January 12, 2017 at 2:07 AM #63169
Hi Everyone…I feel the pain!! I recently moved into an In-Law apartment and I live downstairs on ground floor and the landlord lives upstairs. The only thing we share is a separate room where the washer and dryer separate the 2 apartments. I have an all black short haired 3 year old indoor cat and they have an inside & outside rottweiler dog, which apparently had fleas prior to me moving in a few months ago, which I didn’t know about until a few days after I moved in and started seeing my poor kitty scratching herself to death and loosing hair. My landlord insist they no longer have fleas on the dog because they take the dog to the groomer every few weeks plus give her monthly treatments. They also have only hardwood floors throughout their house so they are adamant they don’t have fleas upstairs any longer. It could be true and the infestation could have been from the 2 cats a previous renter had a while back in my current unit. I did find pet hair everywhere when I moved in. I also have mostly hardwood floors but also have 2 bedrooms with carpet in them, and a number of throw rugs I just bought and put down. I’ve been now dealing with these stinkin fleas for almost 3 full months!! I vacuum multiple times a day, take the canister outside to empty it and then wash it with warm soapy water and put contents into 2 plastic bags and then leave them in my large garbage can outside. I actually bought a new vacuum specifically for pets. I also have been washing all the bedding, comforters, pillows and blanket, including my curtains a couple times a week. I’ve purchased every product recommended including Advantage II for cats over 9lbs (She’s 14.3lbs), flea killer carpet for adults, larvae and pupae as well as flea spray with the IGR in it to stop eggs from hatching, flea traps in every room, flea bath (ya right, ever try giving a 14 lbs cat a bath by yourself? Enough said, waste of money there! Both me and the landlord used flea bombs about a month ago, but didn’t really seem to get rid of them down here anyway. I use the flea comb multiple times a day every single day on my cat, but she hates it. I usually only find 1 live one on her, if any. The first day I realized she had fleas (which I’ve never had to deal with ever before) I must have combed at least 30-40 off her! I occasionally find a new dead one in my traps, or on the bedding (she sleeps with me on top of my covers) I even bought a case of sticky tape rollers and use them everywhere every morning and evening before bed. Here is my issue…. I STILL HAVE FLEAS! I’ve never seen a bite on myself, but I feel like my legs are always being bit and since I occasionally find new ones in the traps, or dead or half dead on the bedding, I obviously still have them. I honestly do not know what more I can do. I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of them. I even threw away all her toys, little fluffy bed, her really tall scratching post, litter box, etc. I’ve replaced everything with brand new stuff. I’m totally at my wits end. I really think I’m obsessed now. I’ve even found myself with tweezers and a magnifying glass to make sure a black spec isn’t a flea (or is a dead flea). Because my cat is black, you would think it would be easy to tell if she has eggs on her. But she’s always had a slight dandruff problem and I just can’t tell what’s dandruff and what might be eggs. Any suggestion that anyone has would be greatly appreciated. I really have done everything suggested and have never laxed off even one day! PLEASE HELPJanuary 25, 2017 at 1:48 AM #63863
What a nightmare.
You mention your cat has dandruff. There is a type of mite called Cheytiella. Sometimes called walking dandruff. Also, you mention black specks. My fleas are kind of super super dark brown. I’ve used several treatments abs nothing is working. You might want to look up bird or rat mites. Make sure there are NO bird nest attached the house or even in a tree that has a branch that touches the roof or wall. If you are finding that many specks in your bedding and are getting bit in your clothing too, it just makes me wonder. Not trying to scare the begeesus out of you but lots of people move into a place and all of a sudden start getting bit. First thing they think of is fleas or bed bugs or ants. I doubt you have bed bugs. Ants, you would know. Usually you can knock the flea population down a lot doing what you’ve done.
Mites are another story. Their dog could have mites or cheytellia. If FOR SURE you have ID these as fleas, then you are probably safe. Also with bird mites, starts out just a happy normal nest. The birds leave. Most wild birds carry some mites but the nest will be filled with thousands. Once the baby birds leave the mites go looking for food. You. Or your cat or dog. There is also a skin fungus that cause feelings like you are getting bit. How do I know all this you ask? I have / had a house in Arizona that got infested with bird mites and mice mites when my cats brought a few in and I didn’t know it. For weeks. Lol. I won’t go on any further. But if you are not POSITIVE these are fleas, read about them. Don’t let the horror stories scare you. Not yet. I’m happy to answer more questions. I don’t sell anything, don’t have a biz the treats mites. Just studied it for a long time till we finally got rid of them. Several years. Had to toss all my furniture and clothing. If I knew then what I know now, I’d know what to do. Don’t waste your money of cedar based natural products. They don’t work either. Well, in that happy note.. Take care.