FLEAS+BABY+ANIMALS HOW TO GET RID OF THEM

JoJo - posted on 07/20/2012 ( 30 moms have responded )

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OK MY daughter is only 8 monthhs we treat our dogs and cats non stop but it dont seem to help and she crawls nownd trys to eat the animals whats a safe way to keep the fleas off both baby and dogs.

when i say baby it is actually in my daughters hair i take a lice comb and comb them out which she hates how do i get them to stay off her plzzz help

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Amy - posted on 09/16/2013

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I have a 5 month old and one stray cat that came in a few months ago that I've been feeding. My aunt lives next door and she's infested with fleas and has just bombed her house. She babysits my daughter and I think that's how we got the fleas. They are in my couch and recliner and I have no carpet. Please help!

Kathryn - posted on 07/31/2012

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We had a horrible flea problem a while back and it was tough to get rid of the buggers. The best stuff to use on your pets to kill the flea currently on them is Dawn dish soap, if nothing else worked. As for the infestation my suggestion is vacuum vacuum vacuum. The vacuum is your best friend right now. Be sure to get into every crevice of couches and walls as you can and do it often. We also did a spray of vinegar water to help kill and slow down the reproduction of more, it's natural and won't harm any members of your family.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/20/2012

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I am guessing your yard is probably infested. So this is what I would do:

1. Get frontline from vet (better than advantage as far as I am concerned)
2. Also get capstar (it may be called something different now) it is a pill that will kill every flea on your pet within 24 hours, and you can give it daily safely for a few days in a row
3. Apply frontline (all the way down to the skin) call an exterminator and get your house professional bombed. This way there is a guarantee, and have them see about treating the yard. I hate to recommend that, but since your little girl is infested also you have a very serious infestation.
4. Reapply frontline every 3 weeks until problem is fully under control. This should seriously eliminate the problem.

Now you did not tell me where you are, but here in the US, fleas are an issue well into november. So keep your pets on the product until the first freeze, but if it thaws out a lot and the freeze is gone, do another application.

Watch for tapeworms. They come from fleas. They will look like grains of rice in the poop (white) or dried up rice around the anus or in the feces. You may want to take a sample in for a fecal exam, but usually the best diagnosis is seeing them with your eye. Good luck. Fleas are hell.

Also, I would ask your pediatrician how to deal with your daughters fleas/......I know pet care for this like the back of my hand, not kids.

Jeanine - posted on 07/30/2012

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use apple cider vinegar, doesn't work right away but will work and will keep them off also spray furniture at night with diluted vinegar and water you can also bath your baby in it or spray a little in her hair the fleas hate the smell and taste. Depends on size of dog as to how much to put in the water, I have three small dogs and put about two teaspoons full in their clean water every day. It is good for the dogs immune system, will help your baby to have good skin. Does not leave a bad smell on baby after it drys, and at first the dog might not like it but will soon acquire the taste and does not smell of vinegar.Love the stuff.this is safe for everyone,and remember to spray the area where they sleep,and the furniture everyday Good luck

Tonie - posted on 07/21/2012

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which is more important Baby or Pets you can always get pets later.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2013

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As both are important many people are complaining about fleas that dont have animals...... I just took my dog out and looked down and had 10 on me they live in the yards and people bring them in as well you dont have to have pets to have fleas ...... The pest control guy said that as well

Kathy - posted on 07/31/2012

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put them out side. Hire an exterminater and wash all the bedding and floors with bleach. It will kill the eggs.they hide in cracks and seams of rugs and furnature. 1 flee =100 in 15 days. They can make you and your baby sick.

Gail - posted on 07/31/2012

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Sprinkle borax on the carpet and wait a couple of hours and vacuum, they say to leave it on the carpet for 24 hours. I use a mixture of borax and salt equal parts wait a couple of hours and vacuum this kills the fleas. If you are talking about head lice I read that using mayo in the hair and shampoo.

Becca - posted on 07/31/2012

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If ur house has carpet. Use table salt sprinkle it like u would carpet fresher. It kills fleas. They cant digest it.

Peggy - posted on 07/31/2012

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You have to treat your pets, house and yard all at the same time. If you do each at a different time, it will not break the cycle. It will have to be done regularly since you can not treat the fleas on wild animals or your neighbors yard and animals.

User - posted on 07/22/2012

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Correction: not diatomaceous earth. I used a product called flea stoppers, which I believe is borax. It says orthoboric acid.

