October 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM #1663
We noticed bites on our 4 year old the day he went to a local orchard and thought it was mites from the hay. Then two days later we noticed our dog scratching and found fleas scurrying all over her belly. Immediate Frontline treatment. Next day…still lots of fleas on her. We gave her a bath with Dawn and then shave her down to barely any fur. I start my treatments to the house…I’ve tried salt, baking soda, borax, D Earth, outdoor sprays (twice), capstar, Siphrotol plus premise and my son is STILL getting bites. I vacuum the house daily and remove the contents after each time PLUS put flea collar in vacuum cleaner. I’m literally at the end of my rope…
My son won’t stop scratching and I’m afraid he’s going to have scars from them.
Right now we’ve quarantined our dog but since she’s now been treated with Advantix should we let here roam the house freely to be bait? I’m do confused…PLEASE HELP ME! We’ve already invested hundreds of dollars on flea control for the dog, inside and outside sprays, capstar pills. Next stop profession exterminator…but not sure the chemicals they use and what that means for my 8.5 month old who’s crawling and into everything. I also live in Maine and am praying for buckets of snow to kill any infestation outside!
No one else is reacting to bites like my son so he must be the only one being attacked, right?November 1, 2013 at 3:39 AM #1671
First of all we all know how frustrating a flea infestation in your home can be. I’ve been there myself and so have all the other visitors coming to this website. The important thing is to learn from it so that you can prevent further infestations from happening in the future.
First of all you need to be sure your pet doesn’t have fleas anymore. A great way to check for fleas is by combing through the fur, looking for living fleas and flea dirt. You also need to make sure it doesn’t carry new fleas inside the house. Check it for fleas every time it’s been outside your home, before it enters again.
The best way to get rid of fleas in your home is by keeping it extremely clean and getting rid of all living fleas, but also their eggs. Vacuum daily like you’re already doing and make sure you get to every corner of the room. You need to vacuum your furniture, carpets and every other place where the fleas might be hiding. You should also wash your bedding and all the blankets that your pet may have been in contact with. Hopefully after a few weeks, you will see fewer fleas in your home and less bites on your son. Btw. the reason why your son is getting all those bites may be because he is playing on carpets and other places where the fleas live, so naturally he would get bitten more than the rest of you. There are many reasons why fleas target some people more than others though. I could write a whole article about this, but I would rather focus on keeping them out of your home entirely rather than just preventing them from biting individuals.
Although I encourage people to try getting rid of fleas themselves before getting professional help from flea exterminators, this could be the answer for you if you want to end this quickly. See how it goes the next few weeks and let me know how it works out for you.November 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM #1853
Here we are…I’ve spread a few more times (Siphotrol premise plus), vacuuming everyday (emptying the canister after each vacuum) and washing everything! We’ve also removed most of our area rugs. Our son has slowed down with bites drastically but just when we feel like we are in the clear he shows signs of new bites! I haven’t seen any fleas until just give minutes ago when I noticed one on my hand as I was sitting on the couch.
I’ve done EVERYTHING…read EVERYTHING and I’m close to loosing my mind. Finally, the temperature has dropped and snow fell last night so we’ve been out in our backyard today as we’ve had to take care of our furniture for the season. We have not been in our backyard for over an entire month (including our dog).
Do you think I should do a flea bomb & continue with the Siphotrol spray? All the “natural” products haven’t worked. If we bomb… do you have suggestions?
I’ve been battling these STUPID fleas for almost 2 months… is this normal? I can’t wait to not feel like a prison in my own home!
Suggestions?! Please… please help me! When do I throw in the towel and move on to the exterminator?November 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM #1854
I’m sorry to hear you’re still struggling with this after all your troubles. On the positive side, fleas lay dormant in the winter because of the cold weather, so in a natural setting they wouldn’t be a problem at this time of the year. However, because they generally live and prosper in warm climates, they can actually survive the winter indoors. When you get rid of the fleas inside your home, there’s much less chance your dog will be attacked again when being outside in the yard at this time of the year.
One thing the flea exterminators have that we don’t is access to high concentration insecticides, and the have been trained to use them in a way that’s safe for everyone. What you’re experiencing with the flea bites slowing down is a drop in the amount of living fleas. There could still be eggs in the house though and when they hatch, it’s like starting all over again. When I had a flea infestation I did exactly what you did, but I had to be very, very persistent. I would say try the flea bomb and if it doesn’t work, it’s not a bad idea to contact a flea exterminator. Life’s too short to spend it worrying about fleas in my opinion.
