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Fleas are persistent, nasty and tough to kill. Flea infestations can make people and pets miserable. If you’ve wondered how any insect could survive after all the spraying, cleaning and aerosol “bombing” you did ..READ MORE ON FLEA CONTROL..


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We recently bought and moved into a house that was infested with fleas. We have a dog which we treat with frontline. We have been vacuuming the house every day for 3 months now. In addition we have had a exterminator out to spray twice. I have also sprayed (peremthryn and precor) myself a couple times in the 3 month span. The problem has definitely gotten better and we thought we had finally rid the house of the issue. That was until we found a flea on our dog yesterday. This was the first one we have seen in 3 weeks. I gave him a capstar and washed all his bedding. Should I be concerned that we are still infested?

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I moved into a house several years ago that had a major flea infestation. I live out in the country but my yard is fenced. I have four dogs that stay covered in fleas. Frontline doesn’t touch this problem. I buy permethrin at Tractor Supply to dip them in. I spray the yard with any and everything. Its better but still really bad. I need Industrial strength bad stuff to kill these things. I don’t care if it kills the grass just not all the trees. Its heavily shaded which makes it worse. Sulphur helps but I would really like a remedy. Any suggestions?

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We have a flea problem in our basement for about 3 months. This is the 2nd time we bombed the basement. We have no problem in the house. Only the basement. We do have a cat, but she is treated and we no longer allow her in the basement. We had an old well in the basement, and left it open for about 1 month to repair cracks because it leaked. But this home has been hooked up to city water for years. We have been buying HOT SHOT spray and 2 kinds of bombs-hot shot and raid. Shouldn’t this been good enough by this time?

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We hаvе а nеvеr еndіng flea infestation thаt ѕееmѕ tо bе worse іn оur living room. Evеrу time wе trу tо watch tv оnе оf uѕ wіll gеt а flea оn them. Thіѕ hаѕ bееn gоіng оn fоr months now. I hаvе sprayed ѕеvеrаl times аnd thе dog doesn’t show аnуthіng оn іt but wе ѕееm tо find them. Whеrе аrе thеу coming frоm аnd whаt саn I use? Thе spray I’ve bееn uѕіng іѕ аn organic orange scented, natural spray thаt ѕееmѕ tо work whеn уоu spray live fleas but thеу kеер coming back. I lіkе іt but it’s јuѕt nоt strong еnоugh anymore. Whаt саn wе uѕе thаt won’t bе а danger tо mе оr thе kids?

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Hey, i dont know if this site is still active but im really desperate for flea advice. 

We just moved into a rental property where the previous owners had had pets and when we moved in we found that there was a bad flea infestation. The main living room is carpeted but the bedrooms are hardwood. We tried simply flea bombing the whole carpeted area but as expected from reading this sites articles they returned worse than ever within 3 days. 

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Hi, I found your website this week and its been a life saver. So our cat had fleas and probably had them for a good while before we noticed. Our house got infested. I was 9 months pregnant at the time and started to get bitten on the 4th Dec 2011. Only realized we had a flea problem on the 31st dec 2012. I got cat treated with Frontline and vet gave me spray for the house. One week later I’m still getting bitten and went into hospital to have baby so had to put the cat in the kennels. Long story short, i got rid of mattresses in spare rooms (where cat spent most of her time asleep) and got exterminator out on the 27th Jan 2012 when i got home from hospital. The cat is now living in my mams house ( I know from reading your articles it would have been better to have her still in the house but she is gone now). I had been hoovering every day and as its a Dyson hoover i cannot remove any bags so have put flea collar in the cylinder of the hoover and empty it into black bag and throw away. I was still getting bitten (I’m the only one in house getting bites). Exterminator had to come 4 times, the last being yesterday. I found dead flea on my mattress and a dead flea under the sofa. Its so long going on I don’t know how much more I can take. Exterminator told me not to hoover again now for 5 days to let the spray settle but that contradicts what you are saying to keep hoovering. What would you advise? Thanks so much, I love your flea traps – can i order them here in Ireland??

