We brought in cats from the outside, the vet said they did not have fleas, well months later we found a flea.  this was after their night over at the vet months later.  We treated them with frontline and flea bath (before letting them upstairs from the basement they were there because of the claws until surgery) The problem started in dec. The cats have been flea free, I check daily.  I continue to frontline monthly.  The sprayed the basement in Jan. then upstairs we had fleas so I sprayed and carpet powder. Many times. (i’m the one who gets the bites) I have had no bites up here, and since no fleas upstairs and continue to vaccum freguently and spray every few weeks now just to be sure and continue the treatment to be effective.  Well I realized a few weeks ago we had a problem in the basement. The cats don’t go down there and we dont often So we didnt realize we still had a problem.  I sprayed again and cleaned and threw everything away.  We then set off foggers 4 weeks ago. We have been now vaccuming frequently. We are going to set off foggers again next week and continue to vaccum. And then set them off again in 3 weeks after.  I know the fourth stage you can’t kill and need to stimulate to hatch out.  If we are vaccuming frequently 4-5 days a week and set off foggers every 3-4 weeks and do the sprays  inbetween.  How long will this take? I mean I know the last stage they can stay dormant a long time, but with the vaccuming and vibration we are making down there shouldnt that help quicker? I’m parnoid. I won’t vaccum down there. I make my husband.  It is all I talk about and I have about had it.  I know cement is harder with sprays because it is porus.  But if I’m continously spraying and bombing, and vaccuming shouldn’t this be effective? And how do I know when I’m at the point where I need to get a professional in? and also today went I went down and did some spraying I didnt see any (and I look, because I’m parnoid about it all) There were three on my clothing (not on me because I tuck all my clothing in and wear gloves, I got them and drown them) But I’m not seeing a whole bunch jumping around or anything, and its easy to see on the cement floor. Does this mean, there are probaly only a few now hatching out and we are becoming effective, or I’m I just talking myself into the fact that things are working? Please give me some advice before I go crazy!

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We are referred to you as the best source for do-it-yourself pest control.

After renters departed (with their 3 pitbulls)…
After 1 week the room the dogs were in was flea infested.  We treated with store  bought products
After 2 wks fleas had spread through-out house,  We again treated while painting.
After 3 wks we bombed.
Now there are small fleas still inside

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I just came across your website and have a question for you. I have a flea problem. What I need to know is how can I get rid of my fleas by using some sort of non-toxic means? I have 3 dogs, a cat, a rabbit and I have birds (parrots to be exact) and am unable to use any toxins that pollute the air because the birds are very sensitive and the toxins can be absorbed through their skin and make them very sick or even kill them. I would appreciate any help you can give me. I bathe my dogs every other day and spray my cat with a pyrethrin (spelling?) spray. I vacuum my floors wash the dogs bedding. As I said, any help and advice would be appreciated.

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Can your products be used on dogs?  In particular the Stinger Stopper?  What other products, if any, are safe to use on dogs?
Thank you,
C. in Georgetown, SC  w/her dog who has developed allergies to insect bites!!

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We get a lot of questions about our Flea Trap. Most people are asking “what makes it so effective” and others are wondering if it “will work for my situation”. The bottom line is that our Flea Trap does a great job of attracting and catching fleas in homes, apartments and most any structure. Keep one installed where you suspect fleas are active – especially if you don’t have a pet or people moving much in the structure – since the trap does a great job of “rounding up” rogue fleas. Realtors and landlords should be especially interested since a vacant property full of fleas can’t sell or rent. Install some  Flea Traps and you’ll see a big reduction of this menacing pest making the property a lot more marketable.

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I am looking at the First Defense product to help us deal with a flea problem.  Our house is mostly hardwood floors, but we also have wall-to-wall carpets and rugs, including oriental rugs.  I’d like to know whether the product can cause any damage to carpets or rugs, and whether it will leave any visible trace or residue on any of them, including ones with dark colors.  Also, can you tell me whether the product lasts as long on woven rugs, which are not as thick and don’t have the same texture.

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I ordered your product and in conjunction with Ultracide for my house, I am hoping to be rid of those dastardly fleas.  I have 5 cats.  They have never been outside a day in their life, but I have probably brought fleas in and have had 5 cats in misery despite the fact that for the past 4 months, they have been on Frontline Plus.  Another mystery to me.

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I am in a daze, and don’t know what to do. we recently had a new furnace put in, and duck work. our crawlspaces, insulated. great. but 1 week latter we went into basement, and we were attacked, and covered in fleas.

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How are you? I am a potential customer who is looking for flea control products that really work. I am looking for my mother who is living in Taiwan, where is very humid and warm. She has been having flea problems for a long time, and she has been fighting with fleas without effective tools.

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I’ve seen a few fleas on my cat and I know I have to treat the problem before it gets worse. I’m thinking the once a year flea granules would be a good choice since I hate to spray but I just want to make sure it’s safe for her. Also, do you recommend flea traps? We’re going to the vet today to make sure she’s properly treated too.

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Fleas seem to be everywhere in my house right now and I need to do something right away. I don’t know if it’s due to the excessive rain we’ve had or the heat or maybe both. But right now I see them on the dog and in my carpet and furniture. I have looked at your site and I like the carpet granules but can I still spray on top of it to kill all the adults instead of using just the traps? Also, is it ok to spray the furniture or is there something else I should use on it?  I don’t want to ruin any of the fabric.

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Could you tell me where I can buy these flea traps? I live in southern California.

At this time we don’t know anyone that has our FLEA TRAPS in your region. But you can get them direct from us and we ship within one day. To Southern California, it usually only takes 3-4 days to arrive. Here is a link to it in our shopping cart where you can order on line which gets you a 5% discount as well:  FLEA TRAPS

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Do you carry any non-toxic spray for fleas and their eggs?

We have some really low impact type sprays and treatment options that you might can call a non-toxic spray for fleas. Mind you these won’t work as quickly because they won’t be acutely toxic. But they will be equally if not better in the long run. As explained in our FLEA CONTROL article, breaking the flea cycle is paramount to long term flea control.

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I have a flea infestation and was wondering what kind of remedies you offer that would be safe to use. I don’t like spraying because it takes so long for my carpets to dry. but right now the fleas are so bad my cat doesn’t want to be on the floor and it seems like they’re worse than ever before. Is there something I can use that will be safe for my pet and still be effective?

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My dog has been suffering with a lot of flea bites from a recent problem we had in the house. I got your once a yr flea powder and some traps and that has worked wonders. Now I’m hoping you have something that can help my dog! Any suggestions for her irritated skin?

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