I’m sending some positive energy your way – I know how frustrating dealing with a flea infestation can be!November 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM #1859
I’ve been checking this thread and am thankful for your quick response back! What’s really strange is my dog has been flea free for almost a month…yet here we are! I think my son is keeping the life cycles going, but we only have two bites in two weeks…that’s a sign that the hours of laundry, vacuuming and washing is working, right?
I’m going to spray the house AGAIN in 3 days and my basement is currently marinading in D.Earth until we can spray. If we were to set off a bomb…is there one that works better than others? My hope…this bomb is the last stop on this flea train…
I would prefer to NOT bomb because of my 9 month old and all the after care/cleaning that is involved.
Also, since my dog has had another treatment of Advantix should I let her roam the house to attract the fleas so at least when they bite it will mean death for them? Do you think the rest of us in our house are being bitten? We don’t have any noticeable bites nor reactions like my son. We check him EVERY SINGLE DAY AND NIGHT for new bites (pictures of his bites have come in handy!!). At some point this has to end, right?!?! It’s been 2 months!! I’m afraid that my 9 month old is only going to recognize me with a vacuum since I do it first thing in the morning and just after dinner…the more vibrations the more hatching. That’s my problem right now…but if my sons bites have slowed then I would assume so has egg laying.
A few questions…
1. Are females the only biters?
2. Do they need only one blood meal to kick off reproduction or numerous meals? Example…eat, lay eggs…is another meal required OR can that one female continue to lay eggs without further feeds?
3. Hardwood floors…I’ve read conflicting information…what’s the best means of cleaning?! I’ve read pine sol.
4. How long should we leave the DE on the rugs before vacuuming it up?
5. What’s the average span of clearing an infestation? Am I on the long side?!
Okay, I think I’ve asked all my questions that I’ve yet to have answered by the HOURS and HOURS of research.
Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!!!November 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM #1860
Two bites in two weeks is nothing – I believe you’re on the right track 🙂
I’m not sure if there’s a flea bomb that works better than others, but you can have a look at the reviews on Amazon.
I have an article on flea bombs right here: http://www.fleabites.net/flea-bombs-also-known-as-the-flea-fogger/
As long as you keep treating your dog like the instructions say, it should be alright for it to walk around the house.
To answer your questions..
1. No, the male fleas also require blood before mating.
2. They feed one time and then continue to lay eggs every day. If the newly hatched adult fleas remain in their cocoons, they can live for up to a year without blood. When they hatch, they need blood within a week or so to survive.
3. Usually they don’t live on hardwood floors. From my experience they prefer places where they can hide, like carpets. Vacuuming the floor should be enough to get all the flea eggs lying around. If you have cracks in the floor, you could use some diatomaceous earth here.
4. That depends on how soon the fleas come in contact with the DE. It could take days and a few applications before you get them all.
5. In theory, if you don’t do anything about it, a flea infestation can last forever 😉 But usually people who come here have been struggling for months, and after doing some research on the subject, it usually takes a couple of weeks or so to get rid of the fleas. Of course it depends on how serious the flea infestation is and how dedicated people are. I created this site after my first encounter with fleas and I have only spotted the little bloodsuckers on my dog one time after that. They are much easier to get rid of if you catch them at an early stage.December 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM #1913
I’m back… we just had the exterminators come last week. The last straw was seeing a flea on my sons neck while we were hanging out in the kitchen. It literally took my breath away so that day I called a local company and they came out the next day. We are a week and a half out and I’ve seen fleas but so far no bites. I’m hopeful this will work…it’s guaranteed to work so at some point there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I just wanted to thank you for helping me out with your responses and your website.
I’ll follow up to let you know when we are out of the woods! Until then I’ll be vacuuming like a fool 🙂
Hope your holidays were great!
NaomiDecember 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM #1924
That’s what I’m here for! Although I had hoped you would get rid of the fleas by yourself, I have to say I think you did the right thing by calling a pest control company, because you and your family have been struggling with this for a long time now and fleas can really make ones life miserable.
