A house infested with fleas! What to do?

My friend Jory is having problems with a flea infestation in his new house. Here’s what he has to say:

So, I moved into a new place a week ago Sunday. The woman there before me got two kittens about 3 weeks before she moved out. And there are friggin’ fleas.

So far, I’ve tried the following:

* I bombed the place with foggers TWICE. Within 20 minutes, the fleas were jumping around in the kitchen again!

* I put flea powder on the carpets

* I had the carpets steam-cleaned

* I have put diatomaceus earth around the kitchen and other places I’ve seen the fleas.

* I’ve got a flea collar in the vacuum and have been vacuuming about 6 times each day. (Pretty much every time I need to walk into a room or leave it again.)

I’m not even sure where the hell the fleas are coming from anymore, but it seems to me they’re living in the kitchen, which doesn’t even make sense. The kitchen has a linoleum/vinyl floor. The edges curl up to the kitchen cabinets, so I’m theorizing that they’re living/laying eggs under the lino, which is protecting them from the foggers and allows them to jump out moments later and appear under the kitchen cabinets from seemingly nowhere.

What do you think? Ever heard of fleas living under lino?

Thanks for your help!

Jory

Ah, the never ending battle against blood sucking insects. Fleas have got to be some of the most annoying, because they seemingly appear out of nowhere and last for ages! Well, onto the questions.

First off, a little bit about fleas. Fleas are a wingless, blood sucking insect that feed on animals (and therefore humans). There are good number of different flea species, but the most common flea causing problems in a household is the cat flea, or Ctenocephalides felis.  The good news with this flea is that it doesn’t transmit plague (unlike the rat flea which spreads bubonic plague). Since I don’t have a specimine to identifiy, I’m going to assume that Jory has C. felis.  The bad news is it is still a blood sucker, and therefore still really annoying to anyone unlucky enough to get infested.

Most fleas spend their time on animals, blood feeding for several days or until they are groomed or knocked off. The cat flea doesn’t infest humans (i.e., doesn’t stay on humans for long periods) but can and will bite humans for a blood meal. Flea bites present as small, round, red marks, usually on the ankles or lower legs. People who are sensitive may see raised bumps and experience intense itching and rashes. Sever allergic reactions take approximately 12-24 hours to develop, and can last over 7 days. In the case of a bad reaction, a topical antihistamine cream, and an oral antihistamine may be used to treat the symptoms.

Fleas have a relatively simple life cycle, which makes interrupting said life cycle easy. The female flea must take a blood meal in order to produce eggs. She then lays her eggs within 2 days of her first blood meal. The eggs are found in pet bedding, carpet, upholstery–that sort of place. The eggs are tiny (1/50th of an inch), white, and generally round. They are rather delicate, and can be dried out by many products. A single female flea can lay up to 27 eggs per day for around 9 days.

The female flea also excretes what she doesn’t use of the blood meal as feces, often termed “flea dirt” which serves as food for her young. The feces looks just like dirt, and can most easily be seen in the fur of infested animals. FYI–if you were to place this dirt in water, it would rehydrate and turn the water bright red. Science is fun AND interesting!

The eggs hatch between 2 days and 2 weeks after being laid (depending on temperature–optimum temperature for this species seems to be between 80 and 90 F, with a relative humidity of 70%. They will hatch at lower and higher temperatures, just not as quickly or readily. They don’t seem to hatch below 50 F) into a small, worm-like larvae. These larvae are the most vulnerable stage. The larvae live in the carpet, bedding, or upholstery, feeding on flea feces in those same areas. The larvae go through several stages, or instars, in this form, and stay as larvae for as few as 6 days, to well beyond 2 weeks, once again depending on temperature.

