Dont Use Flea Bombs or Foggers Until You Read This!

Summary: Flea bombs, sometimes called a flea fogger, have been used for years to effectively control fleas in homes throughout the world. However, using a flea bomb can put your family and pets at risk due to the chemical residue that remains after use and should only be used in extreme circumstances where there is a massive flea infestation. Unfortunately, foggers don’t usually reach all the places where fleas could be hiding and while it may be part of a complete flea removal solution, your pets still need to be treated separately and the the instructions need to be followed carefully to avoid complications.

Usually, if you have a bit of a flea problem, the best way to remedy the situation is to remove the fleas from your pets and to give your home a good vacuum. However, sometimes this is often not enough! If you are finding these pests everywhere and keep getting bitten by fleas on a daily basis, should you consider using a flea fogger, despite the potential dangers?

What Exactly Are They and How Do Flea Bombs Work?

Flea Bomb From Raid

A flea fogger is a small aerosol canister that contains insecticide. To use this flea product, simple release one of them in each regular sized room to kill the fleas. The five chemicals that are usually responsible for controlling the flea outbreak are Cypermethrin, Methroprene, Nylar, Permethrin and Tetramethrin. Depending on brand, your flea fogger could contain one or more of those active ingredients and since they can be potentially dangerous for pets and even yourself, please make sure you leave the house while bombing.

It’s important to note that foggers for fleas wont usually achieve a 100% removal rate for fleas in your home. However, I have found them very effective on empty houses that have carpeted floors (such as when a landlord is waiting for a home to be filled with new tenants). Since there is no furniture and other obstacles, the fogger mist usually reaches all areas in the house and the insecticide has some time to sit undisturbed on the floor, making sure that any survivors are eliminated. Since flea eggs are tiny and usually fall into the fibers in the carpet, this is actually an important step for these foggers to work properly.

So do flea bombs work? Yes, they are fairly effective for killing fleas but due to the toxins they release, I recommend only using them when the flea situation is very bad. There are also a few other problems like:

  1. They usually have difficulty reaching places under things like couches, which is often where the fleas are hiding.
  2. Based on my experience, they only get rid of about 80% of the fleas in your home. However, the survivors can usually be killed with 2-3 repeat treatments (1 per week is fine).
  3. Flea bombs will not kill the fleas on your pets! You also need to treat your dogs and get rid of the fleas on your cats as well otherwise you will be fighting a losing battle.

Please note that it’s also possible to purchase a “bug bomb”. This option promises to kill all sorts of insects in the home. However, if you are just having a flea problem, I recommend getting something that is only aimed that this task for maximum effect.

10 Flea Fogger Safety Warnings!

Since these devices essentially spray a flea poison all over your home, there are some health concerns that you need to know about to prevent any potential complications. I have put together a checklist for your easy reference:

  1. Flea Fogger Warnings Skull image Flea bombs must not be used on your pets and can cause sickness or death if they are exposed to the fumes!
  2. Electrical appliances (and lights) need to be turned off and covered as foggers are usually highly flammable! All gas ignition systems should also be turned off as this can pose a potential fire hazard. While I understand that blowing up the house will definitely get rid of the fleas, I don’t recommend it as a viable solution. ;)
  3. Only use a single flea bomb per room! Using too many will leave a large amount of chemical residue that can put your family and animals at risk.
  4. Be careful of using flea foggers if someone in the family has an asthma problem as sometimes it can cause an attack, even a couple days after the treatment has been completed.
  5. Never inhale the gas from the bomb. Since it contains insecticides that kill fleas, I am sure the reasons are fairly obvious. If you have any negative symptoms, always consult a medical practitioner immediately.
  6. Make sure all foodstuffs and other consumables (like fruit, etc.) are placed in a cupboard or taken out the house.
  7. Please make sure that all pets and people are out the house for at least 8 hours while bombing the house to ensure that you don’t risk anyone’s health. Remember that the poison can easily kill fish so make sure you cover their tank properly before fogging!
  8. Make sure you keep your face away from the canister when deploying it. Flea bombs usually spray the gas upwards (vertically) and serious damage can be done if this hits you square in the face.
  9. Never use the bombs inside closed cupboards or place them in an enclosed space.
  10. Birds are extremely sensitive to the toxins in the foggers. Even if your bird cages are outside the home, move them as far away as possible from the windows and doors.

How to Flea Bomb a House

Provided you understand the risks and take necessary steps to either eliminate or reduce them, flea bombs are good for controlling a big flea problem. In this section, let’s look at a 7 steps that need to be done in preparation and investigate what needs to be done after application.

7 Important Steps for Preparing To Fog the House:

  1. Image for Bombing Fleas Inside The HousVacuum the house. This ensures that the fleas are the most active before treatment and ensures a higher success rate for killing them. I also make a habit of hot washing my pet’s bedding (which is outside) to kill any fleas.
  2. Turn the electricity off on your distribution board. Alternatively, unplug everything in your home and turn the plug and light switches off. Make sure that your heaters, underfloor thermostats and aircons are offline. It’s extremely important to make sure your TV’s are off. If you have a larger, CRT screen, I recommend turning it off a couple hours before bombing the house as these can potentially store charge and contain static for some time.
  3. All toiletries should be stored away safely, unless of course you would like to brush your teeth with poison ;)
  4. Shut all the windows to keep the fog inside for as long as possible. You can even use household tape to seal up the windows if they don’t close properly.
  5. Movable household plants should be taken outside as the poison can damage them.
  6. Since fleas could take shelter in your cupboards, its helpful to selectively open certain doors during the treatment. However, be aware that the exposure to the flea insecticide may require the washing of additional clothes and other items.
  7. Read the back label instructions carefully! While these are the steps I usually take for using flea bombs in homes, there may be important differences for your product. To work out if the flea bomb will cover an entire room, simply multiply the width, breadth and height to give you the cubic area needed. My room is 7 feet wide, 11 feet long and 9 feet high so I would need a fogger that covers 693 cubic feet for it to be effective.

4 Important Steps for Actually Deploying the Fogger:

  1. Image of Newspaper Underneath Flea BombsLay a sheet of newspaper on the floor (in the middle of the room) and place one of the canisters on it. Don’t deploy the fogger until all of them are in place in other areas of the house.
  2. Ensure that you have completed all the steps in the preparation checklist above. It’s very important not to miss anything if you don’t want to have any complications.
  3. Shake the flea bomb well and starting from the furthest room the door, firmly push the top of each flea bomb to start the fogging process. I usually get each one of my family members to help me with this. Upon counting to three, we all deploy the canisters (in different rooms) and then run for the door, closing it behind us. If you have anyone that can help you with this process, this is definitely the recommended way to do it as it ensures you minimize the exposure to the fog before it wipes out the flea infestation in your home.
  4. Make sure you push the release valve properly (push it hard!) so that it clips, otherwise it will stop as soon as you release the pressure.

4 Things to Do After Bombing the House:

  1. Image for vacuuming dead fleas after bombingAfter the 8 hours, I recommend opening all the windows and doors and letting the place air out for an hour or so before bringing pets, etc. back inside. Once you have turned the power back on, you can also use your aircon and fans to speed up the process.
  2. Remember, some products require the chemical residue to remain on the carpets, etc. for at least a couple days! This ensures that all fleas are killed and makes sure that fleas in their earlier stages (larvae, etc.) do not escape your wrath. This is actually why I personally bomb the house just before I go on holiday with the family, giving the product plenty of time to do its job.
  3. Since flea bombs essentially coat your home with a layer of insecticide, it’s very important to clean thoroughly after treatment. I recommend using gloves while performing this work. Mopping the floors, wiping down the counters and cleaning up will ensure that there are no toxic residue remaining in your home. You also may need to wash various items that could have been exposed to the poisonous fog.
  4. Vacuum all your carpets. This time however, it’s mainly to remove any dead fleas, eggs and other nasty remnants of the flea infestation. You can also check out a few more home remedies to get rid of fleas in this popular community guide.

What Are Some of the Best Flea Foggers?

Image for Purchasing Flea Fog ProductsFirstly, I always recommend purchasing flea bombs from a verified, trusted outlet that will stand behind its product instead of just trying to push a quick sale. I have found that there are a number of cheap brands, usually sold at retail supermarkets that are generally low quality. While the choice is still yours, I recommend taking a quick look at some of the short flea fogger reviews below that I have personally put together for my readers. Provided its a legit website (such as Amazon), you can often get excellent discounts on bulk purchases but be careful of amazingly cheap prices for usually expensive products as they don’t contain the advertised ingredients which can cause all sorts of health risks and other problems. Please note that you may have slightly different experiences with these brands but here are a few that have really worked for me in the past.

Raid Flea Foggers – These are my preferred product due to the absence of CFCs (which damages the environment) and its quick killing power. Another upside is that it controls fleas for about 4 months (according to the label, a bit less in my experience) so it’s great for a long term solution, provided you are also keeping your animals free of fleas.

Zodiac Flea Bomb – While other products also contain IGR, this brand is extremely effective at preventing eggs/larvae, etc. from developing into adult fleas. I also like the fact that it doesn’t leave a horrible smell after treatment. This product also kills ticks which is great!

