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Very mild flea infestation for about a year. Want an exterminator to help me solve the problem but they all want to sell me a reoccurring service... help? [R]8 months, 4 weeks agoNotevenspecial posted submission on HomeImprovement.
Aug. 26, 2018
Hi folks, we've been dealing with fleas for about a year, and we do not have any carpet, very few rugs, and one cat. We use the flea medication, advantage 2, on our cat. However one of my daughters and myself gets bit quite a bit. We're also finding fleas occasionally throughout the house.
I've called a couple exterminators but they all want to sell me a reoccurring package where they come out and spray the house down on a schedule. With young kids i am a little averse to doing that and was hoping I could pay somebody to help me solve the problem by finding out where these are coming from. I assume it's the cat but because the cat's treated, maybe they're coming from outside or somewhere else? Any advice would be appreciated or a recommendation on a company that will help me through the process rather than just coming to spray.
I am in southern california
Aug. 26, 2018
An insect growth regulator may be what you are looking for. It kills flea eggs and larvae. It also locks the juveniles into their pre-adult stage, which means they are unable to reproduce.
By breaking their cycle, you can take your home back from them without harsh chemicals.
The working chemical is methoprene, at 1.5%. Read about it here:
Flea problem help [R]1 year, 6 months agoAnydudewilltellyou posted submission on HomeImprovement.
Oct. 28, 2017
Hi guys! So I had a cat for about a week, and a month after I sent the cat away, fleas started to show up in my house. I vacuumed almost everyday for the past week, bought sprays to spray the carpet and mattress, washed my linens with hot water and heat dried them. However, fleas kept on showing up. I was wondering if there is a need to call professionals, because it was not very bad, only the two bedrooms upstairs have been affected, and very little fleas had been captured by the vacuum cleaner (at most 10 fleas estimated), I was hoping the problem will be dealt with since there was no pet anymore.
Oct. 28, 2017
Yes. The warmer it is, the faster they hatch.
You might want to think about IGR. Insect Growth Regulator is a way to keep them in the juvenile stage. They never are able to mate and reproduce. So this is the only generation that can exist in your house.
Fleas won't go away! HELP US! [R]1 year, 9 months agostarxbell posted submission on cats.
July 28, 2017
Our poor Maine Coon, Xander, is suffering from a really bad bout of fleas. We've tried everything -- giving him his monthly dose of Revolution (PetSmart's flea/tick med), covering him in diatomaceous earth, spraying him with Advantage 2 Spray for Cats, and giving him a bath with Sentry Purrscriptions shampoo and yet these little hellions will not go away! We sprayed down the apartment with Natural Care Flea and Tick Home Spray. We've been using a flea comb and keep finding more dander and live fleas on him.
Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
July 29, 2017
My cats (eight of them!) got fleas last November. I don't think I got rid of them until February. I was mildly allergic to the flea bites myself and miserable!
Keep using the Revolution -- for a minimum of three months, as per my vet. I continued it for 2 months after I stopped seeing them around, in case any hatched. Are you using real Revolution though? The prescription Revolution? Other brands just aren't working in some areas lately; my vet said fleas have been really bad around here.
How soon after applying flea meds are you bathing him? If done too soon after applying it, that could be part of the problem. I always bathed them before applying it.
Seconding Capstar for immediate relief when it gets bad for Xander. It's only a temporary fix but it's something.I didn't buy mine at the vet. I got it at Petco, and pricematched it in store to their online price, where it's almost always half off.
Any beds or blankets he lays on frequently out gets washed with hot water x2 weekly.
My vet actually strongly recommended NOT using sprays. Fleas have been so bad they'd just attended a conference on the matter. I used sprays for the first few months though... and then I gave up cause the smell was triggering migraines for me.
I wanted to rip my hair out by Christmas and was researching next steps. I was about to try diatomaceous earth but there were too many horror stories about not being able to get the stuff to vacuum out of carpets and I didn't want to kill my vacuum. I opted to try Precor next, and that's when I finally saw results.
This is what I bought. It doesn't kill fleas, but once the flea touches it, it's supposed to make it so any eggs they lay won't hatch. Start by making half of it (I threw out a lot the first time, oops) then save the other half to reapply a month later for any fleas that were lucky the first time. That way, all you have to deal with, hopefully, is the adult fleas in the house already; the breeding cycle, though, will be disrupted.
You mix it with water in a giant bucket then put it in a spray bottle. If you have a mist bottle thing, great, but I just used a $1 bottle from the trial/travel section and went slow over all the floors in the house. Also all cat beds, couches, cat trees, etc. If you have any hard floors, wash them first, because I would recommend not washing them for the next month to avoid washing it off. It's pet-safe once it dries so I shuffled my cats from room to room while I worked.
