Originally Posted by vivienne
I treated the carpets with Hartz spray, bought the Advantage at a vet, bathed the cats in Sergeant's Flea and Tick Shampoo, and put them in the garage at my mother's house while I flea bombed the place. I basically did everything recommended to me when I posted a thread on here and asked around among some people I know, and now I'm wondering if I have a particularly resistant band of fleas here or what the frick is going on!
OK - #1 - Hartz spray will do nothing for you and can be dangerous to your animals.
#2 - Advantage from the vet - good, but the fleas need to bite to get poisoned so it won't be noticeable immediately that they are being killed.
#3 - Flea and Tick Shampoo - not good to use this type of product with the Advantage - too many dangerous chemicals on your cat that is being absorbed through their skin.
#4 - Flea bombs bought OTC won't do a thing for you.
Nobody on this site would have recommended a Hartz or Sergeant's flea product unless it was a new member that did not know any better.
The best things you can do:
1. Use the Advantage as directed by the vet.
2. Get some Diatomaceous Earth (either online or from a garden centre and ensure it is human/food grade NOT industrial grade). Sprinkle that on your carpeting and furniture. With a broom, work the DE down into the fibres of your carpet and same for your furniture. Don't vacuum for a couple days and then when you do empty the bag outside immediately.
3. If you want to bathe your cats, use Dawn dishwashing liquid (original formula) and then using a fine tooth comb, comb your kitties and dip your comb into a container of soapy water between each stroke.
This will get rid of fleas safely for you and your cats but it won't happen overnight.
If, like me a few years ago when we had a hot and humid period, you have a particularly bad infestation, then the way to go is get a professional exterminator.
You have wasted money on Hartz and Sergeants but the DE is not terribly expensive, you already have the Advantage, so you should get relief soon. I use DE for any insects in our house. My hubby was complaining about ants the other night and said he wanted to go get some ant traps (which are poisonous). I told him I would use the DE and he didn't think it would work. He apologized a day later.