How to Get Rid of Fleas

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Giving a dog a bathGot fleas? That bites – literally!

When it comes to household pests, there is one pest in particular that sends fear deep into a dog-owner’s heart – fleas. There are many common misconceptions about fleas and a wide number of possible solutions to getting rid of them; however, not every “cure” is created equal. Some cures for flea infestation have been proven to be completely effective while others don’t even make a dent. Whether your flea problem begins with a single flea carried by your pet, or with a whole host transferred to your home unknowingly, the result always ends in infestation. So, getting rid of fleas will take a concerted effort. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you out in your battle.

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Fleas 101

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There are over 2,000 different versions of fleas throughout the world, but many of the common flea species can be eliminated with your average eradication solutions. Fleas are particularly small, as anyone who has experienced an infestation will be able to tell you, varying from 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch. You might realize you have a flea problem if you notice your pet (or even you) itching like crazy or if you see any small, raised red bites. Fleas may start with one family member, but often times they jump to other family members so it’s important to act quickly. Fleas can jump as high as seven inches and 13 inches horizontally. They travel from one place to another in search of a fresh blood supply, however, there are some fleas that cannot live off of human blood.

The First Step Is Finding the Source of Infestation

Before taking action you must determine where the infestation came from. If the infestation came from your pet, you should make a trip to the veterinarian so your pet can have a flea bath to kill the fleas that are currently living off your pet. Do not bring your pet inside your home until you completely rid your home of fleas or else they may be infested again. You can avoid this type of infestation by applying a flea and tick preventative to your pet on a regular monthly basis.

If your flea infestation began with a carpet or other item that was given to you by friends or family, it is important to let them know that there were fleas in the item so that they can address the problem in their own household as well. Bringing up a flea infestation with anyone is a delicate matter but do not be tempted to let the situation go because fleas can quickly and easily infest even the cleanest home. It is also worth contacting individuals that have been in your house since the infestation began since fleas can travel on humans.

Before You Treat, Wash

Before you pursue any treatment you should do a good old-fashioned cleaning. And when we say clean, we don’t just mean your dog’s bed, we mean everything. From your bedding to your towels to anything your dog lies on, make sure you wash it all, and in hot water if possible. While you’re ridding your washable items of those tiny pests, break out the vacuum on every floor and couch and be sure to empty the vacuum bag. Then fasten that bag securely, and place it outside so that none of those unwanted pests make their way back into your home! Clean your hard surfaces and after washing everything – including your dog – you’re ready to start your flea treatment.

Two Methods to Eliminating Fleas: Natural and Chemical

When it comes to eliminating fleas from your home, there are those who believe that the quickest way to rid themselves of the problem is also the best way and there are those who believe that the best way to eliminate the infestation is the natural way. Neither of these ideas is right or wrong since both have been proven to work in different circumstances; however, depending upon your beliefs or needs you may be more partial to one method. On one hand, your top concern may be saving your small children from flea bites as quickly as possible, or it may be exposing your children to as few foreign chemicals as possible. No matter which method you decide to pitch your flea-killing tent in, you’re guaranteed to have options.

Eradicating Fleas the Natural Way

  1. Sticky Flea Pads
  2. Boric-Acid-Based Products
  3. Nylar
  4. Rosemary Flea Dip
  5. Lavender Essential Oil
  6. Brewer’s Yeast
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. Lemon Spray
  9. Warm and Soapy Water

1. Sticky Flea Pads and Electronic Traps

Victor - The Ultimate Flea TrapSticky flea pads are similar to the fly paper that many households used decades ago. Generally attached to an electronic trap that you plug-in near the location that is severely infested with fleas. Fleas are attracted to the trap over a period of weeks and get stuck on the paper. The drawback to using sticky traps is that they appear extremely unsanitary and take a long time to eradicate fleas. It’s important to use traps for a significant period of time to ensure all fleas are captured and that you bathe all animals in the home (as specified above) to reduce the number of parasites living off your pet.