Hot Shot Flea Bombs – This product has been recommended by a number of readers as it kills a number of pests in addition to fleas. According to the label, it can eliminate lice, ticks and even bed bugs! The canisters also cover a larger area then others and while I haven’t personally used this one, feedback indicates that it works well!

In conclusion, flea bombs can be used as part of an effective flea management program. However, I only recommend them if you have a serious flea invasion. Remember to examine the instructions closely! Also remember that even the best flea fogger won’t do much unless you take the time to proactively keep fleas off your pets and out your home. As per usual, prevention is much better than a cure and I recommend taking every effort to keep them away by using spot on treatments, fleas combs and occasional inspection. You can also use diatomaceous earth for flea problems as a great natural solution. Fleas are much easier to kill when their numbers are low so it’s best to catch them as early as possible before their reproduction gains momentum. Thanks for reading and I invite you to share your comments below! :)

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
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Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.


  1. Rebekah Pease says:

    We currently have a flea problem and I feel like I might go crazy if we can’t get it under control. We have hired a professional exterminator called Terminix and they have sprayed for fleas twice but we still have found fleas under the couches. How do we get the fleas that are hiding under there? Also I have locked my poor cats in the garage because I don’t want them to spread fleas over other parts of the house that are not currently infested. Would it be better to let them in they are treated so the fleas can buy them and I or leave them in the garage where they won’t carry the pests around. Please help! I feel like I can’t go into half of my house!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rebekah! If you are still finding fleas after having the house professionally treated, I recommend finding an alternate company for your next one as that is shocking. Anyways, here’s my recommendation. Take an entire Saturday to do this:

      1) Frontline your cats and keep them out the house for the day
      2) Use a flea bomb with an IGR (insect growth regulator, as described in this article)
      3) Rub Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) into your carpets and leave for 5 hours (have a dedicated article on this subject, check it out)
      4) Wipe all the surfaces, vacuum everything and bring the cats back in the house
      5) Share this post with all your friends ;)

      Hehe, hope that helps! Please feel free to ask me any more questions as I would be more then happy to help you further :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi Natasha!
    I bombed my house twice in the last two days. But I am very scared of going home for a few days cause I have a 3month old son. We took all his stiff and put it in the garage and coveted his dresser and our stuff as well. But when will it be safe for us to go home?
    Ashley :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ashley! Most flea bombs have specific instructions on the back as to how long you need to wait before you can continue living in the same area where they were let off but it shouldn’t be longer then about 8-10 hours. I usually set them off in the morning and then spend the day out the home with family or friends. When I return home in the evening, I wipe down all the surfaces, etc. to make sure I remove residual chemicals that could be potentially dangerous. Good luck!

  3. Steph says:

    We have fleas and I am having a hard time with spraying chemicals in my house. What about the chemicals getting on furniture? Should they be removed?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Steph! I understand that you are concerned about the residue chemical, it also worries me sometimes. Thats why I sometimes recommend a couple natural choices for inside the house, namely DE and borax (check my articles on both these subjects). You wont need to get rid of your furniture, just follow the instructions on both those guides and you can even get rid of fleas without any expensive (or dangerous) treatment options. Good luck!

      • Denisse says:

        Hi Natasha, Thank you for your help. I feel so overwhelm with the flea situation, I feel I’m loosing my sanity. Right now I’m laying in my bed in tears, starving and freezing in fear of walking on my carpet and getting bit. I read about some other people getting their feet covered and don’t know how they’re coping. I started seeing the fleas in my beloved dog. Then I saw 2 in my bed, and a lot of bites on my ankles and legs. Now I saw 2 more in my couch downstairs. I treated my dog and my friend is watching her until I figure this out. I used a fogger in my room and hasn’t seen any more , but feel them on my skin and every little dark speck looks like it. Today while I vaccum all the borax from my couches, I saw another 2. I read from one of your replies that the foggers will not work on the couches? Is that right? What is DE and where do I get it. I’m worried that there are eggs ready to hatch.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Denisse! Yes that’s correct, basically the fogger needs to be able to reach the fleas and if they are in your couches, that’s unlikely to happen. I have an article on DE, take a look at it and let me know if you have any questions afterwards, I will be happy to help you :)

  4. Laura says:

    My husband and I have tried foggers….they didn’t work at all and actually “pissed” the fleas off and when we went down in the basement a day later, we were attacked!!!! My animals are also both on Frontline, another waste of money. Seems as though the fleas are mutant and totally immune to the stuff. Capstar works, but it’s a quick remedy, not long lasting. Natasha, could you please email me back instead of communicating through the forums. I’d love your input and advice. I also commented on the other blog about my exterminator coming today. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Aimee Burrier says:

      Did you finally resolve the flea issue Laura? We have 2 cats and 2 dogs. They were also infested even after bombing, giving them 2 flea baths. And applying a flea agent like frontline. I found fleas on 2 of the pets the next day. Do I bomb again? Help me to please get rid of these annoying insects.

  5. Kristy says:

    Hi Natasha! I am so tired of these damn fleas! I work with animals at a shelter so I know I have probably contributed my share of cling ons but my two dogs and cat have had a continuing flea problem. They are all three on frontline and it does nothing! I bought some all natural flea powder for the carpets and left it on for 6 hours and them vacuumed every room in the house as well as giving all three animals capstar. I have recently begun fostering 2 week old kittens from work who I know for sure came into my home flea free. Now all three kittens are covered with fleas! I have set aside Monday to make sure everyone leaves the house and I have an appointment for the dogs to have flea treatments at a salon including capstars and a new dose of frontline. I have been researching bombs and products for the house and yard because I don’t want my clean animals to come home just to get more fleas. What products or method do you recommend for treating the house and yard? I am worried about chemicals because the kittens are so young and my dogs spend lots of time indoors. I read about a flea trap with a light that catches fleas. It had great reviews. Do you have any experience with it?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kristy! Sometimes fleas become immune (due to a number of reasons) to certain products, its happened to me before. Have you tried something like Advantage on your pets? I dont recommend using any serious insecticide with those little kittens as you mentioned. I suggest that you use dawn soap and water for the kittens, DE on your carpets daily for a couple days, borax outside (if its nice and dry) and Advantage on your dogs. As for the flea trap, it definitely works. I have written an article on this, check it out on this blog :)

  6. Brooke says:

    I had my house Professionally fogged and sprayed yesterday, and after 8 hours I came back home to find 2 live fleas on my bed! I called the company and they said I should find live fleas fro the next 7-10 days. What can I do to ensure I don’t have another infestation?! I put my dog on comfortis, but she’s 4 pounds– I don’t want her to get fleas again! Is this normal after professional spraying? I vacuumed after, but what else can I do? I live in an apartment– so Its small areas tog cover. Please HELP!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brooke! Its unlikely that you will suddenly get a massive flea problem if you only have a couple at the moment. They take time to breed. However, at the time time, its important to get rid of them as soon as possible before they do start doing that. Anyways, chances are that the exterminating company didnt do a very good job, my recommendation is the use something like DE on your carpets after they treat the house. This is a natural way to kill fleas and you can find more information on it in a separate article on this blog. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  7. Andy says:

    I bombed my daughter’s house for her today, and just wanted to say thanks for the help from your well written web sight. I used it to make a detailed check list of preparations leading up to the bombs. Sure I read the long directions on the can/3 pack box, but the manufacturer is so worried about their own liability they end up writing like crap. Reading this helped a lot, gave me the confidence I needed to do this and feel like my grand kids wouldn’t get hurt by it. Went smooth and hopefully the results are worth it.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Andy! I am really happy that things went well and I appreciate your kind words. I am sure that the Bug Squad community will also appreciate your comment :) Hope to see you back again soon, have a good one and enjoy your flea free home ;)

  8. Jen says:

    We have been treating our dog and two cats with the spot on treatment but cannot seem to get rid of the fleas on them. We have carpeting in 2 rooms and hardwood in the others. We do not see fleas anywhere but on the dog (despite treating and bathing regularly.) we are considering bombing the house but afraid the bombing wont be successful because the dog is still carrying fleas. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jen! You should definitely get rid of the fleas on your dog before bombing the house. I recommend that you try an alternative spot on product, not because the one you are using is incorrect but sometimes fleas can become immune to certain treatments and this change is necessary. I have personally used Frontline and Advantage and they work very well. Alternatively, check out my article on dog fleas as this will give you a number of options, including a few natural ones that you can use right away. Good luck!

      • Maryann says:

        I cant seem to get the fleas controlled on my 2 cats or my dog. I have a flea infestation in my 2nd floor which has no carpets as I have ripped all the carpet out to replace with laminate floor. I sleep in the first floor bedroom which has carpeting. My first floor and basement which is where my animals spend most of their time does not seem to be infested. I still need to go upstairs to use the bathroom to shower and my clothes closet is still upstairs. I don’t see fleas attacking me anywhere but upstairs, they attack my ankles as soon as I get upstairs. I have sprayed organic something, have tried the flea light trap and sprayed some other bug spray up stairs but still infested. Treated both cats with frontline as well as my dog with revolution spot 2 1/2 wks ago. Gave my dog a flea bath but still has fleas as well as the cats. What can I further treat the animals with before I bomb the upstairs? Is it too soon to treat with another brand of spot? I am at my wits end and am almost literally ready to set a bomb to the whole f’ing place. Why don’t I get fleas on me downstairs where we spend most of our time? Should I bomb the first floor as well? I am to the point I don’t even want to be in my house anymore and my animals are miserable as well I have never experienced anything like this ever before

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Maryann! I suggest using a flea bomb (or getting an exterminator to come in, let me know if you want some free quotes) and spot on for your pets. That will do the job. Just bomb the floor with the fleas and then keep an eye on the first floor. Let me know how it goes!

