August 22, 2016 at 5:38 AM #53396
So I think I saw a couple of fleas on my cat. I washed her in dawn and sprayed my house and vacuumed. I haven’t seen any however I’m getting bitten and it feels like they are crawling on me although I don’t see them.. help me. What else do I need to do?August 22, 2016 at 5:40 AM #53567
We’ve had fleas about 2 weeks now. I know it’s not long compared to some of the others, but because I’m pregnant and we have a 4 month old baby at home, we wanted the quickest and most effective way to nip this in the bud. Now I’m getting bitten like crazy. I’m going mad with how itchy my legs and feet are. We called the vet and they said to go straight for the exterminator. So we cleaned the house, took every piece of clothing, blankets, bath towels, dish towels/rags, etc. out of the house (anything that has been in contact with the dog or anyone in the house while this has been going on) to take to the laundromat. Anything we wanted the exterminator to spray, we left on the floor. We took the dog to get a flea dip (after numerous fleas baths at home given by my husband) and he also got a treatment of Advantix. We spent hours at the laundromat getting all of this washed. Finally we got home and felt relieved that this might finally be over. My husband checked the dog and he still had fleas crawling ALL over him. We called the groomer that gave home the flea bath and they said it can take up to 6 hours for the advantix to take effect. We left the dog outside for a while (because we didn’t want him going all over the freshly exterminated house) and had him sleep in his crate in the kitchen (hard wood floors). Next morning I woke up with fresh bites on my legs, feet, and one on my back. My husband checked the dog again and still flea ridden. We called the groomer again and was told he can’t get more advantix because he’ll OD on it. I waited the 24 hours to vacuum the floors like the exterminator said, I’m still getting bitten and the dog still has fleas. 3 days after the bath and exterminator. I feel so bad for our dog, I think he thinks we’re mad at him. And I’m worried my baby is going to start getting bitten (luckily he hasn’t had any and we’re being very careful as to where we place him), but I’m at my wits end and don’t know what to do. Please help!August 29, 2016 at 5:41 AM #53718
Something that people arent really mentioning is what they are doing to treat the outside area, where fleas generally come from. I had our bug man come today to spray for fleas, though my situation is no where near as bad as some of the ones listed – i know the fleas were coming in on my dogs after every visit outside – so i had the bug man spray both inside and outside….September 23, 2016 at 6:26 AM #54190
Hi there. I’m literally at my wits end with fleas. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. I tried vinegar and baking soda, bleach, the flea traps with dish washing liquid. I’ve gone through hot shot, raid, s, pectracide and black flag. I’ve tried every chemical and natural solution there is. I’ve salted, vacuumed, swept, mopped, washed EVERYTHING and I still have a flea infestation that makes me cringe. We don’t have the extra money for an exterminator right now. I don’t know what to do, I’m having to keep my one year old in her play pen so she doesn’t get eat up by the fleas, we don’t keep our dog inside so there’s no pets in the house and other than the fact that we are buying the house from my sister in law who kept a dog who literally DIED from fleas in the house there’s no reason for such a large infestation on our behalf. Please someone give me some advice?!September 23, 2016 at 6:29 AM #54272
I’ve had a really bad flea problem I need any advice!! I’ve spend 100 of pounds on flea treatment I’ve done myself. Also I’ve paid for pest control to do the job. They have come twice. I’m feel like I’m going to have a break down. I have chucked so many things away. I’m washing bedding daily. I Hoover about 5-6 times a day. I only have laminated floors. Help!September 23, 2016 at 7:09 AM #56111
We live in California and, though it gets hot, we don’t usually have a flea problem, but right around July 25th or so, our groomer told us that one of our dogs had fleas, which the groomer found in her head. We treated all of them with topical Activyl a couple days later after they’d all been groomed. Since then, I’ve not really seen anything in their heads, ears, on their tummies and I CHECK. ALOT! But they always scratch, which always has me on edge. Our dogs are standard poodles, so you can imagine how comfortable it would be for fleas to live in the pom-pom.
