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How do I get rid of a flea problem?

My friend brought a cat home the other day and we immediately noticed that it had fleas. We bought shampoo and washed the cat twice and left it in the bathroom overnight. The next day, we let the cat into our room (I should mention that we have no carpets in the room or bathroom), only after putting another flea treatment on the back of her neck, but I put the cat back in the bathroom because there were still fleas on her. Later that night we decided we could no longer deal with the problem, so we got rid of the cat. We bleached our room and washed all our clothes, but I found a flea on my foot this morning. Is it possible that the fleas got on my bed? I can't stand the thought that there are fleas in my room because I know that they can carry serious diseases with them, but I'm not sure if finding this one flea was just a chance occurance or if I should expect more. Any advice would help. I'd like to thank everyone for their answers. Unfortunately, I was not the one who chose to get the cat, it was a surprise to me, and another note, we are not allowed to keep animals in the building where I am staying with my friend. I bought some spray and hope that this will help, but so far I have not seen any more fleas. We decided to give the cat to the Humane Society where they have the ability to give this cat the treatment it needs and will adopt it to a caring family.

Asked By: D H - 9/17/2006
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First of all, “best” is not “cheapest” You want to do a thorough job, and in the end it will be less expensive because the fleas will not return... More
Answered By: Ragdoll Kitty - 9/17/2006
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Bug bombs
Answered By: aries4272 - 9/17/2006
 
Get Advantage. It works!
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Answered By: fluffyorangekat - 9/17/2006
 
Fleas are very hard to get rid of. You need to teat the entire house and the yard outside and maybe even your car, they get everywhere.
Answered By: yummymummy - 9/17/2006
 
yes, fleas are on your bed. fleas are everywhere. get 'the bomb' it will kill all the fleas. also, get that cat back. the fleas will get on it. only use the flea killer the vet gives you. you apply it once a month. it works great.
Answered By: trollhair - 9/17/2006
 
use a product called REVOLUTION on him once a month, it applies on the back on the neck and stays at skin level so even if he gets wet it will still make effect (prescribed by a vet only), it's THE BEST and not only it protects him against fleas but also against a bunch of other things... More
Answered By: ♫ ♥Nia23♥ - 9/17/2006
 
Check on discover this question gets asked several times a day.Vacuuming daily in addition to other treatments works.A warm light in an outlet over a tray of soapy water will drown any stragglers (the warmth attracts the fleas who jump into the tray)We had a stray dog have puppies under our house and i didn't have the... More
Answered By: carolinatinpan - 9/17/2006
 
Cats can come with fleas, it is part of deal sometimes. I used Frontline and the fleas were gone. The over the counter did nothing for the fleas. By getting rid of the cat, the fleas lost their favorite source of food and are now they are going after you. Vacuum your bed and put flea collers in your bag so the... More
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Answered By: ky_school_teacher - 9/17/2006
 
You really need to get some Frontline flea preventer for the cat from the Vet. Not the cheap stuff you get in the store.Go to the vet they also have shots for fleas on the cat... More
Answered By: silverearth1 - 9/17/2006
 
I guess you deserve the fleas because of carma, If you really wanted the cat then you should have gotten frontline. I have delt with fleas alot this year because of the weather that we seem to be having. I use flea bombs in the house and frontline plus a cheep flea color and powder by sargents to control the fleas. I... More
Answered By: topekat - 9/17/2006
 
the cat is gone, they are going to attack you now. You probably need an exterminator. All flea products are not the same. Advantage and Frontline are the best.I think the others only repel the fleas.If you buy your own insectaside, you have to spray everthing in your house, and 3 feet up your walls..good luck.
Answered By: bjsuno - 9/17/2006
 
use pesticide around your house
Answered By: friend - 9/17/2006
 
What I Do Is Spay Feebrez Where My Cat Goes. And I Have It In My Laundry Soap To. I Spray It All Over My Bed. Sheets Mattress Pad. Pillows. In Every Room Once A Day. And It Does The Trick.
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Answered By: mks 7-15-02 - 9/17/2006
 
get frontline or advantage it will take care of your problem . Flea love to live in you carpet . Vacuum ant then trow away the vacuum bag right away
Answered By: firefly_wingz - 9/17/2006
 
you got rid of the cat because it had fleas? hopefully you gave it to someone who cares for it more than you did
Answered By: P*Kitty - 9/17/2006
 
Bleaching the room and washing your clothes is a good start. Since you don't have any carpets, that's one place the fleas CAN'T hide. Try sprinkling some kind of flea-killing powder on your furniture and mattress and letting that work while you wash the bedding too- and ignore this part if you've already done this... More
Answered By: Tigger - 9/17/2006
 
next time you have a pet? use advantage or revolution. they really do work well. as for the house? bombs away. the fleas now have nothing to feed off of except you and your spouse. good luck
Answered By: qatskrtch - 9/17/2006
 
I dont know if this will be helpfull or not but I have always heard that you can put regular table salt on your carpets for a few days and then vacumn and reapply for about 10 days. I personally have tried it and it did seem to help! Also, try skin so soft on yourself to avoid them jumping on your legs. I am not... More
Answered By: Christie - 9/17/2006
 
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