How to get rid of fleas

I got four cats. They go in and out of the house. I live in Orange County, CA, but the cats have a mind of their own, and they like to bring in fleas from all over the neighborhood.

Yes, my house is infested with fleas.

Fleas are my worst enemy in life. These creatures are amazing. They are so small that you can't see them. They seem to travel at a speed of light. And to make the case even worse, fleas are indestructable. You can't crush it to death even if you're lucky enough to catch them since they are so small, flat as my wallet, and made out of steel.

Fleas suck. Especially between the months of late-April to early-October, where they enjoy the hot weather to keep reproducting its amazingly well made bodies.

I've been struggling to keep fleas out of my house for the past 3 years. Over the course of 3 years, I've tried numerous remedies, spending countless hours researching, and spending a ton of money trying out different products. I want to share some of my remedy methods, since I know for a fact that people have the same flea problem around the world.

If you think fleas suck, and wake up each morning with nasty bites, read on to see what you can do to try to get rid of them.

Vaccuming the House

Once you suspect that you have a flea problem in your house, the first thing you need to do is become a neat freak. Prior to getting fleas in the house, I hated to vacuum. I'm a guy. This is pretty natural.

But once you have a flea problem, you really don't have the luxury to use the "I'm a guy" excuse. You need to become a clean freak.

Once I suspect that my cats brought in another batch of fleas into the house, I have no choice but to start vacuuming the room where I was bit, and out of fear, eventually the entire house. And the bad news is... you need to do this everyday.

It sucks. I hate to vacuum. But your choices are get eaten alive, or vacuum everyday.

I must choose to vacuum everyday. Fleas suck.

Clean your bedsheets

If you thought vacuuming the entire house everyday was enough to get rid of fleas, well.. I guess you're still new to this flea thing. Bad news. You need to do much more to get rid of fleas!!!

This is why fleas suck. You really have to make this your second occupation in order to get rid of these pesky creatures.

So, the next thing you need to do after you vacuum your entire house is to change all of your bedsheets. Fleas love to hang out with you in your bed. And they like to get you when you're sleeping. Easy target.

This is such a drag. Just imagine the thought of having to sleep with 5-10 fleas a night. Yuck.

Unfortunately, in reality, this is what is happening. And worst case if you don't do anything about it is that fleas will start to make your bed into their home. They will start to live there, mate there, and start to breed right on your bed. How's that for a romantic night?

So what you need to do is to clean your bedsheets. Again, I hated to do this before I had fleas. I probably changed my bedsheets once a month when I was single, and back in college.

Now with fleas around, I need to change it every 3 days or so. And this is after I get eaten alive. It's probably recommended to change it everyay or every other day.

Changing the bedsheets pains me because of all the water resource I need to use. I live in Southern California, and we have a water shortage. These sheets are pretty clean aside from the fact that they've got a few fleas living in them. Thanks to these 2-4 fleas, I need to do the entire bed. This sucks.

But again, your choices are: get eaten alive at night and risk making your bed a place for fleas to breed in; or wash the sheets.

I choose to wash the bed sheets. Again, fleas suck.

Treat your cats or dogs with Advantage or Frontline

So now that you have your place of residence free of most fleas, you really need to get to the source of it all. In most cases, it is your dogs or cats that like to bring in fleas into the house. You need to treat these guys with flea medication so that you can prevent them from brining fleas into the house in the first place.

I usually buy fleas medication online, since the medication they sell at pet stores or drug stores are too weak to do anything. Advantage and Frontline are the two big flea remedies for pets. These work pretty well.

The crappy part of this is that these flea medications will cost you $50-60. It's $50-60 that you'd rather not spend, but it's something that is necessary. You can buy them at Petmed or Amazon.com for about the same price.

I have been using Advantage in the past 3 years. I've never used Frontline, since I've heard that you need to get this from a vet. But I do see it selling on Amazon and Petmed. Maybe I'll try out Frontline next time.

Each box of Advantage contains four doses of flea medication. They have medication for cats under 5lb., cats over 5lbs., small dogs, and large dogs. The medication must be applied once a month or so, but in my case it's more like once every 2-3 weeks.

What I do, since I have four cats, is to get the Advantage box for large dogs. Since the medication content is all the same, I actually get more for my money by buying the Advantage box for a big dog. I then empty the medication in a small plastic condiment cup (like the one you get at El Pollo Loco to grab your salsa) and use a syringe to apply it equally to my four cats.

Since the medication content is the same, doing this will save you a lot of money if you have multiple cats or dogs.

Of course, cats hate this stuff, so they will run away, scratch you, and tries to avoid getting medicated at all cost. You'll also be down about $50-60 for the medication.

All this sucks. But your choices are to let your cats bring in fleas freely into the house, or make an attempt to prevent fleas from coming in the house.

I choose to prevent the fleas from coming in. All in all, fleas suck.