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2. Boric-Acid-Based Products

FleagoFleaGoBoric-acid-based products are a highly recommended solution for flea infestations, particularly when there are animals living in the household. Boric acid is not toxic to people or animals, but it kills fleas. When boric-acid-based products are sprinkled on the carpet and throughout the infected household, the extremely fine particles of boric acid work their way into the carpet and are not easily sucked up by vacuum cleaners. The trick is to sprinkle a layer on the carpet and use a broom to work it down into the fibers, then vacuum off any excess. As fleas come in contact with the particles they quickly die. However, this means that it is extremely important to vacuum the floors regularly to reduce the dead fleas that are in your carpet.

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3. Nylar

Ultracide-flea Tick Professional Pest Control When it comes to homes with tile, wood or linoleum flooring, many health-conscious individuals choose to use Nylar, aka pyriproxyfen, to eradicate a flea infestation. Nylar regulates the growth of fleas and is commonly used where pets spend most of their time. Nylar only needs to be applied once a year to clean up flea infestation. Nylar is unique in the way it works — it mimics the juvenile flea hormone, preventing young fleas from becoming adults. It also stops flea eggs from hatching, reducing flea populations drastically.

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4. Rosemary Flea Dip – DIY

NaturVet Herbal Flea SprayHomemade rosemary flea dip is a DIY recommended holistic cure for canine flea infestations. You place two cups of fresh rosemary sprigs in boiling water for half an hour, strain the liquid and add it to a gallon of warm water (it must be warm to be effective). You could also add 2-4 drops of rosemary essential oil to your warm water. When the solution is warm, but not too hot, pour it on a flea-infested dog and let the dog air dry. Be sure to not let the dog lick or scratch until it is dry.

If you’d prefer to go with a pre-made herbal solution, there are some options available at stores as well.

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5. Lavender Essential Oil

Now Foods 100% Pure LavenderLavender essential oil can serve as a natural flea killer when it’s applied to dogs. For a 50+ pound dog, you just place one drop of oil at the back of the neck and one at the base of the tail to control flea infestations. For a smaller dog, just start with one drop at the back of the neck to start. A few drops of lavender oil can also be applied to baseboards in areas where flea infestations are troublesome.

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6. Brewer’s Yeast

Four Paws Brewers Yeast TabletsBrewer’s yeast is a non-toxic solution for treating your dog for fleas directly. In fact, natural living experts claim that one small tablet or spoonful of Brewer’s yeast added to your dog’s food will make him taste repulsive to fleas. When using this natural control it is important to check with your veterinarian to find out the correct dosage because it varies based on the weight of the dog.

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7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar is another canine-only flea controller since it has a particularly strong odor and would leave the home smelling particularly foul if it was used throughout the home. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will make them taste terrible to fleas and reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation.

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8. Warm and Soapy Water

Safari Flea CombAnother non-chemical solution is warm and soapy water but it only helps with adult flea infestation. Here’s how it works: when it gets dark outside and your pet goes to bed, place a dish of warm soapy water beneath a night-light. The fleas will be attracted to the warm light, but they won’t be able to swim in the soapy water and will drown. Only the adult fleas will leave their host to enter the warm light so there will most likely still be fleas on you pet. However, with the reduced number of adult fleas the population will increase at a slower rate. This solution is not fully effective since many of the fleas on your pet will not want to leave their host. So if you decide to use this method make sure that you wash your pet thoroughly in Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo or Dawn dishwashing soap and warm water using a flea comb.

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9. Lemon Spray

Lemon spray is claimed to be another natural flea repellent when a whole lemon is quartered and steeped in boiling water overnight. In the morning, strain out the lemon pieces and spray the solution on your dog or around your household in areas where fleas gather.

