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Step 2: Removing fleas from the host (Human)

I decided to split the section "Removing fleas from the host" into an Human and animal (pet) section.

What to Do:

1. Bathe one to two times daily with soap. Insecticidal shampoos are available but are not always necessary.

2. Comb daily with a special flea comb designed to drag fleas out of hiding and dispose of any rousted fleas in soapy water. You may also want to record daily the number of fleas removed so you can identify any population increase before it becomes a problem.
<p>I've had good success with the following:</p><p>- Throw any infested rugs, bedding, clothes, etc. into the dryer for 15 minutes at normal or high temperature. This kills any fleas hanging around.</p><p>- Vacuum everything else including furniture.</p><p>- Spray yourself with Wondercide Flea and Tick spray. It's organic and safe, and fleas hate it. (I do not sell this product or work for this company. I just love their spray.)</p>
<p>I use the Wondercide line of products and love them! ! ! </p>
<p>I have tried multiple different kinds of flea drops, baths etc. Went to the vet and they recommended Bravecto for dogs. Its 1 pill that lasts 3 months ($45). I havent seen one flea on either dog since I started. Now I am trying to tackle my 2 cats which have been living in the basement because of the fleas. I didnt want them to come up and have my kids bit by fleas. This past weekend my husband and I bombed the basement and while the cats were outside we gave them Capstar &amp; Activile drops. Then the next day we bombed the basement again. We are really trying to get rid of the annoying / nasty fleas. Plan on using bleach and water tonight to clean the floors. I cant say for sure if the Activile works for cats but I know for a fact that the Bravecto works for dogs. Keeping my fingers crossed!! Good Luck All!!!!</p>
Dusting the carpet &amp; furniture with a 50lb bag of DE from pool store (much, much cheaper if you have one) using the light with Joy brand dish soap at night, mixing 1/8 cup Ivory liquid with 3 tsp peppermint oil, 10-15 drops tea tree oil in a quart of water in a spay bottle for you mist legs and shoes (not dress shoes though) when you walk in, plus the pets, after giving capstar. Water your yard with Adams flea yard spray 2x a month alternate with the mint tea treeoil mixture every other week yard sprayer dependson size we have 1/2 acre and use 16 oz soap grind 1lb of mint leaves soaked in 750ml of cheap vodka for couple weeks add 16oz of the vodka juice to the yard sprayer attach to hose. In our crawlspace March, June, &amp; September we use raid brand fumigator it's a chemical smoke keeps Palmetto bugs away also. <br><br>Vacum the house of the D.E. after you have swept it in, dispose of the bag or the canister contents in a sealed plastic bag daily for a week.<br><br>Make sure you bathe your dogs &amp; cats in the soap mix you spray on legs, and use ear cleaner i.e. rubbing alcohol &amp; vinegar few drops in the ears massage &amp; use a tissue to wipe them out fleas love to hide in the ears both pets &amp; humans. We live in SC at the beach, does not get cold enough for them to hibernate so its a year round battle. Until all these super topicals came out keeping mint &amp; pennyroal growing by the door, vacuming and regular baths worked. Now they are immune to most things. This is the only regimen I have found to work. Also use a commercial steamer twice a year on our bed as they even got through bed bug proof sealing.<br><br>When we lived in the country guineau fowl would actually keep the yard clear of all bugs including fleas, if your in the country great way to get rid of them. Most of these will work on bed bugs also, just add double tea tree oil and use commercial steam heat. It takes 122&deg;f to kill bed bugs, fleas 135&deg;f based on what the exterminator we hired to clear a hotel we manage informed us. The chemicals are becoming ineffective. Things like the above are still working
<p>Try running your vacuum on the bare floor setting. I have been battling my first real flea infestation with diatomaceous earth, soapy water traps, and vacuuming. Suddenly in the last two days I noticed a dramatic decrease in fleas and the only thing I changed is the necessity to use the bare floor setting because the vacuum broke. I suppose it's possible they're just dying from lack of food because we barely go in that room anymore, but that situation has existed for a while and this is a sudden change at exactly the same time as I changed my vacuuming habits.</p>
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. <br> <br>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.
<p>What is the medication, I like your idea</p>
Capstar and Program
<p>Thanks hopefully this will help</p>
<p>nitenpyram and lufenuron....I purchased the off brand from ebay and it was amazing! Make sure you purchase by size and weight of your dog/cat</p>
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. <br> <br>The &quot;insta-flea-kill&quot; 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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>I purchased them on Amazon. You should also be able to buy them from your local vet. A prescription is not required. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>The dosages are dependent on weight. Be sure to read all cautions before deciding to give any medications to your pets. <br>
<p>This combination worked like nothing else! I have used this effectively for 2 years now! </p>
<p>Fleas are smart, they might go to the human owner of the dogs if the dogs have the medication. </p>