Once the larvae have finished their instars, they begin to collect debris in their immediate area–things like hair, dust, dirt, fibers, etc. They use these debris and a silky material produced by their saliva to construct a hard casing around their entire body. This casing is almost impossible to see, because it is to completely camouflaged with its surroundings. The flea undergoes a complete metamorphosis inside the casing, where it breaks down its body into its basic components and reforms it into the adult flea form. This stage is very hardy–it can take a lot of stress and abuse without dying. In fact, most insects use the pupal form to survive adverse conditions, such as winter or drought. Fleas are no exception, and it is very, very hard to kill the pupal stage.

Pupae take between 7 and 10 days to emerge into adults. However, if conditions are adverse, they newly formed flea may stay in the pupal casing until it is all but guaranteed a blood meal after emergence. This is why an empty home can suddenly have a flea infestation right after you move in. Fleas can stay dormant in the pupal stage for months at a time, waiting to sense a blood meal. Vibrations caused by walking and moving appear to trigger the dormant insects into emerging all at the same time. Fun for all involved!

Newly emerged adults must have a blood meal to survive. They will attach to any animal that happens to be in the area, feed, mate, and repeat the cycle.

So, in an indoor habitat, let’s assume that the average temperature is 75 F most of the time. This would put the life cycle at 1 week for the egg stage, 10 days for the larvae, and 10 days for the pupae (approximately). That’s about 27 days for a flea to go from egg to adult. Assuming Jory moved into his home and didn’t notice any adult fleas when he went to look at the place, then all the fleas he’s dealing with now were in the earlier stages of development–egg, larvae, or pupae. So what should he do?

Provided you don’t have a pet that is re-infesting the house, fleas are rather easy to control. The simplest thing to do is vacuum. A recent study showed that vacuuming up any stage other than pupae kills the flea (so eggs, larvae, and adults are all killed by the vacuum) so the first step to control is to vacuum any and all areas that are infested. Make sure you include upholstery, beneath furniture, and along edges. Jory mentioned that he thought there may be some fleas beneath the linoleum. Remember that all an immature flea needs to survive is flea dirt, so it’s very possible for fleas to live in all kinds of habitats. Vacuum wherever fleas are suspected.

Flea bombs are a way to quickly kill adult fleas, but they present their problems. They must be used in a tightly closed area, and are designed for specific square footage. If you attempt to use a bomb incorrectly, it will not kill the adults at all. Secondly, there are really only a few pesticides licensed for indoor use. Fleas have this annoying ability to evolve, and the more they are exposed to a pesticide, the more likely they will become immune from it. Jory has tried the flea bombs, and says they fleas come jumping out right afterwards. This tells me they have been exposed before, and are now immune to whatever is in the bomb. I suggest finding another type of bomb with a different pesticide in it, or simply physically remove the fleas with a vacuum.

Diatomaceous earth is a great way to kill eggs and larvae. The fossilized diatoms act as razor blades, cutting the integument of the fleas to ribbons, and causing the fleas to dehydrate or bleed to death. This doesn’t work as well on adults, but works a bit. Spread the DE around any areas where fleas are found, wait a bit, then vacuum it up.

The biggest thing to do is wait. Remember the life cycle–you can easily kill the eggs and larvae, but the pupae are a pain. You may have to wait them out for up to 2 weeks. Vacuum at least twice a day, wash bedding, and clean upholstery, and within a month you should have interrupted the life cycle. Good luck!

75 thoughts on “A house infested with fleas! What to do?”

  1. Oh my gosh fleas ARE the BIGGEST pain in the world. I had this problem and tried everything just like Jory. Wish I would’ve had this sight to read about them. You hit the nail right on the head with the life cycle and the fact that they are constantly evolving. I found that out the hard way, but with enough searching I did eventually find a solution that really works. Wondercide is the best treatment around, and the great thing is that I don’t have to worry about spraying it around my lil’ ones…it’s completely chemical free!
    I know how hard those little boogers are to get under control once it’s out of control. I hope I can help anyone in that situation by telling them about something that really does work. So look up Wondercide and you’ll be happy you did!

  2. My neighbor has fleas on his house. They are all over the siding. This has been attracting woodpeckers who are taking chucks of sliding off as they eat the fleas. What do you use for fleas ON your house?? Have never seen this before.

