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Removing fleas from carpets?

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GrendelsMum Fri 24-Jun-11 14:37:03

Bit grim I know! My cat seems to have picked up fleas from somewhere, and although we've put flea stuff on her, I'm worried they're still around in the carpets.

Is there somewhere (preferably on the high street so I can pop there this pm) that sells a flea spray that I can use on carpets and upholstery that will kill them off?

alice15 Fri 24-Jun-11 14:40:19

Your vet will sell an effective one (I am a vet!) Take great care if you are asthmatic or if you have pet fish or birds. What did you use on the cat? That's important, as not all flea stuff is equally effective.

Eglu Fri 24-Jun-11 14:41:59

The best place to get a flea spray would be your vets. The stuff in shops is never as good. Although Acclaim is good and can be bought in the high street.

GrendelsMum Fri 24-Jun-11 15:34:18

Ah, thank you!

The cat had the proper stuff that the vet prescribes (can't remember it, but you know what I mean) - I think that the fleas are from the neighbour's cat who sneaked in while we were all away, and who has got my special garden sofa flea-ey.

Thehusbandsatcricketagain Fri 24-Jun-11 20:35:47

I tried the powders last year but they failed to work so I rang my local council & they sent out pest control,cost around £60 but worked,no hassle at all & they were gone permenantly.

notquitenormal Fri 24-Jun-11 20:50:43

we had this last year and treat with a combined approach of spraying the cats, new collars, spot-on and a bob martin flea bomb.

The bomb stinks the house out, and you have to clear out for a while, but it did the job and only cost about a fiver walk wilkinsons.

whomovedmychocolate Fri 24-Jun-11 20:54:39

Problem with flea bombs is they don't actually have long term effect just knock down. The fleas can come back up to two years afterwards if not treated correctly. I also called the council £48 here and they came out and did the entire house (had to pull all the furniture away from the walls). Interestingly we had no spiders for a year afterwards either. But it did the trick. We let them in, waited a few minutes while they sprayed, locked up and buggered off to the zoo. Came back, opened the windows, had a takeaway in the garden and we were done, no mess, no smell, no fleas.

wasabipeanut Fri 24-Jun-11 21:02:55

The previous owners of our present home kindly left us a flea infestation when we moved in. I bought some spray from our local vet and continued to treat our cat as usual with a monthly treatment. The spray does work but you have to do the whole joint - skirting boards etc. You also have to deal with the fact that it doesn't kill it straight away, it kills as they hatch so you can still have activity and bites up to 14 days or so after treatment. It was gross.
I was the only member of the household who was bitten. Fleas just love me <shudder>

Sarah159 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:09:25

We used this pack: http://www.stopbedbugsandfleas.co.uk/Flea-Control-Treatment-Pack-1/24.htm which includes the Acclaim spray, worked an absolute treat, is definitely the best on the market. We also got a heat lamp http://www.stopbedbugsandfleas.co.uk/Flea-Traps/C11-1-0.htm and it also worked brilliantly, although I did get a little bit obsessed venturing behind the sofa "how many have we caught today". We've not had a flea in the house since one treatment last October

lou33 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:17:04

we got indorex from my vet, which is good stuff, and just kept washing bedding, frontlining the animals etc

nothing we could buy from pet stores worked as well imo

PigletJohn Sat 25-Jun-11 11:50:13

Constant hoovering, and washing of bedding will help, as well as the sprays. Tumble-drying kills the eggs (even on things that are not wet)

I'm not well up on the chemistry, but I understand there is not such a good spot-on for cats like there is for dogs, as it is poisonous to cats.

JamieJay Sat 25-Jun-11 23:30:48

Had this recentl when we got back off holiday, frontlined cat was in cattery but forgot to lock catflap and one of the local cats must have come in a left a few behind.

Got the council in , not cheap but haven't had any problems since.

VforViennetta Sat 25-Jun-11 23:40:04

We had a spray that i think we bought from the vets (was about £15 6 years ago, robbing bastards) you had spray it everywhere, paying close attention to base boards and cracks. Did work mind.

Although my sister had a flea infested rug, she solved with a full can of hairspray hmm.

VforViennetta Sat 25-Jun-11 23:41:32

This is also the reason dp refuses to get a cat, the constant threat of fleas.

When we moved into our house the previous owners' dog left his fleas behind. We got the spray from the vet which we even spritzed our ankles with in the end as the bites were so bad. Nothing worked until we chucked the carpets and had bare sanded floorboards.

GrendelsMum Mon 27-Jun-11 13:25:19

Thanks - I have sprayed the room and will keep vacuuming frantically.

farming4 Mon 27-Jun-11 21:26:46

Put a flea collar in the hoover and it will kill any fleas you do hoover up - otherwise they may escape and reinfest the place!

Samtor Wed 29-Jun-11 15:23:53

Try www.diy-pest-control.co.uk they have some good products and are very helpful certainly sorted out my problems.

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