October 16, 2018 at 3:16 AM #85693
We have 2 female cats, Gizmo is 1.5 years old and Kona is 8 months. We got Kona in April for Gizmo 1st birthday. Between March and may Gizmo escaped 3 times and brought in fleas. Our cats are the first cats my husband and I have ever had so we have been winging it with the use of Google. When we 1st noticed fleas we were told to just put a collar on her and we didn’t do anything else since we were told the collar would get rid of them. Big mistake. Just left it for 3 weeks once. We noticed it wasn’t doing anything but rubbing her hair off her neck and we threw it away. We did think we got rid of them twice after we started our routine but within 2-3 weeks the cats would be covered even after we got done giving baths within a few hours. So that’s when we researched and learned they were in our brand new carpet we just put down in March. So we started our routine which includes:
We shave them every 2-3 weeks as needed not bald just down about 1-2 inches
We give dawn dish soap baths every 2-3 days
Vacuum daily a couple times
We were bombing every month until Aug
We use the liquid flea meds that goes on neck once a month
And daily we sit a couple times each and comb and pick the fleas off and smash them
My neighbor poured some stuff on our yard back in June one time
We stayed on this routine until beginning of Aug then my husband lost his job so we couldn’t afford everything. So we kept shaving, giving baths, vacuuming and combing/picking them off and smashing them. He just started a new job last Thursday so today he got a half week check so we have a little money we can buy stuff with. We just can’t afford to waste money so we need for sure products that will work.
On this website I read about DE. We are going to get a bag of that for the yard and house.
What other stuff can we get? This week we have started noticing them on our 3 children’s legs and ours when we walk through the house so it’s went past the line now that it’s affecting our children.
Also is there anything we can put on our cats? We have noticed they are scratching so much that they are tearing their necks up they have little sores underneath their necks and chins. Any other advice is appreciated that will help us end this nightmare we have dealt with for months!October 21, 2018 at 3:43 PM #85857
Hello. From what you describe, it seems you have too many fleas. Probably inside and outside the house. It is best not to wait. If you see one or two, you need to act right away.
The DE you mention has been proven very effective for me in getting rid of all kinds of bugs, including fleas and roaches.
Just be careful not to inhale the dust AND you have to be willing to put up with white dust everywhere because it sounds like you need to spray it pretty much all over the place, rugs, cats bedding, outside yard, grass.
I keep it for a few days, trying not to disturb it, but it causes you to leave a trail of white footprints around the house.
Be patient and keep the regimen. It will be worth it.
DE is bad for your lungs, or your pets lungs, so again, do not allow it to be suspended in the air or do not have kids or pets around when you are applying it. You can buy it in bulk online, a bag of 10 lbs for 20 bucks or so.
Take care and good luck!November 7, 2018 at 7:14 AM #86303
I can tell you I’m 4 weeks today in since we noticed one of the dogs had fleas. I acted quickly. Got the cat and dog Seresto flea collars from the vet and frontline topical for the cat. Instead of spending a ton of money on diy yourself products I called Terminix right away. For $116 four times a year they come out and in between they will come as often as you want. I’ve had them come twice already. I would definitely say my flea issue is mild to what I’ve read. No one has gotten bit. I vacuum twice a day. Takes me about 2 hours total. Purchased a new vacuum. Nothing fancy a dirt devil for $60. I would say call an exterminator right away. Seeing a few each day only when I vac I dump the canister and look for them. Comb my pets three times a day with a flea comb and keep their bedding clean washing every other day.