January 26, 2016 at 2:29 PM #46093
Please help! No carpeting in my home! I’m getting bites every night! I used so many different sprays that are said to kill all stages of fleas for multiple days, used flea medicine and collars on my dog but right after I get him flea free he is covered again! They live on my bed and I sprayed the s*** out of it multiple times, nothing is working! I do have a stray cat my dog plays with, could this be the culprit!? Idk what to do and I’m covered in bites :,,,(February 4, 2016 at 2:48 AM #46261
Flea investation. Realised last friday and it has just been 3 weeks since frontline used on my 2 cats. Fleas on me. Aggghhh.
Make me really sick and want to lie down. Left work as I coped with migraines and now stomache pain after operation but fleas tipped me off the edge. Never had fleas in house like this. Lay down white printer paper as I can see the fleas and also hear them land if close enough. I have flea bombed my room and the other bedroom. Hasn’t worked on my room.
Wondered if the investation was a bagless vacuum given to me as I opened it up in my bedroom to get the bag out and found it bagless. Could the fleas have got on the carpet. She said she had a huge infestation a year ago but wouldn’t they be dead by now? Still vacuuming with it as I’m broke with being sick for years so can’t get another one. But I put a sock in the nossle afterwards and leave the vacuum outside.
Found 22 fleas from 7pm to midnight last night and they are climbing up the bed as it is low to the ground. I pick fleas up and squash them so I know they are dead. They are hard to catch though as the little beggars can jump fast.
I’m sure it was her vaccum that brought the fleas. Thrown out jumpers, washing all clothes with a bit of bleach. Seems like my room is worst but the whole house have some as we get bitten on the feet. Thank you for sites like this.February 12, 2016 at 6:41 AM #46844
Hi all – so glad to see that I’m not alone. My flea problem started early Jan. I found a couple flea on my dogs (I have two little ones), treated them with Comfortis right away. Couple weeks later, found another couple fleas so I bathed them, the Comfortis should still be working I assume. But I got paranoid so I check and comb them every day since and every few days I’ve been finding 1 or 2 fleas on them.
Now, I KNOW these have got to be new fleas because I comb them every day, what’s on them is rid of. AND, i haven’t found a single source of flea dirt which means they haven’t been long enough to poop! But it drives me crazy to see them with fleas every few days and it’s gotten progressively worse, meaning more fleas more frequently. With all the reading I’ve been doing, I assume it must be because I’m vacuuming so much (every day!) that I’m actually stimulating what’s existing to hatch. Because right after I did a very thorough vacuuming, the next day I found 5 fleas on my little guy!
And I know I probably need to be patient and let the flea med help take care of things, instead of thinking it’s just not working. I switched one of my dogs to Revolution when due for his second application, hoping that it’ll help break the cycle faster since it’s supposed to kill eggs/larva too. But it must take longer for it to kill adult fleas and at the rate we check our dogs, I’m pretty sure we see the alive fleas before they can die from the flea med.
I’ve called Fleabusters to come out and have it scheduled – it’s gotten great reviews and a 1 year guarantee so I’m hoping this will help solve my problem, between my diligent cleaning, treating my pet, etc. Hoping I’m heading towards the right direction! If anyone has any advice please do share!
