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BeauticianNotMagician Thu 20-Feb-14 08:33:27

Hi I wonder if anyone can help. We have recently moved into a new house and my eldest ds is getting constantly bitten. I'm pretty sure it's flea bites. The previous owners had a cat.

How can I treat them. I presume they are in the carpet. I have 3 ds and my youngest is 9 months so I need something that's safe to use. We don't have the option of being able to stay somewhere else

WetDogLovesHubert Thu 20-Feb-14 08:38:29

Hoover EVERY day. Into all the corners, skirting boards etc. Wash all bedding, cushion covers etc. Get a really strong flea killing spray (can't remember the name, apologies). There's a very good one sold by amazon. Spray the entire house, leave for the day, hoover, open windows, repeat until the gits are gone.

Consistency will get rid of them eventually. Hoover every day for at least 2 weeks to beat the life cycle.

Franchini Thu 20-Feb-14 08:39:50

Flea bombs you can get the really good ones on line. Hope this helps.

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Thu 20-Feb-14 08:42:37

We had this. Grim and foul.

I was pregnant, so I went to a local vet for advice. They checked what the best insecticide was for our situation and sold me several canisters. We fumigated the entire house with the stuff, including all the hidden nooks and crannies, several times. We would do it on a Saturday morning and then go out for the day.

This helped, but we only got rid of them for good when we ripped up and dumped most of the carpeting. After that we fumigated again, then once or twice more when we went on holiday.

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Thu 20-Feb-14 08:48:18

Hoovering is good, because the vibration stimulates the buggers to come to the surface. Unfortunately, in a really severe, established infestation, they lurk in places which the hoover can't reach, like under the skirting board and low-bottomed furniture. We looked into bombs, but were not convinced that they would reach these areas. That's why we used the aerosols - dh could aim and spray directly into hidden areas.

BeauticianNotMagician Thu 20-Feb-14 10:12:31

Thanks I've just ordered a spray called indrex from amazon that has good reviews. I have been hoovering every day especially right up around skirting boards. I don't see anything though I have noticed a few white bits on carpets which I thought may be eggs.

BeCool Thu 20-Feb-14 10:37:26

You need to put a flea collar (that kills fleas not one that deters them) into your hoover bag. Otherwise you can hoover all you want but you will just be creating a lovely flea hotel in your hoover.

BeauticianNotMagician Thu 20-Feb-14 10:46:39

I have a dyson can I just pop a collar into that ?

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Thu 20-Feb-14 11:02:37

Idont think so. It would just whizz around bashing the fins. We emptied our dyson outside, putting the bag of dust and fleas straight into the outside bin, after every vaccing. Gave the cylinder a spritz of flea spray before putting it back together again.

BeauticianNotMagician Thu 20-Feb-14 12:47:12

I've been emptying it outside so when the spray comes ill keep spraying it inside the Hoover as well then

ShoeWhore Fri 21-Feb-14 09:54:10

The flea sprays you can get from the vet are much better than anything you can get online OP. worth bearing in mind if this first round of spraying isn't enough.

Hoover everywhere really thoroughly just before spraying, get into as many cracks and crevices as you can.

ShoeWhore Fri 21-Feb-14 09:57:14

The council may offer a service too where they will come and do it for you. If it's a severe infestation this may be quite good value.

There is one stage of the flea lifecycle that is totally impervious to all insecticides though so I think you have to wait until that batch hatches out and then gets killed by the spray to know if it's worked, if that makes sense?

You could also put insect repellent on your ds to give him some respite while you're sorting this out.

HotDAMNlifeisgood Fri 21-Feb-14 10:07:41

You can chop up a flea collar into smaller bits to put in your Dyson hoover.

BeCool Fri 21-Feb-14 10:28:34

I just have visions of all the fleas hopping out when you open the Dyson to empty it - they will all still be alive.

BeauticianNotMagician Fri 21-Feb-14 11:06:54

Hmm that's the thing I can't see any fleas. Maybe it's something else but what is causing his bites ?

BeCool Fri 21-Feb-14 11:32:02

Flea test - next time you are out of the house for a period of time (few hours or so) when you come back in, leave DB in buggy, and bare your legs - roll jeans up to knees or even whip them off.

Then walk trough the house - fleas lie dormant and then wake up or hatch with vibrations and will jump. If there are fleas they will probably jump onto your legs. They can be very tiny if newly hatched. (I grew up somewhere where if you had carpets you had to get them treated every year). If they jump onto you you need to kill them between your nails. They are pretty hardy.

In fact if you had carpet/house fleas then I would think you would be getting bitten too?

What are his bites like - clustered together or random, regular/irregular shape? Very itchy?

BeauticianNotMagician Fri 21-Feb-14 13:02:21

His bites are random some in his shoulder, neck and one leg. They are really itchy and scab over quickly they have a yellow looking centre like a pimple

BeCool Fri 21-Feb-14 13:04:17

mosquito perhaps?

Goldmandra Fri 21-Feb-14 13:09:02

Bed bug?

Sorry confused

Goldmandra Fri 21-Feb-14 13:10:54

You can find out if it's fleas by putting a shallow bowl of warm water in the middle of the floor last thing at night. Apparently they are attracted to the heat, jump into the water and can't get out again.

BeauticianNotMagician Fri 21-Feb-14 13:13:04

Would I see bed bugs I did think those too. His mattress and the bunk beds are only 3 months old hmm

BeCool Fri 21-Feb-14 13:58:41

If it were fleas I would expect others in the household to be getting bitten too.

BeCool Fri 21-Feb-14 13:58:56

chicken pox?

Goldmandra Fri 21-Feb-14 15:25:14

Could a bed bug have been left behind by the previous occupant?

HerGraciousMajTheBeardedPotato Fri 21-Feb-14 15:39:44

That does not sound like flea bites. Are you sure it's not chickenpox?

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