  9. Lollie Hoxie says:

    Thank you for your concise article. Very helpful.
    We have fleas in the basement. When we first went down there, after some nasty tenants left, our legs were covered with fleas! Yuk!! So, I bombed it with Raid product and didn’t go back down for a couple of weeks. Today I went down, confident that the fleas were gone and, yuk, again, my legs were covered with fleas when I came back up. I immediately spray my legs with a solution of dish soap, vinegar and water that I use to kill all bugs. It breaks down the ektoskeleton and drowns ‘em.
    How the heck can I get the basement flea-free?
    Is it because I didn’t repeat the bomb??? What are they living on down there? Mice? Yikes. Please help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lollie, its a pleasure! You may find the RAID product didnt contain an insect growth regulator so it didnt stop flea eggs from hatching, thus causing a repeat infestation. However, as far as I can remember, most RAID products do contain this, please check for me and let me know. My recommendation is that you utilize some DE (not at the same time as you bomb though). Its safe, cheap and really works. Give it a try and keep me updated :)

  10. amanda says:

    What would you recommend cleaning up the surfaces with after setting entirely too much fogger in an apartment. I plan to wash everything and soak my children’s toys and wipe down every surface. I usually clean with a vinegar and water solution. I just don’t know what would be most effective to get the pesticides off everything.
    Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amanda! Just a regular surface cleaner and a decent cloth will do the job. I also recommend getting a lemon based one as this will help with the cleaning process. Keep in mind that it would be preferable to wipe all the surfaces at least twice (all of them) to make sure that the pesticides are gone. Good luck!

  11. C.J. Lyford says:

    We have fleas in the basement only. Is it safe to leave my cats on the first and second floors of our house while we are using the fogger in the basement? We have 9 cats so removing them completely from the house will be difficult. Thanks.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey CJ! Yes this will be fine, just make sure that your cats don’t sneak into the basement during or straight after the treatment. Let me know how it goes and I will help you where I can :)

  12. Rhonda says:

    Our cat has fleas. Her body was infested with hard black things. Without knowing what this was we took her to the vet right away. We were suprised to hear what this was. We apply frontline faithly. She is an indoor cat and only goes out once a month to get her nails cut. I hold her when this is done so she has minimum exposure to the groomer. Our vet gave us different drops for her. She told us to buy spray for the carpet and furniture. We have been doing this one room at a time along with vacuuming for 2 weeks. The fleas are getting fewer on our cat. We get a few fleas everyday that jump on us. Our vet said this process could take 2 to 3 months to get rid of them. We want them gone now. Do you recommend we continue this process or use flea bombs?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Rhonda! With all due respect to your vet, if approached properly, a flea infestation will never take that long to eliminate. Anyways, you will need to get rid of the fleas in your home and on your cat at around the same time. While I could go through the entire process here, please do me a favor and check my article on cat flea removal (on this blog) and then review my guide on using diatomaceous earth (also on this website) for killing the fleas in your home. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will help you through the entire process :)

  13. Cathy says:

    Is it possible to leave our cats in the basement while we bomb the upstairs, then switch them upstairs while we bomb the basement? We have four, and the battle is going to take a very long time… Also, if I use Zodiac flea and tick spray, do I also need to give my cats a bath? They really hate water!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathy! Yes, you can definitely do that. However, I recommend waiting a day or so between the switches, just to make sure that there is less toxic residue around. If you want to give you cats a bath, do it before you use the flea and tick spray otherwise it will not be effective. However, it shouldn’t be necessary. Good luck!

  14. Shauna says:

    Last week we were at a friends house and they had been dog sitting. Just two days ago we got a call and they told us that the dog had fleas. We haven’t seen any fleas (maybe because we have no idea what they look like) but the past two nights I have gotten multiple bites on my lower legs and so has my boyfriend. Today we used a Raid bug bomb and hopefully it helps. I’m still feel like I am getting bit and I think that I may have seen one tonight after we had washed and cleaned everything. I just don’t know. Do you think that 1 week is enough time for them to have infested my house?

    Also, 3 days ago we had been in the corn field behind our house and heard that you can get fleas that way. Is that true?

    Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shauna! Fleas can multiply fast but not significantly in that short time period, especially if there were only a few of them to start with. Its possible to get fleas from outside so just take precautions when coming back inside after being in those potentially problematic areas. Its been a little while (sorry about my delayed response), how are things looking at the moment?

  15. Jacqueline says:

    I think I have a flea infestation and I think they’re in my hair!! My scalp has been itching;I recently found my dog with fleas again…Yes…again. Tried dawn on her, didnt see her scratch for a few days and then I I found some more. Bought frontline, and it didnt work. I’ve been cleaning and vacuuming but no resolve. I will definitely buy the foggers, treat my dog, but what do I put in my hair? I’m so grossed out; I don’t see any bugs, but it’s intense itching with small bites on my neck. Trying not to scratch. Ugh, help me please!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jacqueline! Its very unlikely that your itchy scalp is from fleas so don’t stress about that :) Sounds like a good plan, follow it through and if you are still having a problem with fleas, please let me know. As for the actual bite marks (not just the itchy scalp), I recommend that you take a look at my “flea bite” and “bed bug bites” articles for a detail comparison before we work out a plan of attack. Good luck!

  16. Abbi Busby says:

    Hi! I am dealing with a flea infestation for the first time and I am petrified! I have treated our dog with trifexis (as well as another fast acting killer due to her severe infestation) and the cats with revolution…they have since been left outside. I have all hardwoods and one area rug. I’ve been vacuuming daily and have mopped everything with a bleach solution, have cleaned out all closets, wiped down all baseboards and have shop vac’d everything that I possibly can. In the meantime, I have been taking all washable items to my basement and seemed to have caused a MASSIVE flea problem downstairs. I was getting ready to bomb and spray a liquid solution upstairs/outside and then start to bring the clean laundry back up but now I’m not sure what to do!?! I am about to come unglued and my five kiddos are extremely worried about this issue.
    One more thing, my upstairs is very neat and tidy as opposed to my basement being storage and is also under major remodel…do I treat upstairs THEN the basement? And do I need to completely clean out the basement before treatment? It is all concrete flooring. I just need some advice, please!! Thanks so much :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Abbi! Your plan of attack sounds good, I recommend that you follow it through! Here are some tips to help you though:

      1) Use a flea bomb in the basement, it wont matter about the chemical residue and will work really well since its mainly for storage.
      2) Try and use DE upstairs. Its cheap and I have a guide on how to use it effectively on this blog.
      3) If you still have fleas after a week or so, drop me a message and I will help you personally :)

      Good luck!

  17. Natalie says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I just moved into a house and one of my roommates has a cat that is COVERED in fleas. : ( She has been giving the cat baths with flea shampoo and using a flea comb daily to try and get rid of the fleas and we have both been cleaning the house thoroughly at least twice a week, vacuuming, mopping, etc. and using a peppermint/clove spray throughout the house and entryways, but the darn fleas just won’t go away and we have finally come to the realization that we have to bomb. Only the bedrooms have carpet, but we both have extremely heavy beds that we cannot move, but there is a good 5 inches of space under them… I’m worried that the flea eggs could be under them and that the fog won’t reach… any suggestions on how to deal with that? Also, the rest of the house has the original hardwood floors, so there are cracks and crevices in them and I’ve read that eggs can fall into these, will the flea bomb kill whatever is inside these cracks? We are also planning on having the cat professionally groomed and/or possibly dipped while we bomb the house, we are thinking doing it at the same time will be effective (along with changing his flea medicine.)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Natalie! I recommend putting some Diatomaceous Earth (food grade, very cheap and completely safe) under the bed. You can actually leave it there for a couple days if you like, it kills all sorts of pests. Vacuum it up when you are done with it. The flea bomb should reach all those areas, just make sure you get one that mentions something about preventing the flea life cycle (stops the eggs from hatching) and you will be good to go. Keep me updated :)

  18. Kristin says:

    My dog was treated for fleas Monday, found 2 live ones since then on him. I have been going crazy. I haven’t seen any in the house so far. But I am still freaking out. Should I bomb the house? So far I have used borax on the carpets! Should I call an exterminator?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kristin! If you have only found a few fleas here and there, its not really worth your while to bomb the house. Don’t get me wrong, you can if you want but perhaps rather consider a little DE treatment on your carpets (check my DE article on this) as it will kill off any remaining fleas naturally. Hope that helps!

