May 4, 2014 at 6:19 AM #2170
I am one of those people who are very sensitive to bites especially flea bites. I am at the point where the mentioning of fleas makes me completely paranoid! I’m not talking “I feel itchy but it will pass as soon as the conversation changes.” I’m talking “not only do I itch all over but I feel them jumping on me paranoid,” and it last way longer then the conversation. Anyways, a few years back I got a puppy, a small hairy indoor dog, and he got fleas. I would say I went crazy and I for sure went broke. I did everything. On my dog I tried the collars, drops, sprays, shampoos, flea dips, etc. After a few visits to the vet I was given two pills for him one to kill the fleas instantly and the other was a monthly dose to keep them away. The names of those pills were Capstar and Confortis I believe.
Once that was taken care of I still had the task of my home. Everyone said it would be easy since I had no carpet in my home but they were so wrong. My entire house was hard wood floors and not the finished kind, with the exception of the bathrooms. I tried everything on the market for fleas and nothing worked. I called an exterminator and he came out and sprayed the entire house plus the yard. That didn’t work so I called him again and still nothing. The fleas just kept coming back and with a vengeance. I had to go to the doctor because both of my legs were covered in bites and I was prescribed medication. If you were to walk into my home you would have been attacked immediately. They literally would jump on my feet and there would be so many it looked like I was wearing black trouser socks. No, I am not exaggerating either. It was that bad and I went slightly crazy. I was actually spraying myself with flea spray that was not meant for the skin.
Then one day I was in my grocery store and bought a box of foggers and yes I did fog the place before I hired the exterminator. The first time I bought the most expensive brand because I was desperate and the whole you get what you pay for motto. Apparently that does not work with foggers. This time I bought the cheapest one available. I figured go cheap because I’ll be doing it often. The name was Bengal and it had a tiger in the logo. Anyways, the foggers worked! I was so happy and relieved! Years later, I moved and my dog was stolen. I moved into a house with hard wood floors just like the last house and no pets at all. And yet again I find myself with a flea problem. My problem now is finding those foggers. Lucky for me you can find pretty much anything on the Internet these days.
As for my story, I wanted to share with you my traumatizing experience to help you. You see, when I had my first issue with fleas I was told it should be easy to fix since I had no carpets but in fact it was so much harder. The fleas were making homes in the crevices of the flooring. I honestly thought I was going to have to remove the floor just to kill the fleas. Between myself, my dog and my homes, I have spent more than a thousand dollars trying to get rid of fleas. I have yet to find one website or person to tell me how to get rid of fleas if you have hard wood floors. Well this worked for me and I hope this helps someone else. I hope you don’t have to waste as much money as I did or go crazy like I did due to fleas. Good luck!June 2, 2016 at 12:41 AM #49644
I feel the same exact way! My cat got fleas and now we have some in our house we flea bombed it and i think it worked because we havent seen any since (its only been a day or two but still) but, i can feel them jumping on me even though there are none there, and i cant sleep and flinch every time i see a small black speck.August 22, 2016 at 5:35 AM #53312
Oh god, this has helped me so much. A stray cat showed up at my garage 3 months ago and we took her in. Everything was fine, she slept in my bed and no fleas or anything. Then a month later she gave birth to a litter and she’s been visiting a house near mine where she gets fleas from two dogs and her kittens got badly infested. The kittens are out of the house now and being treated but even after bathing them and applying flea powder there are still a couple left. Today I arrived home and when I walked in my room I felt something itchy on my leg: A FLEA. AND THEN ANOTHER ONE. I grabbed a flashlight and found many more on the floor. I picked up about 15 and drowned them in alcohol (killed them in less than 10 seconds). I haven’t been bitten (thank god) but I’ve been reading everything about flea control and how difficult it is to get rid of them and how nothing gives 100% guaranteed results and I’m FREAKING OUT because I have A LOT of things in my room that I’ll probably have to get rid of or evacuate (and my house is so small, there’s no place to move anything) so I can clean and vacuum thoroughly I don’t know where to start. I have anxiety issues and I was infested with lice at school as a kid so that triggered something in me. I can’t think of lice or fleas without feeling like something is crawling in my skin and my hair. I pounce on every little speck I find. It’s killing me and I’m a college student living with my mom so (do I need to say more?) I’m broke and my mom hates the cat so lord help me, I don’t know what to do.August 29, 2016 at 5:59 AM #53956
After viewing every image I could find OD flea bites on humans I am 100% sure I have them, BUT my 3 cats have no fleas—my long-hair cat ‘Kitty,’ was treated 1-2 months ago after I saw what I assumed were fleas—I had been brushing him consistently daily to remove a few matts but mainly because he was shedding, leaving clumps of cat fur everywhere [that’s the 1st and only time he’s let me. I’ve repeatedly checked them all—no fleas! My best friend & neighbor, Larry is here for hours daily and when he sits down you can be sure Kitty sits on his lap but he has NO bites on him. Unlike the other posters above, I see NO fleas ANYPLACE on me. The other day I took my sock of to put lotion on because it itched— I get eczema on my feet there regularly, however, to my disbelief and horror, there was a concentration of about 12-15 bites instead!! Although I get bit gem neck to ankle, sometimes I’ll find maybe 3 in one spot—NEVER on my foot, never in such a concentration with so many. I see NO fleas or bugs on me ever, only the usual nuisance gnats from having so many houseplants. Why don’t I see bugs, why not on Larry or cats. I had fleas 12-14 years ago and didn’t know it so when I saw them jumping on my bathroom rug I thought for sure I was hallucinating – so I know they can be seen jumping…, I’ve seen nothing jumping or crawling on me anywhere. The locations most affected are around my knees, mostly the sides & back, around my waist and a little lower all around, and my shoulders. but they’re minimal on lower limbs and NONE on my scalp! I’m a 65-year-old female, rarely am around others except shopping or at doctors. NOTE: I Never let my cats outside, nor does Larry BUT he feeds the strays that are ‘regulars’ here. Help!October 28, 2016 at 2:22 AM #58057
I’m currently dealing with a smaller scale infestation, my indoor cat got. Living in the south with this crazy heat does not make the infestation easy either. What you were saying about the paranoia is 100% spot on! Thinking about them, talking about them, even typing this I’m itchy. Any time a piece of hair moves to just agitate me I go in to full on scratching mode from being paranoid, and I only had maybe 4 bites on my one foot. Also, the Bengal foggers are fantastic! I’ve been bombing the house almost every other day and the number of fleas are drastically less. I’m waiting on my order of precor so I can spray for the eggs and larvae and am hoping to see ZERO fleas soon enough!March 19, 2017 at 9:02 AM #65546
Hardwood, tile, laminent, etc. floors can be steam cleaned to kill fleas and their eggs.