Staying Flea-Free, Cats And Home
July 26, 2012 6:23 PM Subscribe
What is the best strategy to keep my cats and apartment flea-free?
posted by hippybear to pets & animals (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in a stacked duplex connected through a stairwell and a shared laundry room. There is very little cross traffic between the apartments, indoor or out. My downstairs neighbor has three indoor cats, and the apartment (which in the nearly 10 years we've lived here before he moved in has not had this problem) has become infested with fleas. I have two cats who are mostly indoor but who go outside on leads. One of my cats likes to be in the backyard, which is the downstairs apartment's front yard.
I'm worried that fleas may make it into my life instead of just being downstairs.
This is a multi-pronged question.
1) What is the best strategy for protecting my cats against picking up fleas? Collars? Drops (like Advantage or other such)? Any brand recommendations?
2) Do I need to worry about the fleas finding their way up to my apartment without a carrier animal?
3) Do I need to get the yard sprayed? Will the 4-times-a-season spraying which the exterminator does outside to fend off malicious pests also kill the fleas, or does something special need to be applied?
4) What is the best method to rid the downstairs apartment of fleas? The guy living there has tried some kind of carpet powder, twice now, but it doesn't seem to be effective.
I'd appreciate any guidance which will help keep my dwelling and pets flea-free, and help get the entire building free of these new-to-the-property pests.