I’m contemplating if I should try Advantage II next since I find Revolution takes longer to kill. Anyone also have any experience with Activyl? It was recommended by my local vet but I’ve never heard of it. Thanks in advance!April 5, 2016 at 4:53 AM #47921
Like some of the other visitors to this site my son was the only person in our home being attacked by fleas. None of the other 4 family members had a single bite. We went through the list of treatments for the house, many of which took quite some time to work, and my poor 5 year old was being eaten alive. Seriously, he was covered in bites head to toe. I finally found an article I had missed during all my previous research that said fleas hate eucalyptus. I bought a bottle of eucalyptus tea body lotion from the aromatherapy section. IT. WORKED. MAGIC. After bath time I covered him with a fair amount of lotion and voila… not a single new bite in the next 2 months it took us to rid our house of the horrible creatures! My son complained about the strong smell so after the first couple applications I used 50/50 eucalyptus lotion and fragrance free Jergens lotion. It worked just as well.April 13, 2016 at 3:17 AM #48182
I have 2 dogs both treated every month with frontline, a couple of months ago I started getting bites around my ankles and legs then my back and stomach etc, thought it was an allergy to food then a couple of wks back my whole family started getting bites, just a few on their ankles or legs, then I found a flea sat on one of my dogs legs and I was able to pick it up. Not sure if the flea was dying or if it had just popped on him. I gave both dogs a flea bath, the dog with the flea had another 2 dead fleas on him after rinsing, I began washing their beds and blankets, washed our bed covers, vigorously vacuumed the whole house and then sprayed with a flea spray containing an insect growth regulator, everyday checking the dogs. Two live fleas on my small dog which I was able to pick off and squash, I assumed the frontline was working and they were already starting to die, finally the family and I were all clear of bites and since it all started we have not visibly seen any fleas on us or on the carpet or bedding in that whole time just on the dogs, one week with bites then last night I started scratching and when I looked I had 11 bites, some under my breast and the rest on the side of my back in a cluster. I am at my wits end, stressing out. I seem to be a 3 course meal for the them, I have not seen any in the house just the few on the dogs, I am now beginning to suspect that frontline has started to become ineffective and that is why we had the problem in the first place. If these are newly hatched fleas why is the spray not killing them on contact, I have been emptying my vaccum at every use I also have put a cotton ball sprayed with flea spray in it so that any existing eggs in the cylinder will kill them off, please help I’m going crazy I have a phobia of parasites and have started taking anti depressant medication to help me get through it.April 18, 2016 at 6:04 AM #48350
I had a cat in my house for a day. Come to find out it had fleas. I’ve gotton rid of the cat and took up my area rug. I’m afraid they’re in my sofa. I know salt kills them so i put salt down in my sofa and vacuum the sofa every day. I’m not getting bites on me anymore. I’m just afraid they’re in my sofa, don’t know for sure. Is there anything else i could do?April 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM #48556
I just want to leave my home and not return, I’m the only one getting bit by fleas and it’s 5-10 bites a day… I clean, I vacuum, I spray…. I’m lost I can’t sleep at night. What do do? I know it sounds crazy but I’m about to try putting a flea collar on my ankle just to get some rest.April 28, 2016 at 3:06 AM #48576
Inspect your home and surroundings with professional exterminator.May 13, 2016 at 6:47 AM #48853
I’ve been having the same issues as everyone. We recently moved and it seems that the fleas moved with us. I believe I should find a product that kills eggs cause so far killing fleas has not been an issue. It’s that they keep coming back breaking that cycle is so hard to do. I noticed some people mentioned some products, but living in a foreign country means that I also have to deal with a language barrier (we live in Taiwan).
I hope everyone gets their problem fixed and that I find a local product here that works.
HarryMay 13, 2016 at 7:06 AM #49003
I have been getting bit by fleas for years, I remember when my life was normal and I never used to get bit. I spend about $100 a month on flea bombs, sprays, everything and anything really and still get bit, I just don’t understand it. I used to get bit on my legs, now I never get bit on them and I mean never. It’s always on my chest or face now or sometimes on my arms, it’s horrible. Like there’s an invisible war going on. Anytime I get rid of it for a few days or a few weeks then when I go out next it starts happening all over again it’s very bizarre. I went to the doctors and he said he doesn’t know what it is. I have had the exterminator people out and it’s just crazy really I don’t think there is a way to fully get rid of them.May 27, 2016 at 7:31 AM #49246
Maine Coon Kitty Mom
I have inside cats and we were bombarded last year due to my having to use public transportation for work. I know I was the carrier as I too had several bites to the point I worried about scarring.
My poor kitties, the tom lost weight and I combed him everyday sometimes 2-3 times which he enjoyed but it did a number on his hair and skin. Essential oils, Front line nothing Stopped it. My female is skittish and can not be held. After a battle I was able to put a Front line collar on but she too suffered.
I read Tumeric was a natural deterrent and put it in their food. Vacuuming frequently helped and Finally I found TABLESALT works ! Once I layered their litter box with it – new box helped plus used salt on floors, furniture, bed, and rugs we have finally gotten rid of them.
