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JAJA01 · 20/10/2013 16:57

Hi, first time poster so hope this is in the right place!

A cat got into the house a couple of weekends ago when the backdoor was open. Not sure how long it had been in the house and where. Anyway, we've started to get bitten. Tops of arms and stomach and I think the cat brought fleas into the house.

I've read a few posts on here about fleas already.

House has been sprayed. Mattress vac'd every week. Needing washed at 60 and clothes currently going through at 60 too (its taking some time!).

We are still getting bitten though.

Should I up the vacuuming? Twice a week everywhere and continue to wash bedding and clothes at 60?

Any ideas much appreciated.


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cozietoesie · 20/10/2013 17:23

What house spray did you use, JAJA ? And do you have any pets of your own?

JAJA01 · 20/10/2013 17:34

Two cans of Indorex, one can of Johnsons. No I don't have any pets, the pesky cat just popped in and has caused havoc!

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cozietoesie · 20/10/2013 21:10

Indorex is certainly decent stuff although I don't know personally about 'Johnsons'. The trick is to vacuum ultra thoroughly (a lot!) taking care to do the edges of rooms and any cracks (eg skirting and floor boards etc) and then to spray in those places first moving inwards.

I'm just a little surprised that one cat, even if it had fleas and was dropping both them and eggs, should have caused such devastation and that you all should be being bitten so much. I must have been lucky but even when I've had cats who caught fleas, I've hardly been bitten (if at all) and the outbreak was usually brought quickly under control even with the cat(s) remaining in residence.

Have you caught any of the blighters to check them out? Undress in the bath, turning clothes inside out and shaking gently as you go. And have a soggy bar of soap handy. (Leave one sitting in a little water for 20 minutes.) If you see something moving, blat it with the soggy side of the soap and you've got the little sucker trapped.

When in the day do you find you have new bites?

Other posters will likely be able to assist with thoughts as well.

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