I've got flea bites :(

(6 Posts)
PricillaQueenOfTheDessert Mon 28-Jul-14 00:09:15

We've only had our pooch for 4 months and were going to treat him for fleas and worms but held back after a bout of D&V. In the past week he has started training classes and been to a home groomer to have his long fur trimmed to make him more comfortable in this heat. When he came home from the parlour his fur was very short and we spotted 2 fleas on him which we got rid of, then another a day later. This was last Monday. Today I was feeling ill and slept on the sofa and woke up with 7 bites on my waist. Last night DH was bitten on his ankle and on his neck. The dog sleeps on the bed when we are at work and is allowed on the sofa when we are home. We haven't seen any fleas since Monday. What can we do to reduce the risk of an infestation? Have treated him with Advocate (?) today and he's banned from the sofa. We've stripped the sofa and hoovered it. Any other tips?

Aked Mon 28-Jul-14 08:33:00

Treat the house, and any other pets you may have.

Indorex, RIP Flea and Acclaim (not sure they make that last one anymore) are all good house sprays.

Spray, leave it all to settle, air the rooms and then hoover hoover hoover. All nooks and crannies, floorboards etc. Plus wash all bedding, dog bed etc. The fleas will have been laying eggs, they fall onto the floor, hatch into larvae, build themselves a nice warm cocoon and can stay like that for up to a year, so you need to break the lifecycle. Advocate is a good choice and will also help with achieving this.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 28-Jul-14 13:30:07

As Akec said, but hover before spraying as the vibrations wake up some dormant fleas and works better than hovering after.

RiverRocks Wed 30-Jul-14 16:56:41

Hi Pricilla, we're in the middle of this came home from honeymoon to it!.

Vaccuum, then put some spray down. We use Acclaim, which is lethal stuff but does a good job. 10 days on, we're still finding the odd one, which means there must still be eggs somewhere, but nowhere near as bad as it was.

Wash all soft furnishings.

DH has also steam mopped the carpets.

It's a case of keeping going until they're wiped out! I know it's horrid, but it will pass grin

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 31-Jul-14 08:41:50

River just a thought, but by steam mopping the carpets you are removing the s-methoprene in the acclaim which will stop the fleas from breeding for a year.

RiverRocks Thu 31-Jul-14 09:09:10

Thanks for that Lone, didn't know it did that thanks . Luckily DH is putting more down today. I will hide the steam mop from him now grin

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