Learn more about homemade and natural flea prevention

Eradicating Fleas the Chemical Way

Hire a Professional

Some of you may be looking for the quickest route possible to eliminate fleas. While many chastise others for their decision to use harsher chemicals there are quite a few good reasons to eliminate fleas as quickly as possible. For most people, using a chemical-based flea eradication technique means having professionals come with compounds that eliminate fleas in a matter of weeks rather than a matter of months. One important thing to consider when choosing a faster method of flea control, especially when it is as a result of allergies within the home, is that individuals that are sensitive to flea bites may also have allergies to the more abrasive agents used in flea control methods.

In addition to speed, another advantage to using this type of pest-removal service (Orkin is a national company that offers Flea infestation solutions) is they almost always guarantee their services. So if you are still left with a house full of fleas following service, you will receive your money back or a second treatment free of charge.

Do It Yourself

If you are looking for a more affordable method you may want to purchase flea eradication powders or solutions from your local vet or pet supply store. Speak to a salesperson in the store to see if they have used the product or know someone who has. This will help you learn more about the product and its side effects. While the most guaranteed solution is to hire a professional (if you are not as concerned about earth-friendly and natural solutions), that is not always a feasible option. Here are a few chemical treatments that warrant a mention.

Preventic Tick CollarPreventic Tick Collar

The only tick collar that detaches and kills fleas and ticks effectively, the Preventic Tick Collar is a great complement to a topical flea treatment program. Each collar is effective for three months, so 2 collars provides a convenient 6 months of protection.

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Capstar Flea TreatmentCapstar Flea Treatment

Convenient tablets that are administered orally (we recommend inserting into a soft treat). It’s effective, safe and provides protection that can’t be washed or rubbed off.

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Be Vigilant in Eradication to Avoid Re-Infestation

Whether you choose to use natural flea eradication methods, hire a professional pest control company or use a flea control product that you buy from your local veterinarian or a store, you should always be vigilant in your pest control. Flea populations can quickly return when only a few fleas are left alive, so it is crucial that you continue treatment procedures even after all signs of fleas have gone.

Flea Prevention

After (or hopefully before) eradication comes prevention. Continue to vacuum every other day, wash bedding in hot water once a week, and treat your dog regularly, whether that be one of the natural remedies listed, or a chemical, vet-prescribed or over-the-counter treatment. If an over-the-counter treatment is your prevention route of choice, here are a few of our favorites and you can also read our comparison of Advantage vs. Frontline.

Advantage Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs

Bayer Advantage II Topical Flea Treatment for DogsThis once a month topical flea treatment for dogs kills adult fleas before they lay eggs and larvae before they hatch. It’s safe, prevents re-infestation for four weeks, and one package includes six treatments.

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Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Dogs and Puppies

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for DogsThis medicated ointment for dogs kills 98 to 100 percent of fleas, eggs, larvae and ticks. The package contains three treatments for three months of protection and is waterproof to sustain swims and baths.

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VetGuard Plus – XL Dogs

VetGuard PlusThis monthly flea, tick, and mosquito treatment for dogs over 66 pounds breaks the flea life cycle and eggs from developing into adults for up to 123 days. It also kills flea larvae for up to four months and kills/repels ticks for up to four weeks.

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Professional Pest Control is Always A Consideration

As small as fleas are it is quite possible for just a few to escape your treatment and, since the female flea is capable of laying up to 600 eggs in her lifetime, it doesn’t take long for an entirely new flea infestation to begin. If you want to be sure that you’ve eliminated your pest problem, your best bet is to always utilize professional pest control services that guarantee their work and if you look hard enough you may just find a local pest control service that utilizes natural solutions to terminate fleas.

Read Our Recommendation’s for the Best Flea and Tick Prevention

What do you find works best to prevent or for getting rid of fleas?

