May 4, 2014 at 6:19 AM #2170
I am one of those people who are very sensitive to bites especially flea bites. I am at the point where the mentioning of fleas makes me completely paranoid! I’m not talking “I feel itchy but it will pass as soon as the conversation changes.” I’m talking “not only do I itch all over but I feel them jumping on me paranoid,” and it last way longer then the conversation. Anyways, a few years back I got a puppy, a small hairy indoor dog, and he got fleas. I would say I went crazy and I for sure went broke. I did everything. On my dog I tried the collars, drops, sprays, shampoos, flea dips, etc. After a few visits to the vet I was given two pills for him one to kill the fleas instantly and the other was a monthly dose to keep them away. The names of those pills were Capstar and Confortis I believe.
Once that was taken care of I still had the task of my home. Everyone said it would be easy since I had no carpet in my home but they were so wrong. My entire house was hard wood floors and not the finished kind, with the exception of the bathrooms. I tried everything on the market for fleas and nothing worked. I called an exterminator and he came out and sprayed the entire house plus the yard. That didn’t work so I called him again and still nothing. The fleas just kept coming back and with a vengeance. I had to go to the doctor because both of my legs were covered in bites and I was prescribed medication. If you were to walk into my home you would have been attacked immediately. They literally would jump on my feet and there would be so many it looked like I was wearing black trouser socks. No, I am not exaggerating either. It was that bad and I went slightly crazy. I was actually spraying myself with flea spray that was not meant for the skin.
Then one day I was in my grocery store and bought a box of foggers and yes I did fog the place before I hired the exterminator. The first time I bought the most expensive brand because I was desperate and the whole you get what you pay for motto. Apparently that does not work with foggers. This time I bought the cheapest one available. I figured go cheap because I’ll be doing it often. The name was Bengal and it had a tiger in the logo. Anyways, the foggers worked! I was so happy and relieved! Years later, I moved and my dog was stolen. I moved into a house with hard wood floors just like the last house and no pets at all. And yet again I find myself with a flea problem. My problem now is finding those foggers. Lucky for me you can find pretty much anything on the Internet these days.
As for my story, I wanted to share with you my traumatizing experience to help you. You see, when I had my first issue with fleas I was told it should be easy to fix since I had no carpets but in fact it was so much harder. The fleas were making homes in the crevices of the flooring. I honestly thought I was going to have to remove the floor just to kill the fleas. Between myself, my dog and my homes, I have spent more than a thousand dollars trying to get rid of fleas. I have yet to find one website or person to tell me how to get rid of fleas if you have hard wood floors. Well this worked for me and I hope this helps someone else. I hope you don’t have to waste as much money as I did or go crazy like I did due to fleas. Good luck!June 2, 2016 at 12:41 AM #49644
I feel the same exact way! My cat got fleas and now we have some in our house we flea bombed it and i think it worked because we havent seen any since (its only been a day or two but still) but, i can feel them jumping on me even though there are none there, and i cant sleep and flinch every time i see a small black speck.August 22, 2016 at 5:35 AM #53312
Oh god, this has helped me so much. A stray cat showed up at my garage 3 months ago and we took her in. Everything was fine, she slept in my bed and no fleas or anything. Then a month later she gave birth to a litter and she’s been visiting a house near mine where she gets fleas from two dogs and her kittens got badly infested. The kittens are out of the house now and being treated but even after bathing them and applying flea powder there are still a couple left. Today I arrived home and when I walked in my room I felt something itchy on my leg: A FLEA. AND THEN ANOTHER ONE. I grabbed a flashlight and found many more on the floor. I picked up about 15 and drowned them in alcohol (killed them in less than 10 seconds). I haven’t been bitten (thank god) but I’ve been reading everything about flea control and how difficult it is to get rid of them and how nothing gives 100% guaranteed results and I’m FREAKING OUT because I have A LOT of things in my room that I’ll probably have to get rid of or evacuate (and my house is so small, there’s no place to move anything) so I can clean and vacuum thoroughly I don’t know where to start. I have anxiety issues and I was infested with lice at school as a kid so that triggered something in me. I can’t think of lice or fleas without feeling like something is crawling in my skin and my hair. I pounce on every little speck I find. It’s killing me and I’m a college student living with my mom so (do I need to say more?) I’m broke and my mom hates the cat so lord help me, I don’t know what to do.August 29, 2016 at 5:59 AM #53956