  3. My sister has two dogs and one cat that goes outside and visits the field across the street. Her dogs keep getting fleas and she swears there not in her house because the animals are not infested so she says. I believe that if your animals have them there in your house. She said that if the animals are not infested there not in her house at least she has’nt seen any on her or her family! Her house is full of carpet and I always thought if you treat your animal you have to treat your house. I have dogs and I will not take them over anymore unless she treats her house. She is going to put some kind of salt in the carpet, what the hell does that do?

  4. I have had the bug man over 3 times in 2 weeks to my little cottage I have for rent. I have vacumned a bunch of times and the new renter put off bug bombs at least 5 times. Still have alot of fleas and the renter asked for the money back that he paid to move in. This was because of the last renter with a dog, but I’m wondering how he lived in there, even though I know the fleas had a dog to live on while he was there. I’ll try the borax or the boric acid and I’ll let you all know how it worked.

  5. My exterminator has always told me to use straight undiluted Pine Sol to kill fleas, and it used to work. I recently have had another infestation, btw we don’t have animals in the house. He told me to use Borax detergent booster, this helped but they arent gone. My exterminator came and sprayed, they are still here. I am going to keep trying. Last time we bombed the house and it worked, but that is such a messy clean up, and only kills the adult fleas anyway.

  6. I have been fighting fleas for the past 2 weeks. I am now going into my 3rd week and they seem to have died off…I hope! We have a Siberian Husky who goes to the groomer every 3 months. He was also on Frontline and we switched to Advantage because the Frontline didn’t really work. I have treated outside the house and inside with gallons (and I mean gallons) of spray chemicals. To top it all off, we also have a 7 month old son. So, needless to say, the wife and child moved out when the spraying began and haven’t been back since. Thankfully, we have the luxury of going elsewhere, but this fight has really been a battle!
    I have tried various Hartz products, Raid products, Bayer products (they make a lot of chemicals!) and Ortho Home Defense Max (this one is pretty damn good a killing the adults and pretty much any other living creature). I am not sure which product worked, but after spraying and vacuuming for 2 weeks they really seem to have gone away. I also removed my pet from the home to avoid reinfestation.
    I’d also like to point out, we have hardwood floors in 90% of the home. The other rooms are tiles. These critters setup shop in the cracks in the floorboards and under my baseboard molding. In addition to the chemicals, I also placed flea traps (made by Victor) in several rooms in the house. These little traps continue to capture the little vampires when nobody is home.
    My last phase of this nightmare is cleanup. I have mopped every floor with Pine-Sol. I plan on doing this again before I reintroduce the family back into the home.
    Maybe one day soon, I’ll have my life back.

  7. Somehow the garage got infested with fleas and then they started coming in the house, we’ve been using spray and vacuuming and we’ve bombed the garage twice!! The house is getting there but how do you get them out of the garage if you dont have alot of money to spend on products. We also got the animals under control and the garage is off limits until we can figure something out. Will they die in the cold weather? Someone mentioned salt, does it actually work????

  8. hi lily

    i found your paragraph most helpful!
    me and my household have managed to catch some fleas from (supposedly) my next door neighbour’s dog! (though we don’t mention anything to her). the first time i realised that i had them was when we came back from a holiday in egypt, nearly 3 weeks ago, and we were just settling back in. when i was in egypt, i had no bites anywhere at all. but soon after the day i decided to collect my pet gerbils from my next door neighbour, these bites started appearing, out of no where! i couldn’t think what it could be. the last thing on earth i thought it would be, was fleas, because we don’t have a cat any more (sadly she passed away recently)
    so the answer didn’t spring to mind at all. then i started to see them jumping around the place, and more bites were appearing everyday (now i’m infested with them! and can’t stop scratching!) my family didn’t actually believe me, until this morning, when my dad actually killed one. i honestly am just about fed up of the little paricites! back to the point anyway, so wondercide does work then? where do you put it? is it spray? cream? or what?

    thanks alot, look foward to hearing from you.

    kate.

