Flea Infestation – Easy Steps For Permanent Results

Flea infestations can be an awful nuisance. Not only are they fairly disgusting due to their daily diet of blood, they also pose a health risk! Perhaps you are trying to kill the fleas on your pet or in your yard. Much to your surprise, maybe you find a few fleas on your clothes, hair or skin which can even cause flea allergy dermatitis! Fleas on people are actually more common than most think. However, regardless of their location, if you have been trying to get rid of a flea problem, I am sure that you are desperately looking for a solution. The good news is that you have visited the right website as The Bug Squad is the authority in free bug removal methods! It is very important that you work at this immediately and do not put it off for a later date as fleas spread and multiply very fast. The first step in any battle is to know your enemy as this will help you to fight effectively. Keeping with these points, this article will review the life cycle of a flea and other various relevant facts that are vital to know in order to get rid of them as fast as possible.

Flea Infestation in the Home – What You Can Do Right Now!

Picture of a flea 2 The first thing that you should do is remove the fleas from your pets. Having to deal with flea infestations on dogs are the most common but cats also often have them frequently. Fleas are most commonly found in their hair, especially around the neck region. This removal process can be very affordable and I highly recommend that you have a look at a few natural flea remedies first or give a flea comb for cats a try. These are great because they are very cheap and you do use any poisons which can be potentially fatal to your pets. However, do not worry, if properly administered, flea poison can be safe and very effective. If I have to recommend a specific brand, it will be either Advantage or Front-line. I am not suggesting that others won’t work but these two have yielded excellent results for my pets in the past. You can usually purchase them for under $60 but just make sure that you purchase the right amount for your type and size of pet. After application, you should start to see results in the next 18 hours so just be patient, they will not die on contact, and it takes awhile to remove fleas.

Whatever your decision, make sure that you do it as quickly as possible. If you kill the fleas on your pet before they spread, you can stop the flea infestation dead in its tracks. Another good flea remedy that is very effective in killing fleas around your home is to build your very own flea trap. These traps are very cheap and can effectively help you with any flea problems.

What Is The Life Cycle Of The Average House Flea?

In order to combat fleas effectively, it’s always good to have a brief understanding of the way that they reproduce and grow. If you grasp the stages of flea development, it will make it easier to kill them. The life cycle of a flea is comprised of four important stages, namely:

  1. The flea eggs stage.
  2. The flea larvae stage.
  3. The flea pupa stage.
  4. The adult fleas stage

The entire process can vary from 1 week up to 6 months, depending on the type of fleas and of the climate. Let’s have a closer look at the flea reproductive cycle and gain some insight into how they grow.

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Eggs from Fleas

The first stage (as previously mentioned), is the flea egg stage. Unlike most other pests, these eggs are not sticky at all and thus your darling pet is often responsible for spreading these tiny eggs all over your house. They often fall into places like your carpets, bedding and other places where they go fairly unnoticed due to their small size. This makes flea infestation in carpets very common.

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Flea Larvae

The second stage is the flea larvae. They look like tiny white worms with small hairs and are about 6 millimeters long. They feed on organic material that is found on their host or in their surroundings and provided they receive enough nutrients and consume enough food, in about 13 days, the larvae will spin a flea cocoon.

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Flea Pupae

The third phase is referred to as the flea pupae stage. This is a very interesting part of the flea cycles as the time the flea spends in the pupa has a very large variation. What do I mean by that? Well put another way, provided its surroundings are humid, and the temperature is right, an adult flea could appear in just under a week. However, if not, the flea can remain dormant for over a year. Scientists are baffled about how long they can stay alive; it’s seriously a wonder of creation. But more importantly, it means that we could have a potential flea infestation in hibernation as it were and it should be our top priority to kill them off before more of them awaken.

Picture of an adult flea

Adult Fleas

The life cycle of a flea is almost complete, with the last part being the emergence of the actual adult flea. This entire process can take as long as two years or as short as a few weeks so it’s critical that you be proactive about flea control, even if they are not jumping around your house or living on your pets. And that is about it, the life cycle of fleas isn’t that complicated, and I encourage you to share this information with others or perhaps even use it in school projects, provided your use your own words and give a reference to this article of course :)

How Long Do Fleas Live and Where Do Fleas Come from?

What causes fleas to infest your home in such a short time? Well the average lifespan of an adult flea can vary depending on a number of factors, ranging from the climate to the availability of a host. For example, as soon as the flea emerges from its pupa, it has about 7 days to find a host (such as your darling pet) if it is to survive otherwise it will die. Many wonder where are fleas coming from and the answer usually lies with their pets. As already mentioned, fleas need to have their first meal fairly quickly, and as a result, female fleas tend to lay their eggs on a host that is warm blooded. Since pets spend a ton of time outside, this is usually where fleas come from, especially in the moist, dark areas around your garden.

Remember, fleas can jump quite a far distance, if you do find a flea on your skin it’s probably jumped there while you were stroking your pet. I have also found that fleas can come from your neighbors’, especially if they live fairly near to your living space. Unfortunately, you do not control their lifestyle, but you can use preventative measures to keep the fleas from their house and garden from infecting yours by using a combination of eucalyptus and cedar wood. More on that in this article about the best way for getting rid of fleas.

Where Do Fleas Live and What Do They Eat?

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Where Do Fleas Live? Not Me, Surely?!

Many people wonder what do fleas eat, and the answer is blood. It doesn’t have to be animal blood either; it can even be human blood so it’s very important to check yourself from time to time to ensure that you don’t have any on your body, especially if you have pets. The scary thing is that once the flea has fed just this once, it can then survive for up to a year on that single meal! I am not suggesting that the flea will stop trying to feed. Ironically, if the flea feeds 24/7, it will actually only live for about two weeks, and this is usually the case. Of course, preventing the fleas in the first place is the best medicine and as a result, I will be writing an article on flea control in the next week or so, stay tuned!

Fleas love to live in areas where it is both moist (slightly humid or wet areas are ideal) and typically warm. This allows fleas to thrive and is the reason why certain countries or areas around the globe suffer more from flea problems than others. Fleas live on any host that has warm blood, regardless of its type. Depending on its previous host, flea bites can be rather dangerous so it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible. Sometimes you won’t even feel a flea on you as it numbs the skin before feasting on your blood. If you find a flea living on your pet or yourself, make sure that you treat it immediately to prevent further outbreaks and potential health risks associated with fleas. This makes humans flea extermination to be very important. I have been asked, “When do fleas come out” and although the answer can vary, usually they come out of the garden (and other places) because they need blood to survive.

What Do Fleas Look Like And What Attracts Them?

Fleas are very small bugs. In fact, if you are not actively looking for them, you probably won’t even notice them, even if they are jumping around your house. Once fully grown, the adult flea is about 0.3cm long and is usually a dark brown color, although some have been known to have a red hue on their bodies.

what do fleas look like Although fleas do not have any wings, they are able to use their legs (the three back ones) to jump very far, and as a result, they are able to land on various things around your house, including you. Their body is very resilient to physical damage as they are rather flat in design. If you do manage to catch one, you will have to use your nails to squash it. However, it’s a much better idea to toss it down the drain of your kitchen sink and to ensure that you wash your hands properly after being in contact with fleas. Fleas are attracted to warm blood, either on yourself or your pets so make sure that you check yourself and them fairly regularly.

Interesting Flea Facts That You Can Share with Your Friends

  1. A flea can drink 15 times its weight in blood in just a single day!
  2. Scientists have found over 2,000 types of fleas and continue to find different ones each year!
  3. The biggest flea that has been found measured in at about 2.5cm!
  4. Scientists have shown that fleas can jump up to 1.2 meters!
  5. Fleas have been known to live for two years after having just a single meal of blood!
  6. For every flea that you find in your home, there are statistically about 80 others hidden from your sight!
  7. Research shows that fleas have been around for over 100 million years!
  8. Natural Flea Control has been proven to work despite being down played by most professionals!
  9. Many wonder, can humans get fleas? The answer is yes, some even have a severe reaction, usually a dog flea allergy or a cat flea allergy!

Flea Problems – Can They Be Solved Instantly?

Picture of a cute dog with fleas Flea problems often take a long time to resolve. However, there are a few options that you have available to you if you want to treat flea problems. Besides applying Frontline or advantage to your pets, you can use things like flea bombs or foggers and mild flea sprays to eliminate these pests from your home. They are all very good for flea treatment and control. Whatever your choice, make sure that it has insect growth regulator (IGR) on the label otherwise it will not prevent (or kill) fleas that are still in the pupae or larvae stage of the flea life cycle. IGR compliant products prevent these from maturing into fleas and will ensure that a flea infestation does not rear its ugly head again.

In conclusion, I think it’s safe to say that fleas are definitely an unwelcome guest in our homes. Flea infestations can be both an irritation and a potential health risk, both to your pets and your family. As a result, it’s a good idea to get rid of them as soon as possible. Learning about the life cycle of a flea and various facts such as where this bug comes from and what it looks like is very beneficial as it allows us to understand them better. This will allow us to diagnose flea problems better and fight them effectively. Flea removal from your home is not that difficult, provided the correct steps are followed. I invite you to read a couple of my other pest control articles related to fleas to learn these exact steps. I would like to thank you for reading and hope that you share this with your friends and family so that they also can fight their flea problems properly.

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
Natasha Anderson
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.

Comments

  1. Jennie says:

    Hey bug squad! Just thought I would come back to thank you for your tips, much to my surprise (I am usually a bit sceptical) they worked very well! :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jennie,

      Its a pleasure, I am glad that you found them beneficial! I hope that you get rid of your flea problem as soon as possible :)

  2. Benjamin Anderson says:

    Great article, and thanks!

