’t get it do it again. Anything that cannot be washed or sprayed can be put into the freezer (if it fits I guess).
Also, to prevent fleas from invading your yard invest in a flea grass/garden spray. We have one that we attach to our hose and spray everything couple of months.
I swear by that purple Raid spray it hasn’t let me down yet.
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: Thanks! Unfortunately, we don’t have any carpets at all. Just bedding and a single velvet couch. The other one is leather. And as for the yard, that’s definitely where they came from. Unfortunately, it’s an apartment- so we don’t have a hose. Any idea what I could put out there?
Edit: well, I guess it’s fortunate that we don’t have any carpet, lol. Not a shred. But that means that it’s the dogs, and as long as they’re in the apartment yard, they’ll keep bringing them in, yes?
Post # 12
Vacuum every day for 21 days. Use the raid flea spray. Wash everything in hot water and put it through the dryer.
Post # 13
There are product you can Use that don’t have to be applied with a hose. This one can be mixed in a pump sprayer (sold at most home improvement stores.). Treating the yard will help. The other thing is make sure they are on a flea preventative like frontline etc. They may still get an occasional bite but the fleas coming in the house should decrease drastically.
Post # 14
- Avon’s Skin so soft. Go online and find out how much to dilute, put into spray bottle, and spray on your furbabies.
- Diatomaceous Earth Food- Its a powder you can put on your furbabies to help dry out fleas and ticks.
For the lawn, you can use Scott’s Ortho Max Insect Killer. Have been using it for years and haven’t had any infestation.(I’m knocking on wood cause I’m allergic).
Post # 15
Diatomaceous Earth! It’s great. You can use it in the yard, on the pets (make sure to keep it out of their faces) as well as on the dog’s bedding/in carpets and so on. Just make sure it’s FOOD GRADE. I have cats so I will NOT use poisons like raid.
Post # 16
This happened to us two years ago!!! It’s insane. Even after we cleaned our house to sparkling, we still found them! We did cut up flea collars and stick them underneath cushions, which seemed to help alot. I am so sorry you’re going through this!