User - posted on 07/22/2012

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We also had an awful flea problem and it was a pain to get rid of then, but we did it! First off, you have to treat your home and your animals simultaneously to get rid of the fleas for good.
1. For your animals: flea collars, shampoos, and medd you buy at the store are worthless. I also found that the fleas on my cats were immune to frontline, so I used advantage and that worked well!
2. For your house: first off, you will need to vacuum and sweep every day for a couple of weeks, because there is no spray or treatment that kills flea pupae. There are many options for killing adult fleas and larvae, some more dangerous for humans and animals than others. I opted to treat my porches with enforcer flea spray that I got at home depot. I would not use this in the house, as it is very poisonous. Then I treated most of the house with precor, which is a hormone that prevents young fleas from maturing or reproducing. Last, I used some diatameceous earth on the area rugs where my children often sit, because it seemed like the safest option. It took a week or two after these treatments, but we finally got rid of the fleas and they've been gone for a year. We also continue to use advantage for our cats.
We don't have dogs, so something else may work better for them, I'm not sure. I heard the pill works well.
Good luck!!

Sharna - posted on 07/22/2012

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Sounds like you need your house fumeigated for all the money your paying on flea treatment it cost around 60 pound and if you notice any after 2wks they come do it again for free ask at your local council office

Gerda Van Der - posted on 07/21/2012

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Hi, I live in South Africa on a farm and have 6 dogs. I use garlic oil (crushed garlic in cooking oil) which I add to my dogs' food every second day. About 2 tablespoons each. This helps a great deal with the fleas. I also use sunlight soap bars that I grated finely and spread over and in between their(the dogs) bedlinen. All my dogs sleep in the house and I must say I have never had a problem with fleas - "touch wood". I also recommend that you give your children a small amount of garlic in their food. See link - http://canigivemybaby.com/garlic. I truly hopes this helps.

I also know that to keep lice and creepy things out of hair you can use white vinegar that has been diluted with water and spray a little onto their hair every day before leaving the house. This will help to keep the little pests off.
Best of luck, Gerda vd Walt

Tina - posted on 07/20/2012

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The lice shampoo I've referred to is a natural one. The brand I've used is called quit nits and it's all safe and natural ingrediants but I am in Australia so that probably wouldn't be available. I've had to use it on my 1 and 2 year old. Because I had relatives stay that were riddled with them. Luckily they didn't get much and I got rid of them easy. It probably would be best though to talk to your doctor and find something safe for you daughter to use. Or like I said a good shampoo or conditioner. You can do what someone else said and load the hair up with johnsons and comb them out I'd repeat this. The dryer can be very effective too. The heat would kill anything on clothes and bedding and yes I was referring outdoor birds. Any outdoor animals in general actually. Even if you animals don't get very clothes they can infect your pets again.

Sarah - posted on 07/20/2012

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I live in the southeast area. The fleas are out of control. I'm also having issues. I was told that frontline in my area is no longer effective. I'd check that out before you get any.

Peggy - posted on 07/20/2012

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Hi JoJo,
I just wanted to let you know that I had the same problem with fleas, I called a professional to have them come out to get rid of them. The professional told me he would be put stuff on my floors but would still need to vaccum every inch of my house including furniture for a week. I decided to do a little more homework and googled my problem someone said to put a piece of a flea collar in a vaccum bag and vaccum every inch of my house. I did what it said and it worked. Fleas can live in a vaccum and bombing doesn't kill the eggs. My advice would be to use the vaccum, wash everything in hot and continue to treat your animals. I kept vacumming until The problem went away. Good luck with everything. I hope this helped.

Louise - posted on 07/20/2012

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Borax for the carpets, (as above) use as needed, except I used to live at the beach, lots n lots of fleas year round. I used borax weekly on carpets and furniture including beds. Avon skin so soft, original for humans. Use it just like a lotion after shower or bath. Put the pets outside if possible.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/20/2012

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Then all these products should be available to you. Good luck JoJo.

Kristin - posted on 07/20/2012

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Oh! Forgot about your daughter! To treat her hair, just really load her head up with regular old tearless Johnson's baby wash and let it sit on her head for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will suffocate any fleas that may be in her hair and kill them, making it easy for you to just rinse them out.

You can also do this on your own hair using your own shampoo. Just apply it really thick and lather it up real good, let it sit for 15 minutes and wash out. Works like a charm! :)

Kristin - posted on 07/20/2012

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First thing to do is treat your pets because even if you get rid of the fleas in the house, if the pets aren't treated, they'll just bring more back in. You need to ask your vet what the best flea/tick treatment is for your pets and treat them every month. I would recommend treating with a CapStar pill (for the dogs...though they may have it for cats too) which will start to kill all fleas within 5 to 15 minutes and lasts for 24 hours. Give the CapStar at the same time you put on the flea liquid on the dogs/cats (keep the baby away from them until it's totally dry). That way, you start to kill fleas right away and the CapStar will keep you covered until the topical liquid kicks in about 12 to 24 hours later.

