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Old 07-02-2013, 11:13 PM   #1
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No choice But to BOMB!!! What do I do?

Here is my Issue! I have a 55 gallon FOWLR tank. It's set up in my basement apartment area. One of my family members came over and unfortunately brought flea's with her. My poor cats have had flea's for 3 weeks now, and it seems like nothing is working.

I used Sentry Guard and Comfortis for my cats and while it seems less itchy, they still have flea's on them. I use a flea comb and comb about 3 or 5 off per cat for the past two weeks. This is after I gave them Both flea treatments and a bath.

My apartment is not infested, but I am sure they are around. How else do they still get flea's? I have been vacuuming, I sprayed an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) on all of my rugs, couch, and bed. For the most part I do believe they are flea free. My issue is in the other part of the basement where the carpet and other furniture is at.

Sorry for the LONG story, here is my question. I need to bomb the basement. I need to get the flea's dead and GONE! How and with what (I assume plastic) do I cover my fish tank with? How long do I leave it covered for? For a bonus question, what is the best flea bomb?

I might go with a fogger, being it will stay low to the ground and not creep up high. I believe the carpet is the real issue, even thou I sprinkled Diatomaceous earth all around.
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I have used this product before with good results.....Hartz Flea & Tick Carpet Powder Fresh Scent - CVS pharmacy
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Bill, I think the reason I need to go with a fogger or a bomb is because there is places I can not really get too being it's a basement. I tried powder with no affect.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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Take your cats and have them groomed specifically for fleas. They will do special treatments for fleas and as for your house. Steam clean your carpets. The steam will kill the fleas
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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I would have patience w/ the Comfortis but that is a personal decision. I do not like chemicals in my house. Nor do I enjoy giving chemicals to my pets but Comfortis seems to be the only thing that works these days. You can try other natural indoor remedies for your carpets, just be careful w/ the tanks. I think baking soda & just vacuuming is quite effective if you do it regularly. The vacuuming vibration breaks the eggs & let's the baking soda do it's work. You may also have to do two back to back Comforis doses over 2 months (1x per month) then you can do it every 6-8 weeks during flea season. Always give to animal on a full tummy. If they're indoor cats & they were just at a kennel or someone else's house to get the fleas, avoid that introduction in the future. Or I give Comfortis before they go where I know they get fleas. When I just keep my dogs home, no fleas! We're in FL, we barely get a reprieve from flea season, it's basically a yearly thing. Also, there's Nematods you can get from home improvement stores, etc that you throw in your yard for natural flea protection. Good luck!
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Thanks! I have been working none stop. I hate chemicals too (I have a pet Conure Parrot.), but I did bomb the house and it did not work. Go figure. I still have flea's and lots of them. I see a lot of dead ones, but who knows. I was told that I need to bomb again to get the ones that just hatched. So I will. I have been doing the natural flea trap with dawn soap and got a lot, plus vacuuming and flea combing my cats. My poor ankles are bit up and we are wearing socks to try and get them to stop biting. I am going with Advantage II this time around, and Comfortis. My cats are fine with both, but it's expensive.

As for the flea bombs, My fish tank is fine. No ill effects from what I seen. I did cover it with a motorcycle cover and a tarp. So when I bomb again, I will do that. I have also been putting Diatomaceous Earth everywhere. I will look into the Nematods, I did not know that!! THANKS!!!

I honestly don't think I have an infestation, as it's not a ton of flea's that I get. I pull around 10 a day from both me and my cats. My cats will mostly only have 3 flea's on them per combing session, while I get the rest jumping on my socks. I grab them and drown the punks down the toilet.
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You can always call the pest control. They have special chemicals for this
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And cost 10 times more. :-p Flea's are really bad this year, I found out I am not the only one. A lot of my friends are having the same issue. I had only spent around 30 dollars for flea control (Not including the cat stuff), and I had already busted out a huge population. If I just stay ton top of things I can kill them all.
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And cost 10 times more. :-p Flea's are really bad this year, I found out I am not the only one. A lot of my friends are having the same issue. I had only spent around 30 dollars for flea control (Not including the cat stuff), and I had already busted out a huge population. If I just stay ton top of things I can kill them all.
Yes and the flea problem is bad here too. Especially with the neighbors 4 outside dogs and 2 inside o_0
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Do NOT. I repeat do NOT use any over the counter flea treatments for your pets not your home. That stuff, particularly the stuff made by hartz is lethally toxic to pets. Especially cats. I work at Petsmart and have the misfortune of having to watch unaware owners use this poison on the pets everyday. Check out hartzvictims.org and read up. That stuff is poorly regulated and bad news.
Yes I know it's more expensive, but go to your vet and get a box of advantage multi or revolution for cats. One treatment on the back of each of their necks and keep them away from each other until it dries. Vacuum everything in your home with a bagless vacuum or throw out the bag. Wash floors with bleach and put all linens and bedding in the dryer on high for an hour. No more fleas guaranteed.
But please do not use hartz/sargaents/zodiac/whatever spot on treatments, or household sprays, or shampoos or carpet powder. And don't take the cats to a groomer for flea bathes because that's exactly what they'll use. Vet only for this kind of stuff.
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