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


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.

Full page here... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flea

Step 1: Removing fleas from the enviroment

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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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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.
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..
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.
etboyjr klee27x1 month ago

can we give program and capstar to cats also, thank you for your effort in giving information its a great help

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 ....

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

It is
That is scabies. You can go to the doc and they cangive you a cream to put one once a week. Pluse you ca wash in the green dog shampoo. It has the same meds as the cream

Mix 50% cider vinegar & 50% warm water and use it as a rinse for your hair and body after each shower/bath. This should help them want to leave your body & is good for your skin and hair.

Also you can use Paul Mitchell tea tree shampoo on your hair and body. Pests like these really hate mint oil. You can also add a couple drops of mint oil to any lotions you may use and mix a few drops into your laundry soap for your bedding. Cider/water & Mint shampoo can also be used on your pet (away from the eyes)

Thirdly, you should consume a lot of nutritional yeast. It's tasty sprinkled on all kinds of foods. My cat insists on having it on her food daily. It's really rich in vitamin B's and increases the B's in your blood. Insects like fleas, mosquito's etc do not like the taste/smell of B's in the blood.

Flies and mosquito's also hate lavender extract. In summer time I crush the fresh plant leaves and rub them on exposed skin and it helps keep biting flies off of me. You may want to incorporate a lavender oil into any daily lotions you may use. I hope that helps.

If not, I'd imagine the doctors treatment for that type of bug would be the same as for scabies, with is a Lindane lotion. That would require a prescription but worked very well for people I've known that caught scabies in the past. (they burrow) Good luck!

Have u tryed getting rid of the bed n soak in a tub of water

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

Fleas are the worst. Thanks for the tips.

Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do for fleas. Every day is best.

Confortis. About $20 at the vet. I only use 1/4 of pill recommended for weight

JulieD48 months ago

My sister is a vetrinarian & she tells me that unfortunately Frontline hardly works now, that most fleas have somehow become immune to it. I found this to be true the last couple times I tried it. It figures this would happen after our local Costco started stocking it at a lower price. In a side note, I found the Costco brand actually attracted fleas to my dogs & caused an additional rash! I now use Trifexis which has the added benefit of guarding against heartworm, but it doesn't protect against ticks. However, since I was paying $19 a month before buying flea & tick medicine & then another $16 for heartworm protection (which can be a deadly problem rather than just an annoying one) I'm actually now saving money, only paying $20 a month instead. When you have 2 dogs & live on a fixed income, that can be a significant incentive. There are other products now that kill fleas along with other parasites that I would ask your vetrinarian about rather than using Frontline any longer.

wdvilliers8 months ago

Get one of those electric zappers that looks like a racquet...stroke it at an angle over the bed or affected area. It take some time but is very effective. Don't stroke your dog or yourself with it please!!!! :))

Briguy96 years ago
thats a nice shower lol. i wish i had one like that
madannafyz Briguy910 months ago

this is all good and thanks for posting, but it is a hell of a lot of work. A lot of people do not have the time as I feel it should be done all in one day...all the rooms and beds, otherwise eggs could be carried into the cleaned room to another. What I cant understand is how my cat got fleas when she never goes out...she is a rescue cat and doesn't like outside. None of my friends have cats so I'm wondering about how she got fleas. I asked the vets, where it is the only place where she has been recently...they denied the possibility of another catching fleas. Oh well I had better start the process....

CaseyCase6 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!

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 CaseyCase4 years ago
Yuk - you *are* joking, right?
juliacofer1 year 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 year 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 year 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.
frenzygirl3 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.
robertg622 years 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.
LBlk3 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?
roadrat6 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
juju226063 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.
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