November 6, 2017 at 11:49 AM #75457
So about 2 weeks ago, I found fleas on my two adults and two baby kittens – treated one adult with advantage and the other with revolution – she was nursing the babies and that’s what the vet suggested. Babies were too young to treat at all. Pet store suggested running food grade DE into their fur. Kittens were treated Friday, as they’re now 8 weeks, as per vet.
My question – we are seeing fleas in the upstairs bedrooms mainly (I immediately kicked the cats out when I first saw fleas) – I am vacuuming every day. I have no carpet at all, house is hardwood all except kitchen which is cushion. Did laundry blah blah all that. What I’m wondering – I’m still vacuuming up probably 50 fleas a day between the two bedrooms and the bathroom – should I let the cats back into the bedrooms now that they are treated? I’m wondering if it would be better to have the fleas hopping on the cats and getting poisoned – because right now, they’re hopping on my ankles every time I go upstairs. I have a vacuum, but that’s not getting them all. Would it make more sense to have the pets back and the fleas that escape my vacuum will jump aboard and meet their maker? Or keep them out?
I haven’t sprayed anything. I can’t afford pest control (I rent, and I’m dirt poor. Single parent etc. Pest control is super expensive. Also have small kids. I have the DE all around the baseboards in the rooms, and in the empty dresser drawers too – saw a few fleas in the dresser. (One cat was always jumping in there)
Would you let the cats back in? I don’t know which way to go. Keep them banned (from upstairs and the cement basement because I saw a few down there too, they used to go there) or let them roam free again?
This is my first ever experience with fleas, despite twenty years of having cats!