  9. My daughter puts a bowl of water with dish detergent on the floor, the fleas jump in but they don’t jump out. It’s like a magnet

  10. I have fleas in my apartment and i get bitten all the time. I do not have any animals and they do like my blood so in my desperation i sprinkled baby powder on both of my legs and in my carpet. Seems to be working, I haven’t been biten since and I will vac the carpet in a day or two

  11. I am puzzled…

    We seem to have suddenly received fleas. Now, my partner has nine cats (I know, but…) and we have three small dogs, so we do have too many pets. We live in the north were fleas are not native. But…

    My partner seems to have all the problems. I have not noticed any of the pets scratching and all have been treated with Advantage. But my partner says her room is infested – but nothing in the rest of the house. I thought if the home was infested, they would be everywhere, not just one room. I have no bits, have not seen any fleas in my room, and yet she seems to find fleas or flea eggs every night in her room. We have tried every product available and borax on all carpets in her room. The mattress spent a week in below zero weather. I wonder at times if it is all her imagination after the initial infestion seems to have disappeared.

    Do they stay in only one room, or attack only one person?

  12. Does anyone know if you take your bedding (especially comforters) and place them outside when it’s below freezing-will that kill the flea’s?

  13. if my cats and my dog have fleas wat happens if my pet rat gets them?? i mean he didnt have them till he got here and i dont know if he has them but hes straching himself raw?? i called the pet store they said to use nix headlice shampoo but dilute it. and just spary him wit it. hes was bread in captivity so if he dose have them they would only be cat fleas right im sorta worried cause my 7 year old son constantly plays wit him same as my two year old niece. as well my bfs roommate says they have fleas that i brought over there and they are constantly gettin bit but only at night and when they are in bed but when my bf stays here he never gets bit wat does that mean?

  14. Well I live on a large yot in Florida and the fleas get really bad. I have two dogs and my puppy carries fleas like no tommarow. All the flea shit you can buy from the vet doesn’t work anymore! But my best friend “Samone” who is 9 does not have a flea problem. I heard to use dawn in a sprayer w/water and it works. Im about to try it b/c I’m over the fleas

  15. Does anyone know if you take your bedding (especially comforters) and place them outside when it’s below freezing-will that kill the flea’s?

    I had tried that over the winter here…not sure if any of the fleas died, but I know that my neighbor ended up with fleas a few weeks later. I think they just found a new home.

  16. Do they stay in only one room, or attack only one person?

    We are dealing with a flea problem now. We went camping and came home to the bathroom and bedroom completely infested. I have never seen anything like it before. But they are staying only in those rooms and unless one of us walks into those rooms and walks out, I never see them in any other room. It is the oddest thing.

    We have bombed the house 3 times now, and no luck at all. They are still all over. After finding this site I understand why now. Thanks to everyone for some other alternatives for me to try to get rid of them. I will let you know what works for us when they are gone.

  17. iv got fleas living in the upstairs of my house and wasnt able to get rid of them till i started spraying the floors with cif acti-fast spray and its been almost a month and they havent been back, but iv given the dogs flea collars and washed them with flea shampoo and evengave the flea drops and their still living on the dogs?

  18. I have just about had it with the fleas! Im ready to burn down the house. – We kept our animals in the basement over the winter. We have a dog and 2 inside only cats. which still stayed in the basement. When we discovered the fleas the dog went out perminantly and the cats went to the garage. Terminix has been here 3 times we have vacumed and bombed repeateley and they arnt going away. This is going on 5 months. I finally let the cats out of the garage for their sanity and ours and now we cant get them out of there either. So the basement and garage are both infested. Oh and did I mention that they are both concrete. not an ounce of carpet or fabric anywhere. I am looking into the wondercide!