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Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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Ann
I have over-fogged my home (flea fogger) two times within 6 weeks and bathed the dog in Adams’s newest, most potent flea shampoo, not once but two times in within 3 days. Advantage II has been added more than once in the month (smaller dose) and STILL! Really? I have done what I can? What about Capstar??
Michelle Schenker
We stayed at a beach house this week and our dogs ended up with fleas 🙁 After a thorough vacuum of the house and cleaning all bedding in the washing machine, we mixed up this DIY recipe with stuff that was already at the house. Homemade Flea Shampoo: 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of Dawn dish soap and 1 drop each of Lavender and Lemongrass essential oils. Fingers crossed that it will work.
ddmerris
Worst family reunion ever. We have two dogs and a cat. The cat pretty much has the run of the house including the gated off bedrooms and basement of which are carpeted areas. The rest of the house is hard wood or tile floors. My step sons bring their dogs for the week. They sleep in rooms in the basement and hang out down there. By the end of the week one of them thinks his dog is itching to much and starts looking her over. He finds a few fleas. So the other son panics and he now too finds fleas on his dogs. We can’t believe this! We can’t find any on ours but they do not go down to the basement. We have a son who has his bedroom down there and has never once complained about flea lbs jumping out of the carpet or being bit on the ankle or anything that would lead me to believe we have an overwhelming infestation of fleas. We did all we were told to do. Sprayed the floors and under beds, vacuumed, laundered, treated the cat and dog, through away some obvious things she liked to lay on, shut doors to rooms she likes to be in. I come her daily and some days she won’t have any signs fleas. Then the next she will dark brown dirt like spots that will be turn bloody when sprayed with water. I’m at a loss for what do to. Please give me some
Suggestions!
Amber
We have four dogs, and my dog moved in with my mom last year. He never had fleas until now. It is out of control now. I feel disgusted. This is my first time ever experiencing fleas with my dogs. My parents are renting the house we are in now. I believe the fleas are coming from the carpet in the Master bedroom. It is the only carpeted room in the house. It is driving me crazy. And my poor dog is so allergic he scratches so much he is bleeding. I really do not know what to do anymore. I wash their bedding and I give them frequent baths.
aimer
For future reference: we sprinkle our dogs’ food with plain garlic powder. Neither of them has had a single flea or tick in 10 years and this is the ONLY flea/tick prevention we use (no chemicals, no collar, no medication, etc). Our vet says our pups (bichon and pomeranian) are as healthy as can be. No fleas ever!

My niece had a bad infestation in her carpet filled home. She tried everything. Finally, I took a couple cans of regular iodized salt and sprinkled it all generously all over her carpet and let it sit over night, then vacuumed the next morning. There were zillions of dead fleas in the container, which we emptied into a plastic bag, tied it carefully shut and took to a dumpster. We did this 4 times while treating the dog with garlic, baths with baby shampoo and careful combing. It took a week but they were finally flea free. I told her about the garlic powder and so far, no fleas or ticks on her dog!