After viewing every image I could find OD flea bites on humans I am 100% sure I have them, BUT my 3 cats have no fleas—my long-hair cat ‘Kitty,’ was treated 1-2 months ago after I saw what I assumed were fleas—I had been brushing him consistently daily to remove a few matts but mainly because he was shedding, leaving clumps of cat fur everywhere [that’s the 1st and only time he’s let me. I’ve repeatedly checked them all—no fleas! My best friend & neighbor, Larry is here for hours daily and when he sits down you can be sure Kitty sits on his lap but he has NO bites on him. Unlike the other posters above, I see NO fleas ANYPLACE on me. The other day I took my sock of to put lotion on because it itched— I get eczema on my feet there regularly, however, to my disbelief and horror, there was a concentration of about 12-15 bites instead!! Although I get bit gem neck to ankle, sometimes I’ll find maybe 3 in one spot—NEVER on my foot, never in such a concentration with so many. I see NO fleas or bugs on me ever, only the usual nuisance gnats from having so many houseplants. Why don’t I see bugs, why not on Larry or cats. I had fleas 12-14 years ago and didn’t know it so when I saw them jumping on my bathroom rug I thought for sure I was hallucinating – so I know they can be seen jumping…, I’ve seen nothing jumping or crawling on me anywhere. The locations most affected are around my knees, mostly the sides & back, around my waist and a little lower all around, and my shoulders. but they’re minimal on lower limbs and NONE on my scalp! I’m a 65-year-old female, rarely am around others except shopping or at doctors. NOTE: I Never let my cats outside, nor does Larry BUT he feeds the strays that are ‘regulars’ here. Help!October 28, 2016 at 2:22 AM #58057
I’m currently dealing with a smaller scale infestation, my indoor cat got. Living in the south with this crazy heat does not make the infestation easy either. What you were saying about the paranoia is 100% spot on! Thinking about them, talking about them, even typing this I’m itchy. Any time a piece of hair moves to just agitate me I go in to full on scratching mode from being paranoid, and I only had maybe 4 bites on my one foot. Also, the Bengal foggers are fantastic! I’ve been bombing the house almost every other day and the number of fleas are drastically less. I’m waiting on my order of precor so I can spray for the eggs and larvae and am hoping to see ZERO fleas soon enough!March 19, 2017 at 9:02 AM #65546
Hardwood, tile, laminent, etc. floors can be steam cleaned to kill fleas and their eggs.August 16, 2017 at 3:35 PM #72371
I’m ready to kill myself at this point my house is so infested with these little ****ers. Every day I wake up with bites all over my ankles, feet, and arms. Im highly allergic so they itch like crazy and I’ve been scratching and bleeding and bandaging my legs, feet, and arms daily. I don’t know where to start I have 3 cats and a small dog. One of my cats is an outdoor cat who was basically forced upon my household after my sister decided she wanted to save an alley kitten who was living in a gutter. Little did we realize she would move out and leave for Texas with her new fiancé and we live in Pennsylvania so there was no chance in giving him back to her. This cat goes in and out when he pleases, we tried to house train him but he would just run out from under our feet when we would open the door and do what he wanted anyway then run back in and infest our house, eat, sleep, poop, then run outside etc. My father is such an emotional wreck when it comes to animals, he would rather get rid of his own son then abandon his precious pets. Our dog who’s a cocker spaniel has an ear rash which causes her to scratch multiple times daily until it hurts her in which case she will wipe her dirty stinky ears all over our furniture as well as spread more fleas as well as the other two cats. And my dog has a habit of going to the bathroom in the house daily even after she’s been let outside to roam around and has been walked. Anyways back to the flea problem, we’ve tried it all the store spray the bug bombs, the exterminator, everything. We’ve flea dipped and collared all of the animals. Nothing I repeat nothing will permanently get rid of those little pricks. I literally regret waking up into this world of itching, bleeding, and just plain ignorance on my family’s part. And I have to deal with the urine and feces from these dogs and cats in the house along with flies and oh yea we’ve also been simultaneously fighting off the last of this bad bed bug infestation over the past year which was a living hell on its own. I’m just done with everything at this point. The world has enough bullshit to put up with on a daily to be worried about bugs and other nonsense. I’m still getting over the passing of my mother from a few years ago. I’m way to young to be hating life like this. I almost feel like I’ve been dealt a cursed life it’s that bad. I’m not crying for help that does nothing it’s too late for me. Hopefully someone can read this and try to do everything in their power to wipe these fleas out early before they completely destroy your life because they can and WILL do that if not handled properly early on.August 20, 2017 at 7:33 AM #72789
Thanks for sharing your experience.November 13, 2017 at 11:09 AM #73393
Do you still have fleas? Here are some things to try:
Diatomaceous Earth – Sprinkle on carpet, sweep in, and leave four or five hours and vacuum. Don’t inhale. It is make up of silica and dries up the fleas. Will make you and your kitty very thirsty.
