bad bad flea problem! help!!

United States
July 28, 2010 10:53am CST
so two weeks ago we moved into a new house. yay! but while moving in I noticed red itchy bumps all over my legs. I thought that I was getting hives because moving is stressful...but no I'm allergic to flea bites. Since we don't have any animals i thought this was crazy. The people who lived here before us had a cat. You can tell because the upstairs bedroom has a foul odor in it. well they took the cat with them but left all the fleas. I look like I have chicken pox. Since moving I have gone through an entire container of itch cream and half a bottle of calamine lotion. We used flea bombs (foggers?) in each room. we sprayed RAID on the carpets and I sweep every room at least twice a day. None of this has worked. What is a sure fire way to get rid of fleas? How can I stop them from biting me? Is there some other way to stop the itching!? HELP!
4 responses
• United States
28 Jul 10
You can sprinkle salt all over the carpet. Leave it for an hour then vacuum it up. This dries their bodies out and they die because they need moisture in their bodies to survive. Another home remedy would be to use borax but only if no kids or pets are around because it isn't safe for them. Leave it overnight then vacuum it up. That also kills them and borax is located with laundry soaps in the stores.
• United States
28 Jul 10
does the salt really work?? that seems like such a simple solution instead of bombing again. just salt all the carpets?? like a heavy layer? I have a toddler so the Borax is out.
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
31 Jul 10
First, to get rid of the fleas. If you're bombing them, you need to do the bombing every two weeks for about 6 to 8 weeks to get all the fleas and the eggs. Also, use Raid or the like in your vacuum cleaner bag or change it as soon and you have finished vacuuming. Fleas can withstand the force and suction of the vacuum cleaner and also you are sucking up the eggs which will hatch in the vacuum and re infest the house in not time flat. I have used Sevin dust on my carpets with great results. Sprinkle it on the carpets and sweep it into the nap. Let it stay there for a day or so and then vacuum and reapply the sevin dust again. Borax is another alternative, as it will dry out the fleas and the eggs. But until the fleas are under control make sure that you get rid of the vacuum cleaner bag or else you won't ever get the fleas under control. To soothe the itching, use Benadryl liquid (it's clear and in a 4 oz bottle). I had poison oak very badly and I tried the stuff and it was like magic in how fast it cured the itching. It also worked great on misquito bites. I recommended it to a fellow myLotter and she swears by it too for curing the horrible itches. Until the fleas are under control, wear light colored clothing, refrain from using anything with a fregrance such as perfumes etc. You might also try a spritz of Off on your legs (wait for any open sores to heal otherwise you will do the hot foot dance. I tried it once with open wounds and man that stuff burns on open wounds!) Hope I've helped a bit. I have been very lucky as I have both cats and dogs and they haven't infested the house with fleas.
@minx267 (11219)
• Hartford, Connecticut
29 Jul 10
You may have to throw away the carpets. I had that same problem once - bombed a few times.. and they would still come back.. he finally rolled up the carpets and got rid of them for good.
@Suke002 (311)
• United States
28 Jul 10
If it's that bad you need to just tear out the carpet and replace it and before you put the clean carpet in you need to spray for them and their eggs that might still be left over. If it's that bad you won't be able to get rid of them because thier eggs are probably everywhere by now. I hope this helps. :)good luck