Mary
Could you tell me how much garlic you give your dogs in their food? Thanks
Jmaley
Our dog has a terrible case of fleas. The vet gave her the capsule and a dose of frontline but we are still finding one or two live fleas on her. I have thrown away the family room sofa, curtains, area rug and chair cushion. I have vacuumed extensively in the living room and dining room and the kitchen. All floors have been mopped. The kids and I are still getting flea bites on our ankles. The dog has never been upstairs in the bedrooms or downstairs in the basement. Regardless I changed and washed all linens and vacuumed there too. I have an exterminator coming to fog the living areas but do they have to do the bedrooms and basement also?
Kimberly Alt
Oh no, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. Unfortunately, to be 100% safe, it’s best to do the bedrooms and basement as well. The fleas could jump on you or your kids and travel to areas of the home the dog isn’t allowed. So fleas could be present in every room in your home. Let us know if the exterminator gets rid of them for you. Wishing you luck!
Brooke Botwinick
I have two small dogs. We took them to get groomed last week and they came home with fleas. We used Advantage on them two weeks ago. As soon as we spotted the fleas we bathed them using dish soap, apple cider vinegar, salt, and lavender essential oil (I read that it’s supposed to help). However, it didn’t work, so the next day I bought Frontline and used that on them. The fleas were still there. The groomer felt terrible about them getting fleas and offered free flea baths. We took them home and it seemed like they went away, but tonight I was rubbing one of their bellies and there were still at least 10 on there. Any suggestions?!
Kimberly Alt
We have many solutions listed in the article. Some of our readers have also posted their solutions in the comment section. I suggest looking through both of those for solutions you haven’t used yet. Best of luck and keep us posted on what works and what doesn’t! I’m sure our future readers will appreciate reading about your experience!
GRACE
My cat has never had one flea in her entire life, she is 11 years old, she wears a collar for ID, but no flea collar. We have a big covered deck on the second level of our house she goes out there and lays in the sun eats some of my flowers, her oat grass drinks the water out of the pitcher that is for my flowers. She has great old time out there. We have an herb garden beneath the deck with, dill, lavender, parsley, mint and I think one of the plants is lemon balm I’m wondering if this is the reason why that cat is flea-free for life. One time the neighbors cat Swifty, got in our garage and we were surprised to see her sitting in my car we realized she had been there overnight she scurried out of our garage. We ran to the store and fogged the garage and not one flea.
Ginger Cave
I have a very small minpin/chihuahua and am afraid to use too many chemicals on her to get rid of these fleas that are driving us both nuts. I have heard giving dogs garlic will start to repel them after a few weeks of them taking it. Will this hurt my dog? I don’t care about the smell if it gets rid of her fleas. We live in Florida and the sand fleas are horrific this year. What can we do about the yard?
Kimberly Alt
Garlic is ok to give your dog but only in small amounts.

As for what should you do about the yard. Take a look at the other comments for the article. Many of our readers have left suggestions on what to do and what they’ve done themselves to get rid of fleas in their yards.

Best of luck!

Liz Weibley Dignan
My dog recently got fleas. He had them last year, I used Vet guard on him, it worked great. I sprayed my carpet and furniture with spray that was to kill them, vacuumed, and they were gone. Now he has them again. I treated him with Vet guard again, no luck. It says to only treat no more than once a month. Well after a week, he still had them, so I treated again. And I did get him flea dipped before the first time I treated him. Well, after the second treatment, he still has them. I’ve been spraying the carpets, furniture, washed everything, I just can’t get rid of them. I’ve noticed them on my one yr old grandson, so I need to get rid of them! Any suggestions?
Kimberly Alt
Hi Liz, have you read our article above and tried any of the treatments we’ve listed in it?
Liz Weibley Dignan
I have treated him twice with VetGuard. That didn’t help any. So I’m not sure which one I can safely use since I’ve already treated him twice in one month. And should I bathe him first before I try another treatment on him? Once I treat him successfully, I’m going to bomb the house.
Kimberly Alt
I would call your vet and explain your situation. He/She will know what to do more than either of us. I’d hate to tell you false information and end up hurting your dog. Let us know how it goes and good luck!
Cbetts
I have a longhaired dog that has fleas. I have been looking for ways to get rid of them, but most people say bath. I would do that, but she has been biting and has several mats in her coat. What can I do to eliminate the fleas?
Michael Alfaro
Omg, what should my dad do? He got 2 lil pups and they are infested with fleas and they itch everywhere. I’m tired of it and I have been itching crazy too since I seen one jumping all over me.
Susie
For the method where you put soap and warm water well the fleas jump off the animals and into the water?
Michelle Schenker
Wow, good question Susie! You stumped us. But after some research, here’s what we learned: Fleas are not able to swim so once they hit the water they drown and cannot jump. Hope this helps!
yvette
Unfortunately, that’s not true. I picked some off my dog and placed them in a water bottle half full and 30 minutes later four out of six were still alive.
Enlightened
Did you use dish soap in warm water? The soap is supposed to break the surface tension of the water which pulls the fleas under and makes it hard for them to get back to the surface.

The same thing works for gnats, but instead of putting it under a nightlight, you put it close to where they fly around most or add a little apple cider vinegar to attract them.

Mara
They will die in the water if there’s a concentration of soap in there.

