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Fleas fleas fleas!

Hi all- I don't post here much anymore but I'm having a flea issue! About a month ago we bought a new house. The first weekend, we brought Oscar and by Monday he was crawling with fleas. We used Advanix regularly and he was "due" at the time we brought him to the house. At the time, we didn't live there so we had the inside of the house sprayed by an exterminator. We've since been using the Advantix every three weeks and have moved into the house.

In the past two weeks, we've seen two or three fleas. Would you spray the house again?? I know that there's more than just the three we've seen, but I'm really hesitant to spray the house we now live in with strong chemicals. But I really don't want to have my new house crawling with fleas!

Any help would be must appreciated.
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Try a flea bomb. They are easy, you just have to be out of the house for a couple hours.
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Yes, do the bomb. Do it twice. Check the label, but I think the interval is 10 days. That's because the chemical doesn't penetrate eggs. By doing it twice you should take care of them all. Then just keep the dogs current on ad antic and you should be good.

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Thank you both for the advice. The exterminator will come out again at no charge, I'm just concerned with the amount of potentially dangerous chemicals well be putting in our home, all over our stuff, etc. I'm assuming the flea bombs have the same type of chemicals?

Last night I set a "flea trap" (basically a soapy tray of water under a nightlight) to see if there were alot in the house that I just wasn't seeing. There was nothing in the dish this morning. I'm thinking the two or three we've seen on him in the last 3 weeks were just tough survivors from the first go round!
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Honestly - I wouldn't bomb. If you had a flea problem in the house it will take about 6 weeks to totally be gone. Keep all pets on their flea preventatives, vacuum the entire house daily and empty bag/canister right away. Because of the life cycle there's no way to get them all in one shot. The 2 or 3 you're seeing likely have just hatched and will be killed from the Advantix on your pet. Vacuuming lots is a good way to promote the hatching (which you want so they get to your pet, get the flea meds on them and then get killed).

Edited to add: we had a flea problem in our home several years ago because although we were treating the dog, we weren't putting a preventative on our indoor cat. Because no preventative kills them instantly, the dog would bring a stray flea home and they'd feast on the cat. It took several weeks of vacuuming, lots of flea preventative, also we found bathing the pets with Dawn dish soap (the original blue kind) killed any on the pet. We did use a spray in hard to get to areas and a flea powder to vacuum up, but I'm not sure that did much more than the actual vacuuming did.

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I hate them things
We had good sucess with Frontline for the longest time. Just like that is stopped working. They had to change something because I wasted alot of money and still had fleas when we didnt have them before

Its hard to sqush the fleas and kill them quick when combing.So we keep a small cut of rubbing alcohol next to us. Soon as we see a little black dot , the comb gets a dunk in the cup

I was surprised to see how well a cheapie fleas soap works. Giving them a bath is a good way to nuke all the fleas instantly on the dog. I just dont like doing it too often.

It probably wouldnt be a bad idea to quickly drag a comb through the dog when he came in from a walk. I try to in the warm months because ticks are unbelievable here
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Fleas fleas fleas!

If you have carpet, you can spread Borax over the carpets and rub it in. Let it sit for a day or two and then vacuum everything up. Borax will dehydrate eggs, killing them.


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Honestly - I wouldn't bomb. If you had a flea problem in the house it will take about 6 weeks to totally be gone. Keep all pets on their flea preventatives, vacuum the entire house daily and empty bag/canister right away. Because of the life cycle there's no way to get them all in one shot. The 2 or 3 you're seeing likely have just hatched and will be killed from the Advantix on your pet. Vacuuming lots is a good way to promote the hatching (which you want so they get to your pet, get the flea meds on them and then get killed).

Edited to add: we had a flea problem in our home several years ago because although we were treating the dog, we weren't putting a preventative on our indoor cat. Because no preventative kills them instantly, the dog would bring a stray flea home and they'd feast on the cat. It took several weeks of vacuuming, lots of flea preventative, also we found bathing the pets with Dawn dish soap (the original blue kind) killed any on the pet. We did use a spray in hard to get to areas and a flea powder to vacuum up, but I'm not sure that did much more than the actual vacuuming did.
Thank you! We have mainly hardwood floors (except for the bedroom and rec room) and those get vacuumed constantly because of all the hair! I assumed since we weren't seeing a lot of them that they were just tough survivors. I am really hesitant to use more chemicals, especially since we are all living there now. I will keep up the vacuuming and hope they disappear!

My vet also gave us 3 capstar pills when we originally took him in, and we still have one left. I will give it to him tonight just in case he's still carrying any live ones.

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We had good sucess with Frontline for the longest time. Just like that is stopped working. They had to change something because I wasted alot of money and still had fleas when we didnt have them before

Its hard to sqush the fleas and kill them quick when combing.So we keep a small cut of rubbing alcohol next to us. Soon as we see a little black dot , the comb gets a dunk in the cup

I was surprised to see how well a cheapie fleas soap works. Giving them a bath is a good way to nuke all the fleas instantly on the dog. I just dont like doing it too often.

It probably wouldnt be a bad idea to quickly drag a comb through the dog when he came in from a walk. I try to in the warm months because ticks are unbelievable here
Good advice, thank you! I will give him a bath this weekend along with the Capstar and keep my eyes open.
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Also, don't forget to empty your drier's lint trap! I've heard of fleas getting caught in there during the dryer cycle, and when the trap is not emptied, the fleas get on the newly washed/drying clothes!

I'd also suggest getting some Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus soap (at health food stores). It's liquid soap that you can add to your laundry (just a couple of squirts will do). So, along with HOT water and the Eucalyptus soap, the fleas are GONE from clothes, bedding, and anything else you need to launder.

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Rather than chemicals, I would try food grade diatomaceous earth on floors. It is completely non-toxic, in fact we eat it in some foods. Some people add it to juice, and toothpaste contains it.

If you looked at diatomaceous earth under a microscope it is really sharp and looks like shards of glass. It kills all insects with an exoskeleton (like fleas) when they come into contact with it, shards of it gets into the joints of the exoskeleton and cuts the fleas, killing them. I don't think it kills eggs, though.

You can sprinkle it on carpets or hardwood floors, especially along baseboards and it can be left for a while before vacuuming it up. It is safe for pets and people. In order for it to work, it must be kept dry. If it gets wet you need to replace it.

Be sure to get food-grade diatomaceous earth.
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