    Have had off-and-on flea issues for a year now. I am poor but it seems like bucking up for a spot-on like Frontline or Advantage is a key combination with treating the environment. We’ve even moved and the fleas followed us!

    From my understanding is this the way to go:
    1) treat cats with spot-on to kill the fleas on their body, limit the reproduction cycle, and poison future eggs
    2) vacuum the hell out of everything
    3) use a spray or poison with an inhibitor that both kills fleas in the home and kill eggs, larva and pupae
    4) vacuum like hell once again

    How far off am I? My flea shampoo does not work anymore, and I have been incredibly unsucessful thus far without using a spot-on treatment.

    THANKS!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ben, its a pleasure, glad that you found it helpful :) Frontline and Advantage are great but to be honest, I have only had to use them a couple times when a flea infestation gets really bad. Most of the time, although it takes more effort and time, I promise that natural removal methods do work and they are very effective. However, if you are determined to use them and the flea invasion is fairly bad, those steps look great to me. Just make sure that your pets don’t end up bring a ton of fleas back inside your home from your garden and you will be fine. Flea control is fairly proactive and requires you to be alert for these types of things :)

    • Brittney says:

      Hi, I have had a flea/tick problem for about a month, I used revolution last month and came to a huge infestation in December. I went to my local vet and they sent me away claiming that all animals have ticks and would have to speak to the vet considering I was just there a month prior. I went to a different vet and they gave me advantage for the dogs and had to go back a week later for advantix. I could still see bugs jumping on the dogs. I knew it was problably the cats. finally got frontline in the mail and I still have to use tape to get these little white bugs off their coat that keep showing up right infront of me from under their fur, I have been using poison all month and don’t know what else to do

  3. Noos2012 says:

    help !!!!!! i have treated my cats and the infestation is only in 1 room now ….which i taped up…i left a bomb in there the other day and its not worked i am going out of my mind…my cats dont go outside and have never had them b4 :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Since you have it contained to a single place, simply clean that room from top to bottom and use a IGR spray (follow the instructions) to prevent eggs from hatching. But you really need to clean properly, take a couple hours if needed. Hope that helps!

  4. Mcfs11 says:

    We moved into a new home about 2 months ago and recently discovered that there are fleas here.  I haven’t ever seen a single flea, but during a trip to the vet last week, they found A LOT of flea dirt on one of my cats who has been hanging out a lot in our finished basement.  Our other cat has very little dirt and doesn’t hang out a lot downstairs, but we have now locked both of them downstairs and they have been treated with a topical agent.  When we moved in, we put all of my childrens’ extra clothes, coats, etc in the basement to store them until their rooms were painted and ready to move into.  Due to some other complications on remodeling, these items have been stored in the basement now for two months – right where the fleas are hiding out.  The vet recommended that I take all the clothes out and wash them, but there are about 25 FULL totes of clothes and coats, some of which can not be washed in hot water!  I also have uncovered shoes in crates and coats down there as well.  What I am wondering is what is the likelihood they are in the rubbermaid totes AND do I really need to take everything out and wash it now, or can I wash it as it comes time to wear it, like I usually do after it is in storage?

    The other thing is is that we are replacing the carpet in the basement next week.  I plan to treat the entire house once this carpet is laid.  The children had all their toys out in the basement in the mean time including stuffed animals.  What is the best way to treat the stuffed animals and other toys?  I do have small children who put things in their mouths still.

    What about mattresses as well?  We have a spare bedroom in the basement.  And, since it seems to be mostly in the basement, what all do I need to treat in the rest of the house.  The kitties did come up here frequently before we found the dirt and I just want ALL the fleas to be gone.

    They are inside only kitties, but we have about 2.5 acres around our house of just grass we’ve played in, so I’m guessing I should have it sprayed too?

    Sorry for the book – I’m really frustrated :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mcfs11, sorry its taken me so long to get back to you. I am sorry to hear about your predicament and thanks for taking the time to ask your question here on The Bug Squad. I recommend that you just wash as per needed but since you will be doing that anyway, I recommend using a flea bomb in your basement to kill most of those fleas. The next day, treat your entire basement with IGR compliant spray as this stops the flea life cycle. Then wash what you can and then just wash things when you need them. Its not likely that the fleas managed to get into the toys but just check them before taking them into your home. As for your mattresses, take them outside and leave them in the sun for a couple hours before inspecting them for fleas. If you have a steam blower, use that to kill the little buggers. Glass outside is fine, just keep it at a reasonable length and get as much sun on it as possible

      • shanelle says:

        Hi bug squad I have a question, what if you live in an apt. And can’t take your matress outside plus its fall so its very cold out. But what should you do then to get the fleas off your mattress?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Shanelle! In that case, simply give your mattress a steam clean inside your house. The heat will kill all the fleas if you do it properly. Good luck!

  5. disturbed says:

    We have had our home treated with IGR professionally 5 times, used capstar and revolution and frontline on our cats and vacuum daily, have nothing on the floor anymore, leave apple cider vinegar in bowls on the floor and get 5-7 fleas in them daily as well as fleas jumping on and biting me and my kids.  I am exhuasted from the vacuuming giving meds to my cats and scheduling pest control people to retreat.  What do I do?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Disturbed!

      I recommend that you give this a try:

      1) Give your entire house a vacuum and then get your home sprayed or fogged with IGR compliant poison.
      2) Keep your cats in a single room for 7 days. Yes they will probably hate you for it ;) Completely remove any fleas from them!
      3) Give all your linen a hot wash and leave your traps out for the rest of the week.
      4) Keep checking your kids and yourself for fleas.
      5) Treat any dark or damp areas outside your home with a mixture of bleach and water (repeat for 4 days)
      6) Free your cats after the 7 days (avoid their deathly eye contact, they will be mad with you)

      I hope that helps :)

  6. Ashwood166 says:

    My dog has been itching for a few months now—had him to the vet and no signs of fleas.  She determined he had very dry skin and allergies.  Tried grain and poultry free food, treats, etc.  Used Frontline about a month ago.  He was still itching, getting worse.  I took him to the groomer about 3 weeks ago for a conditioning bath- thinking he had allergies and fleas were never noticed.  I again took him to be groomed last Friday to have his hair cut shorter to possibly ease the dry skin.  I waited a few days and did not apply the Frontline in case he was suffering from skin allergies, etc. 
    yesterday i was rubbing his tummy and I noticed a little bug (not 100% certain it was a flea) and again later that day.  I called the vet and they gave me the rundown about immediately applying Frontline.  I applied it yesterday midday, so it has been on 24 hours plus.  He is still itching and scratching, but not as intensely.  I turned him over this evening to look at his tummy and saw another little bug.  I have been washing all bedding, blankets, etc, vacuuming, threw away his bed he occasionally lays on and disposed of his soft furry toys.  I have a carpet cleaning scheduled for the day after tomorrow.
    In everything I have read, the Frontline should have taken effect by now?
    I guess I am asking for help in the best way to proceed with this problem.  Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Yes, the Frontline should have had a fairly quick result. One thing that I have found is that applying advantage/frontline/etc while a pet has a skin allergy can really aggravate the skin even further. While I understand that the fleas need to be removed asap, perhaps try a couple of the natural methods as well – At the same time, find a dog food that doesn’t cause skin allergies. I personally find that anything with seafood (tuna flavor, etc) causes my pet to have an immediate allergy. Experimentation will show you results!

  7. distraught says:

    Hello :) Please help. I just a bought a house over a month ago. We realized after moving in there are fleas. I have exterminated the inside 3 times by professionals with chemicals that include IGRs. The house is carpeted, but we see fleas even in the kitchen. We believe downstairs is the worst part of the house.  Especially because the yard was infested. The yard has also been treated 2 times. Terminix took samples of the fleas and came back and said that the fleas were just your regular everyday dog/cat flea and that if I lived in the house and there was movement in the home they would emerge and die from the residual of the chemicals.  I have not lived in the home as I am deathly afraid for me and my children. (I know that seems extreme, But it is a fact.) I do however go to the house everyday and vacuum like they told me to. I am in a position where I am able to replace the carpet and put down wood laminate floors. I am thinking of putting my furniture in storage and having the floors taken out, exterminating at least twice, then replacing floors with the laminate. My questions are: Does what Terminix say sound correct to you? and Does my plan for replacing the floors sound, as far as having the floors exterminated before new floors are laid down, correct and like it could help? I am open to any and all advice. I am so distraught at this point. This is my first home, and what should’ve been a beautiful experience for my children and I, has quickly turned into a nightmare. Thank you for whatever advice you can offer. BTW: I have no pets that will be in the home.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! I do not agree with their statement that fleas would die from residual chemicals at a future date. Firstly, try this with your yard. Get the grass cut really short, reduce shady areas as much as you can and plant a decent number of lavender bushes around your house. At this stage (only after this step has been done), feel free to get your yard treated. As for your home, first get it professionally flea bombed and then get your carpets steam cleaned. Also wash all your clothes and other linen in a hot wash, a couple of times. Personally, I think that removing your carpets and floor is unnecessary, try my suggestions first :)

  8. EJ says:

    Hi Natasha  …     Can you recomend a flea bomb?  What is IGR Spray?  I have been using Frontline Plus but found fleas on my dog yet.  Had him treated at the groomer for fles.  My vet recommended Vectra3D monthly.  Used Sentry Home and Carpet Spray in my apartment.  Now I am getting bites.   I do not see any fleas on him.   HELLLLLLLLLLLP!      

