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Here is a few easy techniques that you can follow to destroy those pesty little insects known as fleas.

Flea:

No, I'm not talking about the bassist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I'm talking about the insect.

(Definition from Wikipedia)

Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera they can multpily up to 800 million fleas in just a matter of 5 days (some authorities use the name Aphaniptera because it is older, but names above family rank need not follow the ICZN rules of priority, so most taxonomists use the more familiar name). Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Genetic and morphological evidence indicates that they are descendants of the Scorpionfly family Boreidae, which are also flightless; accordingly it is possible that they will eventually be reclassified as a suborder within the Mecoptera. In the past, however, it was most commonly supposed that fleas had evolved from the flies (Diptera), based on similarities of the larvae. In any case, all these groups seem to represent a clade of closely related insect lineages, for which the names Mecopteroidea and Antliophora have been proposed.

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Step 1: Removing fleas from the enviroment

Fleas live on their host, but eggs can be left both on the host and in the host's bedding. The eggs that are left on the host will fall off and accumulate in beds, clothes, carpets, cars, and anyplace that the host visits.

The first step after finding out about your infestation is to clean everything that has come into contact with the infested persons or animals in order to remove as many eggs and larvae as possible. This section will walk you through this process.

What you want to do:

1. Quarantine infested pets.

2. Collect all bedding, rugs and throws and wash them in soapy water. Soapy water is known to kill the eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.

3. Vacuum everything. All furniture, carpets, cracks in the floor, bare floors, corners, behind doors, and anywhere else that dust collects. This will pick up most of the eggs, but larvae will latch onto carpet fibers and stick around. After vacuuming, immediately dispose of the vacuum bag outside to prevent escaping of larvae

4. The remaining flea larvae can be dealt with by having the carpets steam-cleaned (the steam will kill every stage of flea except eggs). Make sure you warn the cleaners about the fleas and remove infested animals. Another process is for you to shampoo the carpet with insecticidal carpet shampoo or have a pest control professionally apply an infrared heat treatment to the carpet, which kills all stages of flea. Beware however, this type of infrared heat treatment can cost a lot.

5. Drench your pets usual resting areas with lots of soap and water to drown any fleas that may be waiting for his return.
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Has anyone any knowledge on the stick tight flea and how to get ride of them out of my bedroom they are smaller than a grain of sand and look like a grain of dirt ...my pets have had to be treated with frontline+ They are clear of fleas ...but for weeks these fleas have been burrowing under my skin... on my back ,neck , shoulders and in my head ...Now have a nasty rash on my neck ...doctor has given me antibiotics...thinking maybe urine my deter them as my private parts are clear of them ..thank goodness ....Please no one knows how to get them of my body I have contacted the health department ,Doctors ..you name it know one knows ...feel so alone trying to cope with this problem ...I am tempted to use Frontline + on my head ..good enough for my pets good enough for me ...I have used Kerosene , mentholated spirits, Permoxin ... I spay between sheets and pillows also carpet and vacuum every second day ....do you think salt & vinegar in a spray bottle would work on my body and environment ..Please need Help ...Thank You ....

OR SCABIES? http://www.webmd.com/children/ss/slideshow-common-childhood-skin-problems

that sounds more like bed bugs maybe http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/bed-bug-bites#1

CaseyCase5 years ago
I hear urine works well at killing fleas. You should sprinkle liberally around the house--be certain to get the carpet, the couch and all pillows. Cats especially benefit from this natural and homeopathic anti-flea treatment!
EfenB CaseyCase27 days ago

I almost spit my coffee out! That was funny!

be serious

really why does it piss them off
Try it and find out for yourself!
Kev13 CaseyCase3 years ago
Yuk - you *are* joking, right?
juliacofer1 month ago