But ever since then, I’ve not been able to get fleas off my mind and I’ve felt, for nearly the last 2 months, that I’m going crazy. Just seeing one makes me sick to my stomach as well as feeling bad for my dogs. I grab the fleas the second I find them and drown them, but I’m always terrified about how many more I may find today, tomorrow, next week, etc. I’m really only seeing them in one bedroom when I find them and it’s like 1 or 2 at a time on one of the sheets where my dogs tend to spend a lot of their time sleeping. But there are mornings when I get up and check the sheets and I see nothing after the entire night. Just when I think it might stop…I FIND A FLEA.
I vacuum pretty regularly and have sprayed RAID flea killer behind beds and on rugs every so often (as that stuff is supposed to kill live fleas and hatching eggs for up to 4 weeks), but I don’t want to overuse it if I don’t have to.
I would not classify our problem as a horrible infestation, but it’s still enough to make me crazy! I’m now nervous every time the dogs go outside in the backyard and end up checking every inch of them I can when they come in. I don’t think we’re being bitten and I haven’t noticed actual bites on the dogs since the end of July when we started treating them, but I find myself staring at sheets and floors like some microbiologist looking through a microscope all day long. It’s gotten to the point where I grab little balls of lint every 2 seconds thinking they’re fleas. For every actual flea I find (and I do find them), I’m probably also causing myself 2-3 false alarms by grabbing what I think is a flea but ends up not being one. That keeps me busy all day long. But as soon as I start feeling like I can maybe get back to my life and enjoy my dogs, there’s a leaping vermin on the bed. Don’t know how it got there, though I’m thinking they’re probably getting 1 or 2 from the backyard. We do have the water come on a few times a week in the back (which is good for the grass) and it may help to wash away some of the eggs, larvae, and pupa that may be back there, but I just want this problem to go away for good.
What’s REALLY baffling me this year is that I read 2015 was ten times worse for fleas in California, and I remember how much REAL oppressive heat we had as early as June 2015. But in 2015… I never saw ONE flea on my dogs. Not one the entire year. We haven’t had a summer nearly as hot in 2016, and yet here the fleas are. I don’t get it.
I also DO NOT want to be dependent on treating the dogs every single month. I just don’t like putting pesticides on my dogs skin if I don’t have to. The internal stuff scares me even more. I mean, if it gets bad enough that we have to consider treatment all year round or going to the internal stuff, then I guess we have to, but I don’t want it shortening my dogs’ lives all because of these stupid, revolting, leaping little vermin that deserve to be extinct along with the mosquitoes. 2014 and 2015 WERE, however, years for mosquitoes. But if I had a choice between having a mosquito in the house once every couple weeks and getting bitten during the summer months and dealing with a constant flea problem where you can never be certain if you’ve killed them all off, I’d take the single mosquito hands down! At least when you find IT and smash it, it’s dead. And it’s usually big enough to see and kill, especially once it’s engorged. Fleas, while visible, are almost as small as poppy seeds and they look like every other damn piece of dust or lint that’s always in a home with the only distinction being that if the lint jumps, it’s not lint.
I may try this organic stuff that has thyme oil in it for the outside that the hardware store sells. It claims to kill fleas on grass and you hook it up to your garden hose. Maybe that will help. I’m praying that nature will deal with the problem soon enough when the season starts to change, but I hope this doesn’t become a 12-month ordeal. I’m going nuts after a little less than 2.
Finally, I find myself counting the days from the time the dogs were last treated with Activyl and wondering if we’ll even be able to stop treating them at all. Because if I start finding more fleas on them again right at the end of the treatment cycle.. this is just making me crazy.. I HATE FLEAS!September 26, 2016 at 12:52 AM #56681
I have been fighting a flea problem for 6 months. I have 4 dogs that I thought were infested at boarding kennel in March 2016. As it turns out they were infested probably September 2015 from neighbors dogs. I have been bitten as well and I have a terrible reaction to bites – I have been on antibiotics, prednisone and lotion and now insecticide lotion ( this does not work as they still bite). I have vacuumed daily – removed all carpeting mattress, furniture from house. I have used cedar oil on the hardwood floors. I have treated the dogs both orally with Comfortis and topical treatment. I am thinking the baseboards need to be removed as well.