Now for your house. Flea bombs are BAD news. The chemicals they contain work on people's nervous systems and can cause really bad problems so stop using those. At any rate, unless you retreat twice more at 6 week intervals, you're going to have eggs hatching again and you'll just find yourself re-infested.

Go to the store and buy yourself a box of Borax. It's generally in the laundry soap aisle. Go home and sprinkle it liberally all over the carpet in one room. You'll want to wear a dust mask and you will want to keep all pets and people out of there overnight. Once it's all over the carpet, use a stiff broom to scrub it into the carpet really good. Let it set overnight and then vacuum the hell out of it the next morning. (Note: If you have a bagless vacuum, you'll have to knock out the filters repeatedly as they will become clogged a bit with the dust from the Borax. Do this OUTSIDE.) When your bag is full, do NOT throw it in your garbage in the house! Put it outside so any fleas that may still be alive will not be able to jump out of your garbage bin.

The Borax works by drying out the fleas (and their eggs) which kills them. Other things you can do - vacuum, vacuum and vacuum again! (Just be sure to always dump the bags or dust bin OUTSIDE.) Also, wash all bedding and small rugs in your washer and use HOT water. This will also help kill the fleas and eggs. Even go so far as to remove cushions on your couch and vacuum the heck out of them and the body of the sofa/chairs. Anyplace your pets are or where fleas might hide, vacuum and vacuum again. You'll need to do this several times a day for a while unfortunately but it does help a LOT.

Do the Borax treatment in every room with carpeting and be sure to remove as much furniture as possible so that you can treat all the carpeted areas.

Do this and within 1 to 2 weeks tops, you should be flea-free. We had a major flea infestation ourselves about a year ago. Because I knew flea bombs were bad news (and because we had a then 5 year old son), I didn't want to go that route. Did some online searching and came up with the Borax treatment. Was very skeptical but tried it and it worked like a charm. You'll just need to be patient for a week or so to give it time to take effect but the immediate treatment of your pets should help.

Good luck!

JoJo - posted on 07/20/2012

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little miss we tried almost every brand of flea medicine from the spot the bath and collor, and we bombed last in spring, we do have chicken and last ik i never seen any fleas on any of them

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2012

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Personally I have found that using Advantage II works really well. It's a spot on treatment that you apply once a month. It is costly, but I believe it works much better than flea bombing your home. With the Advantage II you put it on your animals (they have it for both dogs and cats) and it kills the fleas and stops them from maturing into adulthood where they lay eggs. With flea bombs you have to repeat the bombing every 7 days to kill newly hatching eggs, and I'm sure if you were to add up all the monies spent on the bombs you could have bought a several months supply of Advantage. Just put the Advantage on your animals, but keep baby away until you no longer see the oily residue on the fur and then your good to go. Don't put it on your pets and then leave them outside, you want them in where the fleas are so they can stop the reproductive cycle.

Christie - posted on 07/20/2012

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I wouldn't spray your cats and dogs with flea spray if the baby touches them. Go to your vets office and ask for Comfortis. This is a pill your animals take monthly and it will kill the fleas within 30 minutes. You wont have to worry about your baby touching them. Make sure to give it to them monthly and also spray under and around your house. You should have the fleas under control in no time. I use Comfortis on all my animals. Havent seen a flea in almost a year. Good luck.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/20/2012

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I also think Tina was meaning outside birds, not the ones in your house that are causing the problems with the fleas. Raccoons, squirrels, mice, chipmunks, skunks, anything really can bring fleas into your yard, your pets go out (or even you or your daughter) and can bring the fleas inside. So really, please give all the information on the products you are currently using so we can asses the situation a bit better. Also, when is the last time you bombed your house?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/20/2012

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Tell me about the specific brand names of products you are using, how many animals and what they are, do they go outside etc etc. And how often you use the products.

JoJo - posted on 07/20/2012

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We have had our birds for yrs and yrs and they never once ever had fleas no matter how bad we have had them, wouldnt lice shampoo be to harsh on her skin??> everyone says itlooks like she has a wig cuz of how thick her hair is, we do all that cleaning and bomb the house at least 3 to 4 times during the summer i just woried about the baby and keeping them off her

Tina - posted on 07/20/2012

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Do you're animals go outside much because they can pick them up from other animals such as birds. Also if it's that bad it would be through carpet and clothes etc and really difficult to get rid of. I'd personally be finding other alternatives for the animals so they don't have to be inside. A decent dog kennel if you're worried about the cat you can get cat enclosures. The I'd be washing all linen etc and cleaning the carpets. As for bubs. You can get natural lice treatment which would probably work otherwise some conditioner and a lice comb would work. You can also get a lice shampoo. The only problem is if you're using flea treatments constantly on animals and you're daughter is coming into contact with them. It could make bubs sick too. So just be extra careful.

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