We live where we are surrounded by trees, grass, weeds and we have 2 dogs right now. We had to stay with my cousin for a couple of months and during this time I think every flea in Alabama has taken up residents in our house! We set off bombs and I think it just made more come on in. The dogs are with us at my cousins, so we are trying to get rid of all that we can. We need an economical approach to this problem, and we have hardwood, carpet and vinyl floors and a pillow top bed that I do not want to even think about getting rid of it. What can I use that can rid us of the worst part of our problem, getting in the house without being attacked by a swarm of fleas and not need to take a 2nd mortgage out on the house! Please anyone with advise would be so appreciated. We are just getting back on our feet and every cent counts. God Bless Everyone

I know its hard just getting in the house TO vacuum and start defleaing, so I can suggest what I had to do in a similar situation a few years ago in TN. I tried everything, and finally wound up dousing myself with OFF, pouring SALT, box after box into and on EVERYTHING. Vacuum after 3 days...EVERYTHING....SALT AGAIN....vacuum vacuum vacuum, and wash and dry anything you can as you go. Run a dehumidifier constantly.

SALT one more time, and leave it for three days, vacuum up. Then put cake pans of water with dawn dish soap in the worst areas that might be leftover, and empty them out everyday. (flea trap) I didn't mind walking around on the salty everything, because it works well, and sooooooooooo much better than fleas. If you're into camping or have the money for a hotel...go stay there for the 9 to 10 days this takes. PROS: it works, its super cheap, and its super safe. CONS Obviously it's inconvenient, a lot of patience and work, and salty. Everywhere. But you wont die from salt exposure to my knowledge, and salt doesn't stink or irritate either. Good luck, and...be flealess my friend.

maryr1 maryr11 month ago

and to add to this, I forgot...the pets. This is hard because they do cost a bit to get an effective treatment that works. First, bathe them in Dawn dishsoap bath and comb out fleas. Take them to the vet to be tested to get Trifexis. It kills fleas as they bite. Its supposed to deter fleas from your pet, but in the south, its not that great, but it does work better than collars and sprays. The Dawn for some reason instantly kills fleas and most other bugs for that matter, but its safe for a bath or two a week on pets.

Gl0ckage 1 month ago
Neighbours had fleas and brought them into my house, now I have to clear each room because not sure where they are. And with 2 kids.

Ergh I hate fleas luckily I have some borax and I'll try the bombs and indorex spray.
klee27x1 year ago
When I had fleas, I found all sorts of great tips like these. I tried a heck of a lot of them. Flea baths for my pets. Vacuuming. Combing my pets several times a day. Diatomaceous earth all over. Boric acid all over. This is all child's play.

There is a readily available short-acting medication that instantly kills every flea on your pet. And there's another longer-acting medication that makes fleas sterile when they feed on your pet. Between the two, a massive flea problem can be eliminated in a few days. Don't quarantine your pets. They are the source of the fleas, and they're also the key to elimination of these pests. Turn them into walking flea death.
cneumann2 klee27x11 months ago
What are the medications? I have 3 dogs. A lab, a jack russel mix, and a jack/chi pup. The jack mix is white and is LOADED with fleas!! I have vacuumed, shampooed, dte'd, and that one dog is continually full of fleas...I'm lost as how to get this under control. I bathed them all last week, the lab and the pup only had a flea or two, but the white dog was loaded. Tonight I bathed him again, and he was loaded again! I did all their bedding, etc....ugh...I'm beside myself..
klee27x cneumann211 months ago
I am not a vet. I have only my own personal experience and research. Some dogs experience side effects.

The "insta-flea-kill" is a medication called nitenpyram, of which the trade name is Capstar. It can be given up to once a day, and it's a pill that your dogs must swallow whole. You may only need to use this 2-3 times, just to decimate the current adult flea population on your dogs. Depending on the size of your dogs, it might take 1-4 hours to start working. And then your dog will be quite uncomfortable for the next 10 minutes, because all the fleas will start having spasms. Within about 45 min, ALL the fleas that were on your dog are dead. (Clinical trials have shown anywhere from 96% to 100%.) You can actually watch the fleas falling off your dog, onto the ground, where they have little flea-seizures for 10-20 seconds before they expire.