I think there are 2 sources of the fleas – neighbors dogs and furniture that may have been infested and cocoons activated (after 30 years) as I vacuumed furniture thoroughly several times. Haved kept samples of the fleas, larvae, eggs and cocoons. What else can I do. I live in an area where fleas are not common and anyone (exterminator, etc.) just vacuum and you’ll be good to go. HA Ha not true after almost a year!!! I am desperate…help!!!October 10, 2016 at 7:18 AM #57091
I have a few things i want to ask. About a month ago i found out both my cats had fleas. They didnt before and they both didnt have them bad. I gave them flea baths and flea collars and that seem to kill them but they would still have them so where i live i asked for help at the humane society and they gave me frontline and this spray called knock out that you spray everything and capstar and cleaned and vacuumed daily and then i got 2 flea bites, so i was told to use diatomaceous-earth so i did and i stopped getting bites and the cats stopped scratching. Now they dont itch anymore and ive checked their fur and havent noticed any on them and ive been noticing fur in every room and look closer to one of my cats – both his back legs are going bald and the little on top. Ive looked after the cause and it says fleas or stress but i dont see any on him. He does scratch but not like he used to when i saw fleas on him. The other cat has fur and did scratch a lot when he had fleas and now just the same as the other cat, not as much scratching. I havent gotten bit over 3 weeks, does this mean they still have them or are they just itching from having them? They did have a bath recently, is there anything that would help them, if so please let me know thanks.October 11, 2016 at 12:46 AM #57439
Ladies and gentlemen may I please have your attention! The very best way to rid yourself of fleas naturally are vacumning, table salt liberally to dehumidify, add a room dehumidifier. Fleas can not survive a dry environment.
RegardsOctober 11, 2016 at 12:47 AM #57443
I have been fighting fleas for about a month now, I have tried everything and have washed everything, vacuumed our carpet, did all floors daily, sprayed all . I feel so bad for my dogs , they are to the point of loosing hair and biting until they bleed.
Is there anything else i can do?October 28, 2016 at 2:18 AM #58026
Hello, a few months ago probably around June my boyfriend and I got a free puppy from my relatives and he has had fleas ever since. My boyfriend used to keep him in his room because he was very sick as a puppy and he hasn’t washed his bedding. Everytime I go over there or he gives me a jacket of his to sleep with I get fleas because he lays his clothes on his bed. My mom has bombed the house twice. But I keep getting them because my boyfriend doesn’t seem to want to do anything to solve the problem because he isn’t getting bit. Help me I am at my wits end.November 11, 2016 at 1:49 AM #59517
Ok ive been dealing with a flea problem for about 3 weeks now i can say and they came from absolutely nowhere. We have no pets in the home but I do have neighbors with animals. I stay in an apartment upstairs from a neighbor with a dog and occasionally I would see what looks like rats or mice running from a palm tree onto a telephone line and up to the roof. Now I dont know where they go once theyre on the roof but I know its been multiple times ive seen them run up there and been seeing them for as long as I lived in these apartments and thats been 4 years. Ive been getting bit by fleas and dont know where they are coming from, any advice where you think the fleas are coming from ? and advice to get rid of them..November 16, 2016 at 4:02 AM #59785
Hi my dogs have fleas! Yuck. So now the work begins, i bought Natural Care + spray shampoo. After I shampooed the dogs I sprayed them down and rubbed it in. Do I still need to comb them? My lab will be hard to do. I also put on Hartz advanced care flea stuff down my labs back. Shes still scratching regularly. What should I do.November 30, 2016 at 8:02 AM #60738
I have gotten rid of the fleas on my dogs, had my house professionally sprayed, did the borax, salt, steam, vac all my hardwood floors, vacuumed my entire house twice a day for the past week or so on, should i vacuum my carpet after it has been sprayed? Also can i let my dogs roam around the house? Thank you.December 6, 2016 at 2:56 AM #61128
Hi im after some advice please.