Dip the fleas in the soap and water solution and they won’t be able to jump out, and will die in minutes.

Patricia Benson
You know I keep hearing they can’t swim but I watched one swim to the side of my sink when I was giving my dog a flea bath.
Reese
Hello, my adult cat has been itching this month really bad until the point he was miserable. I know pet fur can get dried out from things like soap. So I purchased a conditioner that soothes him and relieves him from itching. He stopped for a little while, then started to itch again. I bought him a flea collar but I didn’t think it was fleas because he’s a house cat. Today my family says he looks miserable. He’s grooming himself more than ever and also biting himself. When I got home from work I bathed him and sure enough he had blackish brown bugs in his coat. What’s the best thing I could do for him to get rid of the fleas. I’ve thrown out his bed and cleaned his litter. Should I take him to a vet for a flea bath?
Michelle Schenker
Hi Reese,
No, I do not think you need to go to the vet unless your kitty does not get better soon. Instead, there are lot of at-home treatments. I would suggest you read the article you commented on here for lots of useful recommendations to get rid of the fleas on your cat and also to get them out of your house. https://www.caninejournal.com/getting-rid-of-fleas/#methods-of-flea-removal Thanks and best wishes.
applemoon
I’m so bothered by this. I feel nobody listens… like I’m imagining this. My dog every now and then will have a flea so I take the wet paper towel and rub it and sure enough there’s blood. Every time I bring him to the vet she says there are no fleas but we have seen a few in the house so I clean (and I mean clean!) but what’s the point if you don’t do the cars, right? Last night I was checking my dog as I always do and I saw a bug crawl across his belly it could have been an adult flea. He was on Advantix plus and it worked great but it’s November do fleas live all year round? I’m so itchy typing this. Bugs are disgusting. They make you feel dirty even when you’re clean. He’s always itching. What do I do?
KatieRose50
I’m listening to you Applemoon. If you’ve found something to rid us of these pests please post it! My dogs are in horrible condition! Frontline, I used to swear by, but now the fleas are immune to it. The vet always wants to sell me this $80 collar that I know for a fact from a friend that did buy it, does not work either! If anyone out there knows of anything that will make rapid haste of these demons, please share!
david
If my dog is scared of water how can I wash him to get rid of the fleas? He’s scratching the top of his back constantly & it’s turned into scabs. He’s long-haired and really big & heavy, so it’s not easy to just lift him into the bath. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Michelle Schenker
Hi David,
I would suggest a walk-in shower if you have one or perhaps a hose outside would be your best bet. You could also look for a local dog wash where they may be able to provide some assistance with this task at a lower price than the vet.
Andrew
Every year our dogs get fleas and we use Frontline to control it. This year, the fleas infested our leather couch and possibly our bed. We used a Protect-A-Bed encasement cover for the mattress and box spring. It’s good for fleas, bedbugs, and dust mites too. The leather couch, even after vacuuming and leather cleaning, still had a problem. The cushions could not be removed and spraying would discolor the leather. The solution? I bought four flea collars, cut them into smaller strips, and stuffed them down into crevices between the seat cushions and arm rests. The flea collars never touched me or my pets, but It did kill the fleas. The leather was spared discoloration. So far so good. It cost about $20.00.
Michelle Schenker
Hi Andrew,
That is genius!! Thanks for sharing this solution with our readers.
Jo Conway Alborn
I am using Advantage 11 at this time but my dog is still getting fleas just like she was with frontline plus. She is highly allergic and I don’t know what to do next. This is the first time I have had this problem.
Michelle Schenker
Hi Jo,
Sorry to hear this. My dogs have brought in more ticks (dead – thank goodness!) than in past year and I have been reading reports that the bugs are quite bad this summer so far. Not sure where you live but NC is having a tough year for bugs, despite the cold freezes this winter. I would suggest asking your vet and friends who live near you for tips as conditions vary by location. Thanks and best wishes!
Janice
We had the same problem with our Pomeranian with any stuff put on her, even by the vet. The only thing we have found that works is Trifecta. It’s expensive but worth it.
abby
What can I do to keep the fleas off of me when I’m working in a flee infested environment?
Jeff Butler
I have heard of people having success with Avon’s Skin So Soft Oil to prevent fleas on humans.
Alex wolf
Skin so Soft by Avon… I think it is the succinate ingredient that works. I used to live by a dog beach in San Diego and it WORKS.
Tawnya Sallee
Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your drink for the day. Makes you taste yukky.
Abby
Ok – here is my experience and after having a HUGE infestation that took about a month to get rid of I feel like an expert on the topic of how to get rid of fleas.