The medication that stops flea reproduction is call lufenuron, of which the tradename is Program. This can be mixed into the food, and it is given once a month, IIRC, for 3 months.

I purchased them on Amazon. You should also be able to buy them from your local vet. A prescription is not required.

The reason lufenuron is so effective is because fleas don't reproduce on your carpet, sofa, etc. They only lay eggs directly on your pets. These eggs roll off your pets, and then the fleas hatch everywhere. While your pets are on lufenuron, the fleas can't make viable eggs, anymore. So even when your pets pick up the stragglers, there's no danger of a re-infestation.

Eggs that have already dropped off your pet can stay dormant, indefinitely. This is why you have to give Program for 3 months. And be sure to let your pets roam where they normally do. This will help ensure that all the eggs will have hatched and hitched a ride onto your pets before the end of the 3 month treatment. I would give one last nitenpyram dose to your pets before the last lufenuron treatment ends, just to be safe.

The dosages are dependent on weight. Be sure to read all cautions before deciding to give any medications to your pets.
frenzygirl2 years ago
ive tried the baths thing with my cats and nothing there back that next day i even went out and bought dawn dish soap and that helped alittle but first i tryed sergeants gold flea and tick shampoo and the fleas were back that next day
I use Adams shampoo and spray. I always put a ring of dishsoap around their neck before I ever get them wet...that way the fleas won't climb up to the head...the Adams spray, smells like alcohol, and the fleas hate it, but so do the dogs...the jump right off the animals. They may make it for cats also...I get it at Walmart.
The soap get the fleas off of them but does not prevent them from coming back. Your going to have to get Front line or a flea collar for them to help keep them off.
robertg621 year ago
Excellent tips and process.
I was at our beach cottage and the fleas invaded our home just before a hurricane struck the area. A good remedy was a flea bomb from the hardware store. Set them off and get yourself and all pets out of the house. Follow directions on the can. Then bathe your pets and yourself. The idea of the "nit comb" (for lice) works well, too, to get them off your pet, if you prefer not to use poisons. (Get it at the drug store in the shampoo section.) You have to do it every day, until you don't find any more. AND, be prepared for the frisky little devils to jump all over the place as you're combing! You have to be fast to crush them on the comb before they jump off.
LBlk2 years ago
I have found several ideas on here I am gonna try. My dad has a terrible flea problem, his poor dog has almost no hair. One queston. How much yeast and or garlic should we give to a small dog,less than 5 pounds and how often?
roadrat5 years ago
had an infestation of fleas and took laurel (bay) leaves and threw them in and around the house and in a few days no fleas. 5 days later did the whole thing again and again 5 days after that so as to get rid of new hatched ones. have not had a problem since.
For cats and dogs with fleas there is a product called Capstar. It is an oral tablet that can be purchased OTC through veterinary offices. Some places sell single doses others sell six packs. It is fairly small in size which makes it easy to administer. It begins working withing 30 minutes and it kills all of the fleas which are on your pet now. It does not work as a preventative. But it is an extremely safe product. You can put a flea preventative like Frontline or Advantage on your pet at the same time to prevent a re-infestation.
My problem is that Frontline has stopped working. I use it every month for flea's and they still have flea's really bad. I can bathe them in many things that get rid of the fea's right there and them. But as soon as they go out to do their business they come back in with fea's that don't die. What else can I do?
We used that on our dogs...  Works wonders..and is FAST!
you just threw these around the house and they worked because i went out and bought some i sure hope they work.is there any special place you put them.flees are bad this year i have never had flees like this before.do you just throw them on your floor around your house
juju226062 years ago
i have a 9 month old cat and two 8 week old kittens.. ive tried dawn and different flea shampoos.. and nothing works. i dont no what to do and i dont have the money to spend on expensive products. with my older cat he is very aggressive when i give him a bath and its hard to do all three of them on my own. im all new at this i never had to deal with fleas and i absolutly HATE bugs but i love my animals i need to find a solution to making them all go away.home remedy or something.
Sprinkle salt on carpets, the eggs will dry out so they can't hatch
frenzygirl2 years ago
i have three cats and iam looking for a really gud way to get rid of them ive tried pretty much everything nothing is really working its starting to hurt my wallet. ive tried flea bathing my cats ive tried the dawn dish saop bath and trap ive been vaccuming my house to the point i mite not have rugs left. i need to try some thing that is more positive cuz i have a pretty old cat the has either a tumor or cancer and one is allergic she is scrating herself to the point were she has cuts all over if i dnt get something gud then im guna go with my next step fumigating my house