  9. Natasha Anderson says:

    Hey EJ! They are simply your normal flea insecticide but with an insect growth regulator (IGR) compound that stops the flea life cycle. This stops the eggs from hatching into larvae, etc and this is important because flea bombs/sprays/foggers often only kill the live fleas. To be honest, any decent flea bomb from your pet store will work, just make sure its IGR compliant :)

  10. AC says:

    Hi. last yr my cat brought fleas home. I had her front lined, spent many hours washing, vacuuming, called an exterminator in…this was over the course of 1 month…I was nuts and walked around with white socks on to try to catch the little nasty things, I only saw 8 in total. now, I was 2 weeks late on her frontline, thinking it was ok since it was cold out. I put it on her and yep, in the past week I’ve seen 6. I’ve washed all blankets,sweep the carpets at least 4 times a day, sweep the couches daily, it seems to be in one room only…my babies room. I now have her room completely empty, air conditioner on full blast, I just cannot keep washing things non stop. I’m losing my mind because of this. if my animals have frontline on can the cycle be broken? Please help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey AC! In order to kill fleas with cold, it needs to literally be subzero conditions and while it may deter fleas from taking up a more permanent residence in a cold room, its no guarantee so don’t worry about the aircon, just use it to combat the daily heat ;) It looks like you did a good cleanup job and I am sure those exterminators did a good job. However, in order to break the cycle, you need to both kill the fleas that you currently have and also their eggs otherwise you will be fighting a loosing battle. Follow the same cleanup process and when everything is spotless, etc. find a IGR compliant flea spray and use it around the home, especially around your dog beds and other places where your pets play/sleep/etc. This stops the flea eggs from hatching and is a very effective solution. Good luck

  11. K.miller says:

    We have been treating the pets with frontline fo months an vac daily. They r not even allowed upstairs and I just found three on my pillow- after three bites last night in bed. At the time I did not know it was fleas. Finding them today I now know. Full blown infestation. We have a newborn and here other kids. Considering getting rid of pets. Cannot afford this! Other than vac and rinsing thm in ? Lemon? And frontline and I will buy that chem for the floorboards and rnt a stem cleaner? We have a shark team cleaner I don’t know if it strong enough? And the couch? Can’t take mattresses outside… Vinegar bowls outside and maybe vinega on pets insted of lemon or a commercial soap? Can’t do a bomb with the kids. And don’t know where I would lock the pets up … Garage s packed with boxes….

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Miller, its not necessary to get rid of the pets, lets rather try and solve your flea problem. Firstly, if you have long grass in the yard and lots of bush everywhere, you are going to need to do some mowing and trimming. Once you have got that sorted, I recommend getting some cedar wood chips and distributing them around the moist and shaded areas in the your garden (if you have anything like this, otherwise don’t worry about this step). Do the usual cleanup of the home and then wash your pets with dawn dish soap about 2-3 times a day for a week. Let me know how that works out for you :)

  12. S.Pellom says:

    I am living with my sister and her dog has fleas.  It’s a nightmare.  I am moving out to my own house in about 10 days and I desperately don’t want to bring any fleas with me.  What can I do.  My belongings are  confined to one bedroom, but I have found fleas in my bed!  Do fleas survive on clothing?  Should I wash everything that is in the room before I move?  Help and advice much appreciated.  Thanks.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Fleas do not survive on clothing, however they might be trying to get to you. However, don’t stress, just wash all your clothes in a hot cycle and ensure that any linen that you take with you doesn’t have any fleas on it (perhaps wash this as well). Let me know if you have any further questions :)

  13. Nicole D says:

    Natasha, I’m in need of some help with my newly discovered flea infestation. A few days ago, I finally figured out that I had a flea infestation after taking my cats to the vet. My cats are being treated with Frontline (which I plan to continue for the rest of their lives) and Capstar, and I’m not seeing any new fleas on them; however, I’m still getting bit. I’m moving into my brand new townhouse next week and I want to avoiding bringing this problem there as much as I can. I’ve vacuumed all of the rugs and upholstered furniture in my current apartment and still in the process of washing all of my clothes, bedding, etc. I don’t know if it’s just my paranoia, but I feel like there are still eggs, larvae, pupae that are lingering that I’m not aware of. I’m so afraid that they’re lingering in all of the boxes that are just sitting around my apartment as I pack each day! I am so unbelievably overwhelmed and stressed over this and I don’t know what else to do. I want to get the cats professionally bathed (just to be safe), but I don’t want to bring them back to a still-infested place. I’m considering a flea spray with IGR, but I don’t have anywhere to board the cats while the apartment is being treated. Is there anything else I can do? Do you have any advice?

  14. Natasha Anderson says:

    Hey Nicole, sorry to hear that you are battling with your flea problem, let me see if I can help you. First of all, keeping your cats on frontline for the rest of their life is not a good idea. At most, it should only be used when fleas are actually a visible problem otherwise you may negatively affect your animals health in the long run. Give a couple of the natural methods a try ;) Next, if you are concerned about eggs, etc, its definitely a good idea to bomb the house (get your cats out first) and after cleaning things up a bit (remember, they leave residue), use an IGR spray to give you the peace of mind that there will be absolutely nothing left that could possibly bother you or your cats! Lastly, if you are concerned about your clothes, give them a hot wash and any fleas will die.from the heat. Let me know if you have any other concerns :)

    • Nicole D says:

      Hi Natasha, thank you for repyling! The guidance for the Frontline was given to me by my veterinarian. I will follow up with them and discuss long-term use of Frontline. Thanks for the tip! I had an exterminator do an initial treatment for my apartment and he is going to come back and spray the house this week when I get the keys. Do you have a specific brand for the IGR spray that you recommend? I’m feeling a little bit better about things now that my place was treated. Just hoping that I can get the problem under control. These fleas seem invincible!

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Nicole. Its a pleasure! Adams flea and tick is a great option, give that I try.

  15. Brwithrow says:

    My daughter told me that her dogs got fleas in my yard while visiting.  My dog does not have fleas.  Can fleas live in the yard in the cold?  It is December and very cold out.  I would think they would die off in the cold.   What can I spray in the yard to kill them?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey there! Its possible but fleas tend to become rather inactive during the colder months. However, in order to kill them, it has to be extremely cold. For example, even putting a blanket in the freezer (that has fleas) will often not kill them. You can get a decent flea spray from your nearest shop otherwise it might be easier to get it treated by a company. Explain that you only need your yard treated and it shouldn’t be too expensive. :)

  16. Lauren says:

    Hi,
    We have moved into a house that has had flea problems before and the fleas are still around.  Our roommate has a cat that lives in her room and doesn’t go anywhere else in the house.  I’m not sure how much she is doing to get rid of them.  She said she used some sort of spray on the cat and in the room.  We are doing our best to borax and vaccuum regularly.  We Were doing this with our bed and now have them in polyurethane mattress protectors.  We have a flea free room we are slowly moving into while systematically trying to erradicate the fleas.  I am wondering what I need to be worried about having fleas in it.  I don’t want to bring anything into the room that might have fleas.  Do I need to worry about books?  My computer on the floor?  We’ve been bagging stuff and throwing it outside (it is about -16 celcius outside).  My two year old son has bore the brunt of flea bites and I just want to get rid of them!  

    • Natasha Anderson says:

       Hey Lauren! Regular vacuuming will definitely help but if you keep getting repeat infestations of fleas, its highly likely that their eggs are being left behind and are hatching a couple weeks after killing off the adult fleas. Your books, computers and other items will be fine, there is no need to worry about them. Just take care when you bring clothing and pets into the room as they can often contain fleas, or at least their eggs. I have another article on these eggs that you can take a look at as I feel it will help you with the removal process, check it out under the fleas category :)

  17. Brittany says:

    Hi, I need some help. A few months ago we adopted a kitten and at first I didnt notice anything. Then about a month ago, noticed fleas. Since then, I have been having this ongoing battle with fleas. I have sprayed, bombed, vacuumed every single day, used salt, etc. I am at my wits end. Is there anything that I am neglecting to do? I am still finding a few live fleas!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brittany! Since you have been through a rather aggressive flea management process inside your home, I am almost 100% sure that the source of your flea problem is outside. If you have long grass and excessive shady and moist areas in your garden I highly recommend sorting that out. If you find any signs of fleas, you can also call an exterminator to treat your yard as this process is rather affordable. Let me know how things work out, I am always here to help :)

  18. Annie says:

    Hi, I am a minister living in a church owned house. The person who lived here before me had a inside dog and I’m pretty sure the dog got the carpets infested. I have a cat who now has fleas and has never had them before living here. My big problem is I also have a toddler and the fleas are attacking him due to his newer skin. I have vacuumed regularly, treated the cat with advantage ii, washed all clothes and even done home remedies like a bowl with water and soap underneath my sons nightlight but he’s still getting bit. Do you have any suggestions on what to do? Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Annie! Good job on treating your pets but if there are flea eggs, etc. in the carpet, you will be fighting a loosing battle. You can find an article on this blog about removing these eggs as well as how to treat those bites. I recommend getting your carpets steam cleaned and make sure that you give your clothes and bedding a good hot wash. Combine that with a bit of borax treatment and you will get rid of those fleas!

