2 things to prevent:
-Advantage on the pets (caution, there's cheaper stuff thats quite dangerous
at the pet stores, high allergic reaction so avoid the over the counter
drops). This is a monthly small tube of drops, ally to the upper neck where
they can not reach it. Let dry then brush pet.
- yard sprays, you just affix the bottole to a garden hose and water the
lawn paying especial care to entry way areas to the house and along fences
where the dog goes if you have a dog. Do this monthly on a dry day. Let it
dry before you let the dog out in it. (We spray the front and let dry, then
the back after the front is dry. This way we can walk the dog while one
area is drying).
- Flea dip / bathe pets. Head and Shoulders shampoo works just as good as
the fancy stuff. With cats, you may want to have this professionally done.
Then again, if you are into the 'martial art of cat bathing' have fun! You
will need to repeat this every 2 weeks for about 6 weeks as new eggs hatch.
Apply the 'advantage' after the bath.
- Home stores have interior to the house sprays and flea bombs. Vacumn
everything you can reach, then toss the bag immediately and do it a second
time. Then spray or vacate house for 4 hours after letting off several flea
bombs. The flea bombs work really well but have to be done again in 2 weeks
then again 2 weeks later (6 weeks).
Sprays work fairly well but fact is most of us will miss many areas.
- Using both bombs then spraying the obvious areas works best of all. Be
sure to use the types for fleas, as ant or roach types dont bother fleas
I share your pain. I'm in a heavy flea area. Such things can be 'relative'
but believe me, even houses with no pets have flea problems here. A
pro-active stance is required.
Treat the pets with something from your vet, not the OTC poisons. Wash or
throw out all pet bedding. If possible, confine pets to just a few rooms.
Vacuum the entire house every day for a week (curtains, ceilings, walls,
upholstery, floors, etc.) using a new bag and burn it or put it in the
trash. Wipe down every surface (countertops, furniture) every day for a week
using paper towels or something else you can throw away. Change and wash all
linens everyday for a week. Start giving your pets a garlic supplement every
day, which will lower their flea-appeal. Comb them every day with a flea
comb. Do this outside, on plastic or something you can dump in the trash.
Make sure the dirt lands on the plastic and kill (between two fingernails)
any live fleas caught in the comb. In seven days you'll be flea free, and
you won't have to use any toxic bombs.
I do not have any pets, and I must live in a area that has a lot of fleas,
I've bombed the house and used a flea treatment on the lawn, and I still
have some fleas. Little things are a pain in the butt. Professional people
I've used Enforcer Flea Spray for Homes;it has a insect growth regulator
(IGR) and not only kills the present fleas,but breaks the life cycle by
keeping newly hatched fleas from reaching adulthood and laying more eggs.
It lasts for several months,too.
I bought it at Home Depot,$10 a gallon.
It also kills roaches and other bugs.(but slowly...)
When the first topical treatment for cats came out, we went to the vet
and got the Rx. I think it was
Advantage. The vet also advised using boric acid on the carpet -
sprinkle on, leave a week, vacuum.
As it turned out, Advantage did the trick - to our utter amazement, as
the flea problem was severe.
We had tried shampoos, bombs, sprays, etc., and nothing worked until we
got Advantage. When
bombs are used, timing is critical as eggs aren't killed and a new bunch
will hatch in about 3 days.
Do you have visitors who bring pets? Fleas shouldn't survive long
without pets to munch on. How
long have you lived there? Long ago, I moved into an apartment that had
cat fleas in the carpet -
got a few bites, but they died off.
For inside the home do a super cleaning. Vacuum everything & everywhere
including under furniture.
Then go to a pet supply store (Petsmart) and buy a can of Zodiac Advanced
insect spray. Best stuff I have ever come across. Kills adults, eggs, larvae
and ticks. Effects last for seven months.
Go get-um! Phil
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