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Best flea control for cats while pregnant

We have two cats that sleep on our bed. I would love to know the safest flea control method to use during (human) pregnancy (not pregnant now but planning ahead). We've been using Advantage II, but it looks like prenatal exposure to one of the main ingredients - imidacloprid - by parents using the flea treatment in fact - was associated with autism spectrum disorders. What safer options are there? Thanks!
posted by slidell on Feb 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Applied too much diatomaceous earth to carpet. Now what?

I am trying to determine the best way to clean up some DE that I applied too liberally to the carpet in my apartment, and I'm trying to decide how I can do so without a.) killing the vacuum and b.) killing my brother's lungs (or my own!). Anxiety inside. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Nov 22, 2014 - 7 answers


I recently adopted a cat. He is infested with fleas. I asked the vet for suggestions and need to confirm if this combination of treatments is safe. [more inside]
posted by Librarypt on Oct 28, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me win the Flea War (not just the battle)!

I returned from a three-day trip out of town yesterday to find both cats infested with fleas. This is our third round with fleas since late July/early August. I made a trip to Petco and applied Advantage to both cats. My question is, what else can I do to make sure the fleas don't come back this time? A few key details inside. [more inside]
posted by stennieville on Oct 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Do I need to use flea prevention now that we are home in the high desert

Should I actively treat our dog, who seems to have acquired fleas on a recent oceanside vacation, now that we are home in our dry climate? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Aug 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Do we have bedbugs or fleas?

Moved into a house 2 months ago. Got a dog. Getting bites. Can't find critters. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Jul 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Help identify these bug bites.

I've been bitten by an unknown bug throughout the week. What are these bites from? (pics inside)! [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on May 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Frontlne Plus seems ineffective and messy. Any decent alternatives?

I know I'm applying it correctly. Even going above and beyond in application. However, it's still messy and my dog still has fleas. [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Sep 12, 2013 - 26 answers

How can an indoor cat get fleas?

I have four cats. I just found a live flea on one of them. How can indoor cats (they *never* go outside) get fleas? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Sep 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Flea infestation, remodelling AND pregnant...

We've just finished a kitchen and bathroom remodel (yay) and the rest of the house still needs floors polished, repainting and some carpentry. Visiting this weekend (we're not living here during the remodel), we became aware of a wholesale flea infestation, mostly in the old carpet. We're treating the cats and plan to flea bomb the whole place overnight tonight. What do I need to do after bombing to make sure the house is safe for me to live in - and for a newborn in three or four months? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon on Aug 4, 2013 - 9 answers

How do we deal with a possible flea problem?

While touring a house on Thursday, my husband was bitten around 40 times on his ankles. The house had a cat, so we're reasonably sure it's fleas. We may have at least one flea in our apartment now. What's our next step? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Jul 27, 2013 - 13 answers

New kitten

So, in a weird turn of events, I've ended up with a stray kitten. A cute little fleabag who likes to cuddle a lot. I started by rinsing him off (oh the grime!), giving him a dose of Frontline, calling a vet to make an appointment, and setting out all the necessities. I could use more advice though: 1) flea management (he has quite the case, and though I've given him frontline, I still see a couple live ones wandering around his body); 2) keeping him healthy (suggested foods, etc.); 3) recommended books, blogs, tv shows, podcasts, etc. I won't know if he has any diseases until I go to the vet so this might not be long-term. But I will be keeping him if this works. I've never owned a kitten. I took care of someone else's cat for two years, so I have experience (a Bengal, too, so I have experience with extremely energetic cats).
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jul 25, 2013 - 36 answers

Ugh, what kind of bugs do I have?

I have some sort of bug infestation in my house and am getting many little bites. What could it be? Here are some things, with a kitty picture. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 7, 2013 - 14 answers

What's the best way to treat a mild flea infestation with complications?

If I can only see the fleas on one cat, what is my best anti-flea protocol? Complications: apartment building full of pets, possible interaction with pregnant lady. [more inside]
posted by feets on Dec 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me get this flea problem solved

How would you handle this? I need to get my roommate to: 1) accept there are fleas in the house and that his dog has a really bad case of them; 2) accept that if there are fleas, that it's a problem that we need to try to fix; 3) treat his own room. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 29 answers

What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd?

What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd? [more inside]
posted by sarastro on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Can I over-medicate my itchy kitty?

Quick question about big kitties and flea topical drops... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 21, 2012 - 20 answers

If you see a few fleas does that mean there are 100's on the way?

I have seen 3 fleas, but not noticed any bites on myself. Is this an indication of some infestation that is about to explode? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Sep 9, 2012 - 13 answers

My dog has fleas

My dog has fleas. Please help me get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Aug 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Was it a bad idea to put Advantage II in the refrigerator?

What is the best place to store my pets' flea medication. I had it in the fridge for the last few weeks. Is it ruined? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Fleas got into my sewing stuff--do I need to throw it all out?

Alrighty. We were about to move into a new house, and found AFTER I'd moved several plastic tubs of sewing stuff (LOTS OF CLOTH) into the house that it was terribly infested with fleas. Do I just need to throw it out, or is there something I can do? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Staying Flea-Free, Cats And Home

What is the best strategy to keep my cats and apartment flea-free? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me get through a flea bombing

Help me prep for setting off flea bombs. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Please help my girlfriend before bloodsuckers drive her completely crazy.

