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I think my house is infested with do I get rid of them?

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Question - (22 November 2006) 4 Answers - (Newest, 24 November 2006)
A female United Kingdom, anonymous writes:

I think my house is infested with some kind of fly or flea, me and my family are constantly being bitten. Anyone got any tips on how to get rid of them?

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A female reader, pica +, writes (24 November 2006):

You can now get an electronic pet comb which zaps fleas and saves the hassle of lotions and potions and stressed out animals .. if you use it over a few days then you can stop the cycle because they are not getting time to breed (yuck). Most pets liked being groomed and if my neurotic little cat isn't annoyed by the wheeee of the comb then neither should other pets be. FYI I had to buy mine off the net as didn't see it in shops.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (23 November 2006):

First you need to take the offending animal to the vet to get a perscription for flea repellat, there are new things for dogs and cats that are a one time treatment and last for months and are administered only once to the pet....need a docs perscription for these.

In the summer months, you need to spray your yard against fleas, your local pest control company is the best to handle this, as well as getting professional flea bombs for your house.

You have to remove your pets from the house, especially cats and don't let them walk in the house for 24 or so hours after treating the house with the bomb as they absorb the pesticide through their foot pads and can make them very sick.

You need as several boms as they are effective for a square footage area, so you have to have the right number of bombs. You have to do this so it will kill the eggs the fleas lay, or you will have more fleas when they hatch.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (22 November 2006):

there are some Flea treatments that you can do yourself,

I have tried the aresol type and they work really well.

You do have to spray every nook and cranny though!, even in dry corners and concentrate on the carpets and furniture.

make sure you read the inscructions carefully.

I did my house quite recently, it is shocking how fast fleas take over your house!!.

I took my son downstairs to our front room while my husband sprayed the rooms upstairs even the bathroom. then I took him out to the car and waited for my husband to do all of downstairs and then we all packed off to my mums house for the day.

It said on the can to keep out of teh room for 8 hours and when we came home, I could smell the spray but it was safe to go to bed.

make sure you wash all the bedding and any removeable furniture coverings at 90 degrees before you treat the house.

if you do have a Cat it is probably best to take them to the vets to get treated as they get really spooked by the spray sound.

ok good luck and dont forget to retreat 3-4 weeks after.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (22 November 2006):

Congratulations you get to take a holiday.

Wash a set of clothes for everyone in hot water and pack them when they come out of the dryer. Do not pack on the bed or rug.

Drop the dog off to get fumigated.

Load the family up in the car and go take a weekend trip somewhere. While you are gone bomb the whole house.

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