If the exterminator gets rid of the flea infestation, you will be doing everyone here a favor by posting a link to their website. That way my visitors can get quick and effective help and the pest control company receives some positive feedback, which may lead to new customers. A little help goes a long way as they say.February 26, 2015 at 1:43 AM #3540
Hiya I’m at my witts end, I’ve been battling fleas for can you believe it a whole 8 months after buying my pup 8 months ago, I was shocked to know she came with fleas. I noticed 1 flea on her ever since then I have not seen a flea but yet over the months my legs have been scarred and I keep getting random bites. I am the only person out of 8 people who live in the house that’s getting bitten. I’ve tried absolutely everything, I’ve used 6 cans of indorex spray, other cans of flea spray, used salt baking powder, I vacume every single day, my dogs are on advocate treatment every single month without fail and I’ve also had pest control out that didn’t work either so he’s coming back as it’s meant to be guaranteed. It’s making me so depressed, the amount of times I’ve broken down and cried is unreal. I’ve found 2 bites on me today, one on my neck and one on my face cheek, then I get bites on legs, arms, everywhere and every time I see a bite it depresses me because I know then they are still around my house. I really don’t know how much more I can take, I’m at the point now where I don’t even wanna be in my own house, I’ve not sat on my sofa for 8 months because I’m so scared of being bitten, I constantly wear socks for bed and trousers. Please if you have any more information on what I can do because I’ve seriously run out of ideas.May 3, 2015 at 4:56 PM #22645
My good friend fosters cats and about a month ago I brought one of her fosters into my apartment for a trial weekend. Turns out, these little guys had fleas! I treated them, bathed them and they went back to their new homes flea free. However, left me with a flea problem! Upside: I discovered they had fleas within 12 hours of brining them home (Yes, I know I should have checked sooner but they had received flea treatment the week before). Since they were young and adjusting, they only went in two rooms of my apartment – my bathroom and my room (carpeted). As soon as I found fleas I went to work. I washed all bedding (mine and the cats), clothes, etc. I vacuumed, treated my carpet with a product containing IGR, and then vacuumed several more times. I used a spray I got at Petco in the bathroom (don’t think it was IGR though). I have vacuumed and washed several times since, but no further flea treatment. I bought some flea lamps and have had those going to try and see if I still have fleas… no sign of them. It has been just over a month and not a single sign since I found fleas on one of the kittens. Could I still have fleas? Further steps I should take? Is it really possible they are all gone? Thanks!!September 23, 2015 at 4:07 AM #37102
So happy I found this site! We recently re-homed our cat not knowing that he had fleas. A few weeks after he was gone we became the target to the fleas. I have sprayed, vacuumed every single day and recently have decided to try DE. Our home is COVERED in white powder. I spread the DE 2 days ago and didn’t see a flea for 24 hours, then last night they struck with vengeance. I have multiple bites on my legs and I got one off my arm in my car on the way to work this morning! I’m just going to vacuum tonight and spread more DE and wash all of my bedding. I’m at my wits end also. I am 18 weeks pregnant and we also have other small children so heavy chemicals just aren’t something I want to do again. I guess more than anything at this point I HATE that anyone else is going through this but happy that I’m not alone because Naomi is right, you feel like a prisoner in your own home! My husband and I are going to clean like crazy again tonight and spread around a new coat of DE. I just hope this works. At this point I can’t even focus on getting ready for the baby.October 14, 2015 at 2:56 AM #41402
For fleas, number one thing to do first is to treat your animals and vacuum the carpets, baseboards, etc.
Buy some precor 2000 premise spray, it contains IGR which stops the eggs from developing. Also purchase some ultracide which is also a IGR and will kill adult fleas as well. These products are effective, you can spray carpets, baseboards, couches, floors, etc, just have to let it dry before coming into contact with it.
REMEMBER, READ THE LABEL!
Usually you will have to move the pets somewhere until it dries or lock them up in a room that you will treat last, until the other rooms dry, same thing with kids, maybe send them to grandmas or do it while they are out at school or something. Either way, these IGR’s are better than flea bombs, and it’s the same stuff exterminator’s use, so it’s legit, but has to be used correctly.
These IGR’s can be purchased through numerous websites, I got mine on Amazon. They work well, and stop fleas from developing.
