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flees (by vested5@msn.com [WI]) Jan 20, 2009 2:51 PM
       flees (by BP [TX]) Jan 20, 2009 3:38 PM
       flees (by Bob [IA]) Jan 20, 2009 4:27 PM
       flees (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 20, 2009 6:23 PM
       flees (by Irish [MD]) Jan 20, 2009 9:03 PM
       flees (by Artco [CO]) Jan 21, 2009 4:10 AM
       flees (by Barbara [VA]) Jan 21, 2009 5:23 AM
       flees (by billy [MA]) Jan 21, 2009 7:45 AM
       flees (by RR [WA]) Jan 21, 2009 10:01 AM
       flees (by Hunter and Green [OH]) Jan 21, 2009 7:37 PM

flees (by vested5@msn.com [WI]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2009 2:51 PM

State Specific Question About: WISCONSIN (WI)


Just received a call from a tenant that she has been having problems with her ankles for a few weeks. Finally talked to the Dermatologist Dr.'s she works with and they told her it looks like flees! She was told by these Dr.'s that the only way to take care of this problem is to "bomb the place". OK - what happens now. WOW - just received a 2nd complaint about flees within the same building. The 2 units that have complained have no animals and live on the main floor. However - upstairs from them the 2 units do have cats. Please advise as to what we do - are we responsible for any Dr bills or their medication in order to take care of their skin problem? --65.31.xx.xxx

flees (by BP [TX]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2009 3:38 PM

Find out if the cats are the problem and if so, force their owners to take care of the problem with their pets. Then fumigate everywhere.

If not, tell them to flee and take their fleas with them.


flees (by Bob [IA]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2009 4:27 PM

If you caused the infestation by loaning them a flea-bitten pet, you could feel responsible for their meds, but otherwise no. However,since it is multi-family property, pest elimination is probably up to you. You cannot bomb the building with folks occupying the building. You need to use residual spray. Besides, now there are flea eggs hatching about every 10 minutes. A bomb won't get the newbies.

If you try blaming the upstairs pets, you'll have to do flea DNA. I've seen flea eggs brought in with used furniture, weekend pet guests, etc., but I doubt a flea is capable of hopping down the stairs and into the neighbors' apartment without a carrier. --204.181.xx.xxx

flees (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2009 6:23 PM

Do the tenants go into the basement? Has anyone stored a rug down there?

I have seen fleas thrive in a basement that had a flea infested rug stored in it. --76.99.xxx.xx

flees (by Irish [MD]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2009 9:03 PM

I don't know the difference between flees vs. bedbugs...but I wonder and think the bites might be about the samo samo...

But then, since the bites are on the ankles, it does sound like flees...

So now you have to do a CSI crime scene inspection of all the other units to find where the problem is from...do a maint. inspection with proper advance notice...then enter with your bare legs..to find the culprit/source of the problem... --68.236.xxx.xxx

flees (by Artco [CO]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2009 4:10 AM

wheeeu,...This is only about bugs!, I thought it was going to be about that PITA that used to post here about politics. --130.94.xxx.xx

flees (by Barbara [VA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2009 5:23 AM

Flea control has gotten so cheap and easy. I am dumbfounded as to why we still have this issue coming up.

You can try using Borax laundry detergent. Sprinkle it on the carpet and then sweep it into the fibers real good. Let it sit a day or two and your problem should be solved. But do it on all rooms/apartments and identify the source.

Cats are constant groomers, so it is possible not to have a visible flea problem on the cat but in the living area from the cats. If you want to get gross, lift up the cats tail examining the rectal area and check the poop in the litter box. You would be looking for either moving "rice" or "sesame seed" looking things. These would be tapeworm segements that they get from eating fleas (or rodents). But again, becaue cats groom so much, it isn't easy to see those either. And the tapeworm segements can actually crawl off from the poop into the litter.

Good luck identifying the culprit. --71.176.xx.xx

flees (by billy [MA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2009 7:45 AM

often brought in by an animal who was outside,they say a vacuum cleaner is good at picking them and their eggs up.u have to do it a few times.if that doesnt do it i wiould bomb.if that doesnt do it get exterminator.dont delay. --208.58.x.xx

flees (by RR [WA]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2009 10:01 AM

Along the lines of Barbara's comment, you can also sprinkle a diatomaceous earth product such as "Safer Brand D-E Plus" which is sold at Lowe's.

First step in getting rid of fleas is cleaning. Get rid of filth, piles of garbage, gross litter boxes, etc. Anything that shouldn't be in a "normal" apartment. Vacuum very thoroughly with a strong vacuum using attachments to get in the corners. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth. Bomb apartments if possible. Repeat all steps weekly as needed. I would do this for all the apartments in the building.

All pets should be kept inside and not allowed to roam free and pick up bugs from outside. Tenants need to install flea collars/drops to prevent future outbreaks. --216.251.xxx.xxx

flees (by Hunter and Green [OH]) Posted on: Jan 21, 2009 7:37 PM

Being indoor cats, we've never had fleas. But our vet recommends Advantage when our senior cat escapes. He says put it on the cat, the cat brings it all over the house to the areas the fleas are in. You can also get stuff from the vet to clean the house with by prescription.

A bad infestation will show on the cat as flea dirt. Dark spots that are really flea poop mixed with kitty blood. Cats can even get anemia from this.

If it is as bad as you say, over the counter stuff is not going to work. You need professional strength help. Bombing the place will get the adults, but not the eggs. Need insect growth hormone regulator for that. Most of the fleas are not on the cat. They are in the carpet, furniture, etc. --151.213.x.xx

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