November 2, 2016 at 5:03 AM #56450
I don’t know exactly how long I’ve had fleas but noticed them on my kitten end of July. Started treating cat end of July. Found fleas , larvae and pupae in my bed. Had house exterminated on August 3rd. Have been vacuuming every day since. Have thrown out mattress and boxspring, bleached drawers and cabinets, mop bathroom and kitchen floor every other day with bleach. Washed curtains. Now battling fleas in hair, body and genital areas. Washed hair and body with lice treatment, hair and body. Used vinegar, baking soda, head and shoulders, not combing daily several times a day for the past two months. I’m going crazy. I have concidered suicide! I can’t do this anymore. Please help.May 11, 2017 at 4:00 AM #69387
Dear Sharon, I can’t believe nobody has answered you yet. I’m assuming you still have the kitten and you still live in the apartment and you haven’t committed suicide. They have to be living on some other host if not on your cat. Fleas also live on rodents which can be residing in your home and reinfecting you. Or perhaps there are cracks and hiding places where they are avoiding being vacuumed. After all your effort you should be winning this battle. I would ask your doctor to verify that you do indeed have fleas and not something else. If it’s confirmed, then write back to let us know! I’m just a passerby on this site but I hope your plea for help is answered soon. Don’t give up! My dog is scratching and biting and today I think I found a flea on me and bites inside my shorts. Not fun. I am sorry to hear how much you’ve been suffering, and I hope the problem is cured by now.
SuzanneMay 28, 2017 at 8:29 AM #69943
Need serious help. Embarrassing. About to lose everything for this. Fleas inside me. Hatch in skin, come out and straight back in. Have pulled worms out even. I live in Ohio. I have no pets at all. My boyfriend got this when we moved in the new place. He’s struggled for 9 months. Now all of a sudden I guess they got hungrier and have chosen me also. Scars and holes all over. We look like junkies. I’m so tired of this. Ivervectine we have tried in and out. Many oils and even clove. He’s been to the hospital 6 times. Marysville 3x, Dublin 2x, and osu. Would rather say he’s crazy than to acknowledge any of it. Taken samples in even. They have eaten around a few teeth even. Like root canals! You can see where worms were laying in his gums. Please help!June 6, 2017 at 3:37 AM #70496
The stories above are so horrible! Unfortunately I’ve got 1 of my own. My Ex-fiances mother mailed (Fed-Ex) me a box of my dogs belongings. Unknown to me she had included sand fleas in the package. By the time I knew what I was dealing with my sweet loving old blind pug was dead from infection caused by a horrible flea infestation. It was mid November with snow on the ground in Central Virginia. Nowhere near a beach. These fleas burrow into your skin, basically any place on your body that’s warm. I have scars on my face and body. They will also make your hair fall out extremely bad. Baking soda in your shampoo & added to your washing machine helps a lot. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy! Thanks for reading.June 6, 2017 at 8:01 AM #70365
Yes I to have experienced fleas, mites bugs in and around my feet in Varicose veins, in hair, in eye brows where when admitted start kicking out eggs every 2 minutes or so, never thought of my back hair, yuk, there they were last night, at night my scalp goes wild. My forearms oh and buttox as well after all we probably sit on them all the time so they burrow into my skin there, remember don’t scratch.
My Cornel University Graduate Dermatologists insist they don’t live on our bodies, wrong! I find Larvae and eggs right in my skin. Every bath I take produces lots of dead flea and mites in the tub. How many people see sparkling foods? Those are baby fleas, their backs are like Silver, and so when I allowed hair to grow I put soap on my legs and man, there were hundreds of sparkling babies trying to figure out a way up my legs.
Thanks for letting me share, I’m jumping into the bath and its 3 in the morning.