 

Spray your yard with insecticide

Now that you've got your house covered, your pets covered, it's time for you to start trying going on the offensive. You will now go buy an insect killer - one that will kill fleas - to start spraying the yard with. You are now attempting to kill the source of trouble outside where they usually reside.

As I said before, at this point, this flea thing is becoming an occupation. Or you can call it an obsessive intervention to rid these guys out of your life.

Unfortunately, spraying the yard with insecticide has brought me limited success. Why? Because your cats and dogs will get fleas other than your yard, and will re-introduce them into your yard. And because fleas seems to be stronger and harder to kill than other insects.

I recently sprayed my front yard and back yard. I saw a ton of rolly pollies dead in my front porch. Some spiders, ants, and beetles died too. But my I still get fleas clinging on to my feet as I walk through the yard. And my house is still infested with fleas.

Fleas are tough. They are hard to kill.

Does this mean that you shouldn't spray the yard? Probably not. The insecticide will set you back about $10 at a Home Depot. But it's probably worth your time and money to treat your yard with. You do get to clean up on some of the other insect problems like ants, spiders, and beetles as yo do this. So there are some additional benefits of trying out this method.

Your choices here are: Go on an offensive to try and kill some fleas outside vs. not doing anything for you to defend your castle.

I choose to go on the offensive.

Of course, the time, the smell, and hassel involved in this isn't something you would prefer to do on a weekend. But fleas suck. And they make your life miserable.

Other Flea Remedies - Flea Trap, Garlic Pills, Rock Salt, and Planting Pennyroyal

So what I've described above is basically, "Beginning - How to Get Rid of Fleas."

I have had some success with the methods above. If I continue to do them everyday, I do notice a reduction in flea bites. Of course, I get lazy and start to procrastinate as I see a reduction. And that's when a new wave of flea infestations occur.

I am now in the process of trying out, "Advanced - How to Get Rid of Fleas."

Here are some of what I am trying out.

Flea Traps

As I was browsing through Amazon.com, I came across a flea trap. This is basically a trap that has a light with a stick pad on it. You plug it up somewhere, and set it up. Since the fleas are attracted to light, they will hop on to it, and get stuck on the sticky pads. Some reviewers said that they've caught 18 fleas just in the first night.

This does make a lot of sense. I've tried home made traps where I use soapy water in a flat tray container, alongside a table lamp at night. It's a home made trap, where some people swear by. Personally, setting up the trap each day was a hassle for me, and I risked spilling the soapy water as I moved it, so I didn't like to do it all that much. But thanks to this manufactured flea trap, it will become much easier to set up traps around the house.

These retail for about $10-15, and on sale at Amazon. I've never seen these at home improvement stores, so maybe they're a rare item. I'm going to try them to see if they help at all.

A reviewer said that it helps to move the trap every week or so to a new location. Also buying multiple traps will help too.

Garlic Pills

I've read somewhere that fleas don't like the smell and taste of garlic. I guess fleas have a preference on who they like to bite since my wife rarely gets bit, where I get eaten alive. Frequently, I'll wake up with over 15 bites just in one nigh's sleep.

This sucks.

So I have now purchased garlic pills. I don't mind eating a ton of garlic each day, but cooking it and smelling like garlic may make my friends repel me alongside the fleas. So I decided to go with garlic extract pills to see if they will do any good.

They do have the natual ability to lower blood pressure and high cholestrol, so I guess I'll get the health benefit even if fleas still like to get a bite of me.

I bought some garlic pills today on Amazon for about $9. I'm sure you can find garlic pills at your local pharmacy, grocery store, or supplement store.

Rock Salt

Placing rock salt in little containers underneath sofas and beds is said to help repel fleas in the area. I'm not exactly sure what it is about rock salt that fleas don't like, but if it worked for some, it may work for another.

I'm going to try out the cheap remedy starting today to see if this will work or not.

Fortunately, rock salt is pretty cheap. You can buy it for $2-3 from most grocery stores.

Hey, whatever that may work.

Pennyroyal

I've only known of Pennyroyal from a Nirvana song. Pennyroyal is a plant in the mint family. It is said that planting them will help to deter fleas from living in that area.

So, since I am into gardening lately, I'm going to try this as well. I've never seen, or looked for Pennyroyal seeds, so I don't know if you can get them at a local nursery or not. I will continue to look for them so that I can plant 72 pennyroyal plants using my seed starter.

Conclusion

So here is my 3 years of research and experience on How to Get Rid of Fleas. Fleas suck. I hate them. And it is too bad they are so fast, so small, and so strong.

I hope this will help you to get some ideas on combating your own flea problems. If you also have ideas or remedies that worked for you, please use the comment box below to share them with us.

We all should make the goal of making fleas go extinct. Fleas really suck!!!!

