help fleas!! (no pets, no carpet)

Sam - posted on 11/20/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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hi i have found older threads on this topic and just wanted a bit more advice. We live in a rental (house above ground, no carpet) We have no pets but tenants before us did have dogs. The place has been professionally pest treated about three weeks ago but they are back with a vengance! Still waiting on damn realestate to get them back out(under warranty) In the mean time, I have heard borax for carpets, can i use this on floorboards? Where can i find it? Will tea tree oil work? Any suggestions on how I would do that. I am going to try the light and soap in a dish tonight.

Please any ideas would be appreciated, my poor 4yr old daughter looks like she has chicken pox (its not)!!
(its strange how only my daughter and i are affected, yet hubby and son dont seem to notice?)

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Kate CP - posted on 11/20/2011

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Have you actually SEEN the fleas? Fleas only live where they have a host and humans, generally speaking, are not very good hosts-they're too cold and they bathe too often.

Sam - posted on 11/20/2011

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Im sure they must be coming in from outside somewhere, as we have no pets or carpet (they need to live on something? dont they?) What do I do to stop them in the yard? The pest control ppl treated inside and out but Im not sure how far. How far can they travel??

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John - posted on 12/07/2013

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I have had the same problem. An I bombed. The house used flea powder an bug spray then cleaned everything also sprayed outside. It worked but cost a lot to do.

Amanda - posted on 11/25/2011

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I also wanna point out that mice carry fleas lots of them. You should check your home for mouse poopings to rule out them carring fleas into the house.

Mariah - posted on 11/24/2011

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Two things I wanted to mention in case no one else has. Some pets stores or vets sell all natural flea sprays. No chemicals, only things like cedar and other naturally repellent smells. Also, the life cycle of a flea is a month. So if you had the place treated about 3 weeks ago, there is a very good chance that that fleas you are seeing now are from the eggs that many pest control treatments will not kill. Wash throw rugs and bed linens and if you can, maybe have it treated again inside as well as out.

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Kate said what I was going to suggest. Have your landlord treat the yard. Work your way from the outside in. It won't do you any good to have the house treated if the yard is severely infected. Get the yard taken care of and then take care of the inside of the house.



Edited to add: You asked how far they can travel? I once went to a friend's house, who had 3 dogs and several cats. I always hated going there because she wasn't a clean pet owner, if you know what I mean. I always felt itchy in her home and would sit carefully on her couch or try to sit outside on her plastic chairs. I left her house one day and stopped at a stop sign down the road. I glanced down and had 3 fleas on my arm. I had a few on my shorts. I literally hopped out of the car (no one else was at the intersection) and brushed myself off from head to toe. I had the itchies all the way home and when I got home (about a 20 minute drive, I found one in my sock. IN MY SOCK. They can travel as far as YOU can travel so if your yard is infested, the entire yard needs to be treated and possibly even neighbors yards, depending on how bad they are. Hope you get it worked out! I've got the itchies again now lol

Sharlene - posted on 11/20/2011

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I feel sooo sorry for you poor thing,Have you treied fles bombs ,then when there finshed give the house a and lounger's a really good vacume to suck up the dead flea's .I hop you get rid of them good luck LOL

Sam - posted on 11/20/2011

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yes i have actually seen the fleas, i have caught a few on my arms and ankles! We have tried bombing the house but all that did was kill my husbands crayfish! It is coming into summer here so weather is getting quite warm. As I said the house has been professionally sprayed already (was expecting that to work first time, obviously not!!) The real estate has contacted the pest control ppl, so am just waiting to hear from them. These must be some kind of crazy fleas to not be affected by bombs! And only got two weeks being flea free from a professional spray!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/20/2011

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In the vet field, we don't even recommend using flea collars. Sure they help keep the fleas away...from the NECK where it was placed, but does not do much for the rest of the body. I would not want to leave flea collars around the house, especially if you have a toddler around.

Christy - posted on 11/20/2011

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This sounds like insane, but someone suggested I buy about 6 flea collars (for dogs) and put them under the couch, bed, fridge, etc and it gets rid of them. I did this and I had carpet and it worked great. That, and vaccuming the place and emptying the canister/bag outdoors in the trash.



Also, wash all bedding, clothes, etc in HOT water and if they are white, with bleach.

Amanda - posted on 11/20/2011

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Borax will work on any flooring, it is found in the laundry section of the grocery store. The best way to get rid of fleas is VACCUM daily. because flea eggs can lay dormaint for long periods of time. They then hatch when they feel vibration, and start searching for a host.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/20/2011

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While Kate is right, humans are not good hosts, it sounds like you just had a cycle of fleas hatch. If it is winter time where you are, and you just turned on the heat....that alone can help them hatch with the vibrations of walking around your home.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/20/2011

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The best way to take care of fleas is by flea bombing. I would recommend going to your vet office for top brands that will actually work. Unless the owners are going to get professional people in there to do it.

After you bomb the place, vacuum everything even couches, and throw the bag OUTSIDE in the trash. Then, do all laundry, linens, and curtains. Any floor rugs such as bath mats need to be washed also.

If you bomb the house on your own, read the directions very well. Usually you have to turn the fridge off for the 3-5 hours it takes, and same for the pilot in the stove. Obviously you cannot be in the house when you do it. Good luck.

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