The most common ones used are the ones I mentioned:
and Alpine is good too
You can also get precor concrete which you can mix (1 oz of precor with a gallon of water) and spray with a pump sprayer and use that inside and outside the home. Archer IGR is good too.November 2, 2015 at 8:22 AM #43383
I hate fleas!! Like some of your readers I’ve cried in desperation of not knowing what else to do. I just want my life to go back to normal. My indoor/outdoor cats are now solely indoor cats. I’ve treated them, had pest control come out twice, I have vacuumed everyday for the past 4 weeks, just started every other day. My house is spotless, I could probably eat off my hardwood floors 😉 I am seeing about 2-3 a day now from 10-15. I’m the only one that gets bit and sees them. I’m hoping with the continuing of cleaning, vacuuming, treating my cats that these pests will all die! I’m scared to turn on my heat, though – will this trigger a new infestation?
Let’s rid our lives of fleas!!November 2, 2015 at 8:25 AM #43384
Any update on your flea issue? I’ve read your posts and feel your pain as I’m going through this at the moment. Luckily, I don’t have any little kids – I’ve poisoned my house with chemicals twice already (called the exterminator) but, I’m hoping if I hang on for another 2-3 weeks I’ll be flea free!
BlancaNovember 16, 2015 at 2:05 AM #43978
Hi everyone! Well we’ve had fleas for a few months now but for the past month I’ve only seen one every few weeks upstairs. But the one I’ve seen has been on my 9mth old both times. However downstairs where my dogs sleep and spend their time I’ve seen a handful of dead ones and a few live ones every week when I go check around their kennel. I think we have most of the fleas downstairs. My questions:
So is seeing dead ones a good sign that the borax, vacuuming and chemical spray is working? I don’t vacuum daily and I’m lucky if I get down there every week. Won’t they eventually just die since we don’t go down there much?
So my 9mth old has had a few bites but one at a time and not in the same area. Can flea bites just be one bite or is it usually always several bites around the same area? It’s hard to tell if it’s a flea bite or oak mite bite. They are really bad here in KS.
I seriously want to spray my house with chemicals everyday but have only done our living room once because then I felt horrible because he is in the crawling stage and probably rolled around in it and I have been beating myself up over that.
Thank you so much for answering my questions. I hope things get better for all of us. It’s so miserable!December 1, 2015 at 1:52 AM #44404
I have an indoor cat and noticed about a month ago that he had fleas. I immediately took him to the vet and got capstar and revolution. I have been vacuuming my carpet nearly every day and washed all of my clothing and bedding. I have used an entire bottle of spray to kill live fleas. My vacuum is bag-less, but I do take the contents of the vacuum outside to the dumpster after each sweep and afterwards vacuum up some salt before storing my vacuum, just incase some fleas managed to hide out in there.
I went out of town last week and brought my cat with me. He had no fleas while we were gone. When I came home, I vacuumed the apartment immediately before letting my cat run around. This morning, I groomed him and found about three live fleas and also some dead ones in his fur. I also found five small, dead fleas on the bed.
I really don’t want to continue fighting this and I understand that some exterminators guarantee their services. Is it worth it to pay the $125 dollars to have a professional come in?December 2, 2015 at 6:54 AM #44450
We have fleas too. I live in Georgia where it’s pretty warm all year, and I have 4 indoor cats (I know, cat lady), two of whom like to explore outside in our meager 12×40 fenced in back yard. Since I live in a townhome and there are lots of dogs being walked throughout the neighborhood, the fleas got into the yard and I let my guard down. It seems like every few years, I get a really bad infestation causing me to spray chemicals all over my house, bathe my cats, vacuum like a madwoman, etc. This year seems to be exceptionally bad for some reason. Part of it, I am sure, is that I used to use frontline on my cats, which would kill the fleas pretty fast. Problem is, the damn frontline was reformulated and last time I put it on my kitties they got all lethargic and sick and I really don’t want them getting sick like that. One thing I would like to share with all of you who are waking up at night covered with flea bites, or seeing them on your kids, or are otherwise at your wits end with these damned fleas is LD 44-z spray. It is the best $22 you’ll SPEND on Amazon, I promise. The worst infestation we ever had was a few years ago and we were INFESTED. I would vacuum and clean and comb and shampoo and nothing I did helped. My hubby had just left the military and was looking for work, so we were BROKE too. Plus, our daughter was 5 