August 29, 2017 at 7:18 AM #73065
I had 2 elderly kitties that have never had fleas in their 16 and 17 years. I have never seen one flea on my pets, home, etc. Around July 13th I saw flea dirt where my pet was laying. I couldn’t believe it! I live in a townhouse type complex with 3 floors in each unit. Contractors came in to re-do my entire bathroom including floors. They had to drop cloths through the house and doors wide open and fleas showed up 2-3 weeks later. Could they have brought them? When this renovation was occurring, I had put the kitty’s in the basement so they wouldn’t get out or hurt. Once seen I came home from work to treat them with Advantage and find my 17 yr old cat weak and lethargic. Unfortunately he had to be put to sleep due to anemia, etc. We are heartbroken and I’m so upset that these fleas basically killed him. I treated my other cat with Advantage and got her out of there. I bombed my home with no avail. I then used the peppermint oil natural spray through the house, and then DE. They were still reeking havoc especially in my basement. I’ve been staying elsewhere because they were so bad. Since I work long hours it’s unrealistic for me to vacuum 2-3 times/day. I’ve been doing as much laundry and vacuuming that I can. It’s hard because I can’t use a traditional vacuum with DE in the basement so a shop vac is hard for large areas. I then got in touch with the office of my complex and they offered to bring in an exterminator as a one time courtesy. I was at work when he came and was told he did the best he could. Well here we are 2 weeks later and there are still an abundance of fleas! Mostly in the basement again but also in my sons bedroom the worst. I’m at a loss. I can’t take the bites anymore and want to get back to my home. Please Help! Should I hire an exterminator myself?October 19, 2017 at 11:51 AM #74980
(Awaiting moderation)November 14, 2017 at 6:43 AM #73411
I would hire an exterminator. The house may need extensive treatment.December 8, 2017 at 9:08 AM #73775
I have a pet, check him out relentlessly — never a bug in his 13 years so far. Until we moved into an apartment that the entire building -I feel- is infested with fleas. The complex will NOT treat the outdoor areas. They claim to spray halls once a month – I’ve yet to see that happen.
I am on the second floor. While cleaning ceiling fan in bathroom, I found a dead one that had fallen from debris in the fan onto the vanity top. Great. So, I have somewhat sealed the forced air vents in the ceiling. Some with tape-and cheese cloth – in order to trap some to show management.
My first mistake was NOT asking if the carpet was replaced after previous tenant moved out. It has not. There is still blue, green, pink paint marks here and there and you could see the table leg indents in the carpet in the Dining Room. Yech.
The hallways are hot, and dark. If I walk out of my apartment and look onto my white socks – there they are. two, three – fleas on socks.
No one really knows if they have fleas in this place. They are convinced the once a month – if they remember – treatment on pet is all they need to do. Fleas ARE STILL CAPABLE OF HITCHING A RIDE on their pups, cats, kids and ENTER THEIR HOMES!
They do not die UNLESS they BITE the animal that is FRESHLY TREATED and even then, it takes time. Are there any females that have feasted, laying up to 50 eggs PER DAY? That can fall off of the pet onto YOUR CARPET. In YOUR CAR ON YOUR BED? Yes. It is happening. Only to eventually hatch into adults when the time is right. (New tenant with a dog?).
There is a youtube of fleas CRAWLING UP A WALL to get away from the pesticide. Yes. Crawling. Yet I was told that they cannot crawl into an apartment. Hmmm….Can they fall from the above residence? Like thru a heat duct grill? Those vents are not exactly sealed tight. They are loose in the opening between MY ceiling and the flooring above.
First you get the adult female to lay eggs. Then larvae. Then pupa – some type of instar stages…then YOOHOO YIPPY more adults.
I found flea “DIRT” on my white bedding. I asked a neighbor whose dog was being treated for infestation if he slept on the bed – she said yes. I asked do you see the small black pepper like flakes on bedding? No… her bedding is dark color. Sheets too.
And she feels the small itchy spots on her are from mosquitoes when outside walking the dog. Oh my GOD!
I will never get rid of them. My dog is on NEW FRONTLINE GOLD – and CAPSTAR. I have had the carpeting professionally treated TWICE. I feed the dog small amounts of garlic. I spray him with herbal flea spray. Gave him a one time bath in DAWN dish soap and FIVE FLEAS were drowned. You must add a little soap to water if you want to KILL fleas. They will just jump off of the top of water. Add soap: they drown.
I know way too much about fleas now. I am over 60 and this is the very first time this has ever happened to me. Family will NOT come over.
I must keep vigilant about vaccing the place and placing diatomaceous earth under bed/closets/sofas etc. Wash bedding IN THE HOTTEST WATER and DRY ON HOTTEST SETTING!
God – this is the worst thing that could ever happen. The building is infested. The people are unaware. I carry my dog thru the building and outside. No grass. He must eliminate on CONCRETE. Then back up into flea hell on earth, we go.
What is the next plan for attack? For what if the pupae are laying dormant from forever ago until some die and they know for sure they are gonna survive? How often do I need to have professional guy spray? For can they not live in the pupa stage for over 100 days? Waiting…
I have reason to believe they are in my pet’s ears. I paid $200 for the spraying. $100 worth of vet bills and etc to self treat areas. Laundry bills are costly: $1.59 a wash. $1.59 A DRY. Once a day I must wash to kill any eggs that may have fallen onto bedding. I am doing up to four loads every day. Just to be sure the eggs are killed.
I hate my life. A lot. I am stuck in hell.
Bugged in Hobart IndianaDecember 8, 2017 at 10:56 AM #73876
I hired Orkin and had to leave my house for 4 hours. Took my pets too! Well went down stairs and had fleas all over my legs! Waiting for them to call me back!