Baking soda and salt – Do the same thing as the last item.
Borax – same procedure but keep pets away.
Spray Lysol on your carpet.
Wash pets with Dawn dish soap or Pert Plus.
Sprinkle a dog’s food with McCormick garlic powder.
Skin-so-Soft repels fleas.
Put a Harts 2-in-1 collar in your vacuum bag to kill fleas.
Spray carpet and upholstery with Lysol or Pine-Sol (1/4 c. in a bottle of water) a few days to repel fleas.December 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM #74205
So here’s my crazy flea story..
I moved in to an awesome new apartment with my best friend at the beginning of September. My room is huge, our other room mate is fantastic and the rent is SO affordable. Our leasing tenant informed us that the previous leasers had cats and there was an aggressive flea infestation when they left (those poor sweet fur babies), but they had bombed, power washed, and sprinkled diatomaceous earth all over the entire place and assured us the issue was taken care of. We have all hardwood flooring so we just figured there would be no problems.
Fast forward literally 15 days after they bombed it (the typical cycle of flea eggs to hatch), and I’m COVERED. I look like a meth addict the way my legs are scratched up and bitten and scarred. I’m obviously very allergic to fleas just like many of you other folks who have posted about getting bitten. The kicker is – they only want me. Neither of my roommates have one bite. They’ve seen a couple here and there, but they literally FLOCK to me. So. We bombed the place again and sprinkled more of the magic powder everywhere. I come back to my home after waiting until the foggers do their thing and let the place air out for a little bit, and I find five crawling happily up my legs. We call our leasing tenant who then promptly hires an exterminator. Meanwhile, I have been living at my mother’s as I can not focus on anything but picking them off of me, and my hypochondria is making me even more paranoid and believing they’re constantly on me.
The exterminator just came this morning and it is my first night staying in the house since I first moved in. I am praying to the flea gods to alleviate us from this nonsense, and me and my two roommates are so lucky to have a landlord that is willing to happily do whatever it takes as fast as possible to kill these little devils. The person who lived here before us with the cats has racked up a $1,700 bill in flea removal from this house (our landlord hired an attorney because she is trying to fight it) and I believe she may even have to compensate me for a month’s rent as I could not live here for the entire first month I’ve been on the lease.
This has been an absolute nightmare moving in and out and washing and cleaning and killing and vacuuming constantly. Now I’m constantly paranoid. Constantly. No matter where I am. I bought new clothes today and immediately put them on and I’m still feeling like they’re crawling all over me. I constantly feel disgusting.February 22, 2018 at 3:49 AM #74973
I am going through the same things. Granddaughter is getting bitten but i’m not. I’m at work right now but as I am writing this i feel like something is crawling on my body and hair. Has anyone ever heard of or used nematodes for fleas in the yard? Shoot me up if you have used these microorganisms. ThanksFebruary 22, 2018 at 4:05 AM #75560
ANSWER TO YOUR MISERY – DIATOMACEOUS EARTH.
I’ll put my life on it.
Sprinkle it everywhere, in your bed sheets, under the mattress, between the mattress and the sheets, pour it down the floor boards, and all over the carpets. Don’t remove it till you stop getting bitten (hoover/vacuum it up) which should be instantaneous depending on the degree of infestation. Sprinkle on your animals too. Harmless to humans and animals and can even be ingested to cleanse your colon of parasites.
Find it on amazon. And if you have amazon prime even better!
It is the ONLY thing that works.