  19. My skin is crawling. Perhaps it is just in my head, I dunno. For about a week it felt like my feet were on fire. Then a few days ago the kids were playing with the dog, fleas.
    I took her to get a flea bath, the dog groomer said the dog required two baths and that she is flea free.
    For my sanity I vacuumed, vacuumed and vacuumed, sprayed, powered, sprayed and sprayed. Most of the house has carpet and I had to treat the sofa/chairs, since she likes to sleep on the sofa.
    I don’t see any in/on my bed/bedding or clothes BUT my skin is crawling, no bite marks.
    If I bagged my blankets and sucked all the air out, will that kill the fleas?
    Do I need to wash my clothes once or twice in cold or hot water?
    Are they, could they be in my wooden floor?
    Oh I didn’t mention that we just notice that she still has fleas, if they were completely gone I wouldn’t know (I never touch her).
    I put Frontline on her, like the groomer said and I am so disgusted that nothing is working.
    My son loves his puppy, I really am trying hard to deal with all this but I don’t know how much longer I can hang on before I, I….make the choice to get her out of my house.
    help

  20. Hey there! It sounds like you are on the right track with taking care of the fleas. You’ve vacuumed/sprayed/powdered, which should have taken care of any and all eggs and larvae found in the fabric of your home, and the two baths plus frontline will have knocked down the adult population on the puppy. However, fleas are resilient, and often have strong populations living outdoors. If your puppy goes outside, she can easily pick up new adults to carry back inside. Frontline should work after a couple of months to repel these interlopers, but in the mean time a regular bathing schedule (and perhaps some flea combing) will help a lot.

    As for your blankets, putting them in a bag probably won’t help–it’s the action of moving the fleas from the fabric and through the vacuum that kills them. A bunched up blanket in a bag will probably give them too many places to hide. However, washing your blankets in hot water will kill adults and larvae/eggs, so just wash them (a few times, if it makes you feel better, but once should do the trick) and dry them in a hot dryer. Do the same with any clothes you worry have fleas, and all the adults should be dead.

    As long as you keep up with the cleaning schedule you’ve put in place, your house should be flea-free soon. Yes, fleas can live in wood floors, but they don’t do very well, and the cleaners most people use on the floors kill them pretty effectively. You might want to run the vacuum over the floors just to be safe, though. Given a flea’s life cycle (just a few weeks at room temperature), you should take care of all life stages within 2 months. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions (and hopefully I’ll be all caught up with answering these comments so I can get back to you more quickly!)

  21. Hi I am so sick of fleas. I am at my wits end. It dosent matter what we do they keep coming back we even so put our little dogs outside for good because eveytime we let them put to go to the bathroom they would bring more fleas in. I can say front line did not work on the animals. pleas help i am going crazy and my kids are getting eaten too please help

  22. These flea products sold in stores do not even work. I have taken back empty containers of flea medicine back for refund and complained it did not work.Got my money back too. Maybe Hartz company will get the hint and quit selling products tht do not work.

  23. I realized I had fleas in one of my empty rental houses about 4 weeks ago. The house is completely empty and has all hardwood floors and ceramic tile (NO CARPET). I first used over the counter flee foggers about 3 treatments then switched to a product called knockout provided to me by veterinarian. It supposed to kill all stages of fleas and prevent re-infestations. Every time I go back in the house a day or 2 after treating them I see fleas jumping on my socks (not a lot but they are there) sometimes they are very jumpy and sometimes they just crawl around. I have vacummed probably 5 or 6 times between treatments. I have teated with the expensive Knockout ES spray the last 2 times , but still am seeing fleas. I want to rent it out, but dont want new tenant to call me freaking out about fleas right after moving in. Does it take that long to stop seeing them?

  24. omg what else to do i have read all comments above and nothing seems to kill them all but it helps .u should try the soap water under the couch or where u think theres fleas u will be suprise how much fleas jump in and dont jump out.

  25. Good article. However you forgot to mention that to be able to get rid of fleas out of the home, it’s a must to keep your pet confined in one space, preferably outside. . Wash all pet bedding, any other washable furniture such as covers, rugs, pillows and your bedding. Vacuum all carpeting thoroughly and then make sure you throw the vacuum bag away immediately.

