November 14, 2017 at 6:53 AM #73545
We have been vacuuming and spraying for fleas (whole house and spot spraying) for 3 weeks now. We have used the general Raid (red can) but today I’m going to get the purple Flea Killer can of Raid. I don’t want to wash all the bedding in the house again, but should I? We have no pets.
LoreleiNovember 14, 2017 at 10:42 AM #73640
I moved into a new place not to long ago. I was totally unaware that the previous tenants had a cat. This place has a combination of hardwood floors and carpet. The carpet itself was totally a mess, really bad stains and had an area of discoloration – I imagine the previous tenant used the wrong kind of cleaner(s) on the carpet. Within 2-days I had so many flea bites on my legs, ankles, and my arms. I tried several DIY methods including the use of a flea bomb (fogger). At first, I thought it solved the issue and it got worse. Daily vacuum with carpet treatments didn’t seem to make a difference. I made a couple of flea traps using a combination of light, hot water and Dawn. Wow, one of the traps is placed in the carpeted area. No kidding, in a 12-hour span, I counted 450 dead fleas in the DIY trap. Needless to say, it confirms that the carpet is totally wasted and I believe it really needs to be replaced.
The other flea trap is placed on the hardwood floor. The count for trapped fleas was less than 100. I have never had a deep respect for Dawn.
This is my experience dealing with fleas. I know they’re everywhere in my home. Just walking around the carpet with socks and sliders, I can actually see the fleas hopping onto my socks, it’s like they’re attracted to my socks. Removing each of the socks, I counted at least 5 fleas per sock. It just confirms that there is a serious issue with fleas. Until such time that the carpet is replaced, I might have to deal with these fleas. I have been vacuuming everyday, replacing the bag, applying salt and wait a few hours then vacuum again.
I really appreciate the stories I’ve read on this site. It made me feel better, knowing that I’m not only dealing with this. I learned a lot from these stories – thank you everyone.November 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM #73707
I need help ! I have had a professional do three rounds of treatment and we still have fleas I can’t take it anymore ! Everyone at home is so unhappy it’s been a month 😭 I don’t know what to do, so far I have found or seen none upstairs they are just in living room (which is hard floor) but I have no clue what to do I am seriously at the end of my patience!December 11, 2017 at 10:07 AM #73878
Need advice. I found fleas on my roommate’s dog and now we have a full on flea epidemic in our apt. I am moving out in a bout a month and was wondering what I need to do with my belongings to ensure I don’t bring these fleas to my new place.December 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM #74306
I know this was posted quite a few years ago, but this problem is very common and new web searches will still bring in interested readers.
One thing that you can do for your son is to buy essential oils that insects (including fleas) avoid. Buy any or all of lavender, cedarwood (think cedar closets!) and tea tree. Pour a couple of drops of one or all three (lavender is the best if you just want one) in a tupperware type bowl and then add about 3 cups of water. Submerge a face cloth in the water for a few minutes to absorb the water and then wring out back into the bowl. Replace the lid and use over, and over. Use the damp facecloth and wipe down your sons arms and legs. The fleas will avoid the oil and your son should be bite free. You can also add just a couple of drops (this stuff is potent) in your laundry water (not directly on the clothes) and the clothes will smell good to us, but not to the bugs. You can sometimes buy laundry dryer sheets that smell like lavender, but be sure they use the real stuff, not just some chemical that smells like lavender. Or create your own from the above water solution.
This concoction can also be used to create wipes for your pets and also wash their blankets in it.February 22, 2018 at 4:09 AM #75616
The best thing I have found that kills fleas instantly you probably have under your kitchen sink. Pine Sol works great for your home. Put it in a spray bottle but do not add water.
Spray everything, it kills fleas in seconds. You can also use it on you pets. Fill the tub half way with water and add 2 cups of pine sol, take a cup and pour over a per use wash cloth for the face. You will see the fleas start falling off dead, then towel dry your pet. I hope this helps.February 22, 2018 at 4:49 AM #76097
iSuffer 4 ever
Every moment of my life i am being bitten. I live in the ghetto with 10 cats and my poor family. I hate my life. I hate being poor. They torture me in my wake and sleep. My life is hell. Every cat i see is scratching or licking themselves at all given times. I am scratching now as i write this. It wont stop. It will never end.
Im too poor to do anything to solve it, food and rent is number 1.
All i’ve learned from being alive is that we’re here to suffer.