Love from London!February 22, 2018 at 5:26 AM #76789
I just want to add, flea eggs can last a long time and seem to be able to pick and choose when the optimal conditions for hatching are. Don’t be alarmed if your home has been flea proof for six months and then all of a sudden, here we go again. It happens. Don’t despair. Just start over again, quickly. It will be faster this time. Vacuum everywhere and toss the bag immediately. Before you know it you will be flea free again.February 22, 2018 at 5:36 AM #77088
Do not put garlic on your dog’s food! Garlic and onions are toxic to canines.June 7, 2018 at 11:41 AM #82647
We have no carpet some rugs, fleas are outside and inside we have sprayed outside, put different kinds of things on yard several times, we have bombed the house and I still find fleas on me.June 19, 2018 at 6:02 AM #83173
Currently I have been having a problem with fleas as well, and I don’t even have any pets! My grandmother and I live in a neighborhood with a lot of stray cats, which we used to feed, so of course they gravitate towards our house and spread fleas. I suspect that this happened because my brothers were living at my house for a month and they were playing outside when the fleas hopped onto them and they came inside the house with them. I have flea bites all over my feet and ankles and some on my arms. Recently, we had the exterminator spray the house and my grandmother saw the stuff that the guy used and she said that after he was done spraying it, she could see literal fog rising off of the carpet. This eased my anxiety somewhat, diagnosed with GAD and pests are one of my hugest fears, and now I’m worrying about something else. My scalp has been pretty itchy lately which doesn’t help because I have eczema and it’s hard to see the patches, but you can see the flakes fall off if I scratch excessively (which I haven’t been doing!) Recently, the base of my neck on the right side has been itchy and I thought I could feel bumps on it. So, of course, I google my scratchiness (which someone with anxiety should never do) and connect it with the whole flea fiasco I recently dealt with: I have fleas living in my hair. The weird thing is that after the exterminator sprayed, I haven’t seen one flea in my house, but could that be because they are living in my hair? I am so paranoid about it and I need some help, thank you for reading my rant.July 2, 2018 at 1:49 AM #83581
One more thing I can add to the mix is VACUUM, VACUUM, VACUUM! Floors, chairs, sofas, baseboards, everywhere you can get to. If you can get a good number of them that way, it’s less breeding and growing they can do. One way I’ve found to keep them off your skin is vinegar. It’s not the greatest smell to have on you, but they HATE IT. Good luck to all!July 10, 2018 at 4:28 PM #83745
I feel for you! I removed all carpet from my house and went with wood floors and laminate. I can tell you for a fact that mopping floors with Pine Sol original or lemon scented gets rid of fleas if you do it every week. I have two dogs and live in a suburban area, many dogs, cats, and wildlife so yard is a major source of reinfestation. My dogs get treated with a topical once a month, but each time they go out to do business, they bring fleas in again. Since you don’t have a pet anymore, the Pine Sol will work for you. If you have to mow lawn, maybe spray your pants and shoes with a strong citrus or peppermint scent. I’ve read that it repels them.July 28, 2018 at 7:58 AM #84140
I keep getting bit by fleas at night and it’s so bad that i can’t get any sleep. There’s no pets and we had mice for a while because the people who lived in the apartment before us didn’t take care of it at all and the landlord didn’t clean either. I don’t know what to do if nothing else I just need them to stop biting me at night so I can get some sleep. I have next to no money to spend on anything other than rent and groceries and I don’t know what to do.September 2, 2018 at 9:24 AM #84793
Thank you Ruby I am at my wits end I will try your remedy as my cats are in extreme discomfort and my home lives is the washing machine and vacuum cleaner. To think that the kittens came back from the vet carrying fleas after getting neutered.
I’ve had cats for 20 years and never had this problem before.
Thank you it sounds like i’m going through what you went through so far it has cost me a fortune.October 25, 2018 at 11:08 AM #86024
What a nightmare these last 3 months have been! It started in a hotel, i noticed what i thought was a bed bug problem but NOPE it was fleas. The problem seemed to have subsided but as soon as we got back home it flared up again. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I was told to stay away from the collar and flea dip (she’s 13) but i love with my parents and their dog and they are in denial because the fleas only seem to bother me and my dog. But it’s impossible for my dog to have an infestation and theirs to have no fleas (that’s what they are telling themselves) when they sleep on the same furnitures, rugs, backyard, etc. I personally think they are now coming from the back yard because we have treated every aspect of this house but my mother insists on having the dogs use this little 7×7 area behind the garage as the dogs potty pen. It’s all dirt. She is very good about cleaning it daily but STILL it’s a place for the dogs to use the bathroom and it’s somewhat enclosed in by garages and has trees over the top so the smell permeates and it’s a great habitat for fleas! My mom says i’m crazy but i can’t sit down or touch anything with out inspecting it for fleas. My paranoia is taking over my life but i itch 24 hours a day and even on top of the bites i have broken out in hives on 75% of my body. I’m moving in 7 days and have been washing, bagging, and storing everything i own since this initially started, so everything will hopefully have been cleaned of the fleas. laundromat alone was $350 bc i have quite a bit of clothing. I hope our new place to live means a new lease on life for me and my pup because we have both been suffering through this. I’m one thing but her, she deserves better. Fingers crossed! I’m gonna try those bengal bombs tho, the ones i tried didn’t work.