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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Problem with fleas

Any suggestions on this? I live in a large one floor house and we have 5 cats (but one of them seems to stay outdoors 100% of the time). All of the cats have fleas, lots of them! We have been giving them the FrontLine medication against fleas as recommended, once per month. This helps for a short time, but then the fleas are back.

I would suppose that the problem is that the fleas are present in many locations in the house. We have been vacuuming and cleaning often, but this apparently is not good enough.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what can be done?


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 09:23 AM
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Sounds like you need to flea bomb the house...

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 10:27 AM
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If the cats go out, you may need to treat the yard area as well, but I'm not sure what you'd use for that.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 10:38 AM
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Re: Problem with fleas

Ouchie. Delt with this one this summer. I tried flea baths, sprays, vacuuming twice a day, flea traps, etc. All of it kept the fleas under control, but they never went away forever and if I skipped the routine for a day, I'd have fleas jumping at my feet first thing in the am. I feel your pain! I started using Advantage, and that at least kept them off Sebastian, but my traps were still catching fleas so I knew they weren't gone completely. I ended up moving in August, not because of the problem, but at least now we're flea free.

I think bombing the house and having the yard sprayed is a good solution. Just remember that if there are a lot of fleas around your neighborhood, they'll keep coming back. You can't get rid of the fleas forever until you deal with the source, which may be really hard to do (in my case, I think they were coming from furry little rodents -- shudder). The trap is a good way to check how many of them are still lingering around though. Get an aluminum pie tin, fill it with a little bit of water and squirt in a few drops of dish soap. Then position a reading light or some other type of spotlight directly over it and place it on the floor. At night, the fleas are attracted to the light and the warmth of the tin. The jump in and drown. It's gross, but oddly satisfying to see all the black specks in the morning.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 02:10 PM
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Re: Problem with fleas

I had the same problem and I used Frontline on Kiddles but that did nothing to stop the fleas so I had to change to Advantage and that worked like a charm. I aslo sprayed the yard, vaccumed the house, and washed most of the stuff she hanged around with hot soapy water. What about trying to sprinkle Borax? I heard that helps. Good luck!
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Re: Problem with fleas

For outdoors, nematodes (microscopic worms) can also work, as long as you don't have sudden cold weather. They eat flea larvae and other insects. Also, diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled in the garden to keep flea population down - the powder is made from fossilized shells whose sharp edges cut the shell of fleas causing them to dry out...

Indoors, the other posters have listed a lot of ideas, flea combing helps if you cats will let you, you can also use borax or other natural flea powders on rugs, chairs and other places where fleas might hide - vacuum the powder up after letting it sit according to the directions.

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I say get some Advantage. BEST STUFF I found for flea infestation. Within 2 days, no more fleas.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-05-2008, 05:57 PM
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Re: Problem with fleas

I have to agree with the advantage comments.

Jack had gotten fleas on the farm and case of worms, had him wormed at the vet and got advantage for the fleas. It keeps them off. I dont have a problem with fleas in the house I know advantage kills fleas in areas where cats come in contact with but not sure how effective it is in that regard.
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