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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 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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Hello. I’ve been getting bitten in my sleep for a week or so and assumed that fleas were living in my bed. After reading some of your questions, I’ve discovered that fleas don’t live in beds, only on hosts (such as a pet, not a human?) Well, since I started getting bitten I decided that my cats were no longer allowed in my bedroom, so a flea has no host to cling to. Also, our cats were treated for fleas not long ago. Could this be fleas or does it sound like something else? Definately not bed bugs as I’ve done thorough research on them and everything I’ve read cancels them out. Many Thanks.

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This is the first time we ever have been infested with fleas. Our dog had them on him and it took us 2 days to realize that he actually had fleas. And then we went to work with bombing the house, vacuuming the carpets and furniture, washing sheets on the bed, throwing out the dogs bed, washing all the dog toys in hot water, and spraying the carpets, flooring, and furniture. The dog has been treated with spot on treatment Frontline Plus, Capstar pills to kill adult fleas, and Program to kill flea eggs and larvae. And he gets a bath at least every 5 days. Since he has been on the Capstar pill I have not seen any fleas on him. But I know we still them since we have flea traps throughout the house and are still catching them. My first question is that if there are no fleas in a trap and it has been 3 weeks does that mean that room has no fleas? Second question is that we live in a 2 family home, with me and my family living on the bottom floor and other relatives living on the top floor, so if we went upstairs or in the car or anyone elses house, could we take the fleas on our clothes and have someone elses home infested or our car? Third and final question is that we are planning on steam cleaning the carpet and have gotten mixed opinions on whether to do it or not, will it help? and if we do treat the carpet/area rugs can we put powders (fleasbuster) down afterwards? How dry does the carpet have to be? Also, if we do steam clean the carpet does that mean fleas will hatch sooner and we can come home to a swarm of fleas afterwork? Just trying to get an idea on this. The dog would not be around when treating, so they won’t after him if we came home, any ideas or suggestions would help. I’m just not sure when this will be over.

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Hi my dog has fleas and my house is infested. We have treated the dog and treated the house on our own with a spray. We sprayed all of our hardwood floors. I needed to know if fleas live in clothes, so in part of my treatment should I wash all of them? And do they live in beds? If yes how do I rid them of my mattress? I am the only one in the house getting bit my husband isn’t. Our big issue is also that we are moving in 4 weeks and we are not bringing the dog,but we want to make sure we don’t bring the fleas. Will fleas move with us when we pack our things? We are only bringing the bed, clothes, & electronics? If yes should we pre-treat the new house before moving to be proactive? Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for your help.

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To Whom It May Concern,

 My husband and I recently uthenized our dog and two weeks later we start getting bites and come to the realization that we have fleas.

I had no idea that our dog had fleas, I think that she did not have fleas as we just moved into a new house a year ago and I’m thinking the fleas were here previously none the less we now have fleas.

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Our cat always used to walk on our oriental rugs and would sit on the furniture.  Now, he only will walk on the hard wood floors and avoids the carpet and never sits on the furniture any more.  Why all of a sudden is he doing this? He is an older male cat that we took in as a stray 6 yrs ago.

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Our indoor cats managed to get fleas. Not real bad. We believe we caught it early. We took all the steps necessary (washing everything, vacuuming, treating the carpets with sprays and an IGR, etc). We also treated the cats with Revolution. All except one that is…

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I was wondering if you could tell me that if washing cloths and other bedding in just one cycle of hot water will kill fleas and eggs. Thank You.

It will. But if you review our FLEA CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn that in fact clothing is rarely if ever a place where one would have flea eggs laid. As our article explains, fleas want to live on their host. In most cases this will be a pet. But when local populations get large, there will usually be a problem in the home or surrounding yard as well. These local infestations will usually lead to people getting bit when walking around the premises. But will the fleas stay on these people and lay eggs? No.

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My husband entered a home that was flea infested. Not knowing, got back into his car. As we were driving away I noticed them all over him. Before entering our own home, he stripped down and we threw out his clothes and shoes. So, What is the best way to kill the fleas inside the car? And should we treat our own home too?

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We recently (July 18) had friends stay with us for a week. They brought their 5 healthy well cared for dogs. The dogs have been on Frontline since May. The day after they left, we found fleas on the sofa.We flea bombed 2 times. Now we are having problems in the bedroom where they slept with people getting bit on their legs.Vacuuming revealed fleas in the carpet. I am ordering your sticky traps and the powder. I am vacuuming daily. How did we get fleas? The animals did not show signs of fleas from their reports and they tell us they do not have fleas in their homes. Could they be carriers? The incubation period seems too short ( the day after they left) for the dogs to be a problem. I need to understand to prevent this from occurring again. Thanks!

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The fleas in our home only bite 1 person and it is really bad for her on her ankles and legs. Which does not make any sense thinking they would bite everyone else as well. What should I do and what should I be looking for?

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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?

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Hello,
My name is Susan and our weiner dog mix has never before had a problem with fleas untill my youngest son got a dog with his exgirlfriend and then an infestation happened. And now the poor thing is starting to bite off his own hair. No matter what I do I can’t seem to get rid of them. PLEASE PLEASE HELP me and help my dog! He is a member of our family and it hurts me to see him in pain like this.

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The yard treatments you recommend; are they pet safe or will i have to keep my dog out of the yard for an extended period? Frontline, advantage and advantix only stay effective for about 1 week and then my dog is completely re-infested. I am at my wits end; any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks, Angela

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