  19. Kit says:

    HI Natasha. I think it is the first time I met the flea since I found out my ankle got bites then got more and more (like a new one in a new position) I dont know if the itchy swollen rashes were allergic or flea bite. I was so freaked out then went to the doctor, she just gave me ointment and said she didnt know as well… but i think i got more even i changed my linen all the clothes i’ve worn recently(not the winter jackets tho). Also i’ve vacuumed my room few days ago and i think it started from last week. Since i live in other people’s house but only me got bitten… The most important thing is I really dont want to use the flea bomb if it’s not necessary. I wonder if my situation severe enough to use it or not?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kit! I suggest that you take some time to examine your surroundings for actual signs of fleas before putting any flea removal process into action. A quick way to determine if you have fleas around the home is to use my modified version of a flea trap, check it out under the flea category of this blog. Let me know after you have read it :)

  20. Jimmy says:

    Thank you , just the info I needed.. Verry, Verry good. Thanks again. Jimmy

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jimmy! Thanks for your kind words, its comments like these that keep me motivated! Have a good one!

  21. bony says:

    I just moved into my apartment 2 months ago. I have no pets. My son is getting bit on a regular basis and I have seen no bugs in my apartment. I am sure they are not bed bugs. My guess is fleas! I have covered my carpets in borax and let it sit for two days before I vacuumed, bit still he is getting bitten. I bought a new shark vacuum and vacuumed the entire house today. I also sprinkled more borax along the edges of the carpet today. I sprayed flea spray around the base of all my furniture. My son just got bit again! I am a single parent who can’t afford and exterminator. I’m losing my mind! Please help me find it.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bony! Its possible that he is experiencing these bite marks from mites. Regardless, I recommend that you give all his linen a hot wash. When the clean linen is done, use DE on the carpets and see if the problem disappears. If it doesn’t, please let me know and we can explore different options :)

  22. Teresa says:

    I was watching my parents dogs recently and they got fleas. We treated both dogs and I have used a flea spray on the carpets and furniture and have vacuumed. The dogs are now gone and even though I have only been bit once, my boyfriend and roommate have a ton of bite marks and we saw another one today. I do not know what to do. Should I invest in a fogger? I have a fairly large house and I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t invest in an exterminator. I really am at a loss for what I should do. I do not own pets of my own so I never thought I would have to worry about fleas. Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Teresa! A fogger will work nicely, just make sure it has something that stops the flea growth cycle. This will stop the flea eggs from hatching, thus preventing another potential flea infestation. Hope that helps :)

  23. India says:

    Hello Natasha! I have a few concerns with using a fogger in a 1 bedroom apartment.. but my cat and dog have fleas and it doesn’t seem to be getting an better. I’ve given the dog multiple flea baths and have sprayed the cat with some “flea treatment”. Every night I find fleas crawling on the dog and my poor cat has flea excrement all in his fur! I am on a very tight budget and no sure with what to do with the animals (since no one I know is willing to take them) while I treat the apartment. Please help!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Heya! Since you are on a tight budget, I recommend that you use dawn soap and warm water on your dog and cat (give them a good scrub, they probably will hate you for a couple hours but it really works). Straight after this, use borax or DE on your carpets and around your home for a natural and affordable way to kill any fleas that may be hiding there. Good luck!

  24. Cathy says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you have ever had any one tell you that their flea fogger mal-functioned? I was setting them off in our house the and last one shot out the side of the can and into my face. i have been struggling since with breathing problems and pnemonia and doctor visits. We used the Hot Shot brand. I am most concerned about lasting health problems, do you know anything about this?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathy! I actually haven’t, that is not good at all :( I recommend that you go and see a specialist if you are suffering like that, it shouldn’t be long term but since these foggers contain chemicals its better to be safe then sorry. Keep me updated!

  25. Dalal says:

    Hello natasha!
    I recently noticed that my cat had flea on him, i treated the cat and sent him to my brother’s house, but i still see the fleas around the house! I vacuumed the entire house and the couches, i washed my bedsheets and put them in the drier for 30 minutes as well to make sure all fleas are killed. Should i get a flea bomb too? Im very worried.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dalal! While a flea bomb may do the trick, I recommend that you first try a couple alternatives. Firstly, make yourself a flea trap by following the guide on this site. If you find any dead fleas in it, use some DE to kill them on your carpets and around the house. Lastly, before you bring the cat back, make sure you apply a decent spot on treatment and you will definitely be free of fleas. Good luck!

  26. Janetta says:

    I have fleas only in one bedroom in my house. Can I just use a flea bomb in that one room? Can I shut the door and put a blanket to cover the gap underneath the door?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Janetta! Absolutely, just make sure that you wipe everything down afterwards as it will leave a chemical residue on surfaces. Also, make sure that you unplug and cover any electrical appliances and follow the instructions on the back of your flea fogger product. Good luck!

  27. Lloyd says:

    I recently had surgery on my shoulder and have been sleeping on the couch to make sure my wife doesn’t hit me during the night. Ever since sleeping on the couch, i’ve been waking up with loads of flea bites! Our dog (who hardly ever comes inside) had fleas about 3 months ago but we treated him, gave him tablets, washed him with flea shampoo and put on a flea collar. I haven’t seen any fleas on him since. The couch i’m sleeping on I actually got from my sister a couple of months ago and she had a cat that i’m pretty sure had fleas. I’m guessing it was the couch that brought the fleas into the house. Either way, i’m sick of being bitten while I sleep and i’m about ready to burn the house down! Its a very old house and there is no carpet at all (apart from the one we just bought) in any of the rooms. The whole house has jarrah floorboards. My wife and I got some flea bombs the other day but i’m not sure how they work or even if they will work! If it is the couches that are infested, will a flea bomb be enough to kill them? I just don’t see how it will get under the couch, over all the cushions, etc. even if I move them all off the couch. I though about getting a professional in to treat the house but as I am recovering from surgery, money is very tight at the moment. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lloyd! Highly unlikely that a flea bomb will kill those guys inside your couch. I recommend using some DE (check my article on this). Its really cheap so it will be perfect for your situation. Good luck!

  28. Ella Marie says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I’ve had a professional bug bomber treat my house. He said he soaked our guest room mattress and futon mattress with the solution. Do we need to get rid of the mattress? I’m planning on putting a claim against our landlord for allowing us to move in a flea infested house. Thank you in advance for the time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ella! If he treated your matress safely, that shouldn’t be necessary. Its a pleasure, glad you took the time to stop by and leave a comment :)

  29. Hailey says:

    Hi there! I am probably going to go out tonight to buy a flea bomb after reading your article. I, like many of the people who have commented here, am just so frustrated with these pests! I had been using a cheaper version of flea and tick prevention for my indoor outdoor kitty and it obviously didn’t do its job… I live with two other housemates and luckily it seems to be only my room that is so badly infested (kitty sleeps with me after all, also I was keeping her food and water in my room and her litter box in my bathroom.) At first I just noticed one or two fleas on my cat, but that soon escalate to findings them on my ankles every day! The entire house is wood floor, only one 7×4 ft rug in my room but that seems to be where they are multiplying. I borrowed a product from my mom called “rx for fleas plus fleabusters”. I worked it into the carpet and sprinkled it around all the baseboards in my room. Also, have kicked the cat outsid for the past few days and she will remain there until Thea dvantage plus comes in the mail!
    Is it safe to set a flea bomb off in JUST my room, while my housemates are home?
    Thanks in advance for your feedback!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hailey! I don’t recommend it unless your room is quite a way from any of your housemates living areas. I recommend just doing it on a Saturday morning and then you guys can all spend the day out doing something fun and when you get back, it will have done the job. Its a pleasure, hope this helps!

  30. Lisa says:

    We had a minor flea problem this past summer, normally we treat our yard every two months, we have over an acre, dogs in yard next door and chickens on the other side. We have 3 house cats, and one dog that primarily stays inside. Fleas were bad this year. One of my cats can’t use any chemical based product, she has a reaction. So during my hunt on line I found an article about dipping/bathing cats in an Apple Cider Vinegar solution, dilute with equal parts water. I take them in our shower that has a glass door and use a sponge to soak them, ignore the growls and crying. Then I leave them in there to dry for several hours. The same solution can be used on dogs, either in a bath or spray bottle. Dawn was previously mentioned as well, I have used on my dog. The next day after using the vinegar solution on the cats, they weren’t itching anymore. Fleas weren’t on them. Dawn had the same affect on my dog. I was told that the flea drop products that we use on our pets may take a few months to be totally effective.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lisa! Thanks for sharing, the community will definitely appreciate those tips.

  31. Lani says:

    Help! New to California and my dog keeps getting fleas! My cat had them but he seems to be better once I’ve been giving them littlecitydogs pills. But the dog no. Frontline didn’t work. I was told not to use DE because it’s bad for cats breathing. I won’t use a digger as I have nowhere to being the cat for a day. Help!! I keep getting bites.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lani! I suggest you use DE on the floor and wash your dog using warm water and lemon based dish washing liquid (1-2x per month, don’t do it too frequently). This is extremely effective, hope that helps!

  32. krissy says:

    Hello, we have two dogs and they have fleas like crazy! The whole house is carpet which doesn’t help but we have a dirt basement which I think isn’t helping either. We have done the bathing and drops we have vaccumed many times, we have done flea bombs, we have tired basically everything and it doesn’t seem to help! They are in our couches, room, carpet, they are litteraly everywhere. HELP please! We don’t know what to do. This has been a problem for a while now, we are now purchasing our first home and we don’t want to bring them with us! We need to get rid of them NOW. Suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Since you are moving, just make sure that you hot wash all your material/etc. based belongings and send your animals to a professional to ensure that all the fleas are killed. As long as you are methodical, you shouldn’t bring your problem with you to your new house.