I am so bothered stuck on what to do, I bought a cat and noticed she had a flea on her so I got her treated straight away and she was clean, but me and my son were getting bitten, especially me, I was bringing them to my friends house on my clothes and I had bites all over my body, my legs, belly, arms, feet, back and chest. I sprayed my house, hoovered and used that flea talk, flea bombs and foggers, and salt, I even treat my car and my garage and also had to treat my friends home 🙁
We were still getting bitten so I went and stopped at my brothers house until the house got fumigated, when the council sprayed my house we went back home and 10 days later the council had to come back as my bedroom was riddled in them, I had to sleep on the sofa with my son.
I have been back home after the second fumigation for 2 weeks on monday, and I have only seen 2 in my bathroom, then tonight I saw one jumping round my sitting room on the laminate flooring. I have literally spent a fortune and I literally dont want to be at home, seeing that one tonight has really sent me over the top, I am sick. I got rid of my cat when she was treated and clean so no longer have a pet, so I dont know what they are living on, but please, why are they still in my home!
I have never had this problem before and just dont know what to do, I want to burn my house down.. help!December 15, 2016 at 8:16 AM #61487
Hello! I’m here for the same reason as everyone! We have fleas! We have two beautiful German Shepherds. One is a 9 month old girl (long hair) and the other is a 7 1/2 month of boy (fluff, between long and short). The girl, Maggie Mae, got them first when she went to the vet. We noticed them only days after she went to the vet. The first one I saw, I noticed on the boy, Ripple Jones, paw. (Yes we give middle names to out pups 🙂 ) Then I checked her belly and they were all over. We immediately washed everything and gave them a flea bath. We raise them holistically, so we are trying everything “natural” to get rid of these things. The first week was hard, because we were washing everything, everyday, with hot water and vinegar. We would spray Diatomaceous Earth all over!! Now, we have hard wood floors, so you can imagine the dust that spread all of the house as the dogs would run from one side to the other playing. A week went by and we gave them another flea bath. It has been a full week that I haven’t seen anything. We are still vacumming daily to every other day, grooming them with apple cider vinegar, and using cedar wood essential oils and water as a natural flea collar. The week went by and we saw NOTHING. Thought we conquered those bastards. This morning, my mom saw a tiny flea on Maggie Mae’s belly. WTH!! So I woke up to Diatomaceous Earth all of the house once again. lol. Since we have hard wood floors, is there anywhere they could be hiding specifically? I read that the eggs hatch every 2 days. I should’ve seen them sooner, rather than a week later right? Where are these bastards! Please let me know what we can do and how long it normally takes to fully get rid of them! I can’t stand bugs 🙁
GabiJanuary 11, 2017 at 2:32 AM #62236
Note to #61487 Gabriela: Fleas are known to live, reproduce and lay eggs in the seams of wood floors. In other words, along the lengthwise joins and butted ends. As wood ages and dries out, these joints enlarge. This is what is meant by the ‘cracks’ in wood floors.January 11, 2017 at 2:37 AM #62362
