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FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Sep 11, 2021 1:18 PM
       FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Sep 11, 2021 1:19 PM
       FLEAS! (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Sep 11, 2021 2:33 PM
       FLEAS! (by WMH [NC]) Sep 11, 2021 2:46 PM
       FLEAS! (by OPM [OR]) Sep 11, 2021 3:50 PM
       FLEAS! (by Lana [IN]) Sep 11, 2021 4:49 PM
       FLEAS! (by Gail K [GA]) Sep 11, 2021 7:21 PM
       FLEAS! (by #22 [MO]) Sep 11, 2021 8:57 PM
       FLEAS! (by RentsDue [MA]) Sep 11, 2021 11:12 PM
       FLEAS! (by Gail K [GA]) Sep 12, 2021 12:32 AM
       FLEAS! (by Pat [VA]) Sep 12, 2021 8:20 AM
       FLEAS! (by Dave [MO]) Sep 12, 2021 1:41 PM
       FLEAS! (by Pat [VA]) Sep 12, 2021 2:24 PM
       FLEAS! (by tryan [MA]) Sep 13, 2021 7:59 AM
       FLEAS! (by small potatoes [NY]) Sep 13, 2021 10:15 AM
       FLEAS! (by tryan [MA]) Sep 14, 2021 8:21 AM
       FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Sep 14, 2021 1:26 PM
       FLEAS! (by don [PA]) Sep 15, 2021 1:37 AM
       FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Sep 15, 2021 4:29 AM

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FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 1:18 PM

So come to find out, the SFH we just acquired has fleas from the previous tenants who were, according to my tenant next door taking in all sorts of stray animals (cats/dogs)

And of course we managed to bring them back. We've never had fleas at our house (we live in a very rural area near a swamp) for 15 years. We do have three cats who have become victims.

My next step is to bug bomb our house. We have already given two of the cats two separate flea shampoos, used frontline and have a flea spray for household use. The third cat is somewhat feral in that she does not allow us to touch her unless we can sneak up on her. Helped some but not much.

Any advice (other to always bug bomb units right after you purchase them) --72.231.xxx.xx

FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 1:19 PM

I should also add we managed to apply Frontline to the more "feral" cat that we have. --72.231.xxx.xx

FLEAS! (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 2:33 PM

Bug bombing is good, but when I first rented a house that had 5 huge dogs before me AND wall to wall carpeting, I used RAID Flea Spray all over every floor and soaked them. Also got some outdoor flea spray and sprayed as much yard as I could cover. Did the Frontline on my 3 cats and that really helped. Kills fleas and eggs so they disappear in time. ALSO gave Frontline to my nearest neighbors who treated their animals and in about 6 months we were all flea free. Never had an infestation again. I keep all ferals treated with Frontline as soon as I see scratching. Really challenging to apply to a not so easy to get near feral. Gotta be patient and inventive. I've dripped the Frontline on one kitty from a height of 3 feet. Missed the first time (darn) and got him the second. It worked. Good luck with your house. --174.65.xxx.xx

FLEAS! (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 2:46 PM

Frontline doesn't work. Get Bravecto from your vet. Expensive but WORKS.

Get an OZONE machine for the bug house. --50.82.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by OPM [OR]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 3:50 PM




FLEAS! (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 4:49 PM

Prescription Revolution works well. I use Seresto collars on my 5 cats and 2 dogs. That stopped ticks and fleas very well.

Kills ear mites too. I used to find daily ticks as I live on 70 acres, but no more. Some of my cats started vomiting with the collars after months and months, so be vigilant if the cat starts to vomit daily. Those two cats who cannot handle Seresto, get Revolution monthly.

Good Luck. Fleas are the primary reason I don't rent to dog people anymore. They have become too resistant to many treatments in my town. --216.23.xxx.xx

FLEAS! (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 7:21 PM

DoMyOwnPestControl has some excellent products for flea control.

Typically "bombs" may get rid of the adults but will do nothing for flea eggs. Two weeks later these hatch and you are back to square one.

Treatment involves a product with IGR (insect growth regulator); after use DAILY vacuuming is required for at least 2 weeks.