Buena Park,CA 92621October 24, 2017 at 8:00 AM #73254
Are you people really being serious right now about fleas laying eggs inside your skin? Fleas inside gums even? Uhm, I’m not sure that that’s fleas. I have a major flea infestation and I’m currently researching as much as I can and stumbled across this. Not sure that I can take some of this seriously, but are you serious? Very strange.November 13, 2017 at 10:04 AM #73163
I let a friend keep her animals at my house then I realized how my dog started digging all the time and my 17 year old cat then started itching at night I had already taken my dog and cat to the vet who gave me comfortis for both. I didn’t know that they could live on my bed pillows blankets everything so I am not sleeping well at all with all the itching and burning on my legs feet arms back and hair. We all need to figure out a solution that will help us all now I used dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with tea tree oil on my floors can’t feel them there anymore.February 26, 2018 at 11:15 AM #77724
Oh my heavens, my story is so long I don’t have room to tell it here but I can empathize with those having these horrible issues. I just purchased a home next to the Pacific Ocean on a cliff with lots of Ivy. Long story short, lots of rats live in the ocean cliff’s with lots of IV. Nests near my home I think gave me fleas and maybe mites as well to my dogs. It has been a living hell. Mostly because they are crawling all over me, in my hair and on my face at night when I’m trying to sleep. The constant itching kept me awake for weeks. I used to own a farm and my animals were exposed to these types of bugs all the time and never had this kind of issue. I used a lot of diatomaceous earth and never had these issues. I tried that all over the house and it only provided mild relief. I spread borax everywhere, gave my dogs repeated three baths, treated them with proper flea drops that have always worked, wash the bedding daily and use borax, washed all my clothes after wearing them only once, and kept them in garbage bags tightly sealed until I washed them, washed all the floors repeatedly with Windex and borax (I learned Windex kills fleas and mites, and it really does seem to work, plain ammonia doesn’t work). I have eliminated all the possible rodent nests from around my home. I even sprayed myself with Windex constantly and even in the shower. All hats and coats must be washed daily and use borax, anything good bag it up and seal it in a plastic bag until you figure it all out, I sprinkle in the bag with borax before sealing it. Still dealing with it but it’s getting much, much better. Oh yeah forgot to mention all the floors have to be washed and vacuumed daily and sprinkle fresh borax out. It’s been about three weeks that I’ve been doing this process and I have spent about $1000 on garbage bags, laundry soaps, windex, borax, dog flea medication and my insanity is only starting to mildly go away. So to combat this heat it takes a lot of effort and consistency and decontamination of your home. Also shower in the dog flea shampoo. I got lots of little tricks here no room to mention but it can get better so be encouraged. It feels like running into a brick wall at 50 miles an hour and then having to recover from that unexpected catastrophe. PS I am still having to wash my bedding every night and take at least two showers a day washing my hair, if not, then by the second night I get the itching back so I am still dealing with that but feel it is getting less of an issue.July 3, 2018 at 5:14 PM #83606
Well we did the light trap tonight but I thought we had fleas because I saw a brown thing on my neck and freaked so I checked my Siberian husky and saw nothing but my hair falls out a lot and I saw three on me in one day, I’m pretty sure these are fleas.August 1, 2018 at 5:00 AM #84217
I’m in the same boat as a few of you on here. I’m from UK and over past 2 months we have had the hottest heat wave ever.
I was living at my dad’s and began itching, he was ok. Spotted a couple of fleas in my new mattress. I vacuumed, sprayed my room and wasn’t long before it started again. I decided no choice but to do the whole house. Got to my dad’s room last and there were loads in his bed and he had been sleeping in it!
