Going on 8 weeks

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QuestionsCategory: Flea InfestationsGoing on 8 weeks
christine73 asked 5 days ago

Hi Adam,
I want to thank you for this site, it has provided so much helpful tips during my battle with fleas. I know that flea eradication can take up to 8 weeks sometimes even longer but I may be going paranoid and I think I need some reassurance. 
I first noticed a flea or 2 on my dog around August 9th. I gabe her some advantix 2 the same day and I sprayed the house with Vets best home spray. I left on vacation on August 11th and did not come home until a week later on August 20th. I picked my dog up from the kennel that same day. During that first week back from vacation, I noticed my dog intensely scratching and gnawing at her paws. I checked her for fleas but didn’t find any at first but she had many healing scars on her stomach and her skin was red. About a week later I found fleas on her and treated her again with advantix thinking that it didn’t work. I used flea enforcer carpet powder because years ago when she had fleas that’s what I used and it worked great. But this time there was no change. Soon I found that fleas were jumping on me! I couldn’t walk into a room without 6 or 7 jumping on me. I had so many bites on my ankles I lost count and I even had some on my arms because I would be on the carpet combing my dogs for fleas. I never had this problem before so I put my dog on Capstar and used several flea sprays for the home. I’ve used raid flea killer (which is supposed to stop fleas from hatching for up to 4 months), Adams flea and tick spray as well as the carpet powder with Nylar, and Vibrac ES knoutout spraybwith IGR. I used the vibrac back in mid September and that seemed to work the most but a about a week and a half  later the fleas can back again. But this time i would find maybe 1 or 2 every few days and my dog didn’t have as many bites and wasn’t scratching as much. I would vacuum maybe 2-3 times a week and throw out the bag each time. I also switched my dog back to Frontlinenplus because that helped in the past and I was convinced Advantix wasn’t helping.
 
So around September 23 I found 2 fleas on my dog but they werent very fast and they were easy to pick off so I had a feeling they may have been dead or on the process of dying. That same day I applied more carpet powder to my floors (Tropiclean brand) and didn’t find another flea on her until 5 days later but this flea was definitely dead. After i found that last flea she began scratching incessantly again at which point I took her to the vet and was told she has flea allergy that even though she’s not getting bit, the fleas cause her to scratch a lot.
 
on October 1st, I applied Ultracide to all the carpets in my house and have been vacuuming every other day. Until Friday, I had not had a bite in 2 weeks but suddenly I had one on my lower leg. I didn’t think anything of it because maybe it was a straggler but then again on Sunday i had a small bite on my forearm and yesterday I have 2 bites on my elbow. I seem to be the only one getting bit in my home as my dog stil has no more bites, no fleas, or flea dirt and I check her 2x a day with a flea comb. Her skin is no longer red and she no longer gnawing at her skin but she still scratches every so often but she’s always been an itchy dog and does have dry skin. I also find no flea dirt in her bedding. 
 
i sit on the carpet to flea comb her so maybe thats why I have bites on my upper body as she does not sleep on the bed and the bedding has been laundered several times. She doesn’t go outside often so I don’t think she picked them up from there. I also haven’t seen any fleas in the environment for almost 3 weeks except for on my dog those 2 times in September and now as of Monday I found 1 dead flea in her bed and one barely alive flea trying to go around. 
Mu concern is when will this fight be over? I reapplied Ultracide to the basement this morning where my dog sleeps and spends most of her time and into one of the bedrooms upstairs where o found the half dead flea. I’m tired of pouring money into these products and spraying almost every week. If my dog hasn’t had any new bites in several weeks should I assume that the fleas aren’t breeding and it’s just the remaining eggs hatching? I know that the cocooned adults aren’t affected by the sprays and that they need to hatch to die, but how long after they are in contact with the treated environment will they die. I must say the number has reduced dramatically and I am happy about that but my recent bites have sent me into a panick again. Is there anything else I should be doing? Should I buy more Ultracide to continue spraying the house? I set out plate with warm water and dawn every night (I don’t use a night light though) and in the morning there is nothing so what does that mean? I’m glad I can walk around the house without them jumping on me but I would like to stop getting bites. I have bad reactions to them so they puff up and blister. Since there has been a lot time since getting bite, should I not be worried? It’s been 8 weeks now so I was kind of hoping that I would be over this but maybe they breed a lot while I was away on vacation even though no one was in the house. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 
 
Thank you,
Christine
 
oh and I have also been giving my dog capstar everyday for maybe 3 weeks now just in case. The last pill is today so should I stop giving them to her? I’m afraid that she will get bit even though she’s on a monthly preventative 
 

christine73 replied 5 days ago

I also forgot to mention that what’s strange is that Ive been walking around barefoot, as well as the rest of my family, for almost a month now and we haven’t been getting bit on our ankles, feet or legs with the exception of the bite I got just recently on Friday. Why would they only bite my arms when I’m combing my dog on the floor for only 10 minutes max?

christine73 replied 2 days ago

Update: yesterday evening I did find one flea in the flea trap so is that something that causes for concern? I read that after treatments you can see an increase on adult flea activity because you are forcing them out of their shells early which is a good sign because they get in contact with the residual IGR and die. Is that true?

christine73 replied 2 days ago

Update 2: I found a flea on my dog this morning. It was on the top of her fur rather than crawling on her skin. She didn’t seem agitated by it and I read that Frontline makes them hyper excited drawing them to top of their fur. I didn’t find any bites on her either but I can’t tel if it looked like that flea had fed or not. I can’t believe I found one on he after retreating the house with Ultracide only 4 days ago. I also have her her Frontline yesterday so I don’t know why there was one on her. I’m scared that they are breeding on her again and I’m going to have to start the eradication process all over again. No new bites on the family though.

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