July 29, 2014 at 2:23 AM #2500
I found some fleas on my cats (indoor) + one on my dog and flipped out (4 weeks ago). I’m assuming we or the dog brought them in. I usually do not treat the cats, but that will NEVER happen again. They have all been treated twice, house has been treated twice, superwomen vacuuming (4 hours a day literally), mopping, washing and laundry. I have made little traps with dawn/water and a night light or other light and we have maybe found a handful upstairs. The basement living room is another story. Although the numbers are dying down (went from 20 in 4 days to maybe 2-6 every few days) I know they are still down there. I think what we are getting now is the hatching of what is left, BUT I have OCD and this has literally made me lose sleep, lose LBs and turn into a crab to my family. PLEASE help me. Will they eventually go away??? I’m ready to call my doctor for some xanax. I can’t deal with this anymore. I know it takes time and it’s only been 4 weeks, but my anxiety is making me want to get rid of my pets.
P.S. no one is getting bit and I do the flea test with white socks downstairs. I have had maybe 5 jump on me in the last 4 weeks. but it’s driving me MAD insane!July 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM #2517
I know exactly how you feel, but it sounds to me like you know what you’re doing and a little OCD is actually not a bad thing when it comes to pest control. 4 hours of daily vacuuming is A LOT and I’m sure you will get rid of the last fleas soon, just be sure to keep treating and checking your pets for fleas, because they are the ones potentially carrying new fleas inside your home.July 29, 2014 at 4:08 PM #2518
I will never ever keep my “indoor” pets untreated. I combed my cats this morning and did not find anything. Two days ago I found two on the little cat, but the vet said it could be a new hatched flea and the treatment would have killed them if I didn’t.
I checked my traps today after not checking for 3 days and there were six totally out of 6 traps and they were all in the downstairs living room.
Do you think it would be okay to limit my vacuuming to every other day now? I literally vacuumed about 4 hrs a day these last 4 weeks and it really has made me exhausted.
I talked to so many people about this and they ALL assured me the problem will subside and be gone 100% in about 3 months. It’s hard to wait that long.
I told my family they may need to put me in a mental hospital until it’s over haha!
AmyJuly 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM #2521
I would still recommend daily vacuuming until you stop spotting any more fleas. Make sure you empty or replace the bag regularly or they might reproduce inside the bag. Fleas, or any pests for that matter, are frustrating to deal with – you can ask anyone who has ever had a flea infestation! But the important thing is to learn from this and take all the necessary precautions in the future to prevent any new incidents. Let me know how it progresses.July 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM #2534
How will I know when they are gone? I have this fear that the Advantage 2 will not work on them and the fleas will keep multiplying. I used Knockout Spray then a used Enforcer Flea carpet spray 3 weeks after I’m afraid that they are not killing the eggs and larva which is probably non existent with the mixture of 20 mule borax, topical on pets and vacuuming. I just have this fear they are NEVER going to go away. I missed 2 days of vacuuming because we have been so busy I did an overhaul today and after there were 3 fleas in the basement trap and 2 popped on my sock (do you think these are hatched new ones?) I’m sorry I probably sound insane, but I don’t feel normal in my own home. What if I tore that basement carpet up? It’s old and gross anyway ( I could shut the doors to that room, vacuum real good after and spray? I’m really not insane just have this phobia that they will never go away. Ugh!! I have never dealt with this and I just want to move.July 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM #2536
I hear from lots of people who have had great results with Advantage and Frontline, so just give it some time to work. Fleas need to feed and when they do, they ingest the chemical through your pets blood.
Sure you could throw out your old carpet, but before you do that, please read this article:
https://www.fleabites.net/how-to-kill-fleas-in-the-carpet/August 14, 2014 at 4:26 AM #2580
Update– I tore out the nasty carpet downstairs. Was old and stinky anyway.
After monitoring traps and going on vacation here are the stats:
2 weeks and 3 days after 2nd home treatment: 3 fleas upstairs and we found those a week ago and since, no more.
2 weeks and 3 days after 2nd treatment and 1wk 6 days after carpet removal 2 fleas in the basement and those were found a week ago as well.
It will be a week tomorrow that I have not found any new fleas. NONE on the pets.
What a nightmare for me lol, but looks like I have it under control. I’m still giving myself tough talking that there could be a few more, but I know the end is near.
7 weeks of torture for me 😀
Thank you for your replies!!August 14, 2014 at 4:35 AM #2584
You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear things are looking better 🙂November 11, 2016 at 1:53 AM #59428
I know this is an old post but I was wondering how long it took you to really feel normal again after dealing with your flea issues?
I have been dealing with fleas for 4 weeks now and it feels like it is never going to end. I have the same anxiety and paranoid you describe.
I have treated my cats and house (several times), vacuum everyday, wash bedding, clothing, toys… getting exhausted.
vet says I am doing everything right but I still feel like I will never get rid of them or will never feel normal in my own home again.
I just wanted to get some insight from someone who felt like me, know how long it took to feel better and how long it took for you to really stop seeing the fleas.
AmandaSeptember 15, 2018 at 4:51 AM #85123
Hey Amy, it’s been roughly 4 years since this post but I really could use some advice. So I have a large family and specifically a brother that is constantly bringing his friend over every weekend. This friend of his has over 50 cats with a major flea infestation (you should see his legs, they’re covered in bites). Trust me, I am so frustrated that I can’t essentially treat these fleas until he’s gone.December 4, 2018 at 10:50 AM #87014
I’ve also had major flea anxiety but it’s a bit more tricky to get rid of my fleas. I can’t have the cat and dog in the same room or they will fight, and it’s too cold to put the dog outside for 2 hours but there are fleas everywhere.
I used those flea pills on my cat and dog and it helped a lot but the fleas just keep coming back. I vacuum every day and wash clothes every other day, and constantly change the linens but its not working. It’s been a couple weeks over a month and I don’t know what to do anymore. Any advice?