Yes, put the cat in your room. In fact let him go everywhere you think you have fleas. Allegedly stronghold/frontlining the affected animal will work by itself if you give it enough time, though I don't know anyone who can vouch for this claim personally and some people are finding that their animals are resistant anyway. But it can't hurt. If the fleas bite you, they get a meal; if they bite the cat they should die.
Are you vacuuming daily and have you hot-washed everything that isn't nailed down and can fit in a washing machine? When I had fleas it took me an entire weekend to make sure I had washed/vacuumed everything to within in inch of its life - and you need to do the whole house even if it seems that just the bedroom is affected.
Indorex is great stuff and nearly always works eventually, but if you can't face hanging on til it does, what about calling your council to come out and deal with it? It usually works out a lot cheaper than buying several cans of Indorex TBH and involves a lot less kerfuffle on your part.
Thanks so much Dahlen, I called the council and it would be £48 for 6 rooms, but as we are off on holiday in two weeks I am confuddled about what to do as they will come back for free but only within two weeks so I was thinking might be best to leave that until after holiday to take advantage of the free follow up visit.
Just got in the car to bring Ds swimming and found one in there so I think I'm going to have to go and get some more indorex and do the car today, I'm picking up my parents from airport, I don't want to give them fleas.
Oh my god, I feel like I've got them, its truly awful and its costing me a small fortune too, I wouldn't mind if I knew it was working.
Is it normal to still see them after using indorex do you know?
Sounds like you're doing everything right and it will work. Due to the lifecycle, it takes up to two weeks to eradicate them as the Indorex only works on eggs and fleas and doesn't affect the pupae, so you need to wait for all the pupae to hatch out before they're truly gone for good. Vacuuming can help speed this up as the vibrations encourage it.
We had fucking awful fleas when ds was 4 weeks old (just what you need after a c sec). Use Advocate, it's a bloody miracle stuff. Let cat go everywhere that's infested so the fleas get dosed and repeat in 4 weeks. Keep hoovering, wash being and things at 60. Stay positive.
I think there's a lot of it about this year, I was using Frontline on my cats but it just didn't seem to be working. I have done the carpets/house with RIP Flea/Acclaim every other week for 2 months & switched to these collars (recommended by a Mumsnetter) Flea collars
We are now flea free!
I buy household flea spray online, much cheaper than the vets.
Shit, do I really need to do all the clothes? That might just push me over the edge! I have to say I'm feeling better (despite finding a flea on me at 6am) the ones I am finding are dopey and I can catch them, also I don't seem to be getting them in the traps anymore.
makescakes its just vile isn't it, I took Ds swimming yesterday and after his lesson there was a flea in his hair, it must have been there the entire time? That was a 'phone dh and sob' moment...
How much was rentokil sighing (desperatly hoping I've almost cracked it though!)
grumpla I sprayed some indorex in the Hoover. I've washed all bedding, hoovered mattresses, got rid if my rug, washed a lot of clothes (but not everything, that would take me weeks, should I start now), sprayed indorex and acclaim and used stronghold on cat. Plus there are traps everywhere....going to Hoover the Hell out if the car today as well as the house again.
How long did it take until you all stopped seeing fleas?
You'll need to wash all cuddly toys on a 60 wash, for some reason they will hang around them, spray all the edges of the rooms, into any cracks in the skirting boards, under rugs, spray the edges of lino or all laminate, under beds, hoover the sofa and spray loads into the corners and edge under the cushions, especially if the animals sleep on the sofa, there will be tons of eggs there. You literally have to get everywhere.
We had them bad last year after Frontlining for years, I acclaimed every 2 weeks, did it about three times and gave the cats 2 months of Program to break the lifecycle before switching to Advocate. Have been flea free since.
Oh cuddle toys?! Fuuuuuuuck! I might just use it as an opportunity to get rid of some....can they go in the washing machine? (Apart from both Ds's precious ones. Those will need to be very very carefully handwashed.