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Comments 55 comments

Bruce 7 years ago

Good job writing this article, I too have the flea problem which occurred like 2 days ago... I so hate these insects. Though your guide helped me a lot as I noticed a great reduction of fleas or total. Hopely I don't see them again lol. Fleas suck, thanks :)

bruce


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how2start 7 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hi Bruce,

Thanks for your comment. I hope my little post helped out a bit with your flea problem. Fleas sure suck. I'm still over here battling with them every day and night.


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solarcaptain 7 years ago from california

fleas are a crapper. I only have one cat and basically, it's the same hell with one as four.

You have some good ideas, especially getting the big dog bulk to save money. I thought that stuff was sold by strength--so I learned something new. I basically use a powder outside and that helps. My cat sleeps under the house during the day and gets relief there. I dont usually get bit, except maybe the fleas dont like waiting in line til the mosquitos are done with me. Orange county seems to be a draw for critters. One week I was infested with possum. disgusting creatures that my cat wouldn't even look at. they shit right where they eat(and where I eat too) I was kind and gentle.(that doesn't work) Finally I got tough and would catch them and make them stay in a little bag for a couple hours. they got pretty mad and didn't come back. They stick together until they are older. the sow gets huge.\

Thanks for the post its most helpful. I may have to try some of the products you listed here. My cat also eats much better than myself. So I'm on a budget. take care.


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how2start 7 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Solarcaptin,

Thanks for your comment.

I think I'm going to try out the powder myself too.

I'm also surprised to have so many critters in OC. I have a little shed in my backyard, and possums and skunks love to make it there home. I keep patching up what they dig, but they dig new holes, almost destroying the foundation of it.

I recently bought the Skunker online, and caught 3 skunks and 8 possums. http://www.theskunker.com/

Anyway, fleas and possums are both a drag. Hope you continue to keep both of them away.


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ChRiiStiOn 7 years ago from Cape Cod Mass

i just started my war with them incredible and evil fleas myself! i also heard bathing your cat in Dawn dish detergent works too. thanks for the info! (=


knit62 7 years ago

Really enjoyed you article. Just got a cat and our problem was ticks. Started using frontline and have kept the cat in the house. Husband said we can let him out after the first freeze. Socks (the cat) is not real happy but he is learning to live with it.


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WildEyes 7 years ago

Dawn does work to "stun" the fleas, but it doesn't kill them all, and poor kitty cats don't like baths.

I have found that using a good quality carpet fresh can help, because the bugs are overwhelmed by the chemicals and come to the surface before you vacuum, and are less likely to bed into the carpet when it is overloaded with smell-good stuff.

I have also learned that cedar is one of the best pest deterrents ever. I've lived in home with a high cedar content, and they never have any kind of bug, aside from an occasional little bitty house spider. If you happen to have a cedar chest, just look at it and around it. The fleas are not nearly so active there.

Unfortunately, I have never seen an infested home freed of fleas. I'm sorry! :(


Kathy S. 7 years ago

We, too, live in the OC in CA, and I swear the flea problem has been much worse this year. Despite the fact that kitty doesn't go outside, we still have them. Indeed, we discovered, somewhat by accident, that the pesky critters were coming in the screens on the open sliding doors!!! Anyway, you don't need to wash linens every day - just throw them in the dryer on "cotton" for about 10 minutes. Cooks them.....and get rid of those white sheets and socks, too. White attracts fleas.


vicky deutsch 7 years ago

I have a lot of cats and live in South Texas so I have a very bad flea problem. They come in the house/my cats don't go out. Never use the dog wipe on products for cats if they have tick killer (i.e., Frontline Plus). That will kill your cats. Also, never put the wipeon stuff or flea spray on old or sick cats. It is hard to use much insecticide without endangering your cats because they have very delicate systems. Be careful.


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

Getting rid of fleas can seem almost impossible. For the longest time I lived at altitude where it was not an issue at all. But my latest round in my home took over one year to fully get rid of, I miss the altitude.


vcbaker 7 years ago

I liked all your suggestions. I have one about the garlic. i give my dogs the garlic tablets to keep fleas off them. You can get it for dogs at PetSmart or health food stores. It works good here in TN. Our ground never freezes so you have to keep giving the garlic to them year round. I have used both Frontline and K9-Advantix. Both worked good but more expensive than the garlic tablets.


Raggits 7 years ago

Wow, I used to have fleas. Once I found out my cat was taking her daily trip through the mobile park and bringing home guests, I got out the table salt and sprinkled it on the carpets. Fleas crave salt, blood has salt, but fleas then get thirsty, and by putting an aluminum pie pan in the general infested area but out of traffic, with a light bulb to attract the fleas, they jump for the light and land in the water and drown. Salt also makes the fleas bloat and they die. This works because my mother in law showed me this 24 years ago and it does work. Try it! As for infestations, I go to the hardware store and get Sevin garden dust and sprinkle under cushions and furniture to help control. Thanks for sharing. I also use Frontline on my cat.


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Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

Never realised it could be such a serious problem, really, I'm surprised.