My life is hell.February 22, 2018 at 4:59 AM #76166
I’ve seen fleas in my house last night. I looked on my dog and he was covered in them. A few years ago i had fleas so bad and i had tried everything and i mean everything to get rid of them. I spent so much money on all these flea products and worked my butt off trying to make something work and i came across this website. I’ve seen that vinegar helps kill them so if i spray that all over my carpet and floors, couches also.. would that work? I really hate to spend money on all the chemicals that i had in the past just for them not to work.February 22, 2018 at 5:06 AM #76591
FLEAS IN MY BEDROOM AND HOUSE HELP! I am at my wits end here.
I’ve tried vacuuming, flea sprays, a hot steam cleaner, and an exterminator already came to spray my room. This has been going on since October/Halloween. No pets at home at all. I spray and wash and clean so much. Right when I think they are gone, they come back. And now I feel like they might be spreading to my car, and wherever I seriously go. I don’t know where they are coming from or what to do anymore. I have bites and scars all over my ankles and now when we have people over they get bit too. Please help them go away FOR GOOD.
The house is a one-story home, 2 bedrooms, living room, 2 extra smaller rooms, kitchen, garage, and backyard. No pets at all. It started in my bedroom, when I noticed strange bites everywhere and caught fleas crawling and jumping out of my clothes while still on me. We just steam cleaned the carpet in the house, and today I see three NEW bites on my stomach. I don’t know what to do anymore. Please help get rid of these fleas. Been cleaning and crying and tearing my hair out for a month now.
Any advice now?February 22, 2018 at 6:18 AM #77553
I noticed fleas in my vacuum about a week and a half ago and I have been going crazy. I have a 10 month old son and I am scared to put him on the floor. I was the only one getting bit other than the dog but I haven’t been bit for about a week. I fogged my apartment a week and 3 days ago but I was still seeing a couple in the carpet. The bedroom is the only room with carpet the rest of the apartment is hardwood. I have found a couple when I sweep but not many. I decided to put borax on my carpet while I went on vacation for 5 days but when I came back I still found some live fleas when I vacuumed. Any suggestions on what to do? The dog no longer lives in the apartment, decided to leave him at my parents.March 9, 2018 at 6:52 AM #79974
Hi. I have been struggling with flea infestations at my house for about 2 years now. It is horrible. I wake-up every morning with my stomach covered in tiny red spots and upon placing my feet on the ground I immediately spot little black dots and feel itching. We have tried vacuuming, washing bedsheets, and even 2-3 professional spraying. It honestly makes me feel disgusted to be living with bugs. Any help, please?March 9, 2018 at 6:57 AM #79976
4 months and I still have fleas. I am a flea magnet for some reason and I look like a pin cushion. I’m going out of my mind. The dogs have been treated and shaved. I vacuum the entire house and down the furniture cushions every day, wash all the furniture covers in hot water every day, bought a more powerful central vacuum, threw out my area rugs, sprayed 3X plus had a professional exterminator come in. Help please!March 20, 2018 at 5:55 AM #80311
For the past 3 months or so my dog has had fleas despite continuous variety of treatment on her and in the house.
Strange thing is though throughout the whole time she has not been crawling with them, seems to carry literally a single flea or 2, no eggs, dirt, nothing. Unfortunately my daughter is the only one in the house that suffers from bites, maybe one daily or goes a few days with nothing.
Could it be possible that the flea treatment is actually working as to why there are no eggs or multiple fleas on the dog and she could possibly be bringing them in from outside.
Feel like I’m going crazy, just so strange how it’s gone on for so long and the dog isn’t completely infested with them.
Any thoughts, help please my poor girl is covered in scaring and obviously very irritated, I really don’t know what else to do.