  33. Emily says:

    We live in an apartment. Will the fogger go to the neighbors apartments? Also can I do one room at a time in our apartment? So that way we don’t have to leave for 8 hours?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Emily! If you keep the windows shut and follow the instructions on the bottle, you will be fine. I highly recommend doing the entire apartment at once, it will not be as effective if you do it like that.

  34. Emma says:

    Hi, I just bombed my place today but I forgot to switch my fridge off. Same with my dishwasher. Will everything be ok? I’m a bit worried…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Emma! It should be fine, just make sure that you switch off all electronics, etc. in future. Basically just unplug everything, just to be extra safe. Did the bomb solve your flea problem?

  35. Tanya says:

    Hi, would i be able to set off a flea bomb under the floor boards ?

    Thank you for this useful post :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! If you leave the house, unplug electrics and follow all the steps on the flea bomb, I don’t see why not hehe. Good luck!

  36. vanessa collazo says:

    Hey need help mother of four one of them just 7 months old we bombed the house 2 weeks ago and this week I stood at my mother’s house my husband bombed and sprayed the house we gave the pets away because it seems our 6 yr old is allergic to flea bites and got a really bad reaction to it we done all that me can even used everything you wrote on your page and they still jumping on us is driving me crazy that I feel like taking my kids out our home please help

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Vanessa! Sorry you are still struggling :( I highly recommend using DE (it will be save on your 6yr old) and using a flea trap. I have articles on both of these subjects, please check them out :)

  37. i wana be a flea killer says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for taking some time out to read this.I need some advice about 4 months ago a friend of mine gave me and my family a Chihuahua that had fleas. we eventually also gave the Chihuahua away due to this problem. At first me and my family started getting bitten by large adult fleas. but thought it was nothing more then just a few so we purchased a bedbug and flea spray which did not work at all. we then tried Dawn dishwashing liquid/water in a bowl which caught more than 15 in each new bowl we made. I feel as this is out of control now. we have now purchased “foggers” but I am doubting it will work because I have heard of cases where the fleas became immune. do you have any ideas on how to get rid of them for good? we truly need some help we haven’t been able to to get a full nights sleep since this started occurring. Plz help thanks again for taking time out to read this .

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Since it sounds fairly severe, I recommend getting a pro in to help you out. I can organize some free quotes if you like, let me know. Otherwise, give the fogger a try (make sure you read the instructions) and take some time to read through some of my other flea articles (such as the one about the trap) as I feel they they will help you. Good luck!

  38. Lorna Wallace says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I have a pretty bad flea problem at the moment even though I regularly dose the cat etc. I have bought some foggers for the rooms and flea spray for the cat bedding and those places the fogger won’t reach. However, the fogger says not to be used on human bedding or clothes – does this mean that I shouldn’t use it in the bedroom?

    I am pretty desperate as I am being badly bitten and have now banned the cat from the bedroom so she is very sad!

    Thanks for any advice.


    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lorna! You usually can, just make sure that you put everything away (including your bedding) and clean up properly. Also remember to leave the house for the day as the fumes are toxic. Have you tried any of my other flea removal methods?

  39. upset and tired says:

    HI! my boyfriend has a flea problem in his house, we had a cat but his friend took him because we got him cleaned up and free of fleas. but now the fleas are biting my bf he is really upset and getting really tired of them and to make it worst his daughter is coming to stay with him and he cant even have her there with him because of the fleas. we have tied washing everything, fogging with two different foggers one was adams and the other one Raid for fleas and also a can to spray on the carpet. i have put vinegar water borax on the carpet and floors and we had put cal (lime powder) outside we don’t have pets and and nice plants and we are willing to put whatever it takes to get rid of the fleas. I’m so tired of seeing his legs burning red and looking even infected because of the fleas. please help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Since you have tried everything yourself, I highly recommend that you get an exterminator in, it will save you money in the long run :) Let me know if you would like some free quotes in Texas.

  40. Thao says:

    Hi please help… I have a flea problem.. When I found out my house got fleas I call for the exterminator to treat the fleas…but that didn’t work my house still have fleas..and then I flea bomb my house 2 times 1 every week. I use the Mortise flea bomb., but I still find a lot of red dots on my I guess there’s still fleas around.. I wash n vacuum a lot too..I even bought a new bed n new blanket but the blankets still fell itching. Please help me I have spend so much money already oh I already try cooking salt on my carpet didn’t work..HELP ME should I get a pro to steam dry my new bed cos it got flea too.’

    Thank You

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Thao! Yes, steam cleaners work well, they get rid of a variety of insects (due to the extreme heat) so if you can hire one, use it throughout the house. As for your bedding, run it through a hot wash as that will definitely help. Lastly, use my flea traps to catch the rest.

  41. Brandon says:

    Can I use a flea fogger underneath my house without turning off the power to the house and do we still need to leave the house if I’m doing it outside?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Brandon! It should be fine but I hesitate to give you an “absolutely yes” sort of answer because I always advise my readers to leave the house and turn off the power, just to be safe.

  42. Alex says:

    Hey! I continue to read blogs telling me to vacuum and throw away the bag right after. My vacuum doesnt carry bags. I have the one that has the plastic cylinder. What can I do?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Alex! Just wash it out, its simply to get rid of the trapped fleas. Good luck!

  43. vicki dorricott says:

    Really need some help !!!! Moved into a housing association property about 4 months ago. after being there a couple of weeks found fleas in my house. I don’t have any animals, but have been informed by neighbours that previous to me moving in there was hazardous signs outside the house because the where flea bombing. I have had since then the local approved authority pest control man spraying 3 times a different intervals acclaim spray stuff. He is currently at my property with a maching fogging thing. I’ve had to leave my property for 8 hours when spraying but now for 24hrs when using the fogging machine. My baby should be rolling around and stuff but isn’t due to the fact that she is never allowed on floor due to getting jumped on by fleas. So basically will have been 5 times. But has said he won’t be able to get the ones under kickboards and floorboards and stuff. Don’t want to live here anymore hate it so bad. Would also like to know what chemicals are in this stuff. Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Vikki! I am sure that after that many applications, the fleas should be killed? If there are any fleas in the floorboards, you can apply DE and that should fall down and hopefully kill them (I presume there is gaps?). I recommend mopping up and cleaning after he has gone and then doing the DE thing, then you should be sorted :)

  44. Shelby says:

    So we just found fleas on our indoor cats… a first for me! After 2 treatments and baths, the cats still had fleas, so we boarded them for treatment while we bombed the house. We have tried two DE treatments, we vacuum twice daily and are still ending up with 5 live ones in the canister every time. After fogging the house and letting it sit for 1.5 days, we vacuumed and still had live fleas in the vacuum. I am at my wits end and I feel so helpless. I am picking the cats up tomorrow after their capstar treatment and I am so worried that they are just going to get reinfected. What else can I do? Am I just overreacting?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Shelby! I don’t think you are over-reacting, it must be really frustrating! I recommend that you get your house treated by a professional, it will end up being cheaper in the long run, let me know if you want me to organize a free quote. In the meantime, I suggest that you give my flea trap a try (after treated your cats) as it works really well.

  45. Nerry says:

    hey, thanks for the very useful article! I need to use a flea bomb, but think the fleas may have gotten into my comforter and mattress/pillows. Is it ok to leave these out in the room when I deploy the bomb or is that hazardous? Thanks !

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Nerry! Clean them and leave them out the room.

  46. lina says:

    Hi Natasha,
    We are moving in to a rental house in 3 days and we learned the previous tenant had a large dog at the backyard. Although the house seems pretty clean and we didn’t see any fleas when we visited it, I want to play safe and take some precautions about possible fleas. I have a 3 years old son who sleeps on a floor mattress (Montessori bed) and a indoors small dog. I heard it would be better to vacuum the house and leave the flea bomb in the empty house for the entire night before we move in the furniture. But it seems too drastic once I am just guessing the existence of fleas. I thought about just hiring a deep steam carpet cleaning and avoid the chemicals from the bombs. What do you recommend?
    Thank you for this amazing portal!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lina! A deep steam machine will do wonders, I highly recommend it!

  47. Sarah says:

    I have a 18 month daughter and am also 30 weeks pregnant, we have been using borax twice a week for two months and sprayed bedding with lemon water and are still heavily infested with fleas. We are taking about fogging next week but I’m worried about the exposure to the pesticide after the fogging. In particular I am worried about our beds and how to clean them up afterwards. Also I was curious if I need to wash all my clothing in my drawers and hanging in the closet.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sarah! I suggest that you wash and wipe everything, you need to clean anything the residue lands on.