then and stuck every damn thing in her mouth so I was terrified. Anyway, I begged my landlady to call an exterminator for us. She refused, but gave us a few cans of the LD 44-z spray and said to dose the house. I asked her if it was safe, and she said she’d been using it for years and never had a child, grandchild or pet get sick. Anyway this spray was a miracle from God. We took a day to put all the pots and pans and plates away, cover my daughter’s toys, treat the cats etc. When you read the label, this spray says it is for use inside, outside, and also directly on dairy cows believe it or not. Anyway dose your house, furniture, carpets, mattresses etc. It stinks like nothing else but let the house sit for a while then open the doors and windows and air it out for 15 minutes. Do the laundry and vacuum. It’s truly a miracle sleeping in a bed and not getting bitten anymore. Pray that I have the time, strength and energy to do this all over again. Xx SarahDecember 8, 2015 at 2:37 AM #44583
I need help my family has been battling fleas for a year ! I feel so hopeless and force myself to bed every night knowing I’m gonna get bit up. I wash my sheets every day , vacuum , shampoo , and even wash the pets , with different shampoo every time and use different sprays every time as I learned fleas become resistant if you constantly use the same all the time . I’m at wits end and I am scared to even enter my house.December 13, 2015 at 12:57 PM #44900
Hi, we are in the same fix. We have had fleas for months, but NO pets and NO bites! We have an exterminator come in every week. We spray Black Flag growth inhibitor flea poison more than once a week. We vacuum every day. We have thrown away the vacuum bag after every vacuum. We have washed everything. No one actually goes into the yard. What is the blood source? I saw a mention above of the LD 44-z spray. Amazon has something that looks like it, but can someone post a link?
We live in South Carolina so there is very little hope of cold weather doing them any harm. What else can we do?December 13, 2015 at 1:01 PM #44875
When you bomb one room for fleas, is it possible that the fleas left that room & moved to other parts of the house? Shouldn’t the rest of the house be bombed too?
I ask because my mother is convinced it’s my cats and I that are infested, even though she bombed the room we are in. I bathed my cats until the fleas were gone, and they wear a collar. I still get bit, but I roam inside and outside, so really it could be anything biting me. I don’t see fleas anywhere in my room and I did before I did ALL of this.
Now she is threatening me and my cats, convinced that her dogs could never have brought fleas in even though they are the ones who currently have ringworm. She doesn’t even think the fleas migrated to avoid the one room with the bug bomb.December 15, 2015 at 1:58 AM #44984
Ugh well I’ve had these before (my mom had) and we treated our cat and vacuumed and all that stuff. Although, a spray was the answer to our problem! It killed the fleas and the eggs. So far we’ve been clean. But recently I’ve been getting random white itchy bumps on my skin that go away and eventually scab. ALSO I’m either paranoid or I saw a tiny black bug on me and it jumped when I touched it. I’m really just hoping I’m having an allergic reaction and there aren’t any bugs bc I can’t sleep and I have school in six hours!December 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM #45106
Megan, please put your vacuum infested garbage in a garbage bag. Just dumping it in a dumpster spreads it around.January 5, 2016 at 7:14 AM #45545
Hello my name is Jessica
We have been living in our new home for over a year now, and we noticed my husband and one of our sons had flea bites all over their body, so we sprayed inside and outside multiple times, and we have no pets or carpets throughout the whole house, just tiles. We figure with the cold weather they would be gone fully, but now my husband hasn’t gotten any bites, but my youngest gets bites non stop all over his body, I don’t know what more we can do now! Please, any advice, we would really appreciate it!January 5, 2016 at 7:17 AM #45577
Hi, I see someone mentioned Precor 2000 as an IGR to treat the house for fleas, has anyone had any experience using Nyguard Plus? I found it while I was looking for advice on how to get rid of fleas and purchased it before I saw the posts for Precor 2000. I have been using it for about 2 months, and it seems the fleas are decreasing, I found one on the dog this morning, noone is getting new bites since I last sprayed, which is about a month now. I just wanted to see any feedback.January 18, 2016 at 8:03 AM #45868
I shampoo my carpet on Sunday and still I have some fleas. I dont have any pets. I live in an apartment. I have a lot of flea bites and scars. It is annoying. I vacuum my carpet daily. I wash clothes almost daily. I deal with itching and I have used cream and oil and they are still biting me. So what should I do next?