jamielvsaustin wrote:Sounds like you need to treat the yard. We have a guy that comes out about every three months and sprays. The animals have to stay inside for a couple hours, but no big deal.
We had to change from frontline-the fleas in our area evolved.
AllisonPibbleLvr wrote:I'm pretty sure that a vet I used to work with used Advantage on rabbits?
rgyoung777 wrote:Don't flea bomb or use a fogger--those products are be overkill and will result in the pesticide going places where you don't want it to go and where it doesn't need to be. Do treat your carpets and pet bedding with an appropriate water-based insecticide that is suitable for indoor use.
The product that I've used in the past comes in a gallon jug that has its own spray applicator, which makes it easy to apply. Look for a brand that targets fleas at all life stages--that way one application will last you 6 months at least, and possibly longer. You can usually find it at a home and garden store, and probably at Wal-mart or Target as well.
You shouldn't need to treat the yard if you spray your carpets and any bedding/upholstered surface that your pets spend time on with a chemical that will kill eggs, larvae and adults--that way you'll stop the cycle and reinfestations won't happen even if your pets bring new fleas in to the house. Go room by room and let the carpet/bedding dry before allowing your animals back in each room. That way you won't have to clear out the entire house like you would for a fogger/flea bomb.
I'm not a big fan of insecticide, but our house has been flea-free since the last application two years ago.
star_frances wrote:This is a good suggestion. I am just not sure what/where to spray. The animals are in the basement, which is concrete/ concrete block with a wooden ceiling. Old house that has settled over the years, so lots of cracks and crevices. The only bits of carpeting are throw rugs which I wash a couple times a week. They do have some beds I could spray. My bed is down there - should I spray my mattress and box spring?
Inaras mom wrote:I feel you. I actually blogged about the "fleapocalypse" going on at my house: http://inaradog.wordpress.com .
rgyoung777 wrote:star_frances wrote:This is a good suggestion. I am just not sure what/where to spray. The animals are in the basement, which is concrete/ concrete block with a wooden ceiling. Old house that has settled over the years, so lots of cracks and crevices. The only bits of carpeting are throw rugs which I wash a couple times a week. They do have some beds I could spray. My bed is down there - should I spray my mattress and box spring?
Hmm... I didn't realize you had that little carpet. What about the rest of the house? Do the pets ever have access to it?
If it were me, I would check the mattress for flea dirt before spraying it. If the mattress is light-colored, you should be able to see the dirt pretty easily, but to double-check, you could spray an area with water first. Unfortunately, if that's where the fleas are hanging out, you're going to get a dark rust-colored stain from the dirt. And if you do find flea dirt on your mattress, yes, vacuum it and then spray it (obviously, let it dry before using it ). If I were in your shoes, I might also spray down the concrete in the basement just as an added precaution.
Are the fleas biting you at all? In my case, that was one of the first indications that we had an infestation in our apartment. Well, that, and the fact that my dog was terribly itchy and raw near her tail. Oddly, both of the cats gave no indication that they were crawling with fleas, even though they were.
Obviously your pooches go outside, but do the cats and buns?
One other thing that occurred to me is that with that little carpet (provided they're not picking the little buggers up from somewhere in the rest of the house), it could be possible that your pets are just continually being bitten by fleas outside. Unfortunately, I don't know that any of the flea treatments you're using stop the fleas from biting--they just die after they've gotten their lunch but before they can lay eggs, correct? If you've got pets with flea allergies, they're still going to get a reaction from the bites. If the neem oil will work as a repellent, that might be worth using on any animals that go outdoors (and can safely tolerate it, of course!). If the fleas are running amok outside and nesting in the immediate vicinity of your house, in addition to treating the house with a flea spray, it might indeed be a good idea to hire a pest-control company to treat the acre around your house, as others have suggested.
Before embarking on any of this, it might be worth calling your local pest-control business to see if they have any suggestions for you. Obviously they're going to try to push their service, but they might have additional information that will help you decide whether or not their approach would be suitable for your situation.
Flea infestations are a real pain in the rear, and I definitely feel your frustration. Here's hoping you get to the bottom of it soon!
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