(Closed) Ack!! Fleas!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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 # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@bells219:  

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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 # 12
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4371 posts
Honey bee

Vacuum every day for 21 days. Use the raid flea spray. Wash everything in hot water and put it through the dryer. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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.

 

http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-155020-dr-goodpet-outside-flea-relief-non-toxic-yard-spray-15-lbs

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

  • 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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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!

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