He was no help so I moved out and stayed at my sister’s. I was careful not to take any of those horrid things with me but they were there. We did the same thing there and not as bad. Now another week and a half down the line my face, hair, eyebrows feel like they are crawling. Everybody thinks it’s in my head. I have not had any bites yet but last night at work it drove over the edge. Went to the toilet and loads of white dots were on my black underwear and when I blew my nose loads of tiny glittery dots came out. Then I was reading on here and I’m horrified. I would spray and use all advice above and elsewhere but it’s not my house and they all think I’m off my head. I’ve got some lyclear, not used it yet because they’ll be back on me in no time. I’m hoping to get my own place and then I can at least battle this. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the last month. I’m a wreck because I’m on my own with it. Surely it will be a matter of time before others in the household suffer but not at the moment. Im also pretty sure they are rat fleas. My dad had decking up to the back door and rats under there and he did nothing about it. I believe everybody above about fleas on body. It may be unusual but it happens, just not often enough for any professional person to give a shit. I feel for you all.September 26, 2018 at 3:00 AM #85344
They are so annoying! You must understand that these are different kinds of fleas above. I dealt with cat fleas, they have a four stage life cycle. Bottom line here is how to get rid of them. Flow in order..
1. Treat your dog or cat with Frontline plus and rotate monthly with advantage two. A good brushing once a week is better than a bath while on meds.
2. Steam clean and HOT wash All soft surfaces. Such as pillows blankets, carpets, couches and curtains.
3. Treat your home with an insect growth regulator (IGR) or have an exterminator do it for you. Try to keep your house temp around 75 or above until it’s treated again.
4. Don’t mop or wash anything other than your bed sheets and your animals bedding.
5. Vacuum every day! Imagine you had a bag of salt and held it up to a fan. Fleas are small and they multi fast!
6. After 14 days use IGR again and a pesticide.
FYI: I used Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo daily and conditioner, Precor IGR, prescription treatment PI pesticide, vacuum bags with flea collar pieces in them and Diatomaceous earth Under heavy furniture.
I researched directly from the manufactures and it’s proven to work.September 26, 2018 at 3:01 AM #85345
You must be extremely thorough while spraying. The Fleas can build a tolerance to the chemicals. It’s not a lot to hire an exterminator, just make sure they use the right stuff!October 3, 2018 at 11:52 AM #85499
I second the above, that’s why I alternate chemical household products with natural essential oil ones when I do my housecleaning in general – granted that was a habit developed out of necessity to rid my hotel room of the little b******s but I find I get maximum benefit when I combine the best of both worlds. That said, I had to learn on the fly how to mix and match as well as pay attention to the ingredient composition of everything I ever combine, as while I wasn’t willing to blindly accept something as an effective treatment just because it’s parroted all over the internet (anyone know why Dawn dish soap in particular seems to be more prevalently recommended? What makes it special? Inquiring minds wanna know), admittedly I wasn’t exactly the best chemistry student in high school, so was only after the fact that I discovered mixing baking soda and vinegar together creates an ineffective cleaning solution (do not be fooled by the initial fizzy that happens – it’s the fizzy of all cleaning agents in both dissolving into nothing but good ol’ H2O… yeah), and I had no idea that hydrogen peroxide is actually a hell of a cleaning product that you can get at Walmart for less than the price of a soda. On the other hand, while I’d already kinda figured that bleach and ammonia being the deadly weapons they are on their own and so combining the two would be some unspeakable monstrosity, it was only after research confirmed my theory that one day when I was really pissed off about fleas in the bathroom in particular I said to myself, “That’s it, I’m about to go WWII on this b****” and I went outside for a couple hours afterward.
Okay, so – to address your concerns – make sure you use a body powder of some kind after getting out of the shower, such as Assured’s cornstarch powder with aloe and chamomile. Put it on the inside of your shoes AND inside of your socks as well, and if you got a blender and can grind it super-fine, mix it in with epsom salt to put inside your shoes and socks as well. Apple cider vinegar will douche the feminine area should that be required, and – I apologize in advance for risk of sounding too forward – if you have pubic hair of any sort, SHAVE IT. Shave as much of your body as you can stand, if you can’t rock out the cancer support look than at least get a haircut. Mix eucalyptus oil into aloe vera and use that instead of or at least in addition to your traditional shaving cream, and wash away using Dr Teal’s Activated Charcoal and Hawaiian Black Lava Salt body wash and bubble bath. There’s more, but I’m due for my next round of coffee and I need to go take care of that.