  26. Since we all know that the flea lays her eggs on the pet and they usually fall off, it is apparent that hey fall off where the pet goes. Because of this, you must treat your home in case your pet comes inside. That is one of the most important thing to keep in mind in order to totally get rid of fleas.

  27. I had a cat but got rid of it after she kept going out. I couldn’t control her, she was a kitten not ready to get fixed but I tried to keep her in but the children kept leaving the door open. now I have fleas. I dnot have carpet, I did bomb my house once of course it didn’t work. I can’t afford the cost of bombing many more times what can I do? I have a newborn & I’m afraid he will get bit. Can anyone help me. I’m at my wits end.

  28. Hey Doris! Ok, what have you tried other than flea bombing? The problem with those bombs is they don’t get into all the cracks and crevices that fleas can hide in, and the fleas are probably used to the poison. What you need to do is find where the fleas are hiding out.

    Since you’re worried about the newborn, I would start with his bedroom. Vacuum the floor (even if it’s hardwood–fleas can live in the cracks between the planks), and make sure to get the edges. Also wash any rugs, pillows, blankets and bedding in the room to remove eggs and larvae. (Really, you need to wash anything cloth…they will hide in the cloth).

    From there, branch out to the rest of the house. Keep the vacuum schedule up for several weeks, which should disrupt the cycle and kill the fleas that are thriving in the house. Since you no longer have any pets, you shouldn’t see a re-infestation. Good luck!

    –Adrienne

  29. i hate fleas… ten bombs later, three large cans of spray… i stll have fleas… now i have made up equal parts of baking soda – n salt.. an sprinkled all over the floor… prayin it works…. i want natural alternatives…. help

  30. Hey there! I think the best method to get rid of the fleas is diligence…keep vacuuming the floors, keep washing the bedding, and keep sprinkling the baking soda/salt mixture. What you’re trying to do is disrupt the life cycle of the fleas and kill off every larvae/adult left over. The biggest problem people have with this is they will knock down the population, think they are flea-free, and then have a resurgence when the fleas they missed reproduce. I would set up a 3-6 month program of daily vacuum and washing, and punctuate that with any natural flea killing mechanisms you prefer. The key is long term control. Good luck!

    –Adrienne

  31. hello everybody. I have just got the same problem. we bought a puppy 4 weeks ago and I found out that she has fleas like 10 day later. I have seen one of her sitting. I bombed the house the house and went to the vet she got vectra 3d. this is now 3weeks ago. somebody know how good is vectra 3d. Im german and I just moved to florida. Im so annoyed of it. how high is the risk that I will see fleas again. and by the way I used the bomb from walmart it calls adams flea and tick bomb. how good is this one? I havent seen any fleas since we bommed the house I have all over carpet. Can somebody help me Im new here and I dont know much about the fleas here. but what I read scare the hell out of me.

  32. Silke: It matters the flea bomb you’re using, how you use it, and where you use it. The poison has to reach the eggs, larvae and adults if it is to be effective. If the bomb is used in such a way that it can’t reach those, then it is not effective. There are some poisons that fleas are immune to, as well. It’s a bit of a trial and error thing.

  33. We have just been battling fleas at our house, they came in from the backyard and infested our house. I tried flea bombs, carpet vacuuming and shampooing, and flea dust with nylar. Nothing was working. Finally called in the professionals they used 2 things and have almost completely solved are problems it seems, it will be a few weeks before we are sure they are all gone, but in the last week we have only seen about 4…down from 4 every other minute.

    Inside they used a product called Precor Plus its a spray not a fogger and it worked great at killing the adults plus has a growth regulator. Outside they used Eco Exempt G. You can not find these at your local hardware store, but you can get them online at places like http://www.epestsupply.com/ or http://www.doyourownpestcontrol.com/ save yourself the 200 dollars we spent and just do it your self for like 70 bucks.

