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?
I found a 3 mo old kitten living in my siding on Sunday oct 16. I brought the cat inside and washed it with dawn dish soap. I kept finding little grains in its fur and thought it was from the kitty litter until i found a flee… and another one so I promptly bought hartz flee shampoo and washed her well. I found more flea on her face and near her eyes, so I washed her face again and saw some flea fall off on to the floor and promptly killed them. I haven’t had her to long and I do have a spray I used in her hiding spots. I have 1 or 2 bites on my arms from yesterday and most of the fleas seem to be gone now. What else should I do and will I have a high chance of an infest. I am currently vacuuming washing and drying anything the kitten was on. Please let me know if I should take any other steps. Thank you, Jason
If you have dogs and they have fleas, do the fleas stay on the dogs rather then jumping off? I do not have a dog but my sister came by with hers and now I have fleas. She claims that there are no fleas in her home and she never gets bitten but we have been under attack. I checked two of her dogs and found on one the black droppings of the fleas. I am concerned even if she comes over that there could be fleas on her as well and she will re-infect my home, can that happen as well.
I have recently discovered fleas on my cats. I was reading your very informative articles and saw that this product, Precor 2000, is helpful in getting rid of fleas in the house, carpets and on furniture. However, I read that the active ingredient is permethrin, which is toxic to cats. If I spray it in the house, can it hurt my cats? If it will, what can I use to get rid of fleas in the house so that the cats won’t get re-infested?
I have 4 dogs and i live in the woods on a big property. Our dogs always get fleas and we get rid of them but it doesn’t always work as planned. The house wont have fleas for about a month then they all come back because our dogs play outside most of the day. Now the fleas are worse this time of year and one of our dogs has them worse then the others. Shes constantly itching and scratching, I don’t think she does anything else, but that. I’m really worried because she is tearing at her skin so bad her hair is falling out on her tummy, she just grew all her hair back from last time, she is a beautiful golden retriever about 8 years old in November, in good shape, but the fleas. As You can see we have spent a ton of money getting bombs and flea shampoo and flea stuff to go on after, but it doesn’t work that long and the fleas keep coming back, what should i do to get them gone for good?
We have lived in the same house for almost a decade. We have never had any pets and haven’t even had anyone else’s pets in our home recently (within at least 6 months or more). Just in the last 24 hours I’ve started seeing quite a few fleas on my feet and lower legs (summer clothes…shorts and no shoes). And these are definitely inside the house; not brought in from outside. I would have thought without pets the possibility of getting a fleas infestation inside our home would be remote at best. And they’ve appeared so suddenly. Have never noticed any before about 24 hours ago. We keep a relatively clean house (vacumning about once a week usually). So ultimately I wanted to know if this is a situation you are familiar with and how common (or uncommon) is it?
I caught a flea in my 13-month old’s room and saw another a few days later. She shows no evidence of being bitten (neither does our cat), even though she plays on the floor every day. My husband and I are a different story; even though I’ve only seen two fleas, we have multiple bites. I started vacuuming every other day, treated the (wall-to-wall) carpet with borax, and kept my daughter off the carpet as much as possible. Is there another treatment that is safe for me to use on our floors with a crawling baby?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I have a wicked flea problem and would like to know if there are any home remedies that might get this problem under control. Last year I used some borax powder when I saw one and that seemed to cure it. this year I didn’t apply any till I was being bit and now the borax isn’t doing anything. Is there something else I can use that isn’t a spray?
I have used 20 mule team borax for flea control and was wondering why it didn’t work for me. My friends said it cured their problem but I haven’t been that lucky. Is there something you should do when using it?