January 12, 2017 at 8:26 AM #62447
I don’t have any pets and live alone with my 12 week old and 4 year old. My mam and their dad have cats and are doing the usual things to get rid of fleas but I seem to have them and get bit badly by them. Any tips on how to get rid of them? I’ve vacuumed numerous times and get around 2 weeks flea free before I get bit again. Any help is appreciated!March 19, 2017 at 9:05 AM #66151
Having just finally gotten rid of our infestation I thought I’d reply. Like you we have no pets but everyone we know does.
It’s probably best I list things we did to rid ourselves of these pests. Please note I’m not saying it is guaranteed to work but I searched everywhere for advice and thought I’d say what did actually work for us.
Pack anything and everything linen or fabric up. Clothes even if you haven’t worn them,towels,bedding ,throws. Every single item of material. Take to launderette to be washed at max temp the clothes etc will allow without ruining. If you can’t afford the launderette work your way through it all yourself but be careful about shaking clothes around when getting them to the washer. Once washed ,dry immediately preferably on hot dry cycle. We sent them to the launderette and actually only cost us £85 for everything to be washed and dried. By everything I mean we sent about 40 large bin bags. So the cost was well worth it. It’d have cost us that in electric and products. We left them at the laundrette whilst we did the following.
Hoover everywhere and I mean everything and every tiny place behind cupboards etc,beds,mattresses,drawers. Make sure you do down sides of sofas and I’d recommend throwing cushions and buying new ones. It’s less risky and saves the hassle of washing etc. Continue hoovering everywhere every day.
Buy as much Indorex as you can afford and spray the stuff everywhere. Skirting boards,down sofas etc. That stuff is amazing. We’ve tried all other products and this kills them.
Flea bomb house. Now everyone has a different opinion in this but ours were so bad we couldn’t take it anymore. So we blitzed the place. It worked. We flea bombed twice in four weeks.
Mop every bit of flooring you haven’t got carpet. Everyday. I used lemon oil in the water and lemon wash liquid. I also added eucalyptus oil. Fleas don’t like it. Keep mopping.
We sprayed mattress and encased it in a mattress protector. We bought new pillows and encased those too.
Keep hoovering and mopping.
If possible don’t overheat the house. They like the warmth. Keep hoovering as it makes the eggs hatch. Sounds wrong but trust me the sooner they hatch the sooner they are all out of there,treated and gone.
Spray again everywhere. Ventilate well obviously.
It may seem like it will go on forever but after about a month we finally have no sign of eggs,larvae or fleas. We have no new bites on our bodies and trust me when I say my body was a mess and I know they were using me as the blood source. We had larvae in our coats,bedding,clothes and pretty much everywhere seemingly overnight. We can only assume they were either hiding in our furniture from someone bringing a flea in and it laying eggs or we brought them in somehow from visiting someone or they were lurking in our carpets as we moved into a new home.
The biggest tips I can give is make sure all things are washed at the highest temperature they’ll stand, spray and clean daily, fog but most importantly Hoover and mop daily. When your arms feel like they’ll drop off from cleaning and hoovering and mopping,Hoover,clean and mop some more. This seems to have been the thing that made the difference. Throw anything that looks suspect after it’s been washed. We threw away a lot but we decided that it wasn’t worth the risk of reinfesting.
I know this seems overwhelming and people may say it’s overkill but when the infestation is bad this is necessary. They were in everything and literally moving around in our clothing as we wore them so the massive blitz was necessary.
Just to add we had already paid for the pest control to come out twice and it did not work. It cost us a fair amount to remedy it but we are now flea and larvae free.
Now I always say to anyone please please use preventative measures. Remove clothing from visiting anyone and wash them. Spray or fog every so often just to ensure nothing’s been left by a visitor or you’ve not brought a flea in. Keep an eye out for larvae or eggs.
Having gone through this I will never be relaxed about preventative measures again.
I just wanted to say it’s possible to get rid of them but you need to be thorough. Just spraying won’t get rid. Good luck and know that it will end and you can do it. It seems overwhelming at the time but it’s possible to eliminate them.
☺️👍March 19, 2017 at 9:05 AM #66152
Please make sure the children are out of the home before you spray and obviously all leave the home for as long as possible when fogging. It’s not going to be easy with children but hopefully you have family or friends to help.
I’d add that all toys should be disinfected and bagged until such time as you know you’re ok and the fluffy teddies need checking and to washing also.
Good luck and I hope it’s remedied soon for you.