  48. Sarah says:

    I am pregnant and have an 18 month old daughter and we have been trying to get rid of a very heavy flea infestation for 2 months now. We have a dog that we have been treating with front line and also bathing her weekly. We have been putting borax all over the house twice a week and vacuuming twice a day. After 2 months we still aren’t getting any results. I have been reluctant to using foggers because of my condition and the fact the my daughter is playing all over the floors all day. But I’ve had it and decided we are going to fog this weekend. To cut down on the cleaning and my exposure to the stuff I am going to remove as much stuff that I don’t think they can live on (plastic toys, closed boxes, movies) We are moving to a new house in a few weeks so we are just moving that stuff early. I don’t want to bring any gas to our new house so I want to make sure they are gone from our rugs, clothing, furniture and especially or beds (they are biting me like crazy in my bed). So my big questions are how do I clean my bed after the fogging, I know they are on my bed under the sheets so I figured I would fog without the sheets on and just wash the sheets in how water and borax before putting them back on. I also am wondering if I need to wash all the clothing in my closets as well (there are many weeks worth of Laundry in our closets).

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sarah! Given the level of infestation, it would end up being cheaper having an exterminator deal with it for you. The email notification that you receive for my response will contain a link, use it and let me know how it goes. Hope that helps!

  49. Louise says:

    Hi Natasha! Our indoor/outdoor cat has so very kindly shared his fleas with us, and now we are under attack! My lower legs look like a war zone! We have a large house…and I am ashamed to say that we are also pack rats, so there is a lot of “stuff” sitting around in several of our rooms. The flea problem is growing, but still mostly contained on the main floor – for now. We have tried DE in the great room with pretty good success and are also using Nyguard Plus spray and the flea light trap for indoors. Outdoors we have Cyonara and/or Permethrin 10% sprays, but we have to be careful because we have honeybees. The cat is now condemned to live outside :-( If we decide to use a bomb or call a professional, we cannot do that until later in the summer or early fall (for several reasons). I am overwhelmed with the enormity of vacuuming our house every day!! Help!!!! Do you have any suggestions? I am trying to get control of one room at a time (moving the stuff out and cleaning the stuff and the room), but won’t the fleas just move to another area of the home and then come back? Oh yeah, we have all wood floors but they are not sealed so the fleas can live in those cracks for a long time! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Louise! Thanks for your detailed explanation. You will have to do the entire house at once otherwise yes, they often just migrate to another room. Given the situation, I recommend going with the exterminator option, it will end up being cheaper. Otherwise just keep doing what you are doing (and get your cat a spot on treatment).

  50. Madelynn says:

    Hi Natasha, we seem to only have fleas in our basement. Decent size ranch house with full basement. Can I put our cats upstairs, sealed off, and bomb the basement? Thanks for your time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Madelynn! If there is no possibility of any of the bomb getting to your cat, that is fine.

  51. Stacey says:

    Please help. I have read every piece of advice on here. Almost two months ago we found that a possum got into our basement and had babies, unfortunately, the momma got hit by a car and I took the babies to a rescue center. Well unfortunately, they shared their fleas with my dog, cat and me. I have applied frontline plus on both animals. I vacuum constantly making sure to empty the bag outside. ive used Adams spray and we still see live fleas on the animals and in the house. I did the white sock experiment and I have picked at least 25 fleas off my socks. My main concern is my sons room that has a lot of toys. He’s been gone for awhile and I was cleaning out his room. No one had been in there and that’s when I noticed they were everywhere! I don’t want my son to come home to this because he does bs e allergies. I’m just wondering, should I try DE first and then bomb the house? It just concerns me because if we bomb can I cover up my kids boxes of toys? I’ve already cleaned them to make sure there are no eggs anywhere. I’m just concerned because we really don’t have a place to take our animals while we bomb the house. And I really can’t afford a professional. I’m just tired of being bit all the time and I want to get this situation under a bit of control before my son Comes home in a couple weeks. So should I use DE, then bomb the house is I can find a place for the animals? Any suggestions or comments would be wonderful. I’m a working single mother that is exhausted! From vacuuming and washing clothes.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stacy! Try the DE first (and my flea traps), you might not even need the flea bombs. Let me know how it goes.

  52. Monica says:

    Hi Natasha! I just discovered that we have fleas in our apartment. I have never delt with them until this week. I live in an apartment complex and just found out that one of my neighbor’s (two doors down) had pest control go into their apartment a week ago. I don’t know for what exactly but I am thinking its do to fleas. Could this be the reason why there are fleas in my apartment now?? (Note: I have no pets) I called management and the maintenance guys are coming tomorrow morning to set bombs off. My concern is that I have an 11 month old who loves to be on the floor and crawls everywhere. What precautions can I take to make sure she is safe after bombing the apartment??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Monica! It could be yes. Just ensure that you wipe/mop and clean everything that could have come into contact with the residue.

  53. Michelle Richardson says:

    Hi – I used a Raid and a hot shot bomb yesterday. We were out for about 4 hours. I covered things. Well, last night I woke up with a massive headache. This morning, I started feeling like I was getting sick and my throat is irritated not sore though, It does not feel like a cold coming on, i just feel weird. My eyes are bothering me slightly as well. What can i do about the resulting residue on everything? Thanks for any and all help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Michelle! I suggest you wipe down and wash everything, you need to get rid of that residue.

  54. anne says:

    Hi Natasha, thank you for reading this & your time!!

    I just moved into a house with 2 roomies and 1 big white husky. I noticed bites on my leg arms and torso after a week and a half, figured it was mosquitoes, then thought maybe bedbugs. Pulled the bed away from the wall and found black dirt-looking stuff along 5 feet of the baseboards behind the bed, along with what my boyfriend identified as dead fleas. Weird thing is I have seen 0 LIVE fleas in the whole house. (There are about 4 rugs in the otherwise hardwood floored house btw; 1 in my room.) I was going to bomb my room but am thinking that’s not necessary now–maybe instead I’ll vacuum my room and the living room rug regularly, and put out flea traps in every room just to get an idea of what’s out there first? Also the dog’s owner is on vacation right now; supposedly he has applied flea medication to the dog in the past, though was not consistent with it. I would love your advice. Thanks so much!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Anne! It’s my pleasure, glad you like the article :)

  55. betty says:

    Hello Natasha,
    The exterminator just came in today to spray and set a flea fogger. Thus is my first experience with stuff. I was sold that I need another treatment in a week. What is the best way to clean now. He did spray in the closets. The doors were close. What should I wash? The clothes in the closets.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Betty! Wash everything ;) Seriously though, anywhere the stuff landed pretty much needs to be wiped/washed. Good luck!

  56. victoria ferrano says:

    Hi Natasha. I will be integrating three cats to a household of one dog and two cats, inherited when my parents passed. My dog currently is scratching like crazy. While I have not found a flea on her, I have noticed flea bites on me. All of the cats are indoor cats and elderly. I live in a one-floor home, and no basement, and have nowhere to put the two cats. Can I possibly put them in a room that is usually locked for eight hours? The DE will be used in addition to the fogger, but has to be ordered online. Please advise asap as I need to integrate the other three cats within a week.
    Many thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Victoria! I highly recommend that all living things (which mean your cats) are removed from the house before fogging. There is no other way I can comfortably suggest, sorry.

  57. Betty says:

    I agree with other readers, Frontline is a big waste of money. I have had better luck with Advantage. I am on here because I need to fog my house, haven’t had to do it in a few years but for some reason the fleas are bad this year. I even pulled up my living room carpet a couple of weeks ago. The fleas diminished quite a bit but then came back in full force recently. I am assuming eggs have hatched. The only carpet left in the house is in a bedroom and it is going this weekend. Going to pull it up before I fog. We are being bitten so bad that I feel like my pets look when I see them scratching. They have all been treated so I am guessing the bites are still itching.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Betty! Best of luck, I am sure that you will win the battle!

  58. Linda says:

    Hi Natasha,

    We have a flea infestation in our basement and plan to bomb it. The infestation is really bad, and I’m thinking we’ll need to use something akin to a hazmat” suit.
    I’m wondering what kind of suit to buy. Do they come in materials that fleas can’t stick to? Or should it be sprayed with something before we go to the basement?
    We are thinking of using two bombs, one towards the front and one towards the back. Thank you for this interesting site and information. Linda

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Linda! The shop owner will be able to help you with specific brands. Try get one with IGR in it. Good luck!

  59. michael girardi says:

    I have a huge house flea bombs are junk. Maybe if you set off five to a room. I got bit so bad from them five years ago i almost landed in a hospital. My house has all wood floors and ceramic tile. One female bites you they say the egg can make 3000 babies. So this is crazy when the foggers are not killing them and you start putting outdoor poisons for garden on floor your house is fully toxic. Some people died from flea bites its rare but it happens infection from to many flea bites. Got them again this year and the way im getting i wish summer never came. My wife told me five years ago what the hell are you doing with that giant stainless steel pot i told her im boiling water took it upstairs drop it right on the center of the hardwood floor i mean before this fleas were jumping every were killing me drop the water made it go across the whole floor with out wecking every thing and waited mop the rest up all dead never came back. Ceramic tile holds water so it free and it works. Flea powder in beds and chairs and a good vacum cleaner.Counter tops vacum cleaner and furniture cabernets. And dispose of the bag far away take it on a trip sealed in a plastic bag.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Michael! Thanks for your lovely tips :)

  60. Amanda Osborne says:

    Hey I just had a question. After the bombing/fogging process, what are the risks to a pregnant cat? She’s not very far along. Just want to make sure that she’ll be ok. Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Amanda! Any living person or pet should be removed from the house during the fogging process.