Thank you.March 22, 2018 at 7:23 AM #80367
My basement is half cement and a cinder block wall of 4 feet then sand about 20 x 25 feet. Yes we have sand fleas. I want to cement over the sand. The house is 90 years old. Also I want to cement 6 inches on the perimeter of the house. Someone mentioned to apply the cement not flat but make it hilly. Can you advise?March 26, 2018 at 4:48 PM #80487
My roommate refuses to join in to clean their share so I am moving. I find washing in extreme hot water and drying on high at a laundry mat is leaving some eggs or some stage of the flea on my clothes. Also be aware the fleas are living in your dryer. Even after washing my hair with dawn, rinsing with vinegar and using shampoo every day, sometimes twice a day, I still find flea stages brush out of my hair. Also I am a very clean living person. My roommates room is not. No matter how clean I am fleas will be everywhere. Its been since sept 2017. Its now mar 2018. Less fleas but now micro fleas are still around. Threw out my bed, living on a deck chair. I cant throw out sheets, towels, all my clothes! Soap isn’t doing the job. Help so I can move without them.July 13, 2018 at 11:56 AM #83808
Hi everyone, myself and my husband are at our wits end with this flea infestation. We have two indoor cats that came to us fixed and flea-free. In May, we were cat-sitting for our friends and their cat infested the place after 3 weeks (clearly, he came here with eggs in his fur). I have tried everything – literally, everything. We have spent hundreds of dollars, just treating our two cats alone cost $350 at the vet. We vacuum the entire house constantly (one bedroom and the landing has carpet), used baking soda beforehand, flea sprays, flea powders, bombed the house twice ourselves and then finally called the exterminator two weeks ago, who also bombed the house. We even threw out our couch as I was paranoid the fleas would burrow down into it. Yesterday, I found flea dirt on one of our cats and had bites on my back and legs. Sure enough, the little bastards are back (my husband just found one on his leg 20 minutes ago). I don’t know what to do at this point. We had a follow up appointment with the exterminator on Monday who just sprayed the floors etc. Should we put our cats in kennels until the problem is sorted? I actually can’t take this anymore, especially the washing. We live in NYC so have no washing machine and have spent hundreds at the laundromat.August 8, 2018 at 7:52 AM #84409
Okay, so back in June I had roommates who had 2 puppies and one dog. Well, one pup ended up getting fleas and they moved out. Well a few days go by and I started to see fleas, they were EVERYWHERE downstairs as it’s the only carpeted area in my entire house, the rest is hardwood and concert flooring. Yet not only are they downstairs, they are also upstairs on the hardwood, I’m assuming they are living on the couches but I find them everywhere. I sprayed, set up flea traps and had an exterminator come by. He said normally it only takes him 2 to 3 times to come by but so far it’s been four times and they are still here. And when I called him to let him know, he seems to be getting aggravated to and I feel bad. I just don’t know what to do anymore, the flea population is dying down but it’s insane they keep coming back as I’ve been pet free for 3 months already and they are still around. I don’t find any bites on me either so I have no idea how they keep living without any blood. This week I’m getting rid of the carpet downstairs and all of my couches (They are slightly old and worn down anyways so I don’t mind, especially if it helps me get rid of these darn carpet piranhas).August 13, 2018 at 10:43 AM #84506
A friend of mine has a bad case of fleas in his house. Someone said that if you leave your house locked up for about 5 days, then all the fleas and eggs would die. Is this true?September 10, 2018 at 9:52 AM #84984
No. Undisturbed, an egg sack can last for months. If he returns after 5 days with no treatment, he’ll return to a full blown infestation.September 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM #84983
For those reading this forum there are some great tips. I’ll first say that I am a certified by my state to use, buy or supervise the use of “restricted use” pesticides. While it may be your first inclination to treat your flea problem yourself (much like ants) save yourself the money and call in a professional. They will address not only your active, live fleas, but also the eggs (that can survive, undisturbed for MONTHS), etc. They can also treat your yard where the problem likely manifests itself. If you have a true “infestation” it may take 2 treatments, but will be well worth the investment. I would suggest first, taking your pet to a vet to eradicate the pest wreaking havoc on your fur baby. Make sure you continue to treat your pet to prevent future infestations. In real estate it’s “location, location, location”. For this pest problem, it’s “vacuum, vacuum, vacuum”. Just be sure to empty/dispose of the bag or contents of your canister and clean your vacuum.
Use a reputable, professional pest control service and make sure they explain their treatment. They should use terms like “IGR” (insect growth regulator), “contact” kill and “residual” that provides ongoing treatment. They should also communicate YOUR responsibilities to insure an effective treatment. Consider an ongoing service for general pests and a seasonal service if you routinely experience issues with fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, etc.
Lastly, if you DO attempt to treat the problem yourself, READ AND FOLLOW THE LABEL on any pesticide you use!
If you’re dealing with a flea infestation, I feel your pain. I hope this helps.September 28, 2018 at 7:50 AM #85406
You can put down bowls of water, which will work as flea traps. Just make sure to add some washing powder / washing up liquid, which lowers the surface tension so fleas will sink and die rather than be able to hop off the surface of the water.
it isn’t a cure all, but place them at night and its just like constantly vacuuming. And if you have small children in the house then removing the water in the morning is a lot safer than flea bombing or using chemical treatments. But do keep up the vacuuming 🙂