First off – do not think that 1 treatment will work. I thought – ok – i’ll get the carpet powder and be done with it. Big mistake.

I took care of a friend’s dog, so the dog was no longer in the house. If you have a pet, make sure they are getting treated as well or the flea problem will just continue the cycle.

You absolutely have to fog – everywhere. I live in a 1 bedroom apartment. I have all hardwoods, except one 5×7 rug in my living room. This is where the infestation was, but I did see a few fleas travel into the bedroom. So I ended up treating my bedroom, hallway and living room. I taped off my kitchen with a trash bag, so that the fogging would not effect any of my dishes. I closed my bathroom door.

This was a such a pain. I had to strip my bed and wash everything every time I fogged the apartment. I had to cover all electronics and lamps with sheets and then wash those sheets when I got home from work.

Foggers work the best. Buy the purple package of 3. I did this 2 times – so I ended up needing 6 cans. The problem with fleas is that they burrow into the carpets and lay their eggs there. The foggers will kill only hatched fleas. Eggs and larvae are immune to these foggers. However – the foggers will kill the ones that are currently biting you and prevents them from reproducing. The goal is to kill all of the eggs too.

First step is to vacuum everything. Your vacuum will become your new best friend. Buy a flea collar and stick it in the cannister of your vacuum. When you are done vacuuming – thoroughly empty it in a plastic bag, tie it tightly and dispose of it outside your home. Live fleas will be in this big, so it’s important to get it out of your home.

Second step is to buy some Borax. Get the big box in the laundry section of the grocery store. I had to do this step twice – so buy 2 boxes, or if you have a lot of carpet to treat get 3 or 4. This is what will kill the eggs. You must do this in combination with the fogging. Make sure to spread the Borax evenly all over the carpet. This part is tedious. You need to scrub brush the borax deep into the carpet. Get it good and down in there. The Borax will suffocate the eggs and kill them. Leave it in the carpet for 12-15 hours.

After you’ve brushed the Borax into the carpet make sure to set up the foggers in the middle of each room. Make sure that your bed is stripped all the way to the mattress and everything important is covered in sheets.

The third step is to fog and leave your home for 4-6 hours. Make sure that all people and pets are out of the house during this step. I did this just before going to work. I set the foggers and went out the front door. When I got home from work, I immediately cleaned up the fogger cans and wiped down all table surfaces. After a few more hours I thoroughly vacuumed my rug with the borax and disposed of it right away.

This process significantly reduced the amount in my home and the biting. However – when a few days later I found a few more jumping around, I sprang into action again and repeated the whole process to erradicate them completely.

The next few weeks if I saw one – I would thoroughly spray around the apartment with a flea spray can – RAID had a good one. 2 months later and I haven’t seen any. I can confidently say that I finally got rid of them, but it was really tough.

To anyone experiencing a flea infestation – I feel for you. Good luck in getting rid of them.

