(Closed) Flea bombs?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

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 # 5
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Honey bee

Raid Flea control carpet and room spray is really excellent. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 9
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Bumble bee

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SoupyCat:  That’s what I used.

Yikes!  I really hope you are able to get it under control!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Buzzing bee

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
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Buzzing bee

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 # 15
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Bumble bee

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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!

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