My husband and I are getting divorced over these fleas. Our dog, which he spent $1,200. on (whom I fell in love with, although if we were talking, I have always supported the Humane Society with instead). We are disabled with a 1400 sq. ft. house. Anyway, we couldn’t take care of this house before the fleas, let alone now ! I have chronic neck and back problems whereas he had 5 DWI’s and got into an accident 4 times and lost his hearing in one ear but he is 67+ yrs. old and I’m 54 going on 80. He forgot the tx. on the dog and now we have an infestation that you wouldn’t believe. It’s the 1st time in my entire life that I missed Christmas (which is the only holiday I care about !!!) I will be moving out with practically no $ and I’m not sure how I’m going to do that quite yet. My cat is 15+ yrs. old and has always been an inside cat and declawed. Because it’s been so long I feel that every single thing in this house has been infested. There’s a lot I cannot do and he had me leave my job, sell my house, he sold my car behind my house and all my furniture, to say the least and left me with less than $2,000. a mo. I’m a fool !!!!! 2 business partners are coming on Wednesday to spend 6-8 hrs. on the very unnecessary 1400 sq. ft. house in getting it flea-free. I wouldn’t want anyone over the house and I wouldn’t go to anyone else’s house because (obviously) I would not wish this on my worse enemy (if I had any). Thank God I’ve been saved ( a born-again Christian ) because otherwise, I don’t know how I’d be able to cope. This is absolute “HELL !!!”. I know I’ve never liked bugs but I never knew I had a phobia towards them until now !!! I can’t help but feel that everything I’ve ever touched (or not) in this house is tainted and I’m in a state of petrification. I also feel that I’m quarenteed and that my Dr. doesn’t even want to see me. My skin under my chin bone and under both armpits are infected and my husband is verbally abusive to me. I would like to take whatever little is left of mine with me as he’s already taken away my photos, $5000., antiques and everything sentimental to me but I don’t want to take the bugs !!! Can you help me at all ? Thanks. I look forward to anything you can help me out with and, again, thanks for just listening. God Bless you and Merry Christmas !!!March 31, 2017 at 1:45 PM #66905
I live in Europe and adopted two farm kitties last year. I quickly learned they had fleas and moved apartments while treating them (not because of the fleas). They apparently brought the fleas with them to the new place.
I’m not sure what’s changed in the last few months, I never noticed any fleas in the new place at all until about 2 months ago. Then they started biting me so much I thought I was having an allergic reaction to some new laundry detergent. The bites are ridiculously itchy and leave scars even when I force myself not to scratch. I stood up after sitting on the couch for an hour last night and found 4 bite marks on my butt. And woke up this morning with 2 news ones on my wrist and 2 on my leg. This past weekend I was just rubbing my eye like normal and found a live flea on my finger…I was greatly disturbed. And on the clean blanket I had changed 15 minutes earlier was an enormous dead flea.
***My vet says fleas have adapted to Frontline and that it’s not a viable treatment option for them anymore.*** I tried giving it to my cats once just to see what it would do, which was nothing.
One of the cats disappeared one day and never came back, so I am left with one cat now. I have been giving her Capstar tablets and only have positive things to say about them. A systemic treatment is the best treatment if you really want them to go away. I think these might cost more outside of Europe, but they are still expensive here, too. I pay about 8€ for one package containing 6 tablets (lasting 6 days).
I change the sheets often, wash the blankets she lays on almost every day and vacuum once a day. My electricity bill will be insane once the yearly utilities statement comes in, I have used the washing machine every day and electricity is expensive in Europe.
I also bought a can of Quiko Ardap pest spray, which is one of the best out there. I have experience using it before with fleas from other cats, I found flea corpses everywhere and cackled like a madman while reveling in their suffering. A single spray lasts 2-6 weeks in the household.
Anyways, I hope things calm down once the spray arrives.