I also have cats, 5 of them, with very long hair, even in the house they cacth fleas. I treat them with advantage, frontline doesn't work at all with them.

Even if there are fleas in the home environment they will return to the cats and die. I don't have that kind of problem, it gets solved for itself with the cats product that works like a poison everywhere they stay and lay down....


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FleaTreatment 7 years ago from California, USA

I just finished a book on the topic called, Flea Control Secrets.

Pennyroyal is pretty toxic to pets and I am glad you used it in the garden.

Lately there has been a lot of problems with adverse reactions of spot-on flea treatments on pets--specifically on cats when dog products are used on them.

I hope you will check for more information over on the epa website at http://budurl.com/EPASpotOn


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Hazel Heart 7 years ago from USA

You should NEVER use a flea topical (Frontline, Advantage, Advantix) that is label for dog use on a cat. There is evidence using the inappropriate dosage can can harm to internal organ and even death. Please use only the formula for cats. And please do not say I have used the dog formula for years with no problems. You may not know there are problems as they can be internal.


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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

As fleas will continue to breed in the vacuum cleaner,it's a good idea to put a cat flea collar in the bag to kill any fleas collected.Sprigs of lavender in sofas and mattresses are another useful deterrent,also good for bed-bugs.


Laura 7 years ago

I am stuck living with my parents, who have 3 outside/inside cats. They have the worst flea infestation I have ever seen! because this isn't my house and they arent my pets, theres not much i can do. I got tired of being bitten while sleeping in my bed, so i have started using oils such as citronella or eucalyptus mixed with lotion or water. I apply it before bed and the fleas have been leaving me alone for the most part. I dont like the smell but i hate having scabs all over my legs even more. Im sure there are oils with a more pleasant smell that are just as effective but Im just using what I have on hand. This may be good for a short-term solution while you are treating your house! I will be sooo sooo glad when I can take my poor itchy dog and get out of this house! his usual flea meds have done absolutely nothing for him since moving here.


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VivBounty 6 years ago from Canada

Hi, I can sure relate to this with an 85-lb dog, moving from Spain through UK to Canada with him and now a 3-month-old kitten. I am an affiliate for natural wonder pet products. Gary who makes these products himself from natural, safe ingredients has been researching safe options to come up with his own brilliant forumla. I am using the TripleSure natural flea and tick spray which you can use on your pet and bedding, carpet etc. for all stages of this nasty little insect's life cycle but not on cats less than 1 year old. We are approaching winter now so by the time I need to worry about this again, my kitten will be old enough. You can read more about his products and get his free 5-part mini series of how to tips on my site here http://lgtmarketing.com/track/t.php?l=6998. I have found this information and the products to be a font of great solutions and help and only provide link here to be of assistance. There is also another natural product called Mosquito Barrier, which I have used in my yard, extremely effective, natural garlic formula which has been tested in malaria zones in sub-Saharan Africa where the mosquito is the national bird :( You need 48 hours with no rain and a low wind day to apply this but it is very concentrated and you dilute it so it goes a long way. I have no affiliation with this one but love the product, which also works against ticks http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/


delzog 6 years ago

Fleas suck. Frontline doesn't work for my dog, so I'm sort of irritated that I bought a 6month supply.

I hate carpets and this place has carpeting. If you're a homeowner, then get rid of the carpeting and your flea problems will diminish by a 90%. As someone already wrote, cedar is great and you might add cedar chips to your pets sleeping area.

Other's have mentioned it, and I hope you read it, MAKE sure you're not harming your cats with stuff made for dogs.

I liked the garlic idea for pets and will look into something for my dog. Good thought there.

Fleas suck!


Angela 6 years ago

This is a fantastic page. I just got married, and my welcome present to my new home was my husband's flea infested cat. He didn't notice the problem because he never gets bit, but I am seriously COVERED in bites, each night I get perhaps 10 news ones so I have around 60 or 70 now in total. It's the worst. We took the cat to the vet, got advantage and now the fleas are onto me even more. We're following the advice of this website religiously, and if it doesn't work, I'm going to have to hire an exterminator and just rent a hotel for a weekend.


Perry 6 years ago

My poor cat has a horrible reation to fleas. Every summer she scrathes all her fur off around her neck. We use advantage but that only works for a few weeks (and the damn bugs just feed on me during that time). I read somewhere about soothing my cat's pain by giving her an oatmeal bath once every 6 months (more often if it's a dog). Just put a cup of oatmeal in a coffee grinder until it is a fine dust then mix it with warm water. Bonus: The cat smells great! if only for a few days.


sweets 6 years ago

fleas are in the matress what can i do?


