July 27, 2018 at 3:58 AM #84070
I have 4 cat’s that have fleas I have treated them with some flea shampoo and flea treatment that you put on them and it last 6 months and I can’t seem to get rid of them. My whole house is now covered in fleas and I have been using the salt method like I used to and it doesn’t even work. So I need to find something that is going to work on my cat’s and in my house so I can get rid of these fleas. If anyone has something that works great for me please let me know. Thank you.July 29, 2018 at 2:23 AM #84155
Just now on my first cup of coffee so if any part of this sounds incoherent you has headsup in advance… Four cats, six months give or take and you mentioned “flea shampoos” and “flea treatments” – can you give us a few more specifics?
Here’s the thing that you never see on any numbered-list blog post about home remedies to kill fleas, which given the amount of time you’ve been dealing with this aggravation – half a year – it only makes sense: Timing is Everything.
Yes you can use borax, dawn soap, super-concentrated unsweetened iced tea (extra lemon, extra tea – black, green, grey, oolong, pomegranate hibiscus exotic wildflower x, the whole garden), of course make sure to vacuum, the salt method’s guaranteed because it stabs fleas in the back before sending them back to hell where they belong, and (my favorite) the highly underrated Bug Zapper – but as aggravating as the situation is, you must remain focused enough to be methodical in your approach, and also Why you are applying this treatment over that one – factors include the flea’s natural life cycle, potential chemical interactions (and ones between differing natural remedies), time of day you administer which method (use sunlight to your advantage, conversely if you need to let a dry powder such as borax, baking soda or talcum, soak in for several hours, shake it out and let it do its thing overnight, do it then, ideally right after vacuuming but don’t stress if your bedtime doesn’t match the 9 p.m. neighbor-noise curfew for when it’s time to shut off the vacuum, etc etc etc), and of course limitations whether financially, what’s safe for cats and how staunchly set you are about green-living/ecofriendly household products (myself, I try not to overdo the harsh chemicals if I can help it, but I’m also not as strict as some people are about this).
On my way to retrieve next cup of coffee, but definitely worth mentioning: if you can manage to get a block of time out of the house and off work, take a shower at the gym (most allow a few free guest passes a year if you’re not a pre-existing member of any at this time) – in my experience washing off critters is generally more effective when you do so in a place where they’re derailed from their “domain” if you will (especially in facilities that are designed to safely and effectively wash off public dirt and sweat – in other words, don’t worry the shower will be more than enough for the gym to take care of itself), and if nothing else, it might help clear your head. Definitely did for me when I had to knock ’em out – and I wish I’d figured that one out sooner.
Oh yeah, and get a Bug Zapper. Something like one of those LED lightbulb ones you can get at Home Depot, it’d be out of range from your cats whether you swap out a bulb from a lamp or ceiling fixture, and passively electrocute off the nuisance non-rent-paying freeloaders that dare even attempt to pop up in the background. May the number of shocks dwindle! Hope this helps.November 5, 2018 at 8:04 AM #86192
Thanks to a neighbor moving off and leaving her cats, we now have six inside and two outside. The six inside, with the exception of one, were born here in barn. We have lost eleven cats over the past seven years due to coyotes and bobcats in the 518 acres behind us. They just disappear. Cats are predators, but to a coyote or bobcat, they are lunch.
Fleas in East Texas are a constant battle. I use Bengal Flea With Egg Stop to spray ALL cloth covered surfaces (beds, chairs, couches, etc.) and carpet. I put the cats in a spare bedroom while I spray the rest of the house (1,940 sq. ft.) and let it dry thoroughly before letting them out. I then spray the spare bedroom that they were in and close the door. I do this in the Fall and the Spring. We have no fleas whatsoever. Three cans at $5.98/can is an inexpensive way to stay “flea free”. DO NOT spray it on your cats or let them on any surface that isn’t dry!
BTW, it will kill ANY insect that crawls across it supposedly for a year. But I spray every six months since it is inexpensive.