Edit:: my vet also stressed the most important thing was to vacuum every day. I was neurotic and did it twice every day. Drag the hose attachment along the edges of the wall really thoroughly. I also threw a few cut up pieces of a cheap flea collar from Walmart into the vacuum canister so sucked up fleas would get whacked by it.
Cat that believes it lives with us. Seriously about to keep it. Not sure if it was clipped and released or belongs to crackhead neighbors [R]2 years, 5 months agobwaredapenguin posted submission on cats.
Dec. 16, 2016
Dec. 17, 2016
I don't have anywhere I can take my cat for any amount of time, so is it safe to use with her around? I saw some results with diatomaceous earth, but that was such a pain in the ass.
Also, is this the type of stuff you're talking about? If so I'll order a bottle now.
Fleas [R]2 years, 9 months agovertigoacid posted submission on Portland.
Aug. 15, 2016
I have a persistent flea infestation in my apartment. Indoor/outdoor cats are obviously picking them up outside. They are now on a regular bath/pill regimen until it's cold and rainy again.
Cats are now good, but I'm getting bit like crazy. What's your nuclear option that you KNOW works?
Aug. 15, 2016
I waged a multiple year war against fleas with all of the on-pet things they make, and numerous natural house remedies - this was the only thing that turned the tide at all. It prevents already laid eggs and larva from fully becoming adults, breaking the life cycle. I was using a second bedroom primarily for storage at one point, and even after multiple months of no one entering the room after bombing only, you'd still wake up hundreds of fleas walking around in there, and boy were they hungry. Total nightmare.
A one-two punch of IGR + bombs to kill most of the adults, repeated once a month 3x and i've been flea free now for many years (no outdoor cats, so no reintroduction). If I did have any outdoor cats, I would definitely be doing precor treatments of the carpet and whatnot a couple of times a year.
Also in terms of flea treatment on the little cocksuckers themselves, I found Capstar + a spot on treatment (either of the major brands, doesn't seem to make much difference) was much better than spot-on or other oral meds alone. Pet treatment without environmental treatment was never very effective - little week to month spurts of no fleas quickly followed by reintroduction.
I'm contemplating just burning my fucking house to the ground at this point [R]2 years, 9 months agoAug. 8, 2016
Aug. 8, 2016
I have 2 dogs and a cat and was infested. Nothing worked but this and there was enough left over for more treatments. Easy to mix, use and 1 gallon will treat 1000 sft 4 times. It's birth control for the fleas. They can't reproduce so it breaks the cycle. I have hard wood floors and area rugs. Vacuum the floors, mist all floors, sofas, dog bedding and then do it again in 2 weeks. It's a mist so it dries fast, does not stain anything, has no chemical smell and is not harmful to anyone or thing once dried. As long as you don't steam clean your carpets it will keep treating. So when your animals go outside and come back in the fleas will jump of randomly and start dying off.
How can I get rid of fleas in an apartment? [R]3 years, 10 months agoused-books posted submission on Frugal.
June 27, 2015
We live in a basement apartment. Outside our door is the yard. We have a cat, a rat, a hamster, and a snake. We have never seen fleas in our home or on our pets. We left for a week on vacation and took the cat. The maintenance person came and checked on the small animals once. When we came home, we were covered in fleas as soon as we walked into the living room.
I don't want to flea bomb because of our small animals. I have yet to see them on the animals, but they are crawling over us sitting on the couch or in bed. All hardwood floors. Any suggestions?
June 28, 2015
Big flea infestation despite cats being defleaed. Please help. [R]4 years agoMay 2, 2015
May 4, 2015
Reading through this, I notice no one has mentioned making sure you are using a product with IGR - Insect Growth Regulator - in your premise sprays and bug bombs.
This stuff is in Advantage II and Frontline Plus - but in order to break the flea life cycle in the house / bedding - look for product with IGR. Example : http://www.amazon.com/Precor-IGR-Regulator-Control-ZOE1010/dp/B0043HXV66/ref=pdsimpetsupplies_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=184C59ZP0R6DV0AYBPKB
[Sunday Fail Thread] I'm totally hijacking shorty's failure thread because I play the long game. FCJ, in what way did you fail to be a worthwhile human being this week? [R]5 years, 9 months agojetsuo posted submission on fitnesscirclejerk.
Aug. 4, 2013
Aug. 4, 2013
Damn that Orkin shit failed? Maybe you've come across an ultra resistant mutant flea breed. Time to move.
Ah, I guess the kid factor mucks things up a bit. I can't get any dumber so I was just spraying shit on hardwood and walking around in it.
I'm in California and it seems flea season is late spring, early summer. Once the humidity drops, they go dormant.
Hm maybe this? It looks like it's just concentrated methoprene that you dilute yourself.
Dude I was so proud of my water traps. My legs are nice bait so I kept one under my desk and flicked them off when I felt something. Watching them struggle and drown is euphoric (shit I guess that answers your psych question)