HELP FLEAS!!!! UPDATE!!!
So I believe my cat got fleas at the vet (she doesn't go outside, and started scratching after a vet visit). I think we got rid of them on her, but now we are seeing them around the house. Not totally infested (yet!) but every now and then we're sitting on the couch or in bed and one will land on us. I have also seen some on both kids. ugh.
We basically have just been trying to pinch them and then run them down the drain, but I think we need to take more drastic measures. We've been vacuuming almost every day, but it doesn't seem to work. I just CAN"T get a company to come in a bomb the place since we have small kids and don't really like pesticides.
WHAT CAN I DO???!!!!!
Everyone eat lots of garlic. Fleas don't like it.
Sorry, that's the only natural remedy I know.
We had a GNARLY BAD flea problem and ended up super-bombing our place to get rid of them. Cause my ex just had to bring home a stray kitty and not treat it. Just make sure to rid of it quick cause those things multiply and infest like mad.
Vacuum a lot and wash everything, the eggs can get in bedding. Make sure you use the crevace tool, they like to hide out by the base boards. Comb kitty with a flea comb once or twice a day. Pick out the fleas and eggs from the comb and drown them in soapy water. Collect all hair from the comb in a ziploc. I'm sorry, I'm sure there are about a million more things you'd rather be doing!
I was going to tell you to make sure not to keep your flea-filled vacuum cleaner inside the house, but I came across this article that says they've found that the vacuum cleaner vibrations "beat up" the fleas enough to kill 96% of them. (News to me!)
Sorry you're having to deal with this, especially with the new little one. Sadly, I've never had any luck with natural remedies when it comes to fleas. If it were me, I'd bomb and clean well after, including shampooing the carpet and airing things out well. I don't have much of a tolerance when it comes to infestations!
diatomaceous earth liberally sprinkled along the baseboards and corners/edges of room. Along with everything else. I have more "natural" remedies in a few books, but am too tired at the moment to look, will post tomorrow.
I have read that both walnut leaves and tomato plants drive fleas away. Someone suggested putting walnut leaves in your animal's bed to keep them out of the house. Don't know if that works, you might try it.
+1 to vacuum everything once a day. When you're done vacuuming you need to tie up the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and throw it away outside of the house or the fleas can hop back out again. If you have a bagless, empty it (outside) into a plastic bag and throw it away.
Continue to treat the cat for fleas (frontline, advantage) for at least 3 months. Fleas prefer cats/dogs and will keep jumping back onto the cat so continue to treat. My cats had fleas several times growing up and they never went out. They can come in on humans and then go to the cat. Might want to let the vet know the cat came home with fleas anyway.
Get that stuff from the vet for the cat, Advantage? That stuff works great! And I agree, you probably have to bomb you place and then clean up really well afterwords, including washing all your dishes. I hate fleas!
Ummm... Frontline and Advantage can cause liver damage. Severe.
If I have to use something unnatural for fleas, I like Capstar. It's out of the body in 24 hours.
I'm sorry, I don't have a solution for you. I thought that you wanted to help fleas.
I really am sorry, I just couldn't resist.
To keep fleas off animals, put a little raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in the water bowl. Do not use stainless steel.
Even when I had fleas in the house, they stayed off the critters.
Cats are pickier about their water than dogs, so start slowly with the ACV. Try to build up to at least a teaspoon. My cats never minded the ACV so I started with a teaspoon.
This article has some good info in it:
I just found this in my favorite weekly newszine from back home. Hope it helps a bit...