I do like the product they carry called PT Ultracide; it's a pressurized flea insecticide that does contain Nylar (and IGR) and covers about 2300 square feet. --73.108.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 8:57 PM

Did a diy bomb of a gross flea house recently. It was not 100% successful. Then I found a company that treated a big house for $60.... wish i found them first --23.126.xx.xxx

FLEAS! (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Sep 11, 2021 11:12 PM

Can cats have an oral flea treatment like dogs do? Seems like that would be an easier way to treat feral animals. --68.191.xx.xx

FLEAS! (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 12:32 AM

I use the Revolution. It's bad enough chasing the cats around to give them their monthly treatment. You'd think I was out to murder them the way some act.

Capstar is an oral treatment for cats (and dogs). It is a temporary solution but can be given on a daily basis. Still; wrestling an oral medication into a cat isn't easy (even with a pill popper). The once a month flea treatment is a whole lot easier on the human.

Gail --73.108.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 8:20 AM

We just had this problem. Two of the pest control companies that we spoke to, they couldn't come before the 1st, suggested vacuuming was the number 1 thing to do to get rid of them (we sprayed some flea killer into the hose periodically to kill what went in.

We did use several bombs in between, lucky this unit has vinyl floors, because I had to mop to get rid of greasy film & smell.

Yes, if you read the Capstar info paper inside of the box, it does say you can use on cats. I put the pill in a tiny ball of yummy cat food, when they are very hungry. Just put that down first & make sure it is ingested before feeding the remainder. --71.219.xx.xxx

FLEAS! (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 1:41 PM

Treat professionally as #22 stated. Vacuum in 2 weeks and throw bag in trash. If you donít vacuum eggs will hatch and you will have to treat again. --174.210.xxx.xx

FLEAS! (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Sep 12, 2021 2:24 PM

Yes, professional exterminator is best with fleas. We were in a hurry. In my case, I rented to a dog owner. (grin) --71.219.xx.xxx

FLEAS! (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2021 7:59 AM

Gotta bomb TWICE 7-10 days apart ... the bombs do not kill the eggs which take a week to mature .

Ask me how it know ... --76.119.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Sep 13, 2021 10:15 AM

Bombs don't work. You need precore (procore?) spray and cimexa or equivalent dust (not just DE earth). Get lots of the spray. Vacuum and throw away the bag. Treat all rug, flooring, furniture and drapes up to 30" off the floor w the spray. I've used it and it didn't discolor anything. Then apply the dust to the floor and baseboards and sweep it into crevices and sweep up the excess. DO NOT VACCUM for 2 weeks, or the dormant eggs will hatch out. Vacuum and retreat in 2 weeks and again as necessary. I'm not familiar with how to treat your pets, but that is the other piece. My friend paid Orkin $400 to treat fleas and they came 2x and his rental still had them. --24.194.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Sep 14, 2021 8:21 AM

I used the BB bombs .... they are more closely related to BB than cockroaches.

If the directions said one per room ... I did 2. Twice.

Worked fine. --76.119.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Sep 14, 2021 1:26 PM

Thanks for the advice! WHAT A RIGAMAROLE!!! Covering up all the electronics, then after 2 hours opening windows, uncovering, mopping all floors, wiping down all surfaces, tons of laundry.

I am vacuuming the whole house every day before and after work, then disposing of vacuum contents, then spraying that with flea spray. Thank heavens for my robotic vacuums as well!

Cats have been flea combed and treated.

Interesting suggestion to re-bomb in 7 days but holy moley, I have to go out of town next week for a work conference!!! Don't think hubby will keep up with the vacuuming and promise to keep the Bengal cat indoors. --174.208.xx.xxx

FLEAS! (by don [PA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 1:37 AM

You gotta vacuum up the eggs and throw out the vacuum bag.

Letting a feral cat into your house, I am surprised that you did not get fleas long ago. --73.141.xxx.xxx

FLEAS! (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 4:29 AM

She was listed as feral at the foster home due to her snipped ear and that she had been rehomed several times due to her stand offishness to people. She's a Siamese snowshoe indoor cat and we've had her for almost 3 years now. Has complete veterinary care.

IOW the fleas didn't come from her. They came from a recent acquisition where tenants kept actual stay animals.


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