lukedan2 years ago
Its also very important to remove any fleas from the outside garden because if your pets are used to playing or sleeping there they can end up bringing a ton of fleas back into your house which will just make the problem worse. There are a few points outlined here as well as some tips on cedar wood, check it out:

http://www.thebugsquad.com/fleas/get-rid-of-fleas

Hope that contributes to your article, really enjoyed it and all the points are valid.

Cheers

Luke
bodie12 years ago
Some years ago, a pet groomer told me that fleas cannot abide anything citrus and told me to spray air freshener, deodorizer, or anything like that as long as it was citrus scented. Especially to concentrate on crevices, like where the wall meets the floor, etc. I have hard wood floors, so I just sprayed it right on the floor. Didn't hurt anything and smelled real nice. I sprayed again every couple of days for awhile. Took care of all the fleas. This year my cat got fleas and I got flea treatment for her from the vet. I tried the spray again in the house and it worked!
jedler2 years ago
i use the candle in a shallow pan of dawn dish soap water and it kind of helps but i wish it helped more so i went and got the diametrious earth and put that everywhere in the house it takes a couple days to do the job but very helpful then i got a flea trap from amazon.com and it just controls the couple of eggs that have hatched after other treatments its still a work in progress i just caught 2 on me while writing this but i can already see a difference i hate these pesky creatures and cant wait to say i dont have any i hope i helped a bit... by the way everything i do its very cheap i paid only 15$ for all of the above cant go wrong with that
icethenet2 years ago
I found using foot powder to a powerful enemy of fleas they don't like the essential oils I powder my bed and the floor and haven't seen them since. Now for my old dog I used to have a long time ago. the vet told me that because he was allergic to the flea saliva that he had no hair on his back. so here is what we did was put 1 egg 1 cup of vegetable oil in his food bowl a good sized dog. Brittany Spaniel.
sslalum2 years ago
The best way to keep your house and pets clean from fleas is the natural way using a non-chemical flea control.
Learn more here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATlU2mGquK8
I have used frontline,advantage, capstar tablets and my dogs have been to the parlor but after a month they got fleas again, what can i do?
cslabber3 years ago
Yeah, my pup just got some fleas no matter what I do they just keep coming back! It's like they're unstoppable! I am giving him a bath daily and that still doesn't help! What should I do?
eldestbrat3 years ago
beleive it or not irish spring bar soap is absolutely amazing!!!!!! one drop of water on a bar of soap and drop a flea in and watch it kick only two or three times!!! ni-nite!!!!!!!!! works on the animals too!!! you can lather them up and leave it on for just a minute or two and watch all the dead little buggers go down the drain! i have found that if you rinse, but not completely it also helps over the next couple of days in the killing action!!! i swear by it! i have taken a tuperware tub, and put a bar of soap in it and added water to soften the bar and at bathtime it is so much easier. i just store it under the sink out of the way. try it!! you 'll be amazed!! the salt on the carpet, the irish spring bath, and the vineger drinking water all used in conjunction takes up so much less time than going to the vet and ordering all the "right stuff" versus this preventative treatment. make these a habit and you and your pets will be so much happier!!!!
what kind of vinger do you use white or apple cider .And do the irish soap really work because i try everything now starting tomorrow i am going to put cedar chip inside my home thank you patty
I had fleas in one of my apartments, and i bombed and used ammonia to clean everything. Didn't work. The flea guy said that ammonia and bleach do not kill the eggs.
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