August 28, 2018 at 3:09 AM #84761
I have tried everything so far that I can find information on. I’ve used sprays for skin clothes and outside, bombs, DE *everywhere*, powdered salt, vacuuming every room and piece of furniture every single day or multiple times a day, washing every piece of clothing and bedding I have multiple times, citrus scented air fresheners, flea traps, and pretty much every other remedy I’ve seen online. Yet I still wake up with 3-6 extra bites, then 10+ more throughout the day. I can actually look down and see 1-2 on my legs just walking through my house, even walking barefoot through DE that’s scattered on my carpet. I’ve thrown clothes in the dryer for an hour on high heat, stood there naked to see if any jump on me, as soon as the dryer’s done I check the temp it’s like 110+ and as soon as I put the clothes on there’s fleas on me. I don’t understand what is going on as we have absolutely no pets and have not had any for years.
I’m just so tired of waking up every few hours itchy then finding new bites. Is there anyone here that can help me out or maybe suggest something other than burning my house down? I’m about to have a mental breakdown because of this.September 3, 2018 at 8:13 AM #84864
I share that sense of despairing desperation: I have spent £300, twice, to get in professional pest control people to treat a flea infestation caused by a stray cat wandering into my home. I too have no pets.
I also spent a further £260 on dry cleaning clothes which couldn’t be washed and getting all bedding and pillows professionally laundered. I’ve spent the past two weeks cleaning, vacuuming and bagging up all laundry into rubbish sacks to keep them sealed till I’m ready to wash them, and bagging the vacuum cleaner bags after each vacuuming session, to isolate them in my garbage bin.
I’m currently coming to the end of spreading food-grade diatomaceous earth throughout my home, which will stay down for three days before I vacuum it up. To be repeated in a week’s time to catch any other fleas which survived or were in a different stage of their lifecycle.
I’ve also been told by my old vet (dog died three years ago but we’ve stayed in touch!), that Indorex is the best spray available for domestic use, so I’ll spend the rest of this Sunday evening spraying all my upholstery, including the UNDERSIDE of armchairs, sofas and tables.
Finally, I’m releasing six smoke bombs on Thursday (my day off) after vacuuming up the diatomaceous earth. I’ll have to leave my apartment and unfortunately, all my fire/smoke detector/alarms are mains wired, so they will be triggered when I do. Sorry for my neighbours that anyone who is home will have the alarms going for a few hours but needs must, when the devil drives, as the old saying goes.
I’ll post again during the week to let you know if fresh bites are happening or not.
It’s felt like a full-time job doing all this – and we’ve even had the office at work sprayed “just in case”.
Keep your chin up, and a stiff upper lip. We’ll get through it!
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