I researched diet everything I could as I had no money for a vet bill. Glad I did as I found increasing the wet food they eat while still including dry allowed their skin to heal, their hair to grow and both have put on weight and are perkier !May 27, 2016 at 7:38 AM #49374
When I was young living in Texas we discovered that I was allergic to fleas. An old army doctor told Mom that if she would take the whitest of White Sox and put it in the middle of a dark room and the next morning take a ziplock bag and put it over the sock immediately lock it and throw it away it would contain many many fleas and it did a few nights of doing this lessened the amount of pain and Agony that I dealt with not getting rid of them but certainly helping lessen them.May 27, 2016 at 7:41 AM #49402
I took in a very hurt stray cat overnight and kept him in my tiled bathroom. I took him to vet next day and they could not save him. I threw away the bath rug just in case and washed all the towels within an hour of returning home. I have two indoor cats that are treated with Revolution every month. I have sixteen medium sized bites, on my left arm, left shoulder and left side. No bites at all on legs or feet. No bedbugs, I checked everywhere. So I am thinking fleas. My cats aren’t scratching at all, I checked their ears, fur, everything. I haven’t seen any type of bugs anywhere and I looked believe me. I sleep on my right side and as stated, the bites are all on the left. Only one new bite since the first attack. Is it possible that the fleas were mostly killed off by the Revoution? I have washed everything multiple times, vacuum twice a day (very small apartment). I always have a cat on my lap and haven’t seen anything. Is it odd that I only have bites on the one side? Could it be something else? It’s like whatever bit me only attacked the exposed parts of my body.June 6, 2016 at 12:34 AM #49779
I’ve noticed that no one really gives DE a chance to work. I literally lathered my entire house in it! I mean months later I was still wiping down my tv, microwave, top of my fridge, all had a thin layer of DE on it. Lol! I did a test where I put a couple fleas in a glass jar with DE and they all died within a couple days! It really does work! But you have to let them come in contact with it.June 17, 2016 at 1:02 AM #50184
The flea problem in the United states is caused by Cats. 90% of the fleas that infest our homes in the US are cat fleas. There are way too many feral cats running about and wayy too many ignorant people who don’t treat their stupid “outdoor” cats. I believe if we kill of all the cats running around outside, the flea problem would go away on it’s own. Cats are pretty stupid anyways, they are vile creatures that kill our songbirds and spread disease. They also carry a parasite (that’s in their feces) that goes to our brains and literally makes humans insane. Now you know why all those crazy cat ladies are so crazy. Cats are dumb pets anyways, they scratch up the furniture, spray and they only rub on you to mark you with their scent. Cats hate humans and have learned to fake love, just to manipulate us into giving them food. So let’s erradicate the real culprit here, it’s not the fleas, it’s the cats. If you have a feline, Do everyone else a favor and just have it put down, it doesn’t love you anyways. If you want an actual companion who will stick by your side through thick and thin and truly love you, get a dog instead (they don’t carry diseases, cat fleas or parasites that effect your sanity) plus they’re wayyy better companions. If all the cats in the world just dropped dead tomorrow, it would be a huge reason to celebrate!June 17, 2016 at 1:04 AM #50158
Fleas are a war not a battle. You have to fight them in many ways to be successful. I got them from a hand me down cat (which we love so its cool but frustrating and gross). First wash ALL your clothes and bedding in hot water. Vaccuum all carpets, couches, cat trees with raid in the tank or bag daily for awhile. Bomb the house weekly. I suggest the raid general bug bomb in the orange cans. I found it worked better than the flea specific raid and avoid hotshot and other brands they are not as good. Make sure your pet is on advantage or frontline. I alternated the two monthly which is risky for your pet health but i was willing to take that risk and all my pets are fine. Thats up to you. The most important thing is precor insect growth inhibitor. I bought it off amazon. It interrupts their cycle. You mix it in a pump similar to weed killer. Then spray everything with that mixture one good time. I mean everything. Floors, base boards, cat trees, furniture,window sills. Everything. The mix is mostly water and worth it. It should stop NEW fleas from forming. Its harmless to grown fleas thats what i mean by war. You gotta have a fight with grown fleas and future fleas as well. Fleas live about 90 days so you have to repeat this process at least that long. I actually repeated the bombing and constant vacuuming for 5 months. Long after i saw my last flea. All it takes is one survivor or new invader for it to start again. Once you feel safe continue advantage or frontline FOREVER and spray precor igi every 6 months just cause. Ive been flea free for 2 years with indoor/outdoor dog and cat with this process. Good luckJune 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM #50480
I have a 100% indoor cat. Don’t know how she got fleas. Very frustrated! I know I didn’t catch this problem soon enough 🙁
My question : Will having my cat contained in my master bedroom and bathroom help me clean up the rest of my house where my kids are?July 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM #50657
Help! We have never had pets and two days ago I walked into my bathroom and my feet were instantly covered in fleas. I am 4 weeks from having a baby and can not deal with the stress. It is just in our bathroom. Yesterday, I sprayed it down with hit shot, washed the rug, then scrubbed the floor and sprinkled salt. Swept at the end of the night and found tons of dead ones. Put the cleaned rug down and sprayed hotshot one more time. Got home this afternoon from work and the same thing happened again! My 4 year old has bites all over his feet. I don’t get bit, but they swarm my feet. Help! I can’t do harsh chemicals and am limited on time and energy because my husband works out of town and will not be back until the baby is here.July 18, 2016 at 1:53 AM #51434
My wife is in the next room (finally) getting some rest and I am here literally sobbing. I feel so desperate and frustrated. Most of our house is so bad, there will be five to ten fleas on you before you get to the next room.