Donna
OMG, Thank you. They are in my hair and have traveled with me to work. Does anyone have a solution for getting them out of your hair? I’ve tried the stuff on the internet but as soon as I think they’re gone, I feel something moving around in there. It’s a horrific experience.
yvette
Try the apple cider vinegar mixed with your basic shampoo, half and half preferably. Let set in hair for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse and condition. It worked wonders for me.
Billie
Are you sure you don’t have lice?
ann hulse
You can treat it like lice and get the lice shampoo from greatclips and the spray called ladybugs works great!
Julia
My grandma has a dog. She’s moving so we want to take in the dog but he has fleas and a lot. It’s just the dog not our house so just need help on the dog. So any help.
Mel

I have found that the best method for getting rid of fleas, eggs and larvae from carpets and furnishing is to spray the whole area from about 12" (30cm) away with Raid fly spray — the blue can. Try not to breathe in too much while doing this and then just shut the door on the room for 1/2 an hour. It works far better than any commercial flea spray, even the flea bombs.

 

Tina

I have two indoor cats. I noticed fleas on them about five weeks ago. I gave them Frontline one month ago and they still have fleas. I have wood floors throughout my house and one Oriental rug in my living room. We have completely cleaned the whole house spotless. Washed everything and sprayed what we could wash. I vacuum the rug and couches every day. I threw out the door mats and got rid of all the cat bedding. My cats are not allowed in the bedrooms since we majorly cleaned and washed everything. I comb my cats every day and I am finding fleas!!! Four or five fleas a day!! I don't know what else to do. This is breaking my heart as I feel so bad for my cats. I am thinking of hiring Orkin to come handle the problem. I am all about natural and organic, however, my cats are suffering. Any recommendations would be helpful! Thank you 🙁

Holly L.

Try Capstar you can get it through vet, pet store or online…it is only a 24-hour treatment but will kill the fleas initially then get something like "program" for a monthly treatment.

Kristin

I use food grade diatomaceous earth and cedarwood oil on my animals. These are both safe for dogs, just make sure to apply the diatomaceous earth thoroughly and stay away from their face. Diatomaceous earth is safe for cats also.

Karen S.

Do you put the diatomaceous earth on the dog? I have put it on their food mixed with water because it has sharp shells in it and you also have to be careful not to breath it in. Is the cedarwood oil organic, too? How did you mix it?

DLRB
And in the yard too, diatomaceous earth works. It must be food grade with no added chemicals. Also, do not put chemicals on your yard. Dogs get it on their feet and lick their feet and eat grass. No fertilizer, weed feed or pesticides.
Leyla

New to this flea infestation thing. When I was little and one of my cats had fleas, I remember giving him a flea bath and that seeming to do the trick. Not so easy this time. I've been living in this apartment for a few months and now believe the fleas were already here as the prior owner had a cat. There are a lot of strays in this neighborhood as well although my cat stays indoors and has never been outside. I feel badly because this must have been going on since day one but I was blind to it. Soon after we moved in I noticed a little cut on my cat's nose. I didn't think much of it but it must've been from fleas. I also observed her scratching but did a quick check for fleas and didn't see anything. I myself even got bitten but I actually thought it was chickenpox or something before I reexamined her fur and saw the bugs this time. Since discovering the fleas last week, I've washed all my clothes, bedding and towels, rewashed everything, given her two flea baths and have been flea combing. I need to wash all the floors and walls and everything but I've also been battling a cold this week as well. Hoping I can get rid of these suckers as it breaks my heart every time I see her scratching, which is like every other minute now.

Lauren Willis
I just got a new dog from the shelter, we were taking her home in the car when a big bug jumped on my white new sweater. We put her in the back yard and called the shelter, they said that they had given her flea medication already. We put her a crate and hoped the fleas would go away. Two days later, I took my dog outside and discovered that she had brown dirt all over her, I was grossed out “Who could let their animal get so dirty?” I thought. Then I did some research; the brown ‘dirt’ was actually fleas. SHE WAS INFESTED. Now I’m doing even heavier research to try to see what works to the best to kill fleas. I’m really worried about her, what if she gets scratch your cat had too? Could you please tell me what you have used, maybe something will work. I’m only 13, and my mom doesn’t really seem to care too much, but I’m terrified. Is there anything I can do to help my dog? (shes 13 too 😛 )