  61. Toni says:

    Dear Natasha
    Help : ( !
    We have a flea infestation which seems to be getting worse not better. We no longer have a pet in the home but we do have fleas. I sew and am not sure how to protect fabrics and books I have from any reinfestation or extreme treatment I might have to use to eradicate the fleas. Our home is very open concept . Secondly for the sake of my sanity can you please tell me if it is actually possible to eradicate fleas in a home with natural and less toxic remedies. Today I will steam everything I can including floors and walls but I worry that I have no safe place to store all clean laundry etc. while we are attacking the little buggers. Does it help at all to store everything in plastic garbage bags or the like? Vacuuming and steaming while I anxiously await your reply. Thank you, Toni

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Toni! Since you have a steamer, just use that diligently and try using DE (I have an article on this) in combination with vacuuming.

      • toni says:

        How should I store my clothing and fabrics to keep them safe from infestation through the weeks that I am steaming and vacuuming? Will plastic bags with cedar sachet in them work?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Toni! Yes, that will keep the clothes safe and will deter the fleas.

      • toni says:

        Hi Again Natasha,
        Thanks for your answer about steaming and vacuuming. I am doing that. I would just like to make sure that clothig and fabrics stuffs I have are not getting revisited by fleas every tiime I wash them. Will they be protected in plastic bags with some cedar oil sachets? Does that deter or kill the fleas? Though I am focusing on getting our home clean and comfortable again, I will go to an estimate and support your site. Just trying to calm all the upheaval so I can think straight.
        Thanks again for sharing your expertise.
        P.S. I have hipped friends and family to this very informative site. We are big dog lovers and 1 (jokingly) crazy cat lady.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Toni! Yes they will, give that a try. It will deter them. Thanks so much, I really appreciate the support!

  62. Carly says:

    I recently had my 10 month old daughter at my parents house…after she was already playing with her toys my parents proceeded to tell me they flea bombed the house three days ago…by this time my daughter was playing on the floor and had already stuck some of the toys in her mouth. the toys were kept in a drawer…but still…iknow my parents didn’t clean after flea bombing….i washed the toys after…but i know I’m going to have to go back over and clean before i let my daughter back over. how dangerous are these pesticides? I’m never goingto feel right having my daughter over there.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Carly! Yeah I would probably take her to the doctor, just incase. That’s the only thing I can suggest, depending on the brand, some of those bombs can be rather toxic. Don’t stress though, just be safe :)

  63. anne says:

    Also struggling with my own infestation. I’ve dealt with it (successfully) before; it’s just been a while. Also, living in a different place. Time of year is also a factor. The “little buggers” are dwindling, but persistent. I’m a single mom….working 60+ hrs (12 -15 hr/shifts), so paying someone else and/or doing it myself are my personal “rock/hard place”. I’ve got teenage kids….they’re about as reliable as pest control. Sometimes fine….sometimes not so much.
    I LOVE DE and borax. I’ve made a point to BURY the edges of carpeting in either (that’s one place they like to hide!). Treated my cats. They LOVE to sleep WITH me (they’ve been 98% banished….they’re sneaky). I did get cedar wood (discs for treating moth’s in closets). I put them under my fitted sheet and have a thick mattress pad over that). I sprayed everything down with a herb based spray (cloves etc..can’t remember the brand). I have the flea light traps. Less and less found…sometimes almost none…until I stand there. Then 1-5 jump on me. And right back off with no apparent bites. Four of us in the house. My girls have almost no bites (total <5 in 3 weeks). I have maybe 5-6 in that time. Nothing new in several weeks. All of us girls LOVE our bath time. We LOVE using lavender, chamomile, and/or frankensense and myrrh bath sugar scrub–SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea (at Target sometimes at walgreens). Great for "scratching" the itchy bites…soothes and is "stinky" to the fleas (bed bugs too). Also Dr Teals bath salts seem to be pretty repulsive to these buggers. Zum brand has oil, soap and a mist. I use the mist on my bedding and on my feet (EVERY TIME I get in/out of bed!).
    I haven't gotten bit (knock on wood) in a while, but I have noticed the fleas will "ride" anyone!. I've had several that have jumped on (and then I watch out of curiosity). They don't bite, but they sometimes stay "put" for several minutes. Which means that putting animals outside isn't always (IMHO) a solution. The fleas will ride anyone or anything. My daughter brought a shirt out to our car (that had been on the floor…early on in the infestation.). right after she put it on, I saw my drink had 3 fleas in it!! She never got bit!
    I've treated my cats…one had developed severe dermatitis from the fleas! It's gone now. They also have flea collars for double coverage. They scratch and sometimes I'll even see fleas. But no new bites that I can tell. My biggest sufferer is/was my son. He now bathes twice a day using camomile salts, scrubs for any itchy sites and F&M mist/spray. I'm thinking that I might break down and do a bug bomb, but sooner or later they stupid things will either starve to death or will have to move on. They have to bite someone or leave…..? Using DE and borax primarily now and somehow if no one is getting bit…it becomes a "lesser" annoyance.
    Also (FYI)…I HATE bites. I have a REALLY bad habit of picking at them. A trick a lot of nurses use on themselves (IT WORKS)…..if you have a bite you are scratching at and picking BLOODY, take an alcohol pad (or anything soaked in rubbing alcohol) and TAPE IT ON!
    IT WILL BURN…for a short while. Then nothing. It won't bother you (until you pull it off….compulsive scratchers will probably pick again). Do it again. This also helps with decreasing risk of infected bites. FINGER NAILS ARE THE ####1 SOURCE OF INFECTION….handwashing doesn't do much for fingernails…real or fake). Scratching tears away your body's natural defense and "rakes in" whatever dirt etc is surrounding the bite area (plus whatever is under your nail already…scratched your armpit, ear, teeth, nose, etc lately?)
    Hope this is helpful. Even those of us who have done this before go through these struggles again!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Anne! Wow, your comment is packed with info and I really appreciate your contribution to the community. Thanks so much, I am positive that others will find it extremely useful.

  64. Rachsl says:

    I have 2 6 month year old kittens. They only stay in mine & my fiancées room. We live with 8 other people. The cats stay in our room only . We have a flea infestation horribly bad … & I was wondering if we could bomb JUST that room & not the whole house so they didn’t have to leave the house??? I need answers fast. Please help! Thank you!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Rachsl! I always suggest that you leave the house otherwise its at your own risk, sorry.

  65. Scott says:

    Hi everybody.have two very important rules for foggers that I did not see discussed before.
    1. Shock and awe. Don’t skimp on the number of foggers. I suggest using twice the recommended dosage.
    2. Break the cycle. You must repeat fogging, but timing is critical. Most foggers don’t kill flea eggs. So in a week or two, old eggs hatch and live fleas start biting again. Most important is that the newborn fleas start laying new eggs when they reach adulthood.

    So here’s the trick — you must fog again just after old eggs have hatched, but before new eggs are laid. Since it’s impossible to perfect the timing, I suggest fogging 3 times, at 1-week intervals.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Scott! Thanks for the suggestions. I usually recommend that people stick to the instructions on the bottles but if that worked for you, thanks for sharing :)

  66. Dana Roach says:

    Natasha, my name is Dana we have 2 cats and a small dog. My brother in law brought us fleas when he moved into an apartment complex. I have tried home remedies, bombs, dips, frontline, dawn dish soap. We have even treated the yard with some kind of granules that would kill fleas. Still nothing has helped my husband is getting bit, I’m not thankfully!! But I feel so bad for my babies scratching all the time!! This is the first time in their lives they have ever been through this! I want to do what ever I can!! Please help!! Tired of spending $$$ no results!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Dana! Give my flea traps a try, they are DIY and work really well. You can find the article on this site.

  67. Trish says:

    I have a flea problem bad they r eating my 4yr old up he has bites every where what can I do to get those bites billed up on him

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Trish! I suggest that you take him to the closest Pharmacy, they should be able to recommend a decent cream that will help.

  68. Terri H says:

    Hi, Natasha. This is great site with tons of information! My problem is my travel trailer. We have it on a permanent site ( it stays there year-round). We had a flea problem at home, which we are treating with success. Our pets have all been treated as well. The trailer, however, is a problem. We only go there about every other week. After discovering fleas at home, I took a trip there and sprayed it inside from top to bottom, under everything, with Raid Flea Room And Carpet Spray. All bedding, towels, etc…were brought home and laundered. That was on a Tuesday. On the following Friday, we came back for the weekend, and not a flea in sight! BUT…I now realize that the second wave has hit…the unhatched eggs and larvae. We again went for a camping weekend last evening and I was horrified to see that when I walked in, I was almost immediately covered from the knees down in tiny fleas! We didn’t go any further…locked up the trailer and returned home. I’ve purchased Raid Flea Foggers and we’ll be going back tomorrow (Sunday) to bomb. My question is…is it going to take care of the problem? All bedding, towels, etc…will be removed before fogging and laundered. I was thinking of going back up on Thursday and setting off another round of bombs. Is that overkill? I would hate to take the whole family back up for the weekend on Friday, only to have to come back home because there are still fleas. Is the second round of bombs a good idea, or would the Raid Flea Spray suffice?
    Thanks in advance! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Terri! A flea bomb is effective and will work, just make sure that you clean up properly when you are done. You shouldn’t need to do it twice, maybe follow up with a couple DIY flea traps (article is on this website) in each room afterwards.