I’ve sprayed with everything you could imagine. Raid flea spray, other products, spread DE all around the house overnight, even had an exterminator come in and spray.
The house is a mess with everything out of place (so the exterminator could spray around and under everything). He said that we should see immediate improvement but that it would take a few weeks for them to really be gone. He also told us NOT to vacuum for 2 weeks … which seems really weird and contrary to what you all are saying.
I’m just so upset over this. We can’t even put our one-year-old daughter down to run around and play because she gets immediately attacked.
There are other things going on as well to add to this stress, but it’s all coming down on me and I’m in tears over this, for the first time since my dad passed away …July 18, 2016 at 1:58 AM #51495
I Murray got a puppy 2 days ago. As soon as I picked it up I went to the pet store to get some supplies for her. In the pet store I noticed she had fleas I was so distraught. The people in the pet store told me to wash her in blue Dawn soap. I did then I saw a lot of fleas on her. I used the flea comb to get them out of her fur until they were all off her. Then I put her in her cage. The next day I got K9 Advantix II. I washed her again in the blue dawn to see if there were anymore fleas before I put the treatment on. I didn’t see anymore then I treated her. How long do I have to wait until I can let her walk around the house and pick her up?July 18, 2016 at 2:39 AM #51885
Hi I am currently going through the same situation with the little bastards. I have tried everything. I’ve used about 5 different sprays, powder, 2 different types of flea bombs, hoover every day, mop everyday, wash bedding everyday, I’ve taken my carpet up, washed our dog, treated her and still I still see them bouncing around. Every time I enter the front room they’re jumping on my feet, every time we go to bed we wake up with different bites to the point we are covered in bites head to toe. They’re in our clothes too. I am literally at the end of my tether to the point I just want to cry and not enter our house. I pretty much stay in the garden all the time now because they freak me out. We can’t sit on the sofa because our bums and legs just get eaten. I’ve phoned 2 different companies to come and exterminate them but they are so expensive. I literally don’t know what to do anymore.July 24, 2016 at 1:55 AM #52048
I am so glad I came across this thread and know that I am not the only one going demented with these horrible little things. (Not that I would wish it on anyone)
I’m only 2 and a half weeks into the flea treatment and have already broken down on a few occasions and considered moving!!
My kitten was treated for fleas 2 weeks ago when I first noticed flea dirt on her. At this point I also stripped and hoovered my bed, washed all my bedding, washed all her bedding and hoovered everywhere and consistently sprayed Indorex EVERYWHERE.
Last week I then noticed a flea in my bed after my kitten had been in it with me. Cue breakdown and the above ritual again, I have ensured I have emptied my Hoover this time and flung a flea collar in there for good measure. Even took the couch apart cushion by cushion to Hoover and spray with yet another can of Indorex.
I hadn’t had any bites since Saturday and having checked my kitty today after her 2nd flea treatment could not see any fleas or flea dirt…. And then I noticed 2 new flea bites!!
I’ve seen people on here who have been tackling the problem months and I seriously don’t think I can last that long. My council will come out and fumigate but my other issue is I think they may be in my hair?
Has anyone had them in their hair before? I’ve tried washing with tea tree shampoo as I read this can kill them but my head is consistently itchy and has red dry spots on my scalp, but I’ve yet to notice any fleas or flea bites on my scalp.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!July 29, 2016 at 1:32 AM #52185
I’m hoping Naomi lets us know if the exterminator worked. Trying to decided if i should keep fighting (one week now and I’m EXHAUSTED) or call the terminators.August 22, 2016 at 4:25 AM #52462
Hi Naomi, was reading all your posts and am feeling the same way you did in the past. Did you ever find anything that got rid of your fleas? I’m going crazy, have two cats, and they’re inside cats. I don’t know how they became so infested, but I’m being eaten alive by these pesky fleas. My daughter and her dad have not been bitten once, just me. Going crazy, tried diatomaceous earth, makes a mess and doesn’t seem to be helping. Please let me know what you did to be flea free. Thanks, HeatherAugust 22, 2016 at 5:18 AM #52597
We have been treating my cat who’s had fleas (not anymore) and its been over a week. Ive not seen any or been bitten but tonight ive been bitten and Im seeing them again. Does this mean they are back or will they die as ive treated the house with loads of sprays ECT ?