I had a cat and one day it got infested with fleas. The next day I got rid of the cat but the fleas are still in my house. How long will it be before they all die off?

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  1. Link Building

    Pet flea’s normally do not like the taste of human blood, however given no other option, they will bite you. They can also live off small food residue in the carpets. Wash all clothes and linens in the house, and keep them out of the house until the fleas are gone. Use a good suction vacuum twice a day, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. Empty the vacuum after each use out of the house. Also common flea “bombs” can be used in each room to quickly kill large amounts of fleas.

  2. Chris

    Getting rid of fleas in your home is very important to the health of your pets, your family, and to prevent the further spreading of fleas. 95% of fleas actually live in your house or yard. I live in a heavily wooded area and I have a dog that runs freely in the yard, so I am always on the lookout for fleas and other pests that could get into the house. I have been able to prevent fleas from infesting my home, and here is how you can get control of fleas in your home and prevent them from coming back!
    step 1-Your first step is to vacuum vacuum vacuum! Vacuum your entire house, and anything with carpet! Be sure to vacuuming in the corners and around the floor boards of the room and under and behind furniture. Once you have finished vacuuming the entire room, go and vacuum your pet bed, rugs or their favorite spot to lay in the house. You will be sweeping up, fleas, dead fleas, their eggs, their larvae, and their pupae. Gross – I know – so get sweeping! Plan on spending a good two hours or so vacuuming your entire house and doing it thoroughly!
    step 2-Now take the hose nozzle attachment of your vacuum and vacuum your furniture. Turn over the cushions, and get into every nook and cranny. If your pets use the furniture, vacuum everywhere they like to lay. Fleas get into everything, so you want to get them out!
    Step 3-Alright – so once you have vacuumed every room in your house, every piece of carpeting, and every piece of furniture, take some table salt, and sprinkle it all around the baseboards of your room, in corners, and also all around the carpeting. You do not want to actually see the salt grains in your carpeting, but you want to spread them around enough to fully cover your entire floor area. The reason for doing this is to help create a hostile environment for flea eggs and pupae.
    Step 4-Spray all carpets, rugs, floors and places your pet sleeps with a flea surface spray that kills flea eggs, larvae and emerging adult fleas. Use a home flea killer product that contains IGR. Make sure you get into every nook and cranny and be sure to spray all baseboards, under your furniture, and your rugs. you should also spray the furniture to kill any fleas that you may have missed when vacuuming.
    Step 5-Good job. You have taken excellent steps already to start getting rid of the fleas in your home. However, you must now tackle your yard and garden to make sure that your pets are not brining the fleas back into the house. Using the same spray that you used for the house, spray around where the pet sleeps outside, in gravel and sandy areas, patios, verandahs, and the kennel for your pet, if you have one. Fleas prefer dark places, so that is where you should spray.
    Step 6-Next go back into the house and wash all of your pets bedding and soft toys. Shake them well and hang them in the sunlight to dry
    Step 7-Now you want to actually treat your pet. Use the new top-spot treatments such as Advantage, Frontline and Revolution. These are safer for both pets and humans, and they are more effective than traditional flea treatment methods. These are applied to the skin of your pet between their shoulder blades. It is advised to use these monthly, but I use them once every three months.
    Step 8-Continue vacuuming your home regularly after the initial flea treatment. You have to remember that fleas have a life cycle that takes a few weeks for full development – so when you first treated your home, you may not have killed off all of the eggs in your carpeting, and they will still hatch new fleas. You may have to re-spray your home after a couple of weeks from the initial treatment if you are still seeing a large numbers of fleas.
    Step 9-Once you have done this, and broken the flea cycle in your home, watch your cat or dog for tell tale scratching for any signs of fleas. Re-apply the top spot if you see even a single flea because fleas multiply very quickly, and you will be back to square one. Always Vacuum any place in the house your pet goes to, and wash their bedding and toys often.

  3. Marcus C

    Apply a liquid insect growth regulator (IGR) to the environment. IGR’s inhibit the natural growth of insects (and so they only kill non-adult fleas) and can last for up to 200 days. Methoprene (FleaTrol and Precor) and Fenoxycard are two popular varieties.

  4. US Army Veteran

    1. Vacuum the carpet with a vacuum cleaner with a disposable bag, through the bag out immediately.
    2. Flea bomb the house.
    3. Repeat steps 1-2 every 2 weeks, for 6 weeks.
    That will get the eggs out of the carpet, and kill any that hatched. They have a 2 week hatching cycle, after 6 weeks, they should be gone.

  5. brittany

    You need to put some flee carpet killer down…And they will die shortly after just run the vacuum. I just hope you didn’t throw the cat out because she had flees…Get flee med’s for the cat if you want her in.

  6. llamar31

    FOREVER!!!! Go rent a carpet cleaner from Safeway. I had them really bad a while ago that got rid of them!! Good Luck!!!

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