<p>can we give program and capstar to cats also, thank you for your effort in giving information its a great help</p>
<p>i have never had to deal with fleas before but im being bitten alive so is my daughter they are in our hair they have been leaving red areas on back of our necks and all around itchy i have been picking little black specks out of her hair and mine and brown bugs about the size of a grain of rice similar to above picture i orgianlly thought sand fleas as we just got back from florida i have tried head and sholders at leat two 60 second treatments twice a day i even purchased lice shampoo used almost a whole bottle on my daughter didnt seem to affect them in the least.we dont have pets but our friends we stayed with have two dogs.</p><p>how do i get rid of these pests my head is driving me crazy and i dont know what else to try?</p>
These sound like lice, not fleas. You can get treatment at any pharmacy.
They could be bed bugs. They are also about the size of a grain of rice. Another possibility could be scabbies.
I have this dilemma. I visited a friend more then once. They have 5 dogs and all 5 dogs have fleas. So bad that the dogs are eating them off of each other. I hate going to this house but I was just being nice &amp; now I am covered in flea bites &amp; I am 34 weeks pregnant. Its got to the point these nasty bugs have come home with me &amp; I am worried my baby will get affected if I don't do some thing about this. I have washed everything &amp; vacuumed with salt, made water with viger in it!! I'm all out of options. I don't have pets at all but my feet &amp; ankles look terrible. I am so Embarrassed &amp; it makes me sick to my stomach. I hate bugs &amp; I'm the only one in my house getting bit. I will take a shower &amp; still see these fleas on my skin. I don't know what to do someone please help me!!!
<p>omg my dogs have them. So now I got them but my brother is always cuddling with the dogs and I never come near our dogs but now I have the same bites all over me. And it's only me!!! Out of my whole family But now it's gotten to the point where I see them on my skin but their so fast! I hate going out because I feel if someone might see one they thinks I'm disgusting I trying everything. There bite on my leg, ankles, neck, thighs, stomachs, and back, it started with just my ankles but ugh it soo gross. I hope the fleas go away from you and congrats in the baby☺️</p>
Having the same problem as others: have never had fleas in 10 yrs, but have been combating them for over three weeks now; 4 dogs, 1 cat and now baby kitten. Have washed and washed and vacuumed and vacuumed and vacuumed. Sprayed with apple cider vinegar, while funds were soo low. Used salt, left it down for three days, will do again. Finally was able to purchase some spray to treat the ground. Used Bugs B Gone liquid where you just attach the hose to the bottle. Sprayed the dog area and ground around the house. I believe that is starting a healing process now. Still gotta bathe all four dogs again for the 4th time, bathe the kitten, and not sure about older cat..... Having ear mites too and raw red skin from hot spots on the dogs. Not to mention being grossed out by the critters. But for me, treating the ground, and will move forward from there. Praying I can afford vet meds for it, even tho I dont like using them. Over it...
<p>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</p>
<p>You could always invite the local nursery school to come and have a pee party in the house. They would enjoy peeing in your bed, on your floors etc. and it would not cost you a cent!</p>
<p>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.</p><p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 &amp; vinegar in a spray bottle would work on my body and environment ..Please need Help ...Thank You ....</p>
<p>that sounds more like bed bugs maybe http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/bed-bug-bites#1</p>
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
<p>Mix 50% cider vinegar &amp; 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 &amp; is good for your skin and hair. </p><p>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 &amp; Mint shampoo can also be used on your pet (away from the eyes)</p><p> 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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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! </p>
Have u tryed getting rid of the bed n soak in a tub of water
<p>OR SCABIES? http://www.webmd.com/children/ss/slideshow-common-childhood-skin-problems</p>
<p>Fleas are the worst. Thanks for the tips.</p>
<p>Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do for fleas. Every day is best.</p>
<p>Confortis. About $20 at the vet. I only use 1/4 of pill recommended for weight</p>
<p>My sister is a vetrinarian &amp; 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 &amp; 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 &amp; tick medicine &amp; 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 &amp; 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.</p>
<p>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!!!! :))</p>
thats a nice shower lol. i wish i had one like that
<p>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....</p>
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!
<p>I almost spit my coffee out! That was funny!</p>
<p>be serious </p>
really why does it piss them off<br>
Try it and find out for yourself!
Yuk - you *are* joking, right?

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