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Fleas! But cats gone...

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Draylon Tue 12-Jul-16 08:35:27


I had my DB's 3 cats here for 9 months til I think 3 weeks ago. One was prone to ticks and we saw the odd flea on him (Frontline'd).

Our house is wooden floor downstairs, with a big rug; carpeted stairs and 4 bedrooms.

Anyway, we now appear to have fleas. They're attracted to DH's bare feet, but suddenly 2 days ago, he spotted one; then this morning, he got about 10 just walking to and fro on the rug!

Now, I understand the flea life-cycle, how you have to treat at least twice, but- where do they 'live'? Only on soft furnishings or in dark corners under furniture on wooden floors?

Once a builder has finished, we are replacing all the carpets, but in installments over a couple of weeks, so I'm very keen to not have fleas on the new carpet...

How can I rid the house?

We have a 4' aquarium so I don't know if bombing would be too risky.


cozietoesie Tue 12-Jul-16 08:54:21

I'm afraid that Frontline has stopped working in many places. (Flea immunity I guess.)

Have the hoover out and use it like a person possessed. Especially on cracks/gaps in the floor and areas which are little trodden upon. I have old wooden floor boards and rugs and I also use a knife point to loosen stuff between any boards where there's a slight gap - that's a bit of a Twofer because it will also help with any moth eggs which you might also have difficulties.

Then I spray with Indorex which lasts for up to 12 months. You can buy that at the vets etc or online.

I assume that you'll also be hot washing things you can etc.

cozietoesie Tue 12-Jul-16 08:57:12

PS - I don't have an aquarium so I don't know about the effect of Indorex on that. There may well be other posters who do though and can comment for you. I'm certainly careful with chemicals.

Oldraver Tue 12-Jul-16 10:40:45

Indorex is brilliant. I've just looked at the can and it says to remove or cover fishtanks.

I've also used a steamer on carpets and in cracks. Its also a tow job thing and I have read that steaming can provoke the eggs to hatch..not sure how true this is but had no problem after doing it.

OH is the flea magnet in thsi house...I use it as as an indicator to do the house, though not had any for a year or so

cozietoesie Tue 12-Jul-16 11:28:02

Covering or removing the tank seems like a good idea. I don't myself hang around in any rooms that have just been treated - and always ensure decent ventilation during and afterwards - but fish don't have that choice. (Call me paranoid but I prefer to be careful.)

Interesting about the steaming.

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 12-Jul-16 14:12:44

You are going to have to be very careful Indorex , Accalim etc are not safe with with aquariums. I would advise taking specialist advice in such a case eg. Rentokil.

flanjabelle Tue 12-Jul-16 14:16:48

We were left with a flea infestation that had been dormant and awoke when we moved into my current home. It was awful. Even though i have hard floors not carpet, they were everywhere. I had to get in pest control who sprayed everywhere and killed them all off.

Draylon Tue 12-Jul-16 14:34:06

Yes, I read that the eggs and larva can stay dormant for long periods in an undisturbed environment; they respond to vibration.

Imissmy0ldusername Wed 13-Jul-16 07:13:52

I had to resort to Rentokill when my last cat brought some everything-proof fleas in with her. I'm the flea magnet in this household, and nothing I did would shift them.

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