Mortbane 6 years ago

I had a really bad flea problem at my last house. I'm very sensitive to the bites to it seems like they ravage me while other people in the house don't get bit at all. My legs were sore from all the bites by the time we got them under control. We used Sevin Dust 5% (10% is not safe around pets, I know this from when I worked in lawn & garden). My cats are indoor critters, so they aren't bringing fleas in, but they are suffering equally when we have fleas. My big cat was traumatized by the carpet. If he touched it, he would freak out and look for the nearest elevated surface to escape. The sevin dust worked at that house, but we needed to move last fall. The first house we visited was nice. I liked that there was no carpet. The second house was okay, but they had cleaned the carpet and it was still damp and smelled like dogs. When we got home, I looked down and my clothes were covered in fleas. I screamed and stripped in the driveway. I too had become traumatized by fleas. This house has been fine until this last week...fleas again...so I get to start this whole thing over again here. Wish me luck!


robin 6 years ago

if you spray the filter of your vac cleaner , or put a flea collaer inside the vac bag , it will keep them from breeding inyour cleaner bag or filters!


ihatefleas 6 years ago

is vacuuming just once and treating ur cats enough? i had about 6 fleas in my room but all i did was that


mordavia 6 years ago

we also have a flea problem...we have 10 cats that come and go..i have tried the Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap but i haven't caught any fleas...ive caught a fly and numerous gnats...has anyone else tried that trap id be interested to know..we buy a large dog dose from r vets and use that on all the cats but i notice also that within 3 wks it looks like they r back and need to be done again...is this safe for the cats?


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Ben Zoltak 5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Good advice, battling my second infestation in ten years, these buggers bite. We're trying borax throughout the house and cat dip for fleas. Been thinking of trying the soapy trap too but haven't yet.

Thanks kindly,

Ben


Bo and Luke 5 years ago

Thanks for all of the great tips!! I will be starting this today. But so far, we have only seen about 5 fleas each on each of our two dogs. It seems like to me, you should be rid of these by now. Have you tried the foggers to kill them for good. If you do that, and all of the other stuff you are doing, I would think you would have zero fleas ever.


Petsitter 4 years ago

Hello, All :( , I also have flea problems, I hate Fleas!!! What's worst is I recently started my Petcare business and love it so much until FLEAS!!! I am sure I will stop offering service of that kind in my home, after having to recarpet the entire house and having pest controll do a cleaning for it... I'm so unhappy, how these things are turing our lives upside down, my daughter was complaining of bites but I had no idea to think of fleas! We thought bed bugs, which am not sure if to bed happy its not or to be happy its fleas! I'/m just MAD AS HELL!


madanthony 4 years ago

Fleas suck! I do not know what works to get rid of them yet but I do know some things y'all have not commented on:I have had fleas pretty much every fall since I moved into one community (figure the dog walk place of choice is where dogs exchange em). But only in September - not all year. (I am metro-Detroit area so winters probably dampen down any problems). I have only ever had to put one drop of Frontline or Advantage on each dog ONE TIME and never had the problem again until next year. I think it is a special case if there is only one bed in the house in use and everyone (animals and people) sleep in it. I think in that case the bed itself gets treated as the stuff rubs off and it kills everything -- they have no chance to lay eggs - voila!

Now, however, the dogs died and I only have cats (who are small so the dose is smaller) and (who sleep all over the house). Nothing gets the full treatment. This year it is as if the Frontline does NOT WORK! I find lots of live fleas on my cats only a week after treatment! For those who say these products work, nothing else required, I believe you will find this is a special case for medium sized dogs or larger who sleep in bed with you. Not cats. Nor if you have multiple beds in use (such as if you have kids).

(2) Steamcleaning kills eggs -- it bursts them. I am going to get a steam cleaner and see if all my problems are solved. I have bare wood floors and throw rugs but I still want to steam clean? I intend to try it anyway.

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madanthony 4 years ago

Oh! I KNEW there was one more thing I wanted to say:

If you or your pet has a flea allergy this is a sign you are not getting enough B vitamins or that you cannot break down the B vitamins (due to an enzyme mutation or long-standing deficiency). You can look on the web for a diagram of the "methyl cycle" that is the name of the biochemical pathway that has to work properly to prevent insect bite allergies. This cycle produced SAMe (which most people know as something to treat depression). Usually you can just put a bit of Brewer's Yeast on pet food to add B vitamins because that food is high in B Vitamins. (It may cause runny stoll however). You will find most pets LOVE it. For yourself, you can try a B Vitamin twice a day (these are water soluble and some of the B's will not stay in your system all day). If that does not do the trick pretty quick (say in 3 days?) then you cannot break down one of more of the B vitamins. In that case you want to purchase active B vitamins (pre-broken down into the form your body uses -- this passes defective enzymes and nutritional deficiencies). There are many such. The one I use is called Thorne Basic B. You can look into what is in it and find any brand name you want that has those things (there aren't that many brands but at least 6 to choose from). That should work. If it still does not, you may need TMG (get a pill). I willa also say this, if you are not making enough SAMe you are more prone to cancer due to damaged DNA since you need SAMe to protect your DNA. So consider a bug bite allergy as warning that you need more B vitamins!


madanthony 4 years ago

Hey my comment about flea allergies -- please do not misconstrue...there are many types of allergies. Those people who get anaphylactic shock from a bee sting probably won't be helped by B vitamins. I am talking about minor swelling and itching reactions due to fleas or mosquito bites. Active B vitamins will reduce those to no more than 10 minutes of itching and then no more itch. If you have a serious allergy all bets are off.