  69. Ted Sims says:

    I’ve learned the hard way that fleas are determined to survive. In order to rid your home and pets from fleas you must use a multi prong attack at the same time to break the life cycle of the fleas. First, give your pets Capstar or CapGuard which is slightly cheaper, then bomb the house. Bath the pets, the best is to drop them off at the groomer while the fogger is being deployed. Then return home, go into the yard and spray the entire yard with a yard and garden spray. Once you pick your pet up from the groomer, apply Frontline, this will help get rid of residual fleas that may have survived. The next day give your pet another Capstar or CapGuard. You will see instant relief. two days later give your pet another CapStar or CapGuard this will kill any residual fleas that may have survived. In this process. Now, most eggs will hatch within 3 weeks, this is where infestations get tough to get rid off, you have to complete the entire process at the 3 week mark, this will break the flea cycle and return you and your pets back to normal.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ted! Thanks for your contribution to the community and I am glad that process helped you find some relief.

  70. Justin says:

    Hello there I need help I live in a trailer park an I have a bad flea problem I’ve used multiple different foggers had one work for couple days I’ve done so much cleaning my. Cat hardly wants to come in anymore. I always once a year get fleas from the cat I treat the cat an use a fogger fleas go away.. this year there like super fleas they take everything I be throw at them. I fog the multiply. There only in the carpet an vinyl floor any ideas?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Justin! Give my DIY flea traps a try, I have an article that will help you make your own.

  71. Caila says:

    Hello I have fogged my apt twice for fleas hut am starting to think maybe I’m doing it the right way and that’s why I still have the lil pests. Now I am thinking it may be a good idea to lift my couch and mattresses up off the floor and put them standing up against a wall so the bomb will hit them as well as underneath where any fleas would be hiding. Is this a good plan? I also wonder cam fleas be hiding in our clothes perhaps or couch pillows? What I should I do with the clothes, and other fabrics laying around? Will the flea bomb get to them since they’re out in the open? Also my son is the one mostly getting bit, but they don’t itch him, the ones I have itch but his don’t bother him. They do though bother me to see them all over his legs and neck. Any advice on how to get rid of the bites? Thanks in advance.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Caila! Yes, that’s a great idea! They can unfortunately, I recommend that you wash the linen covers, etc. where possible an use a flea trap in your son’s room (I have a diy guide on them on this site). Good luck!

  72. Maria says:

    Hi Natasha, I recently noticed fleas on my cat. I went out bought him a flea killer and repellant collar then I bombed my apartment. Yesterday I found a flea and today I noticed flea eggs on my windowsill (cats favorite spot) I had never seen the eggs before until just now. Do I need to bomb again?? Is this normal?? Help please.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Maria! I highly recommend that you don’t use a flea collar (see my article on this subject). Secondly, grab yourself some DE and use it in areas where your cat hangs around and lastly, try a decent spot on like Frontline. Hope that helps!

  73. Kailee says:

    We have 2 dogs in the house. As far as I can see- they are flea free. I have had 2 fleas (that I know of) on my fleece zip up that I have to wear to work. I had someone house sit a week ago and her dog supposedly has fleas- could they have gotten into my room on her belongings? I plan on using a fogger. My room is the only one that has been affected so far. Could I close up my room and stay in the house while the fogger is going off?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kailee! I suggest skipping the fogger and giving my flea traps (cheap and DIY) a try, they work really well. I have an article on this blog.

  74. Jennifer says:

    First of all I am exhausted. Spent two house brushing my dog trying to catch a flea. Nothing.
    So here is the situation because I can’t think right and this is all a mess. (This could be the straw that breaks the camels back for my cat/dog. Majority vote with the family…this hurts bad.)

    I have a dog and a cat. We also have a small community of strays we feed. The momma cat befriended my dog. One walks they walk with each other and rub on each other like family. We never avidly looks through her but she has fleas…we gave her a collar and 4 of her kids a collar (all of whom have found a foster home) only momma cat and her two older kids left. Well…when we found out they had fleas, this was when we decided to get everyone flea collars.

    Low and behold a couple weeks later after constant cleaning of clothes they are still around. I don’t know much and honestly I am trying to make this as painless as possible because my parents will for sure send the pets packing.

    Home is almost entirely carpet. The dog was everywhere as was the cat…and I mean everywhere. Those fleas for sure are in fact everywhere.

    Please guide me in the right direction (what my steps should be, etc). I have no idea what to do…and like I said, exhausted.

    Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jen! Give my DIY trap guide a read, its a very affordable way to get rid of fleas. Then read my article on DE, that should get you on the right track :)

  75. Iesha says:

    Hi Natasha,
    we had a dog but had to give her away due to my daugther been allergic to her. That way 3 weeks ago and now that shes gone there are fleas i woke up to my son been cover in flea bits what should I do I have bombed but there still there

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lesha! Try my DIY flea trap, its cheap and works well :)

  76. Samantha says:

    Hiya I’m having problems in my flat with fleas I’ve got no pets but my friends have. I don’t like to be bitten every day it’s horrible wat can I do its really bad and my housing association will not help me

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sam! You can use a bomb or give my DIY flea traps a try.

  77. Michelle says:

    I’m just about at my wit’s end. I had 2 cats and a dog. I gave them away only to find their “friends” stayed behind. I tried Spectracide spray first and my fleas seemed only irritated by it. I then tried borax and salt…which Im sure gave me only really clean, salty fleas. After much research, I found that my spray didnt have the IGR. So, like a storm trooper, I head out for foggers….only to find a bunch of those little buggers beat me to the car….started adding it up….Ok, Im packing these things back and forth. Helps a little to know that! So, I get my bombs with IGR and spray with same. Treat the house and vehicle….and Voila, I start pulling my sheets off my bed and well what are those creepy crawlies? Flea larvae wiggling around ON my bed. Still alive after my bombing. I immediately start spraying and vacuuming the bed itself(and now Im scared to look oreven touch my bed. So I’ve done all of this along with incessant vacuuming and yippee…..I still have fleas. I live in a rental property and will be moving soon and Im afraid no matter what I do I’m gonna take the little buggers in my furniture and bed.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Michelle! Grab yourself a hand held steamer and blast your bed and wash your linen. Repeat on anything else you take with you and you should escape these little buggers

  78. Beverly says:

    Natasha, we have a mama kitty and two 4 month old kittens. Mama is an outside cat and has brought us fleas. The kittens are in the basement and there are fleas down there. We have found some here on the main floor and a couple upstairs. What is the best way to get rid of them? Help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Beverly! Use a spot on treatment on the cat and try my DIY flea traps for your home.

  79. Jess says:

    Hi Natasha,
    My roommate and I are experiencing a flea problem, we have a very small, two bedroom apartment and have seen fleas in both bedrooms as well as the common living areas. We don’t have any pets in the house, and we don’t know how we got the fleas in the first place, but we are desperately trying to get rid of them. I’ve seen them on my bed on multiple occasions, and have been bit a few times and it terrifies me! We planned on fogging/bombing the apartment, but I’m concerned about the chemicals being everywhere, do I have any other options?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jess! Try making a few flea traps, I have a DIY article on this blog :)

  80. Shelly says:

    I just treated my dogs with white vinegar in warm water and the fleas died instantly, I wonder if I could make a mixture of vinegar and spray the furniture and around the house with that? Anyone have any natural alternatives?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Shelly! You could do that, might make the house smell a bit strange for awhile though lol.

  81. Stephanie says:

    You mention using DE, I’m not sure what that is and how do you use Borax? Thank you so much

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Stephanie! Check out my articles on that subject, I have written ones for both :)

  82. betty says:

    Hi, where do i find your home remedies? And where do i find flea traps. I am going crazy

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Betty! Click on the fleas category at the top, that will link you to all of them.

  83. Osiris says:

    Hello Natasha. I am so happy I found your site and know that i am not alone. We have been battling a flea infestation in the home now for the last 3 months! It was a long and hot summer. The weather is finally starting to get cooler so hopefully that helps with fleas outside. It looks as if my dogs are treated. I can’t find any fleas on them and they are no longer itching. They have a flea collar and are also on topical treatment and taking baths frequently. The problem however is that I keep getting bit which is probably why the fleas keep surviving and thriving. After a series of diamataceous earth, bleaching and mopping, cleaning, and laundering I really felt the last resort was a flea bomb. I used Zodiac. However, upon arriving back after the flea bomb I noticed some fleas were still alive! I don’t know if they are slowly dying off, or newly hatched. I read somewhere that I can do another flea bomb a week after before a new set of eggs hatch! I don’t have carpet so I mop obsessively and even with bleach. I put diamataceous earth underneath couch and in between couch (it’s leather). I take 3 showers a day, I wash my clothes like crazy. I just don’t know what the next step is! Please help.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Osiris, I have PM’d you :)

  84. Ken says:

    Hi there I fogged my house 2 times with a total of 12 foggers I have 3 floors two with hardwood floors n basement with concrete. We still get fleas on us. I used hot shot fogger. What else can I do.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ken, in addition to that recommendation I sent you, I suggest you try my DIY flea traps, you can make them yourself.

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