  19. Kristy Spall says:

    Hi i have a 1yr 3 month old cat. when we first got her as a kitten she had fleas and we were quick to buy flea treatment and treated her. after about 2 months of treating her the fleas seemed to die off. but then they came back again. we dont kn how as she is our only pet, other than a budgie who has no insect problems and is perfectly healthy and is an inside cat ONLY she has not been outside since we got her. We have taken her to the vet and they treated her with ‘the top of the range vet treatment’ and have been treating her as the packet says. we vacuum the house regularly especially the rooms that are in contact with her. we have tried cleaning her bedding but nothing seems to work, she stiil hads fleas and they are getting worse and have been biting my families. Do you have any ideas on what we should do?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kristy, sorry for the late response, was spending some time with the family for the last couple days. What flea treatment did you use on your cat? You should have seen results with a couple days, not months. Anyways, I have found from past experiences with flea control (including my own) that the biggest reason for lingering flea problems is their eggs not being removed turning treatment. A female can lay hundreds in a fairly short amount of time and the eggs can lay dormant for about 6 months (I have an article on this subject, check it out under the flea category). When the environment is suitable for hatching, you will have another flea problem seemingly “out of nowhere”. I recommend using an IGR flea treatment after you get rid of the adult fleas in your home (and on your cat) to break the life cycle of these pests. Good luck!

  20. Hazel says:

    Hi Natasha

    I had the house treated for fleas yesterdsy by a professional. We do not own pets and have lived in the house 18 month. I know the previous tenant of the house owned large dogs. Could the flea problem of came from the previous tenant? Also since the treatment yesterday which was applied by a pump spray my baby daughter has been bitten again. Can you advise me if there is anything else I can do or do I still need to give it time until the fleas have totally died off. Your help will be a great relief for us.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Hazel! Absolutely, fleas can lay dormant for up to 6 months so if you noticed an intermittent flea problem after you moved in, it could definitely be from them. Since you have a baby daughter, be careful of using things like flea bombs. As a solution, I recommend taking a look at our featured article about getting rid of fleas, you can find it by visiting the flea category at the top of this page. If you need anything else, please feel free to reach out to me :)

  21. Katie says:

    Hi I am a college student and my apartment is infested with fleas. I’m moving out soon and I want to ensure I don’t bring the fleas with me to a new residence. What measures do I need to take to prevent that?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Katie! Sorry to hear about that, that really sucks! Luckily, unlike other pests like bed bugs, fleas dont usually follow you into a new residence unless you have pets. Their eggs cannot even stick to any surfaces so its highly unlikely they will make the trip to the new place. As a precaution, the most you will need to do is wash your bedding and clothes. Good luck!

  22. Lauren says:

    My friend said that if I put a few drops of rubbing alcohol in a garbage bag then seal up my clothes in it any fleas on my clothes will suffocate from the fumes. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now but my family doesn’t believe that it works so they refuse to bag any clothes and as a result, are covered in bites. I was hoping I could get a second opinion so I can either convince my family or find a more effective method.

    Also, how do we kill fleas in the yard? I sprayed yard poison until I was totally nauseated and it had no affect on the fleas (I stood in the yard the next day and got 5 flea bites in 30 seconds. Yes, I timed it).
    Help! Oh yeah, we have no pets and can’t use flea bombs because my mom has severe breathing issues.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lauren! Don’t follow that method with alcohol, its really not going to do anything. For your clothes, just give them a hot wash, its really not anymore complicated then that. As for your flea problem outside, use borax when the grass is nice and dry and repeat the application of this powder for a couple weeks. For inside, use something called diatomaceous earth, its completely safe and is almost 100% natural. I have different guides on both of these treatments under the flea category on this blog, check them out at the top. Let me know if you need any more advice :)

  23. JL says:

    Hi, I have really nasty bites on my ankles and feet from flea bites and I was wondering if you know how I can treat it?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey JL! Sorry to hear out your bites, I actually have an article that discusses this exact topic :) If you visit the flea category at the top, look for the post about flea bites. If you still need some assistance after reading it, I will be more then happy to assist you further :)

  24. Lynne says:

    I just brought home a foster kitten this afternoon and she appeared to be flea free when I checked her at the shelter. I loaded her and her carrier into my car. When I arrived home, I set the carrier with the kitten on the floor in the entry-laundry room area, and then set up a bathroom with bedding, toys, food, water and a litter box for her. I then washed the kitten with warm water and Dawn dish soap, wrapped her in a towel and brought her into the bathroom area. After about an hour of drying her, cuddling her, etc. I saw a flea on her! I did go in and out of the bathroom a few times before I saw the flea. Once I saw the flea, I used a bit of food grade diatomacious earth on her and her bedding, and I sprinkled Borax in the laundry room and most of the other areas I had walked. I have two adult cats that I do not treat as they are indoor cats. I confined them to another area of the house away from the Borax areas and let the Borax sit for about an hour or more. I then spent some time with a flea comb and a bowl of warm water and Dawn, combing the kitten and I did get 2 fleas off of her. I then vacuumed up the Borax areas so I could let my own cats out. The bathroom where I have the kitten is adjacent to a bedroom and the door does not open onto the rest of the house where my cats are. My cats do not enter the bedroom that is adjacent to the bathroom, so I left Borax on the carpet in that room. I have been through this flea thing before with foster kittens, and decided I would not foster any kittens with fleas, but then found this one has fleas. It breaks my heart that I will have to bring her back to the shelter so they can find her another foster home. In the meantime, what are the chances that I now I have a flea problem in my house and that my cats will get fleas? I cannot go through this again! My home is about 3500 square feet with lots of carpet and upholstered furniture!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lynne! Sorry for the late response, been having internet troubles for the last couple days. Congratulations on your new kitten, would love to check it out if you don’t mind dropping me a photo of it :) Anyways, the good news is that you wont need to take your kitten back to the shelter. Just because its a foster kitten, doesn’t mean that its any more susceptible to fleas. While animals from these places may come home with fleas, which could cause a bit of a flea problem at home, once you have sorted that out, you wont have any problems, both with your existing cats and your new one. From what it sounds like, you have taken the necessary steps to prevent a flea infestation. As an added precaution, purchase a flea spray that contains an IGR as this will stop any flea eggs that may have found their way into your carpets from hatching. Let me know if you need any further advice and I will be happy to assist you :)

  25. Jessica says:

    I have an indoor/outdoor cat. I use Adams flea medicine and give him a dawn bath twice a week, but can’t get rid of the fleas. I’ve sprinkled 7 dust on my porch and around my yard, and now I have fleas in my kids rooms. I’ve sprinkled borax and vaccumm twice a day. Would making a mixture of dawn water and spraying down the carpets and beds help?? At this point I’d try anything. I would prefer not to use pesticides in my home tho.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jess! Here is my recommendation:

      1) Treat your cat with Front Line (or any other top flea products for cats)
      2) Use a flea bomb and follow the treatment with borax on your carpets. (Borax is natural, check out my article on this)
      3) Vacuum, clean and wipe up, followed by the washing of your bedding and other things that may have come into contact with fleas.

      Lana has a great checklist below if you wanting more extensive list (below this comment)

  26. Lana says:

    My house was completely infested with fleas to the point that if you sat on the floor 10-15 fleas would immediately jump all over you. It was awful! We have a small Pomeranian who I was treating with Frontline last year but discontinued it during the winter months because I thought fleas were only active in spring/summer/fall. Big mistake…if I have learned anything it’s that you must treat your pet year round to prevent fleas from coming back because they actually can stay dormant in your carpet or other fabrics until they are ready to hatch and jump on their host. After 2 wks of diligent and exhausting efforts, we finally have got to a point where we are no longer seeing fleas. Here’s what I did:

    1. Bathe dog with water all the way up to neck (this will drown fleas. Our poor dog’s bath water was a rusty red from all of the blood from fleas feeding on him). I used Hertz flea shampoo and dawn soap, thoroughly lathering. After bathing, I sprayed him with eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil (diluted in water) that I bought from local health food store. This smells really strong but fleas hate the smell and it works great at repelling them from your pet.
    2. Frontline after bath- although 8 days after frontline our dog was still covered and scratching like crazy
    3. Trifexis- pill that is for flea killer/preventative and also treats other types of worms- started 8 days after frontline dose
    4. Vacuum Everywhere- this is the most important step in ridding your house of fleas because it removes the fleas in all stages (adult, egg, larva and pupae) When I vacuumed, I moved every piece of furniture and vacuumed underneath and then sprayed area with Adam’s carpet spray along with sprinkle of salt along baseboards before returning furniture to their places. I also lifted mattresses and box springs from beds cleaning underneath and between these as well. I vacuumed twice daily for 7 days and once daily from days 7-14. *Make sure you throw away your vacuum bag each time you vacuum. I have a dyson and would squirt dawn soap and rinse the canister out outside to drown the fleas with a hose and allow to dry on my porch overnight.)
    5. Wash all fabric in house that’s washable. I mean everything…I washed bed skirts, bath rugs, sheets, clothes, blankets, mattress covers…everything. Anything that couldn’t be washed such as throw pillows or pillows from beds, got a 30 min session in a hot dryer as I read that this should adequately kill eggs from fabric.
    6. Flea traps set up in each room at night. Flush water each morning and replace fresh traps each night. Pie plates with dawn and water to foam up and set a lamp over top to center the light over the foamy dish. I’ve noticed that shallow white pans work the best. Fleas seem to be attracted to white objects. At first we were waking up to 10-15 in each dish, but as of last night we woke up to only one flea in one of the traps and the others were empty.
    7. We had our yard sprayed by a professional exterminator – not sure how much this cost. Still haven’t got the bill.
    8. Keep all clothes, pillows, small rugs, towels off the floor until you are no longer seeing fleas. Otherwise, you are giving them additional objects to lay eggs and then you’re restarting the infestation. It’s also convenient during the treating phase to keep floors clear so that you can vacuum daily without having to pick up first.
    9. Adam’s carpet spray- I bought one can of this and it was enough to spray my entire house using directions indicated on can. My house is 1500 square feet. I only sprayed the carpet daily for first week and didn’t use again other than for spot treatment when I saw 3-4 fleas in a room.
    10. My family and I sprayed our legs for first week with mosquito repellant (Off spray) just to keep the fleas off our skin. Especially spray if you are going outside and returning…even if it’s just for a few minutes because this is how the infestation started.

