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Fleas In Our House
We have three cats and one little dog, we are doing everything to fight the fleas, we spent hundreds of dollars to get them out of the house. We have hard wood floors, we vacuum, spray aggressively with poison, smoke bombs and animal treatment.
I can feel your frustration. You have been very aggressive in your treatment, so that means something is not working.
Sprays, bombs and shampoos are helpful. Vacuuming is critical, and it must be done thoroughly. You will want to use a canister-style vacuum, the kind with hoses and attachments. Not the walk-behind type. Also, full-size, not a mini-model. You need the full strength suction to kill the fleas. It's important to run the small attachment along the baseboard molding of every room, getting into every crack and crevice.
Now, to be blunt, clearly something is not working. What it comes down to is your topical flea treatment. If the fleas are not diminishing it can only mean one thing:
They are eating and reproducing
Whoever they are eating is not giving them a dose of poison with the meal. All things considered, you could use a topical treatment alone and get rid of them. It would just take longer.
There is a huge difference between Frontline & Advantage compared to the on-the-shelf stuff at discount stores. They work in completely different ways, actually. You need to use one of these two.
If you already do use Frontline or Advantage, then you need to switch to the other. We learned the hard way that fleas in some areas (maybe yours) can develop resistance to the ingredients in any given treatment. Don't listen to the manufacturer if they deny it: I've seen it, and my vet confirmed it. Resistance is real.
Lastly, I'm currently working on an Ebook specifically about eliminating fleas in the house. This is a very big and very common problem, and it can be hard to find all the useful information all in one place. It will be to-the-point, no-frills, with a review of products and a schedule of attack. You may lick the problem before it's released, but in case you are interested, you could sign up for our newsletter, Tattle Tails, to be one of the first to know when it comes out.
All The Best,
Flease In Our House
In the UK we have a vet supplied anti flea spray which is and has been effective.
Any visitors to your house got animals? A tricky sugject when talking to friends. But they should understand.
by: Lou Anne
Buddy, our huge 13 year old Maine Coon is riddled with fleas. We've bathed him and put the prescribed dose of Frontline on him several times (1/2 ml for kitties) but the fleas are still there.
Hi Lou Anne,
Fleas and Vinegar
You said vinegar but didn't say what type in your article (Vinegar Kills Fleas). Please love to know more.
Good question! The first part of the article discusses adding apple cider vinegar to the drinking water. Our dog didn't like it, and didn't drink enough, so we discontinued that.
It's not a good idea to use that method with cats due to their ph levels.
The next section was about adding vinegar to the bath water. I used plain white vinegar. It greatly improved the effectiveness of the bath. But again, that was a Dawn dish soap bath. We were exploring all-natural methods, and the white vinegar did help. The most effective baths came when we used actual flea shampoo.
As for spraying or rubbing down your pet with vinegar between baths, that was white vinegar, too. It helps, and is more pleasant smelling than flea spray.
For folks who are getting rid of fleas naturally (without the popular topical flea treatments) vinegar is a useful tool.
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by: Sue Elen
First, I do not overfeed him. He is now four years old and weighs 30 pounds.
How Do I Get Fleas Out Of Carpet
I want to know what to use for carpet...I know vacuuming helps but it does not seem to work for very long.
It can actually be harder to get rid of fleas in the house and carpet when the pets are gone. When you treat your pets with topical flea treatment and let them roam, they act as a flea magnet, attracting the fleas to their detriment.
Also, if you have any other pets in the house, such as dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. they should be treated as well.
For treating rugs, I would recommend a spray such as Sergeant's Flea-Free Breeze Home and Carpet Spray. There is also a powder called Fleabusters Rx for Fleas Plus that you sweep over your carpet, let sit, then vacuum. And the Victor Flea Trap has proven to be very popular, too.
Make sure you kill any stray flea you see on yourself, too. If it bites, it will be able to lay eggs.
You'll continue to have fleas hatching for many months, so stay on top of the vacuuming, spraying, powdering, and even bombing until they are gone. And, they are not only in the carpet. They could be in the furniture and crack, corners and crevices. So vacuum most thoroughly!
I hope you beat them soon!
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Also ..vacuum ... vacuum ... vacuum your floors!