    Good luck everyone.

  34. SALT! It’s cheap, it isn’t a pesticide that will cause you and your pets damage and it really works. I was skeptical, but after we bought several large containers and poured/sprinkled it (kind of like you do carpet fresh) all throught the carpet found out it really really works. We waited 24/48 before we vacuumed it up. Then I waited a day or two and repeated. Read up on the flea cycle. You also need to clean all the surfaces in your house because they lay eggs and the eggs will hatch. Also another cheap trick that works is get a pan of soapy water and put a candle in the middle. Turn off all the lights. The heat attracks the fleas and they drown. (Of course stay with the candle so the house doesn’t catch fire) You can also do this with a night light. Plug one in and but a pan of soapy water under the light. In the morning you will be rewarded with a pan of fleas. Both of these methods used together got rid of the fleas in our home. Just keep repeating until the fleas are gone. Also for pets, you can use ivory bar soap, and give them a bath with it. It also kills fleas and ticks (I know it’s weird but it has to be the bar soap) and it really works too. Good luck!!

  35. We have a dog and a cat, both of which go outside often. Our dog has what the Vet calls Flea Allergy Dermatitis. She has lost much of her hair and scratches non-stop. My husband just assumes getting rid of the animals. But I love them like family. We have 2 rooms with carpet. The rest of the home is tile, and hardwood. We have fleas very badly in about every room. Over the last few months we tried Frontline from the Vet and all kinds of stuff bought at walmart. we even bout sprays from Home-Depot to spray the carpets and floors. Nothing has seemed to work. Our 1 year old son is being bit now as are we. I just dont kno what to do other than move. And that is just not an option. Every letter I read on here are just suggestions and what works for one doesnt work for another. I need to get rid of these like yesterday….Please someone give me a for sure remedy…..

  36. We were supposed to move into a house yesterday (Friday) and when we showed up with the first truck load of stuff it was full of fleas! They hired pest control when the other family moved out (with their cats) but that was 4 weeks ago and the house was sitting empty all this time. They said that the vibrations of us walking around woke up the eggs and had the pest control people come back that day. They said that if I go back Monday morning and vacuum that they should all be gone, but from everything I’ve read on here that doesn’t sound possible. A few boxes of my stuff is sitting in the kitchen and I’m worry that my stuff is just going to get infested with fleas. I have two small children (2 years old and 3 months old) and no pets. I don’t want to move my kids into a house full of fleas! Help!!!!

  37. Also, the carpet is supposed to be replaced in a couple weeks anyway. Would that help, and should I just wait to move in until the house has new carpet?

  38. We’ve been sharing our home with the little critters for about a month now – had pest control out after trying numerous things ourselves, they came and sprayed whole house, the problem seemed to die down, was only getting an odd bite. Followed their instructions – dont hoover for 2 weeks (driving me mad!) and then now, 2 weeks later, getting eaten alive again :-( They’re coming out again tomorrow to do another spray or whatever. Im feeling so depressed about it – especially after reading comments here, I wonder if we’ll ever get rid of them! We’ve got no idea how we came to have them in first place – we do have a dog but I’ve been regularly Frontline treating him. We moved into this house last summer, did get a stray cat coming in to try and take up residence so the pest controller said it is feasible the cat brought them in and they’ve been laying dormant til now?? We’ve also (around the time the infestation was noticed) put a log burner in our living room – he says this probably made the conditions right for them??

    Other than this I don’t know. Im just so annoyed and upset that the first treatment hasn’t worked, Im 7mths pregnant and its driving me insane! I just want rid – even the guy that came said we were extremely unlucky to have got them?!! Anyone got any ideas why the treatment hasn’t worked?? The only place not treated was our garage which adjoins the house / accessed internally and is where we store all the wood for our burner. He said they wouldn’t live in there but after reading some of your comments Im thinking they probably could!!