    Today is exactly 14 days since I did the vigorous vacuum under beds, furniture and finally went an entire day without seeing a single flea on our floor or skin. I saw one flea in the vacuum today after vacuuming the entire house and that was it! Just remember not to get discouraged if you feel like your efforts aren’t paying off in the beginning because thee fleas will get a lot worse before they get better. Vacuuming and treating your house makes them very active in the first few days and you will notice more of them and may get bites on your skin, especially when they realize they can no longer feed on your pet because of the trifexis. I am going to continue vacuuming daily for an additional 2 wks, as I read that the flea life cycle can last 4-6 weeks. Good luck!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Lana, if I had a prize for the longest comment on this blog I would give it to you ;) Thanks for your amazing list, I have already recommended it to someone (look at my previous reply to a commenter). If possible, I would like to feature it in a “community experiences” section of my blog. I haven’t created this yet but I think it would be cool to have a central place where people can view what has worked for others. I hope you have a fantastic day!

    • Evelyn Alosso says:

      Best advice – vacuum often but be sure to empty the contents of the canister or put in a new bag every time you vacuum so the eggs don’t hatch and jump back out

  27. Tera says:

    Hi Natasha!

    We’ve had Terminx by to treat our house and yard for fleas. We do not have pets. Terminix came back and sprayed my room for fleas for a second time. Because we were still getting bitten. I haven’t slept in my room since they sprayed. Should I vacuum my mattress even after terminix did their spraying? I even cut open the mesh in my box spring and threw some Diatomaceious Earth inside of it and on my mattress. I’ve washed everything. How long should I wait before I can sleep in my room again? The rest of the house is ok. It just seems to be my room. Help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tera! My recommendation is to vacuum and wash any linen, clothes, etc. that may have come into contact with either their treatments or the actual fleas themselves. Glad to hear that you are using DE, its a great anti-flea powder and its completely natural :) Once you have washed and vacuumed, you can return to your room immediately, unless the exterminators have advised otherwise.

      • Tera says:

        Thank you so much!

  28. Susan says:

    Can not get rid of fleas in the house Yard an 2 cats treated. Used several reccommended things for fleas
    Could you use Adams Flea Spray in the house ? Furniture floors?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Susan! While I havn’t personally used that product in my home, based on my research (and feedback from readers) it seems that it works well indoors but you will need to vacate until it has dried (this includes your pets). I recommend also taking a look at DE (I have an article on this subject) for a natural flea removal method, it works really well. Good luck and let me know if you need more help :)

  29. Kellie says:

    We moved into a house about 6 weeks ago. It’s a small 2 bedroom house but it has fleas everywhere. It’s all hardwood floors. I can treat the furniture but what do I do about the floors?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kellie! Well the good news is that getting rid of fleas on wooden floors is much easier then from carpets, etc. I recommend using borax or food grade Diatomaceous Earth on the floor (its a fine powder, you can vacuum it up after a day or two) for an effective, natural flea remedy that will send those fleas packing. Good luck :)

  30. Skeevedoutbyfleas says:

    Hello,

    I moved into a new apartment two weeks ago with my 4 year old cat who has never had fleas in his life. within 4 days of the move he was covered in them so clearly the prior resident left them behind. He is my first cat and so this is my FIRST experience with fleas (yuck!) we have had the house sprayed once already, taken him to the vet to get bathed and advantage topical put on and I am vacuuming everyday.The fleas are getting less but they are still there, I found 6 on him yesterday (compared to 30 last week). The exterminator is coming again later this week for a second bombing. My biggest concern is my clothing… the cat liked to crawl in my closet and hide on the floor beneath my hanging clothes. I cant very well get in there to vacuum without removing ALL items. Additionally I cannot wash them or dry them on hot as most of my clothes are delicate and I have…well…ALOT of clothes with a small washing machine anyhow. When the exterminator comes again should i leave my closet door open and ask that he specifically spray in there? or would that be harmful to me? Lastly, i have not yet gotten a bite – my boyfriend has gotten several so it would seem they don’t care for me (thank goodness) my concern is that the exterminator and advantage do their job but i continue the life cycle because of the eggs on my clothes. What can you suggest to combat this being that I CANNOT give them a hot wash?

    thanks for any info!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Skeeve! It seems that a number of my readers are finding flea problems due to previous residents! First of all, great job on getting the flea count down, you can get rid of the last bit by using a pet flea product or give dawn soap and warm water a try. It may seem too simple to work but its absolutely fantastic and I have used it for many years with good results. The exterminator cannot treat your clothes and if he does, chances are high that you will need to wash them anyways to remove the chemical residue. I recommend taking your clothes to get steam cleaned, that way your clothing will remain intact and any fleas will be killed. Make sure the exterminator uses an IGR spray or bomb to prevent the eggs from hatching. Good luck!

      • Kayleen says:

        I read how to make them online and have done so, but there were no fleas in them the next morning. Is it possible my battle is over? or is it possible I made the traps incorrectly?

        thanks!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Kayleen. That may be true and if that is the case, I am very happy for you :) However, take a few moments to check out my dedicated article on flea traps and try and make that exact trap, I have fine tuned it and have made it as affordable as possible. Looking forward to hearing your experiences.

  31. Sandy says:

    We’ve used Advantage and Frontline successfully until this year. Our veterinarian says that the fleas are becoming immune to these products. We switched to Vectra 3D on Monday, but the flea population remains the same. So yesterday I vacuumed, washed the dog beds, washed the dogs, used Biospot defense on the carpets, and flea combed each of them, but haven’t seen a reduction in fleas on our dogs. I’m hesitant to give them an oral flea medication recommended by the vets. My dogs are highly allergic to fleas and now their beautiful coats have bald patches. They’ve had to go through antibiotics and steroids to reduce the inflammation, but without getting rid of these fleas, this is not going to help their skin heal. We can’t let off bombs due to our birds, either. Tomorrow we’re getting a puppy, and I’m feeling frustrated that he’s going to now have fleas.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sandy! It is possible for fleas to become resistant to certain types of products and that’s often why some flea treatments work for some while not for others. Since your dogs are sensitive to skin applicants, I recommend a couple natural methods for flea control that I even use myself (on my pets of course ;) ). More specifically, try using the lemon water or dawn soap ones, I have had lots of success with them. I have a couple other articles on fleas that detail their use, check them out under the flea category, good luck!

    • Maria says:

      The war against fleas. I’m so against the topical poisons. They are the easy way out at a severe risk to your animal. As Natasha has mentioned, there are very effective ways to getting rid of them but you have to be diligent. Vinegar is extremely effective. The acidity kills the fleas almost instantly. Mix either white or apple cider vinegar in equal parts of vinegar to water, spray on your carpet, and on your pets fur. You can also spray onto a flea comb and work it into your pets fur in this manner. Not only does it kill fleas but your pets coat actually becomes healthier. You can also put a few drops in their water. Vacuum daily!! To kill fleas in the vacuum add baking soda to the bag or canister, the fine particles of the powder adhere to the fleas fur which then dehydrates them and kills them. You can also sprinkle it on rugs and bedding.
      Vinegar is my first choice and very effective, you just have to deal with smelling like a salad for an hour until the scent dissipates.
      Good luck!!

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Maria! Thanks for your fantastic tips, they are a welcome contribution to my guide :) While I havn’t used vinegar for fleas in the recent past, I know it does work and this method gets The Bug Squad’s stamp of approval. Have a good one!

  32. Joyce Shorter says:

    Desperate in NJ,
    We had a wild cat living in a crawl space under our family room. The cat and it’s kitten was evicted this past Monday. Yesterday, 7/4, I noticed 2 fleas on my legs as I cleaned the hard wood floors in the front room, but said nothing about it. WE DO NOT HAVE PETS.

    This morning, 7/5 we went down stairs from the 2nd floor to notice several fleas while just getting a cup of coffee. My husband went into the basement to check for the cat and when he came up stairs from the cellar his legs were covered with dozens of fleas. After treating with several (7 flea bombs) 4 in the basement and 3 on the main floor and 8 hrs later we still found a few fleas. We have a professional coming tomorrow to give us an estimate to treat. NOT TREAT just to give an estimate.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS? Questions to ask . . . Is it safe to stay in the house?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Joyce! Its possible to have fleas in your home without pets. I have had a few clients who had a massive flea problem in their yard and while the fleas may have originally come from a visiting pet, the actual fleas stuck around for months. Anyways, in your case the fleas were probably brought in my that stray cat. Even though the cat may be gone, keep in mind that flea eggs can lie dormant for a couple weeks, only to hatch at a later stage when the conditions are right. Make sure you ask the exterminator to use an insect growth repellent and that should be fine, just keep an eye on the situation and let me know if you need further assistance. Oh and yes, while you may need to vacate the house during treatment, its safe to stay in the house. :)

  33. judy Stevens says:

    Hello, Natasha, our neighbors unfortunately are not very diligent caring for their pets. Recently they came back from Florida and their cat from what I heard died and their dog is still at the vet boarding facility. I’m very concerned because not only did their cat die but we have 3 cats that we treat every 28-30 days with frontline, have sprayed our outdoor porch with flea/tick spray. Vacuum every week if we see even one flea with borax/salt. I also comb them with a flea comb every week or week and a half. How can we treat our yard because of this situation? PLease help!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Judy! Its unfortunate that your neighbors don’t look after their animals, I feel that if you can’t look after your pet properly, you shouldn’t own any. Anyways, sorry you have to deal with this situation. A good natural, long term solution is to strategically place lavender bushes in your garden. I know this is not really feasible with very large gardens but give it a try, they keep away all sorts of pests. You can also use DE in your garden if you have a dry season, make sure the grass isnt wet. (this works great). Other then that, it seems you have a good flea control process in place so just keep that up and you will be fine :)