BugOff 4 years ago

I'm embarking on my own flea-eradication process and, based on the research I've done, want to share some important info that may save your pets' lives. Several things are dangerously toxic to pets: As noted, Pennyroyal is very toxic to cats, as is garlic, lavendar and a host of other things (do some online research before using these things). NEVER give meds/products to cats if they are labeled for dogs -- you can kill your cat. The flea traps -- the home-made night light next to a pan of soapy water, as well the commercially available version, appear to have some success and I intend to try this approach starting tonight. Salt is another safe and ostensibly effective approach -- the info I found says to sprinkle iodized salt (the kind you buy at the grocery store) on your carpet, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, then vacuum it up. Finally, a number of essential oils are ok to use, including lemongrass, cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary and thyme. But NO lavendar! There's so much contradictory info on the internet, it's hard to know what to do sometimes. So I hope this info helps in keeping your pets safe -- and alive. I'm going to opt for the more natural approach for now: salt; flea traps; essential oils; flea comb daily; and frequent vacuuming and washing all bedding. Yes, my life promises to be truly exciting for the next several months!


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Paulart 4 years ago from 2510 Warren Avenue Cheyenne,Wyoming 82001

Really very informative hub.I appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing with us.


nonniop 4 years ago

I was originally from california with three large dogs. I had eucalyptis trees on the property we lived on so the fleas pretty much stayed away. I would get the frontline for the dogs and never had to do anything else. Now I live in oregon, and the fleas are a nightmare. It rains so much that anything you put in the yard just gets rinsed away. So I have done lots of research to figure out what to do. Nemotodes!! They are like a slug kinda. Look them up online to find out where to get them in your area. They eat the fleas, and die off themselves, when the weather gets so cold it frosts, so you don't get a over population. SALT!!! Regular table salt on the carpet. Sprinkle it on, brush it on with a broom. Vacumm every day for the first week. After you vacuum. Re-apply the salt. Every day. After the first week, vacuum every three days, still re-applying the salt for about a month. Then once a week. Lavender, rosemary cedar, and eucalyptis are natural repellants.any of these in the dog bedding will help. The essential oils of these that you can buy in the stores on the back of your dogs neck and around the tail will repel the fleas, but you are not suppose to put them on cats(sorry). Making a flea spray repellant with these, or just one, will help. The lavender one would smell the best. And you can spray it on your furniture.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

I'm not normally a big backer of big corporate products truly, but Frontline knocked out our flea buggers for good, really got em'. We tried the light traps for weeks along with Borax, only Frontline got em'. I guess before Frontline people just got rid of their pets! Yikes!


Claire 4 years ago

I dnt have any pets but have still managed to get a flea infection in my home I have tryd powders no luck placed flea bombs in every room and 2 days later have saw 3 fleas, this is a nightmare tht dose nt seem to be ending, I have two daughters under 5 and they r terrified, I just dnt no wot to do next I'm hovering beds and furniture and carpets every day also, how can I see these horrid things gone out if our home, desperate for help


Daneille 4 years ago

fyi:you can kill the adult fleas..however they have already hatched a million and a half new bugs from hell. We go through this every year.The catch is to treat the eggs when you treat the adults. When our last child was born we had the house sprayed by a pest control he said when you use the product that stunts the growth of the eggs if they hatch they can not reproduce. That was the first time I had ever heard this and it actually worked. The vaccuming is a big part as well-what people do not know is right after you have to get rid of the contents. I take a plastic bag spray flea killer in it and dump the vaccum contents and get it out of the house!!! good luck


Mandy 4 years ago

Thanks for the insight here! My dog was groomed today and the groomer told me he had a flea on him and killed it! Now I'm freakinh out and reading everything to do so we don't have any problems! The last thing I want is a flea infestation, YIKES!!! Now I'm itchy all over just thinking about it!

I love going to the park with my pup and they close the park every Tuesday to spray...Now I'm paranoid to take him back. UGH I'm a wreck! Any reassurance?!


greengirl2u 4 years ago

I'm relieved to find some opinions on this topic. I don't know what happened, but day before yesterday our flea problem got completely out of control. I looked down and there were easily 10 of them on my ankles. We've sprayed with flea killer from our vet's office and even used bug bombs today and I'm still finding more live fleas landing on me. No one else in the house is affected. I keep plastering Calamine lotion over the bites to dry them up and relieve the itching. Anyway, I have 4 indoor/outdoor cats. I kept them out until I could treat them with flea meds and gave that 24 hours until I let them in (just two of them--if I give it to the other two right now, I'm afraid of overdosing them) I'm hoping that whatever bites my cats ends up dead.