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I have 2 eskie dogs. They are both on frontline. My male is bothered by the flea/bites..he is now on Comfortis. The lawn will be sprayed tomorrow but I wish to treat the interior of home, laminate floors w/ area rugs, but I get bites on my low back while in fabric recliner. What can I use on upholstered furniture along baseboards and on the rugs? Thanks.

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About 15 years ago I bought dog flea shampoo from you that most groomers used. It had a good scent. Need a list of what you carry.

I bet you got our TRIPLE PYRETHRIN SHAMPOO which is an awesome smelling product that works great on fleas. Unfortunately there is a worldwide Pyrethrin shortage so this product is not in production. In fact, we’ve been out of stock for several months.

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I recently have found fleas on my indoor animals. What do you recommend for treatment both inside and outside to rid my house and animals of fleas?

I think it would be best for you to first look over our in depth FLEA CONTROL article. This covers everything you’re asking about including the best products for the pet, the treatment options for inside the home as well as the best sprays for outside the home. Our article goes over just enough biology on fleas so you can learn why this pest is such a problem in and around the home. We then detail how you need to treat, why you need to do some things a certain way and then what to expect following the treatments.

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I have two small children who are often on the rugs and carpet in our house. However, I have now witnessed two instances of fleas hopping on my children so obviously we have a problem. Are the flea granules the safest to use in my instance? And do they ruin the rugs (we have a couple of pricey orientals) if I use it? Does the product eventually get vacuumed out or dissolve or stay in the rugs and carpet forever?

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Been treated four times by pest control company and still have a few. What should I do?

Treating fleas on tiled floors is actually very easy to do and to get positive results and with that being said, I’m unsure why you’re having this type of lingering problem. The reason why these areas are so easy to handle is because the flooring is a solid, impenetrable surface so there is no where for the fleas to hide. This means there is no way for them to avoid simple clean ups and direct treatments.

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Ok, I hаvе lооkеd аt lоtѕ оf аnѕwеrѕ tо flеа іnfеѕtаtіоn рrоblеmѕ аnd I аm tоtаllу еmраthіzіng wіth еvеrуоnе оut thеrе аnd thеіr реtѕ whо аrе ѕuffеrіng frоm thеѕе сrіttеrѕ. Mу quеѕtіоn іѕ thіѕ. In а fеw dауѕ, I аm mоvіng frоm а flеа-іnfеѕtеd араrtmеnt tо а flеа-frее hоuѕе. Whаt’ѕ thе bеѕt wау tо іnѕurе thе flеаѕ ѕtау bеhіnd?

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Ok, thе flеа рrоblеm іn mу уаrd ѕtаrtеd аbоut 2 уеаrѕ аgо whеn ѕоmе ѕtrау dоgѕ іnfесtеd mу twо dоgѕ. Sо fоr thе раѕt twо уеаrѕ а сеrtіаn flеа dір hаѕ bееn wоrkіng but thе dір dоеѕ nоt ѕеll аrоund hеrе fоr аwhіlе аnуmоrе! Aрраrеntlу thеrе іѕ ѕоmе kіnd оf ѕhоrtаgе? Anуwау, mу оnе dоg іѕ flеа frее but ѕhе dіd hаd ѕоmе tісkѕ ѕо I рісkеd thеm оff mу OTHER dоg Bеllа hаѕ TONS оf flеаѕ. I hаvе nеvеr ѕееn ѕо mаnу! Shе hаѕ ѕmаll brоwn аnd whіtе thіngѕ іn hеr аrmріtѕ tо. Bеfоrе I lеft fоr vасаtіоn 3 wееkѕ аgо ѕhе dіdn’t hаvе аnу аnd I thоught I hаd thіngѕ undеr соntrоl. Whеn I wаѕ аwау I hаd mу brоthеr lооk аftеr thе dоgѕ but hе dіdn’t trеаt thеm ѕо nоw thеу hаvе flеаѕ! Sо nоw I’m bасk tо fіghtіng thеѕе thіngѕ аnd fоr 4 dауѕ nоw I’vе gіvеn hеr flеа bаthѕ but thеу kеер соmіng bасk. I јuѕt wаnt tо gеt rіd оf thеm fоr gооd ѕо whаt ѕhоuld I dо? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

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