Originally Posted by kittysback
Did you try the diatomaceous earth and did it work for you, or did you have to do the exterminator anyways?
We're treating the cats with Advantage, but the house still has them. The cats have never been outside, and this is the first year we ever had fleas. It's frustrating because I know people who don't put Advantage or Frontline on their animals, they let them outside, and still don't have fleas. And mine have never been out and bam - we get fleas. Ugh. The poor cats have no idea what's going on, I feel so bad for them. We are on the second month treating with Advantage. I hope we can get this cleared up.
Sorry, I seem to have been confusing in my post. At the time I had to have exterminators I did not know about DE.
Since you are using the Advantage on your cats, that will kill the ones that jump on for a meal. Many others are living in your carpeting and furniture. Get the DE and put it on your carpeting, brush it down into the fibres with a broom, put some in your upholstered furniture. It is like a fine talc and will just sort of "poof" out when you squeeze the bottle. Just don't breathe it in since it can irritate your lungs. It won't hurt you - just irritate. It is very important to get FOOD/HUMAN grade and NOT POOL/INDUSTRIAL grade DE.
If I had known about DE those many years ago when I had to get an exterminator, I would not have needed to use those poisonous chemicals in my home.