Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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.