I set out a small plastic pan of water with a bit of Dawn and salt in it (since I read that they are attracted to salt and it also kills them) and placed a small flashlight next to it to light it up. That was less than an hour ago and I already count 4 dead fleas in it. Btw, I also have my 'flea graveyard'. I have partly filled a glass with some water and Dawn ready. Whenever I find one on me, I catch it between my fingers, march over to the glass, and let it drown. Satisfying, lol.

Tomorrow, I'm going to try sprinkling table salt into the carpet. I know it's unhealthy, but I've been having to spray myself with OFF just to get some relief, plus to spare my poor bitten up ankles and feet. I'm still scared to sleep in my own bed. I'll let ya's know if the salt works. This is so disgusting! :(


Terri 4 years ago

I can so relate to your story. I was livng in O.C., Ca when I was younger and every fall had a lot of bites on my ankles. So now many years later and in S.G. Valley and now having an infestation of fleas that seem much more ruthless. The rest of my family are not bitten. Yes my only pet my cat, has Advantage on him, but wonder if fleas become immune to Advantage as they have to the old flea collars. I have taken all bedding off bed. Vacum every night and sleep with a comforter folded in half. i have find some relief with Tea Tree Oil (Trader Joes). My husband is out right now buying a bug bomb. My heart goes out to all who is suffering through this torture. As my Aunt use to say: "This too shall pass."


John Lerner 4 years ago

I don't have any pets. But when I moved to condo where cats are allowed I began to notice flea bites. I can't to make my neighbors to treat cats. Unfortunately I am allergic to flea bites. I tried herbs and cedar chips but with no stable result. Eventually I tried garlic. Cooked garlic doesn't work but raw does. I can't eat a lot of it so I tried and figured out that one small piece of raw garlic once in every three days is sufficient. I was not bitten for more than a year. I recommend to try it. Better to take with food. Hope it helps.


Charlie 4 years ago

I recently bought and used a fogger or flee bomb in my bedroom, only to find another flee on my leg in that exact room! Frontline on our cats also doesn't work, and all flee spray that we've tried has done nothing. I have however been filling a bowl of water with washing up liquid- in the first night, I killed about 10 flees. 10 is better than none.


Sandra 4 years ago

hey i will try all of ur remediies hopefully they work.thanks :)


horrified 4 years ago

so, reading this has literally took me over the edge. i am a serious clean freak and a month ago we noticed a flea on our poor doggy. we bathed him in he flea bath, gave him topical meds and left him in the kennel. all i do every damn day is vaccum, spray the carpets, bomb the bedrooms, wash the bedding and i cant tell you in words how much of a pain this has become. i notied a flea on my foot which freaked me out and i dont know what to do. this is all costing me so much money. now, just a couple days ago, we noticed some more fleas on my dog. please some one help, im having a mental breakdown!!!


Done 4 years ago

I bought a couch set from a friend who had a dog...months later my kids have bites and they have taken over my couches...idk how to get rid of them...dont have much money for products...im ready to throw my whole house away and move to another state...i dont even have pets...i am absolutely disgusted with bugs...especially ones that wont die.


Catwoman 4 years ago

I've had cats all my life but never any flea problem until lately. Not cold enough last winter to kill them. Anyway, I've always had great success with homemade traps made with flexible-armed desk lamps put over pans of soapy(Dawn)

water. It has to be soapy so that they can't jump out when they fall in, as with plain water. Also, I'm surprised no one here has mentioned what I've found to be an effective, low-toxicity flea powder: DIATOMACEOUS EARTH powder. It's not readily available at retail, but some Independent natural foods stores will order it for you. Better, it's really inexpensive online through Herbal Healer Academy in Arkansas, which is a goldmine of information and best-quality supply of pet AND human nutritional products. The diatomaceous earth powder is very fine and has jagged edges that cut up the little beasts! Plus, they carry it around and spread its stealthy death to their flea families. BUT you have to be Careful to AVOID INHALING it (you or

your cat ) just like any fine powder, so as to not irritate your, or cat's, lungs. But a nice massage of small amounts into the cat's fur all over works well. Also sprinkling around before vacuuming, and just leaving a dusting on the pet beds works great. Fine for dogs, too. Death to fleas by any means-this is war! But I like low-toxicity

options like these along with

table salt so no one has side effects. OH! By the way, there's one way to smash them when you pick them off: ROLL them between your fingers. Works most every time! Sometimes you can hear them pop, too...lol. Satisfying to be able to crush their evilness, Yes! Well, I hope this helps everyone.