I highly recommend Capstar tablets and Quiko Ardap spray for those living in Europe.June 6, 2017 at 8:17 AM #70395
I only get bit when the weather warms up. My cat doesn’t have any. I am the only one who gets bit out of 3 people who live here. In the winter i never notice anything… only when spring or hot weather comes. I feel for the one post here who had it so bad she wanted to burn the house down, i wish you the very best and hope and pray your fleas go away!June 12, 2017 at 3:14 AM #70618
Hello! We have been battling fleas in our house for about a month now but our situation is different than any I have read here because 1. we have no indoor pets and 2. We called the professional exterminators immediately. They have been here to treat the house SIX TIMES and within 3 to 5 days, each time, I am being bit again! I have washed all bedding several times and vacuum frequently – even moving furniture to vacuum underneath. We feel that they must be being reintroduced to our house somehow but we don’t know how. Our outside dog has been treated and he had no fleas to begin with. We just moved into this house a couple of months before we started noticing flea bites so we are thinking maybe they somehow came with the place. Another possibility is a raccoon that got into the attic through an outside hole that was there when we moved in. That problem was taken care of immediately and the attic has been flea bombed as well as the yard. Also – we live in southern Louisiana – so no hope of cold weather to help out. The tagline on this site “I’m ready to burn down my house” is really relatable! I am also at my wits end – I am the only one in my house who is bothered by the intense itching and burning of the bites, although my son and my daughter have visible bites as well. Any suggestions for us would be appreciated.July 11, 2017 at 4:52 AM #71588
I have vacuumed and put down DE a week ago and since that wasn’t working, along with cat baths, Capstar, and topical solutions, I used Zodiac flea foggers, but when I came home 4 hrs. later there were still live adult fleas getting back on the cats and our socks. So why weren’t they killed? My husband BTW threatened to leave me last week because of cats and fleas and has made me deal with this by myself! So stressed. Why didn’t the foggers work?July 30, 2017 at 9:23 AM #71727
All you flea people, I am so glad to read your posts! And those of you with kids, I seriously feel your pain. I’m miserably trying to survive this situation and I feel like I have completely lost my sanity. All of my time is spent vacuuming, washing clothes and fabrics and spraying all natural crap because I’m trying so hard not to use anything toxic around my 1.5 yr old son. I’m just so depressed. I have become this person I don’t want to be. I’m hoping and praying that it will end soon. I’m also a small business owner and it has taken away so much of my precious time dealing with this situation that I should be devoting to my business. So much for enjoying ANY part of summer.
I wanted to share with all of you desperate folks out there that we recently went out and bought some of the Victor Flea Traps. It uses a light and a sticky pad to catch the adult fleas. One day in and we have already caught quite a few! I’m praying that those traps mixed with all the other insanity I’ve been doing will stop this craziness. *Sigh* But seriously, check out those Victor flea Traps. They have great reviews online and cost about $15 each. Also I have read you can use a night light and a bowl of water mixed with some dish soap (just be careful mixing electricity near a bowl of water, especially if you have a little one). Much luck to you all, and God knows I feel your pain.August 16, 2017 at 3:13 PM #72281
Frontline does not work! I have always used advantix 2, but for some reason my vet doesn’t carry advantix 2 anymore and they sold me frontline gold which is supposed to be frontlines newest product. Well it does not work. I have never ever in my 25 years of having animals had one single flea while using advantage/advantix until I started using frontline. I am at my wits end now. Don’t ever buy frontline.August 22, 2017 at 9:47 AM #72866
Going crazy in Illinois. I have a flea problem and to no avail can not keep up. I have 3 cats and one dog. One cat is out all the time and one in/out, the 3rd in only. The dog is in and out. I have got the cats under control and they are currently living on the screened in front porch. The dog is also outside. I have flea bombed the entire old 2 story farm house twice and have pie pans all over with water and dawn dish soap. The pie pans have half of the flea counts so that is helping. I use a distilled vinegar and dawn soap bottle solution on my furniture 2x a day and vacuum 2x a day also. I pulled some of the carpets and got rid of the things the cats laid on in the house. I have washed the bedding upstairs 3x and i have got the upstairs closed off and want to know do they still travel up the stairs in the vacuum that is a shark that is completely sealed. I take each vacuum cleaning and dump it across the road far from the house so its on the opposite side. Do i need to flea bomb for the 3rd time in 2 weeks and if so do i still need to do the upstairs even though they are no longer a problem there? And do i need to do something special with the vacuum cleaner? Do they get stuck in the hose or anywhere else in it? I keep it outside so if they can or do crawl out, its not in the house.. going crazy and need help.