We have been dealing with a flea problem with our small dog and in our house for over 3 weeks. We first discovered several fleas on her over three weeks ago – I can’t be quite sure how long she had them. We immediately gave our dog a bath in flea shampoo but still saw fleas return to her immediately. We haven’t dealt with this before so weren’t sure how to handle and thought that would be enough – boy we were wrong!
After they returned, I then started by washing bedding (and anything she came into contact with), vacuuming the entire house from top to bottom, gave her another flea bath and treated her with Frontline. We still saw them return a few days later. We repeated this cycle three times.
We then got her an appointment to get a flea dip and while she was out of the house we did a flea bomb/fogger in our home – upstairs and downstairs. Left it the appropriate amount of time and then aired out the house and came back home with our dog.
That was this weekend and today (Monday) we just found a few more fleas on the dog! We are at our wits end and aren’t sure what to do.
We would appreciate any advice you can give us on where to go next as we thought a flea bomb was kind of a last resort and should solve the issue. We really just want to be rid of the fleas for once and for all.
For starters I suggest you read through our FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE. This will help you understand just what’s happening in your home. It’s pretty obvious you have Flea Pupae throughout the home and they’re hatching. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. But if you don’t deal with them directly by treating the carpets and flooring, this problem will go on and on.
In our article you’ll learn that all the vacuuming is actually helpful but not until you have something like our ONCE A YEAR FLEA POWDER applied. You’ll also learn that total release aerosol’s aren’t going to offer much help either so save your money and time by skipping that process. All they do is spew chemical all over the home which is a huge waste. And since Flea Pupae will be hatching withing a day of using them anyway, you’ll find the fleas returning indefinitely until you have something in place that will control the eggs and larvae like our Flea Powder. So for the best overall treatment option, go with the Once A Year Powder. It’s odorless, easy to apply and works.
Lastly, at some point in time you should get some FLEA TRAPS installed since they’ll both alert you to any new activity as well as help to get flea pupae to hatch. Flea Traps won’t solve an infestation but they no doubt can help make the process of getting rid of them manageable.
Also in our article you’ll learn about just how long this can go on; sorry to be the one letting you know but on average, most homes will take 4-8 weeks to get under control once fleas are active. And this is after it’s been properly treated. So even though it’s been three weeks for you and the current problem, I’m afraid this could easily go on for another couple of months because only until it’s been properly treated will this vicious cycle end.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Flea Control Article:http://www.flea.net/flea-control
Flea Pupae: www.flea.net/flea-control#pupae
Once A Year Flea Treatment: www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/first-defense-20-ounce-jar
Flea Traps: www.bugspraycart.com/traps/electric/flea-trap