  34. Linda G says:

    Ive been using the steam/mop on the carpets, will that kill the fleas, eggs and larvae? Just rescued a mama cat with kittens, kits were finally old enough for Advantage. I found the kitten formula doesn’t kill as well as the over 5 pound cat remedy. Mama cat, may get on or 2, but I am sure they cross transferred from the kittens. I flea comb the kits a couple times a day. I still get fleas off the kittens like crazy, I know the fleas will hide inside the kits eyes, nose, mouth ears and private parts and reemerge later, but its been over 3 weeks now of seemingly endless war. Also, what about the DE, borax, baking soda and/or salt sprinkled into carpets, does that really work?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Linda! If you are using a decent steamer on your carpets, that will kill both the adult fleas, larvae and eggs as you correctly mentioned. The problem with fleas is that you pretty much have to have a plan of attack for the entire house (and even the yard, if this is a problem) and it needs to all be done during the same time period otherwise you will never win. Borax and DE definitely work, I have used it myself on a number of occasions and even have separate articles on each of them on this blog so check them out for more details. :) I recommend giving DE a try and use it in conjunction with the tips in this and my other flea articles. If you get stuck, please let me know and I will try my best to guide you further.

  35. les says:

    We need help. I have bombed my house twice. We have sprayed we have cleaned and vacuumed. I even removed the carpets. Nothing is working. Were out money and ideas. Please help.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Les! I often recommend using DE (as you will see when you look through the other comments hehe) as its a natural, effective product for flea control. The good news is that its also very cheap so grab some and head over to my diatomaceous earth for fleas article and follow the steps. Hope that helps!

  36. Brandi says:

    Hi Natasha, I have 2 cats and they just recently brought me a decent sized infestation. At first, we used some Hot Shot flea spray around the places cats hung out and for about a week it did the trick. After the week was up, we had a full blown infestation at least twice the size as before. We decided to bomb with Raid Flea killer- which didn’t work at all. We then took initiative to call in a professional who sprayed the house and yard with IGR. Both cats are also treated with frontline and have been outside now for 4 days. This seemed to help as the infestation is dramatically reduced. There’s just one thing..I am constantly finding very large & extremely small fleas on my 2 year old. several at a time, mostly in her hair, latched onto her head around her neck or temples. these are NOT lice- i know what lice look like. Also, I’m finding “flea dirt” in her hair. This leads me to believe that they are indeed feeding and breeding on her. Though, most articles I read say that fleas can not live on humans. This is certainly not the case here. Any thoughts?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brandi! To be honest, I find it surprising that the fleas are taking preference to your child as they usually seek animal hosts and actually need to if they are to survive. Its possible that those fleas have not come into contact with your pets and thus are simply following their instincts to feed. To be honest, thats the only viable explanation I can think of as fleas do not prefer human blood. Remember that fleas can live on humans temporarily but not exclusively. I recommend that you use a few of the natural DIY solutions (like borax and DE) that I discuss in my other flea articles to help you get rid of them in your home. Good luck and please keep me updated!

  37. mims says:

    my cats have fleas and we are keeping them in the basement until the fleas are gone. its not an infestation yet but it soon will be. we’ve ordered advantage but it just cant get here fast enough. we love to cuddle with our kitties and they don’t understand why we wont let them up, they cry constantly and its heartbreaking :( i feel terrible keeping them in the basement all lonely and i hate how there doesn’t seem to be anything i can do until the advantage comes. any tips?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mims! While you wait for the advantage, I recommend that you give them a bath in warm water and a lemon based dish soap. This is extremely effective and will get rid of their fleas that are on their fur. Despite their annoyance at being bathed, they will thank you later and at least you can spend some time with them in the meantime.

  38. j hooper says:

    Our neighbour has caused a real problem cleaned every where as per your tips problem is the cat keeps coming to the door and is always in the garden which has several moist areas plus some gravel any other tips

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hooper! Unfortunately, if that cat has fleas and keeps coming into your home and yard, you will be fighting a loosing battle. My recommendation is to try and keep the cat out (this may be hard lol) or to speak to your neighbor about it, perhaps referring him to this blog as it has many affordable options for flea control. Sorry I cannot be of any further assistance but I hope that helps you. Cheers!

  39. Kellie says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for all of your information on tackling flea infestations. I am in the process of fighting the biggest flea infestation I have ever witnessed. I think it started after taking my dog to the dog beach, because by about 2 weeks after that, my apartment was filled with fleas. I don’t like to use chemicals, so I used a natural spray on my couch and rug, because these were the only spots where fleas would jump on me. I let the spray settle and dry, and then I vacuumed. I also gave my pup frontline. I did this a few days ago, and since then I have only seen a few fleas, most of whom were dead or dying, and a few on my pups belly, so I used a natural puppy spray on her (the natural product I am using is sentry natural defense). But then today, I was making my bed and under my body pillow I saw tons of pupae and larvae!!!’ aaaak! I am terrified to sleep now. Are they in my mattress too? Inside the pillows? Do I need to wash every piece of clothing that I own? Are there any places they would be laying eggs that I wouldn’t think to check? I really want to avoid bombing if possible and would prefer to go a natural route. Please please anything you can do to help me would be much appreciated!! Thank you!

    -Kellie

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kellie! Its a pleasure, glad you are finding my guide useful! Fleas need a host and thus its unlikely that adult fleas would be hiding on a long term basis in your bedding. I recommend giving your clothing a wash, definitely wouldn’t hurt but before you do, are you certain that those were flea large and pupae and not bed bugs? Let me know! Either way, since you are looking for natural methods, if you want to kill any pest on your mattress you can either use DE (check my article on this) or get it steam cleaned. I recommend trying DE first as its very affordable and completely safe :)

  40. T W says:

    Hi Natasha, my kids stayed with us a few days while having their house exterminated for fleas. We do not have any pets in the house and I have never had fleas but noticed a few fleas the last few days (3-4 of them). I vacuumed the whole house which only 3 rooms have carpet and the rest hardwood, should I be concerned since I seen them? I did get rid of the ones I seen but wonder if I need to take precautions and exterminate or since they were just a few and we have no pets not to be alarmed. Please advise, thank you. TW

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey T W! Based on your description, there isnt any real need for alarm. You followed the correct procedure and I recommend that you just keep an eye on the situation and let me know if anything develops. If you havnt done so already, check out my flea trap guide as it can help you determine if there are any fleas in the house before they start to spread. Good luck!

  41. Darlene says:

    I found a flea shampoo that seems to be working well,, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup antibacterial soap and 1/2 cup of water, kills the fleas and leaves the dogs fur very soft,, I didn’t like the smell but it worked well. Also another tip, sprinkle salt on floors and in dog houses, leave for a few day and salt kills the flea, it cuts their under belly and they bleed to death,

    I am still infested, but I have 5 dogs and a huge back yard. I am going nuts and am expecting a litter of pups in 3 weeks,, uhg………………

    I have used 7 dust outside but still have just to much ground and too many dogs,, what else to do?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Darlene! Thats a great combination, I have just shared it with my husband and he is rather excited to give it a try on our friends dog so thank you for that! My recommendation is that if you know the fleas are coming from outside, get them a monthly spot on treatment. While I am a huge advocate for natural methods, this will keep them flea free without having to spend massive amounts of money fixing up your yard. How much were you quoted to treat the yard?

  42. Sherry says:

    I moved into a house that had fleas, unknowingly now I’m moving back to my old house they are on both of my dogs and assuming in the house somewhere. Will I take them to my other house when I move all my furniture and mattresses. I also have 2 other dogs at my other house. HELP.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sherry! Fleas don’t really “stick” well to things like furniture and their eggs will simply fall off when placed on a surface so you shouldn’t need to worry about that. However, you will need to get rid of those fleas on your dogs, check out my article on dog fleas for a more detailed, step by step approach and if you get stuck, drop me a message and I will help you personally :)

  43. Darlene says:

    I got front line and put on ALL dogs, and cap-star that I gave them where the fleas are dead off the dog in 24 hours. I also sprayed my yard and my home. Needless to say I have fleas AGAIN and the dogs are COVERED with 1 1/2 weeks in for the front line. Do they give refunds. Ridiculous.. Going Crazy,,,

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Darlene! Since fleas can sometimes become immune to certain products, I highly recommend that you try something else for treating those fleas. I have personally had great success with Advantage and it will be worth your while to give it a shot. Alternatively, check out my dog flea article that discusses all your options for killing these pests. Hope that helps!

  44. Josh says:

    Hi Natasha,

    We have no pets, but somehow ended up infested. We have been fighting fleas all summer. We have gotten most of them out with the help of an exterminator, and I vacuum everything daily, but they keep returning in the kitchen specifically. I have tried various sprays with an igr it, and they still appear. All of the carpeted rooms seem to be in control. Any thought on what to do in a kitchen with a tile floor? I am really at a loss. I have tried Raid and an Enforcer spray both with an IGR. But they say for carpet and upholstery.

    -Josh

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Josh! Fleas can come from rodents and other pests so you don’t actually have to have pets to get fleas. Since your carpeted areas are fairly sorted, just use some borax or DE in the problem areas and leave in place for about a day. Both of these are non-toxic and fairly cheap. Check out my guides on both of these and let me know if you have any questions :)

  45. Mary-Kay Perris says:

    I have washed my clothes, bedding, etc – can I hang them in the sun to dry or is it nec to use a clothes dryer to make sure all the eggs are dead?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mary! Hanging them outside in the sun should be sufficient but I recommend giving them a go in the dryer to make sure that none of them escape, presuming that they are still around at this point. Let me know how it goes!

