Fleas!

Discussion in 'General' started by TheHempress, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Argh! Don't get me wrong, I love my cats, but they are pissing me off! All 5 of them are indoor/outdoor cats, and they like to sleep in bushes. Guess what that means? FLEAS!
    We even bought them all flea collars, but it's no use. My house is full of fleas right now...we have to bomb the house on Monday. (that's the only day we can do it)....I'm sitting her typing and every minute or so I have to flick a flea off of my hand or arm. It's embarassing! I hate having company because I'm afraid they'll get fleas.

    I just wanted to rant. There's not much I can do about it, but it's pissing me off! ARGH!

    Don't fleas piss you off?
     

  2. I have no idea if they will come back or not...I'm hoping they won't. If they do, I'll just have to deal, I guess...I'm not getting rid of my cats, and they won't stand for being only indoor cats...they like the outdoors :D

    Yes, it does itch bad...it fucking sucks!

    I think the reason we have them so bad in the house is because I have 5 cats...and I think the flea collars made it worse...the fleas are trying to get off the cats and now they're all on us :(
     
  3. HIGH All, those nasty little fuckers are up here to TheHempress and the thing to do is try and keep them under control. Go and check out the internet and see if you can find something to help... Diatomaceous earth is a killer to fleas...look for home remedies or Flea Traps.

    Something I scoop O.F.F.F. the net.

    MANAGEMENT
    Prevent wild animals, especially rodents, from getting into and
    nesting in houses or other buildings.
    Establish a pet sleeping area in the home that can be cleaned easily
    and regularly. Restrict pets' access to bedrooms, attics, or basements
    where cleaning is difficult. Regularly remove and wash all pet bedding.
    If necessary, treat with insecticidal soap plus pyrethrins.
    In the home, fleas can often be controlled by good housekeeping
    practices. Keeping the home clean may be more important than keeping the
    pet clean. Fleas, as eggs, larvae and pupae may spend 90% of their time
    off the pet on the carpet or furniture.horoughly clean all areas of the
    house with a vacuum cleaner - includn) as welas to vacuum up any larvae or eggs. Seal and
    discard vacuum bag soon after use, or empty contents into another bag, seal
    and discard. Vacuuming on a weekly basis is recommended, but may be needed
    more frequently during late summer and fall when flea populations normally
    increase.
    Steam cleaning of carpets and rugs to kill eggs and larval fleas may
    be helpful. Professional house cleaning or rug shampooing services are
    available in many areas.
    Use a flea comb regularly to remove fleas from pets. If needed, bathe
    pets with a flea killing soap or with flea shampoo (pyrethrins are less
    toxic than other insecticides) or treat with a flea formulation when flea
    populations start to build. For use of flea collars for pets, contact your
    veterinarian. Evidence indicates that ultrasonic collars and other devices
    do not work.
    The insect growth regulators methoprene (often sold under the name of
    Precor or Cykil) and hydroprene (Gencor) can be useful in breaking the flea
    life cycle. (The Insect Growth regulators are not known to be harmful to
    people or pets.) When a flea larva ingests or comes in contact with
    methoprene, it still grows normally, spins a cocoon, but does not pupate.
    Therefore, no adults emerge from the cocoon. Adult fleas are not affected
    by the growth regulator, but when they die, they will not be replaced by
    newly maturing adults. Because adults are not affected, an insect growth
    regulator alone will not control existing flea problems.
    D-limonene, a citrus peal extract, is a natural fast-acting adult
    killer that leaves no toxic residues. D-limonene plus linalool products
    control both adults and larvae. DO NOT USE THESE PRODUCTS ON CATS AS SOME
    CATS HAVE ADVERSE REACTIONS. Only use products on pets that are labelled
    for use on the animal.
    Home Remedies** such as the use of herbal flea repellents are also
    available.
    During the summer if your pet is housed out of doors, it may also be
    necessary to control fleas in the yard or under the house. Spot treatments
    to pet resting areas are often sufficient. Keeping the lawn trimmed can
    help to create a drier, more hostile environment for flea larvae and can
    facilitate the penetration of pesticide applications. Formulations of the
    following pesticides: insecticidal soap plus pyrethrins, resmethrin,
    carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, or malathion are registered for flea
    control out of doors.
    When above methods are not enough, choices are: (1) to treat with a
    registered insecticide yourself, or (2) to seek the help of a pest control
    company. Household insecticides registered for flea control may contain
    the insecticides bendiocarb, chlorpyrifos, insecticidal soap plus
    pyrethrins, pyrethrins, resmethrin or tetramethrin. Some are available as
    foggers or bombs. WHEN USING ANY PESTICIDE BE SURE TO READ THE LABEL
    BEFORE EACH USE AND FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AND
    THOROUGHLY. Consider using a professional pest control service for large
    flea populations or where the above procedures fail to solve the problem.
    Cooperate with the company to help identify pet sleeping and resting areas
    and routes of travel. Remove toys and other items from the floor so that
    all floor areas can be treated. You must take care of treating or getting
    your pet treated at the same time.

    Good Luck we know what your going though.
     

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