    Please help!!! Thanks

  39. I have a 11 month old and the fleas are all over him!! We don’t have any animals. We have bombed our apartment twice, used spray on the couches, and used the power on the carpets. We still have them they are bitting my son on his face all over his body. We are moving out next month and I do not want to take them to our new home!!

  40. Fleas are like a nightmare to me !!!! I have dogs, that I keep outside on the yard and one cat that I keep inside the house….All of a sudden all my animals are infected with these horrible parasites !!!! Collars; foggers; powders; liquids; NOTHING WORKS !!!! My daughter got bitten by these horrible things and I am concerned because these parasites can cause diseases…..The shot that they say guarantees to eliminate them costs around $70.00 or more….and I have five dogs…..GO FIGURE….!!! I am about to give all the dogs away and send the cat to hell…..!!!!

  41. I just moved into a house with fleas, didn’t think it
    would be too hard to handle. Now after reading this I’m like “f##k!. Thanks for info

  42. I live in an old farmhouse that is literally on a farm, so of course I have a flea problem. It only happens somewhere between May and June. First we find one, then two, then BAMMMM…the little bloodsuckers are everywhere. We usually get the indoor bug spray (something like Ortho) and spray 2 to 3 times in one week, then the fleas are gone until the next year. We have lots of cats and dogs and cows and pigs, but we also live down a sandy dirt road. I was told that the fleas are “sand fleas”, but after looking at the articles on sand fleas, I now know they are just regular cat and dog fleas. Nothing sucks more than to walk through your home and feel the unwelcome “pinch” of a flea!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Found some “Do-it-yourself” pest control websites, did research and asked some pest control professionals. Bought “Conquer”, “Demize”, and “Nyguard” totaling around $120. Mixed all three into a one gallon pump sprayer per label instructions. Went room to room, vacuuming and moving furniture, then spray floor and baseboards. What I couldn’t spray went into the washing machine. Then vacuumed every day for two weeks and repeated the spray process. Have sprayed four times now, that makes two months now, and I havent seen anymore fleas. I still have about 2/3 of the chemicals so I can spray every three months to make sure we get no more fleas. This IS the process and products used by national pest control companies and even they will tell you it takes months some times. Just as important as using the right spray and techniques is to make sure your pets have a treatment also, any of the spot on products will eventually work, but a product called “petcor” is a spray you can use right on your pets hair. Also if your pet goes outside, make sure you treat outside. Same chemical cocktail works well outside also. Happy Hunting!

  44. I have recently moved out of an old farm house (about 120 years old). Most of my things are moved. I went back to finish up and the house is totally infested with fleas–I mean, totally. they hang on my socks and legs until my legs are black. I had to toss my socks and shoes when I left.

    I noticed a floor board had come loose and it is completely packed underneath with fleas! Since I have not been living there, the mice have been taking over the house because I can see mouse droppings everywhere.

    I still have furniture to move out which I am giving to some people. I cannot ask anyone to come in and get the furniture because they will be covered in fleas. If I give them a piece of the furniture, I am afraid I will be infesting their vehicle and home with fleas

    I bombed the house several times and when I go back there are more fleas than when I started. I just don’t know what to do.

    We do not have any carpeting. We are not living there. We have no pets there anymore.

  45. This is really helpful. I am writing at 2 AM because I cannot sleep. Fleas in my bed are driving me insane. I took the day off to bomb, spray with EcoSmart Pesticide that is natural plant oils. Kills fleas on contact. And of course, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. I now understand that I must continue the vacuuming everyday and I plan to spray. I have DE and will try that too. My mattress is encased in plastic but the box springs are not. I took Benadryl hoping to get sleepy enough to go back to bed but the thought of it is freaky. All animals have flea protection from the vet. Wish I could put that on me too!

  46. Oh my gosh the fleas are SO bad at our house! You step on the floor and suddenly there are hundreds of them biting you! We’ve done seeral bombing, using more bombs than necessary, vaccumed, cleaned everything, and used flea spray and powder. It’s not helping at all! If anything, it seems worse!!!

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