  46. Lola says:

    Hi Natasha,

    We have a very old dog who uses K9 Advantix regularly. She has never had fleas until recently. We moved into a house in the country, where the former renters did not have pets. For some reason, our dog started scratching, and after an examination we found fleas and flea dirt on her (even with her monthly treatment). We gave her a bath with flea shampoo, and the last few examinations have not shown any fleas. My big concern is that we are moving into one of the larger houses on the property in under a month, and that house is infested with fleas. I have never even heard of so many fleas in one place. The house is empty, and has been bombed and repeatedly vacuumed, flea killing carpet powder has been applied as well, but the fleas are still jumping around, and quickly bite anyone who walks in there. I am a little concerned about moving into the new house, because of the flea problem, and I wonder how we can get rid of them

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lola! Well done on getting rid of the fleas on your dog, that’s definitely the first step and I always enjoy hearing that owners are taking good care of their animals. As for the new house, it seems that while the adult fleas are being killed, its possible that the sprays/bombs/etc. do not contain an insect growth regulator (basically stops the flea life cycle) compound and this is causing repeat infestations. I recommend getting a flea bomb that contains this. Secondly, after about a week, make liberal use of DE (check my article on this) on the floors and vacuum it up a couple days before you move in and I can almost guarantee your new home will be flea free. Hope that helps, share if you enjoyed my response :)

  47. Vicki says:

    Hello Natasha,

    I am desperate!!! We have no pets and our house is infested with fleas. We have had a professional bomb the bed rooms and sprayed the entire house, laid down carpet flea powders several times, steamed the hardwood floors and carpets once and had the outside sprayed, as well as under our house 3 times. I have “homemade” and store bought traps in almost every room and we are still catching 5-10 baby fleas in each “trap” everyday. Our house is large over 3000sq feet and with my health problems I am having a hard time vacuuming thoroughly everyday. This problem so far has cost me over $2000 to fix. Today I bought Ditanimous earth powder and I plan on spreading it EVERYWHERE with a sifter and pushing it into the floors and carpet with the broom in the next day, waiting a about 5 days and to vacuum it up. I also bought encased mattress covers for the beds. I am starting to feel like a crazy lady since I jump at the sight of any black speck, like pepper! Lucky my mom lives next door and we have been living with her for the last 2 months. I have not seen a mature flea on the inside of the house or in any of my “traps” so I am hoping we have broken the cycle. We are now only getting baby fleas in me traps and on my body. I have served as the host. Short of selling my house – what else can I do? Am I taking the right steps? Please help I just want my house back…..thank you

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Vicki! Sorry to hear that you have had to deal with such a bad infestation. While the following may seem a bit simplistic, here is what I recommend:

      1) Use DE on your floors, carpets, pretty much everywhere fleas may be hiding. Rub it in with a broom. Vacuum up after about 12 hours (or longer, doesn’t really matter). Repeat each day for about a week.

      2) Use a flea bomb that contains an IGR and make sure you read the instructions on the back. If you have a moment, check out my guide on using flea bombs on this blog. You usually need to place on in each room.

      3) After using the bomb, you can use a couple flea traps a few days later and if you combine this with regular washing of your clothes, towels, etc, you will get on top of this problem.

      Lastly, I recommend getting your yard inspected for fleas because if they are coming in from there, you will get a repeat infestation and that’s something you definitely want to avoid. Hope that helps, please share this with your friends :)

  48. leftystray says:

    Natasha,
    Thanks for these articles. We have had fleas – again – for 2 months. We bombed, that did not work, have been vaccumming and “laundering”, I put borax under my daughter’s bed a few days ago and just now on the couches. Used flea drops on the cat – who doesn’t go outside – but I’m not sure they were effective either. Hoping to get rid of these b***ards soon because my poor daughter is covered in bites and we will have a newborn next month. We can’t afford extermination or anything like that, I am hoping the borax is effective but am feeling a bit hopeless with all we have already tried.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Natasha! Borax works great, I have had lots of success with it in the past so I am sure you will as well. I have another article that deals specifically with using borax for flea control, check it out for more tips. If you have any questions, I am just a comment away from assisting you. Good luck!

  49. angie says:

    hello Natasha,
    my name is angie and I recently bought a home and I didn’t notice there were fleas in the home until I seen one inside my sock one morning. I bought bio spot foggers 6 of them and put them inside my house for ten hours without opening my windows. I doesn’t seem to be a big infrestation of fleas because I wont see them on my carpet or furniture. so, I want to know will bio spot foggers to the work of killing them? And, also I don’t have a pet inside my home or outside so will the fleas eventually die? Also, do you think I should spray down my mattress? oh, and before I moved in the house I had the carpet washed so would that had helped get rid of some fleas? Thank you so much..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Angie! If you don’t have a large infestation (doesn’t sound like you do) in the house, flea foggers will do the job if you follow the instructions properly (e.g. usually you need one per room). The fleas will eventually die but its not really a good idea to try and “outlast” them, rather just kill these pests. You can use DE on your mattress (under the base sheet) and also on your carpets, just in case fleas are hiding there. Good luck!

  50. Mary-Kay Perris says:

    I have just put tthe DE everywhere and will be vacuuming it up on Wed. Put out dishes with soapy water last nite and did not catch any fleas – seached my dog and cannot find any.

    I only have a small ratan carpet in my house to make things a little difficult for the fleas.

    My friend makes a great anti-flea shampoo and I find that helps as well – all natural.

    They have not been too much of a challenge here in Toronto this summer – past 2 summers I nearly went crazy with washing and cleaning.

    I also sprayed everywhere with a mix of 1 cup warm water, 2 tbsp white vinegar and a tblspon fresh lemmon – furniture, floors, and dog!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mary! Would you mind sharing the anti-flea recipe that your friends makes with the community, I am sure we will all benefit from it :) Let me know how the DE treatment goes. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  51. Beverly Howe says:

    Please help! Suddenly I’ve found my home infested with fleas, and my 2 cats are miserable. I’m disabled and can’t seem to keep up with them, my poor pets still scratch, even though I constantly use the comb and tried home remedies. I can’t get advantage, or other products unless I take them into the vet. I can’t afford that. I want to order them from a reputable pet supply store, as well as that on the spot stuff but how can I be sure they’re legit. Can u recommend a company close to my location in Sturgeon Falls ont. P2B 3G7

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Beverly! You should be able to get a decent spot on treatment for fleas from Walmart or even online (Amazon). The nice thing about ordering online is that they usually can deliver to your door which will make things easier. If thats what you want, visit amazon and order it for your pets and it should arrive in a couple days. Hope that helps!

  52. keyonia says:

    My house dog has pasted away since than it like me and my two young kids have fall pray to the fleas I need all the help I can get that’s not harmful to young children

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Keyonia! I have a number of free guides on flea control that you can review to help you with that goal. Check out the one on borax next, it will help you use this natural powder to kill fleas at a relatively low cost. Good luck!

  53. brittany says:

    i bombed my bedroom and left the closet door open. im not sure if the flees were in my closet as I only saw them in the living room bc in there we have ceramic tile o I was able to spot them. do now need to wash all of my clothes bc I bombed each room? thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brittany! I recommend it as flea bombs do leave a chemical residue on surfaces, meaning that your clothes may have poison on them at the moment. It wont kill you but its definitely not healthy so chuck them in the wash. Good luck!

  54. kymoonbaby says:

    I have done EVERYTHING other than get rid of my dogs and burn the house down. I have bought spray after spray, I have used frontline on my dogs and they are re-infested everyday. I have to bathe them everyday to get the ones they get on them off. and They go out go potty and come right back in.. UHG~ What to do??????????????????????????

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kymoon! Haha, while that might work, I dont recommend either of those so I am glad you have resisted ;) I recommend you give Advantage spot on a try, its not that its better then Front Line, its just that sometimes it yields better results in some situations. Also, its important to remember that you should never bathe your dogs after using the spot on as it will completely destroy its effectiveness. Grab some advantage, use it for an entire month and then only after that, you can try giving your dog a bath. Hope that helps!

  55. james says:

    help, i have tried every thing i dont have an animals i think the fleas came from my roomates old couches since he had rats in his old house basement, its been two months, its mostly my clothes i have washed them six times and bagged them and still, what could i do i bathe and clean, i am moving out , what measures should i take to not have them travel with me and what should i check in the new apartment.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey James! If you wash and bag your clothes (which it seems you have done), you shouldn’t have any problem at the your new apartment. If you want to be sure, consider reviewing my tea light candle guide to detect and kill any potential fleas in your new place. Enjoy!

  56. cathy says:

    hi im just wondering do a flea say on clothing once you go outdoors and then can transfer to another human please let me know

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathy! Yes its possible. However, just remember that fleas do not live on humans. I suggest you review my article about human fleas, you can find it on this blog. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions :)

  57. Kody Wright says:

    Hey natasha, great article! I have 2 cats and a small dog… and I feel like I am slowly getting rid of my flea problem… We have had fleas for about a month and a half now. i have given advantage to my 2 long haired cats and my small dog twice now.