Texan 4 years ago

So recently my dog brought fleas into our home and we have started out long battle until the winter, hopefully. I'm wondering if the author has had much success since the article. That would bring some hope from this pesky problem.


judy 4 years ago

We r visiting in Mass over the summer and my dog is know infested with fleas. Partly my fault, I was busy and two - three weeks late on his frontline....thats all it took....one little flea found him , called all the relatives and they all moved in and continue to produce. The worst is that I have developed an allergy to them. I have cream from MD for itch but before that they attached my face while giving my dog his second flea bath,,,,,,OMG I am a mess. After finding this page I plan to use every remedy and suggestion. My husband isn't bothered at all, just me. My poor little dog always slept in our bed, not anymore. He is so sad.......circles the bed crying and whining...... I thank everyone for sharing what's worked for you.


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Google on

fleas "Diatomaceous Earth" OR borax

and on

fleas borax site:hubpages.com

I read a HubPages article, and found other articles, saying to put a layer of borax on the floor (or carpet) of a flea infected room, and on the furniture, to leave the layer for a few days, and then to vacuum it off.

This is in addition to treating the pet(s) (shampooing, putting on anti-flea stuff, etc.) and in addition to washing anything washable.

Reports are mixed on how safe borax is for cats. Some accounts report success with no problems, while one account I saw reported that a cat got a tumor from eating borax. So do more research before trying borax. Maybe it's best to keep a room shut up while the borax layer is on the floor.

Diatomaceous Earth may be even more effective and safer. The Wikipedia article explains how it kills insects.

More research might answer if either of these products might be helpful in your situation.


Itchy Larry 3 years ago

Fleas suck...

I feel like im the only person i know affected by these little monsters. One can only take so much itching.

Best torture idea ever..... Fleas...

I like the B vitamin idea, and the table salt. Going to probably try all of them though.

Im sorry for everyone's suffering, but im glad to know that im not the only one fighting in the War against fleas.

So its agreed... Fleas suck.....


Julia 3 years ago

We live in a small cottage on a large plot of land. Have had two large outside dogs for years and never had a problem. We adopted at stray about 10lbs. When we came home from vacation we found here completely covered in fleas. Poor thing. The shampoos and powders did not work tho gt rid of the infestation but thankfully advantage did. Now we are workings on getting rid of the flea on the couch and in the bedroom. I've put taking soda and on the upstairs furnish true and left it overnight. Have wash all of the sheeting twice a week. I got a product from my pet supplies store called bayticol. It's used for tick on cattle and such. I'm putting on eucalyptus oil (or Vicks when I run out) every night to try to prevent bites while sleeping. My husband and mother don't get a single nite I have more than 50 at last count. I really hope all of the cleaning and spraying help, but I completely agress that it is a very frustrating situation.


PRISCILLA G 3 years ago

HI, I live in the country, and my sister has a cat and a couple dogs. They never come in our house, bt her kids come in our house, and my son seems to be the only one who gets bit, I vacuum like crazy, spray bug spray, and wipe every thing down and wash sheets and bread spreads. Anything else I can do to prevent them from biting him? He's only 21 months though.


Duane 2 years ago

Flea's, Mine and my cats fave "not".

Dawn dish soap does work, I wrapped my cat in a towel exposing just his head gently using warm water I start by getting his neck wet then applying lots of dawn dish detergent. Working the water and soap toward his face. you will see the fleas go around your cats eyes and whiskers. Just keep working the soap as close as you can. Keep the soap in there for at lease 5 minutes, the fleas will die! Your cat will still be wrapped in the towel, what I do is fill up a sink and squeeze a lot of dawn in the water then submerse my cat in the towel,"leaving his head out of the water" the towel will prevent the fleas from jumping onto you. After soaking in there for 5 minutes, I unwrap him and then start to wash him with dawn. The towel seems to keep him calm and sure does help with the nails! for the initial soak.

Vacuum vacuum vacuum!!! every nook and cranny..... !DAILY!.....

A huge chore but force yourself to do it and make it a ritual.

If you are getting bit........ try rubbing dry yeast on your feet and ankles or fresh lemon juice, I use socks and bug spray with d.e.e.t.

I used Diatomaceous earth around borders and hard to reach places but use extreme caution with this product.

Home made flea traps work! Try an old container and cut it down to half inch, fill with a mix of sunlight dish soap and water, place around your bed and other hot spots, especially around your floor boards under sofas on stairs , put them everywhere where a flea would be. Keep them filled with the solution.

Or take your pet to a vet. :)

Fleas have a potential life cycle of up to 2 years!!!

Ridding this pest will take a lot of effort on your half.

But it will be all worth it when you wake up one morning and don't feel itchy! :)

I wish everyone the very best in ridding theses little Ba*%$#rds


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

I liked the opening line about your cats living in Orange County, and having a mind of their own. I think cleaning and vacuuming your house is a good idea, but I do not like the idea of using insecticides or flea medication on my pets. That is my choice, but as someone who is into organic container gardening, I do not abhor all insects. They are part of this world, and we simply have to clean our houses the best we can to avoid it. There are natural remedies for cats and fleas, which I think work just as well.

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