Can you help me identify/fight back the bloodsuckers in our apartment? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on May 14, 2012 - 6 answers

eponysterical i know

I'm getting mysterious bug bites while I'm sleeping - can you help me figure out what's biting me? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Cat's fine, I'm the one who's a mess.

I just figured out that our 5 month old kitten Hubble has fleas. Or, at least, I think she has fleas. Please help me curb my inner stress ball, because I am having a real hard time dealing with this. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Oct 11, 2011 - 23 answers

I thought this was why we had an indoor cat!

It seems we have fleas. We've started the treatment and process recommended by our vet, but is our problem getting worse or better? What should we expect next? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Kill the fleas, not our baby.

Cats, fleas, prevention, difficulty +11 weeks pregnant. How do I keep the fleas away but not endanger my wife (or future child)? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jun 7, 2011 - 21 answers

And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum

After my six-year-old read What's Eating You?, a kid's book about parasites, we had the question: Which animal has the most recursive number of parasites, and how many levels deep can it go?
posted by ShooBoo on Apr 10, 2011 - 4 answers

fleas in my apartment from cat

Cannot get rid of fleas in my apartment from my cat who is now sequestered on the patio [more inside]
posted by cerebral on Mar 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Are These Eggs or Something Else?

What the HECK keeps appearing above my dog's butthole? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 30, 2011 - 6 answers

My poor kitty!

My cat's hair is thinning near his ears and I see what look like small red bites. What could this be? pic and more info inside. [more inside]
posted by amycup on Jan 4, 2011 - 11 answers

To get away from you damned pests!

I'm moving. How do I make sure I don't take the fleas, mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, and ants with me? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Sep 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Help, we're breeding super-fleas!

Frontline applications seem to have suddenly stopped working on our cats. Help, before I'm eaten alive by fleas! [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Jul 27, 2010 - 29 answers

No More Dogs on the Bed?

Applying Frontline to our dogs: concerns about toxicity to humans. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jul 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Pest Control That Doesn't Require a Pricey Flea/Tick Collar

Is there a routine for keeping my new dogs (and myself) free from ticks and fleas? Bonus points if there's no flea/tick collar or expensive treatment involved. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jun 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me find cheap flea medicine!

Cheapest online source for Advantage Multi or Frontline Feline. And yes, I do have a prescription from my vet. [more inside]
posted by jenfu on May 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Real or Imagined

Is there a flash cartoon where you can zoom into a drawing of a dog's nose to reveal fleas, and zoom into the fleas to reveal more creatures and so on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Houston, we have a flea problem

Help me get these little jerks off of my cat! [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Mar 28, 2010 - 29 answers

Frontline vs Advantage: Which one is best for fleas? And how do they work?

Frontline vs Advantage: Which one is best for fleas? And how do they work? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Mar 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Fleas Begone!!

How do we ensure that a flea-ridden carpet leaves no pestilence behind? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on Feb 2, 2010 - 14 answers

How to rid a communal housing situation of fleas?

My house has fleas. My cat seems fine. What to do? [more inside]
posted by dustyasymptotes on Oct 8, 2009 - 21 answers

BugFilter: Unbeknownst to us, water got under our kitchen flooring. The bad section has been pulled up and cleaned but I'm seeing some small bugs in that general area. Help!

BugFilter: Unbeknownst to us, water got under our kitchen flooring. The bad section has been pulled up and cleaned but I'm seeing some small bugs in that general area. Help! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel on Aug 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Recommend Me An Exterminator

Please recommend me an exterminator within the Los Angeles area that will get rid of our flea infestation once and for all inside and outside our home. What are the things to look for in a reputable company, and what to expect in the process of treating the house?
posted by Yasuo on Jul 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Shoo flea, don't bother me...

Fleas! But different... I'm not intending to kill any fleas, I just want to get them to stop biting me and/or make the bites stop itching! [more inside]
posted by nzydarkxj on Nov 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Ninja fleas can't be killed?

Yet another flea question. I know it's been asked many times before, but nothing has worked. We've tried bombing, professionals, borax, buying a new vacuum, capstar, frontline, flea shampoo, but they keep coming back. How can we rid ourselves of these pests for good? [more inside]
posted by slactoid on Nov 11, 2008 - 22 answers

What would Miss Manners do?

How can I (very politely!) beg off future visits to my boss's house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 12 answers


I just moved in to my first rental on the 1st, and it is infested with fleas, fleas, fleas everywhere. What is appropriate for me to expect my landlord to do about this? What should I do myself to attack this problem? [more inside]
posted by Alligator on Aug 5, 2008 - 21 answers

One abandoned cat, four nursing kittens, and a billion fleas... Help!

I need flea advice for a momma kitty and her 3-week-old kittens. [more inside]
posted by stefanie on Aug 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Locking the barn door ...

FleaFilter: Yes, it's another flea question, but with some unique circumstances. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Sep 23, 2007 - 20 answers

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