    About once a week we vacuum everything and spray the carpets. we have washed bedding on our beds and the animals beds a couple times. So with that being said the animals are still scratching and biting and licking quite a bit. but when i check them i can barely find any fleas. if i do it is maybe 1. I am getting freaked out because idk how bad they are or if i am doing this correctly. Is there anyway to check how bad you have them?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kody! Thanks, glad you enjoyed it :) Absolutely, there are a number of ways to check. Firstly, I personally check my pets by using a flea comb find any fleas or their dirt. If found, I use a natural treatment (such as lemon juice) or a spot on treatment (such as Front Line). To check for fleas (or how bad I have them) in the house, I use my tea light candle trap (which I have written about on this blog). If you place it in a dark room (especially when there are carpets), the amount of dead fleas you find the next morning will give you an idea of the amount of fleas possibly infesting your house. Good luck!

  58. Kim says:

    Needing some questions answered. My roommate got her ex’s dog and when she brought him home I discovered he had fleas. Im needing to know how long does it take for the apartment gets really infested? I’m going in the morning to buy front line. Should I wash all curtains and bedding and blankets? And does dawn dish soap help for a home remedy. I’m just so overwhelmed.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kim! From my personal experience, it will take about a week or two and its incredibly important to get rid of them as soon as possible otherwise it will get out of hand. I wouldn’t do the curtains but definitely the bedding and blankets, especially if the dog has spent some time in the rooms. Don’t use the dawn soap + water remedy after you have applied Front Line. I recommend that you wash the dog with it first and once completely dry, use the spot on treatment.

  59. LA says:

    Hi,
    I have a 10 month old indoor kitten who did not originally have fleas when I adopted her but now I have the worst case of fleas ever! I have had her professionally groomed 3 times, she has been on Frontline, Advantage, and Revolution (I bathed her 3 days after her spot-on applications). I have had the exterminator come three times and used Temprid/ Precor (IRG), Zenprox/Precor and Alprine aerosol (IRG). I have bombed the house, used DE, salt and baking soda, and Borax on the carpets. I vacuum everyday (I move the furniture to make sure I get everywhere) and throw away the bags. My mattress is covered in plastic too. All of my clothes have been washed and are in bags and keep everything off the floor. I am actually even getting bit when I take my clothes out of the dryer and get dressed not in my house. I get bit where ever I go which I can’t understand. I bath with apple cider vinegar because they are in my hair too. I had my car professionally cleaned (using steam) and used the Pro-Zap strip. The cat has been on Capstar for 4 rounds and she still has fleas around her eyes. I even boarded her at the vet for 5 days which got rid of them on her but they came back as soon as she came back in the house. I have spent so much money to fight the fleas and my next option is going to be moving and throwing away everything I own and going back to my parents house HELP!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey LA! Your flea infestation sounds fairly severe, I would usually recommend that you get an exterminator to come in at this point but it seems you have already done that. I know it might sound a bit simplistic but have you tried use Diatomaceous Earth? Its a natural powder that works really well with fleas and kills them fairly quickly. The best part is that you can leave it on your carpets for as long as you like and use it repeatably. Despite the extent of your flea problem, I suggest you check out my guide on it and use it in your home. Keep me updated!

  60. Nicki says:

    Hi,

    I just moved into my apartment two weeks ago, I have no pets (never have) and I am being attacked by fleas. Specifically in one room. I had the exterminator come in last week to exterminate the carpets. Two days later I was sitting on my bed while working on my lap top I saw one hop on my computer screen and then jumped away too fast for me to kill it. I have flea bites all around my ankle, feet and a few on my calve, I am also a model, with a casting call this week, these bites makes me feel gross!!! How can I get rid of these things FOR GOOD?!! For God sake I do not even own a pet, and after this experience I never will want to! I also just cannot figure out where they are coming from. I just want it to stop :(

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nicki! Its possible that you picked up a couple fleas from a friends dog or from the yard. Either way, I recommend that you use some pure lemon juice on those bites (to reduce the itchiness) and to use some food grade diatomaceous earth on your carpets, etc. Its really cheap and its completely non-toxic. It should be enough to kill those fleas (check out my guide on DE) and since you don’t have any pets, you should be flea free fairly quickly :)

  61. Tara says:

    We got infested with fleas in August and we haven’t had any cats since August either. We have tried everything and just 3 weeks ago we haven’t seen any fleas jump on us. My questions is do you think the fleas are dead or just hibernating?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tara! From the sounds of it, those steps that you took seem to have got rid of them. I recommend that you use my flea trap (guide is on this blog) to confirm this and if you don’t find any dead fleas in it in the morning, you definitely don’t have a flea problem in the house.

      • Tara says:

        Thanx!! I did that and I found one….do you think they are there and just hiding or what? Thanx so much for your help!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Its possible but if you only found a single flea, there is probably nothing really to worry about. I would just keep an eye on the situation, maybe make a couple more traps for each room in the house and you will be fine :)

  62. SA says:

    Hello
    Ok cat brought fleas into our home. We immediately went and got spray with IGR and set water traps with Dove dish soap. We got flea dip and meds for cat and she has not been home since. We hadn’t seen any and noticed some in the water traps so with vacuuming everyday I thought we were handling the problem. Also used DE borax salt u name it I did it. Just to be sure we decided to just hire and exterminator he told us he makes a strong mixture which includes IGR so we should be good and just to keep vacuuming to make the flea cocoon hatch so those fleas will die. He said we will see fleas but to keep vacuuming and they will be gone. He said the mixture will make them unable to reproduce. HE did say call of we see after 3 weeks. So 3 weeks go by and we don’t see them however we do see bites on my daughter. They love biting her and she’s allergic so we can see the bumps. So he came back and sprayed again and said we should be good now. Will this spray keep killing the hatched fleas because while we haven’t seen a sign of one my daughter has been bit twice only 2 weeks after him returning. I’m so over this!!! Are they just hatching biting then dying?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey SA! The IGR should actually stop them from hatching. If they keep coming back, that exterminator dude is not distributing it properly. However, in his defence, it will only affect fleas that it can reach, so if there are fleas inside your couches, etc. they won’t be affected. I recommend that you use something like DE in conjuction with his treatments, focusing your efforts on those hard to reach places.

  63. No Sleep says:

    FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY, SOMEONE PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME! HELP ME!!
    In 2008 I was blessed to receive the best friend I’ve ever had: a Service Dog. Later on that my service dog began scratching at his ears constantly, so I took him to the vet and was given a medication for mites, even though the vet didn’t see any in his ears. A month or so later I started feeling what I thought were small bugs crawling on my eyelashes during the night when I would wake up. My family tried to say that it was my nerves rather than some type of fly or insect, which I knew was ridiculous. The problem continued and I began to feel what seemed like pieces of sand landing on my face at night when I tried to sleep. Apparently this was the next stage of development. Then my dog began to scratch a lot more than usual, despite being treated monthly via oral medication, and the insects were now jumping on me and crawling into my nose, ears, and corners of my eyes! If that’s not bad enough, when this happens at night I cannot get up and shake them off or get in the shower because I’m paralyzed from the collarbone down and cannot get out of bed until my attendant comes in the morning. All I can do is swat them on my face and ears the best I can, but my efforts are futile since the problem has magnified over the years. Over the years I have moved from an apartment in my hometown, to a house on my college campus, and recently into a brand-new apartment in which I was the first tenant, and the problem has followed me every step of the way! Here’s what we do on a daily basis to fight the problem, but it’s not enough:
    -Vacuum, empty the canister, and take it to an outside garbage
    - Put Boric Acid on the carpet in my room, allowing it to sit for 10-12 hours.
    -Spray Knock-out and Ortho in my room and apartment, and have had exterminators to come in
    -Have my service dog bathed in flea shampoo biweekly
    -Special flea collar from the vet
    -Oral medication monthly for fleas, ticks, and heart worms
    - Use an Over-the-counter topical spray that is rubbed into his hair, and I’ve even tried diatomacous earth on the carpet, but
    I STILL HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM!
    They are in my hair, nose, ears, eyelids, eyebrows, and I can feel them job off of me all over my body. In the mornings and at night, I rub down with Off Spray to help calm it down, but apparently they are getting resistant to the spray because it does not work like it used to. I have not had a sound night’s sleep in years! At this point I don’t think I will ever get rid of my problem, and I’m willing to bet that any suggestions provided will probably not work.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey there! Sorry that fleas are causing such a nightmare, they are such a pain to get rid of and I know your pain. Your situation sounds fairly unique, I want to help you but please can you elaborate on the “being paralysed from the collarbone down”? I know it sounds fairly self explanatory but do you mean you are physically unable to move at all? Or are you just too scared to do so? I have a couple theories but I will wait for your response. Sorry this is a little late, cheers!

      • Timothy Pedro says:

        I’m physically paralyzed , ie quadriplegic

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          I understand, thanks for explaining. Your case is fairly unique and while I know a great deal about flea removal, I think that your situation requires someone to visit and assess what the heck is going on. I know its probably not what you want to hear but I recommend finding another local exterminator (explain to him exactly what has been done in the past so he doesn’t repeat what isn’t working). Additionally, I highly recommend that you get some sleep medication otherwise the lack of proper rest will seriously damage your health. Sorry I cannot be of further assistance, would love it if you kept us updated with your progress however! Cheers!

  64. Jan says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Please help! After adopting a kitten from a shelter that had fleas, my apartment got infested. My kitten had a rare feline virus and I had to put her down :(. Unfortunately, I am still left with the fleas in the apartment, even though I used a flea fogger bomb, twice! I am at a loss of what to do and my feet and ankles are covered in flea bites. My husband has none though! I can actually see them jumping on me when I wear white socks. I am extremely uncomfortable and itchy, but more importantly I need to get these out of our apartment. PLEASE HELP!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jan! I recommend that you give all your linen a hot wash, use DE on your carpets (check my article on this, brush it in really well) and use a decent vacuum cleaner. Repeat for a week or two (not the washing part) and you should be able to get on top of the situation. Good luck!

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