Dealing with Fleas

Dealing with Fleas

Laure Joliet
Mar 24, 2008

We had awesome 80 degree weather this weekend and everyone at our house took some time to be outdoors. Unfortunately warm weather, living by the beach, and two cats equals fleas in the bed.

So we got out the Advantage to give to the cats (which consequently has left an explosion of dead fleas underneath where they slept). Currently we're washing all of the bedding and plan to wash it again in the next couple of days to make sure that no eggs have been laid. Also we read that male fleas can live for 16 days without food but that the females must have food before they can lay eggs. The fleas around here have plenty to munch on so the only option is to kill things with chemicals or just by staying on top of where they'd be laying eggs. Thankfully we don't have carpet so don't have to worry about vacuuming twice a day to keep them under control.

But the main problem is just that the cats spend time outside in the garden. It's kept pretty minimal so we don't have out of control bushes or grass to contend with, but there are still fleas (and other neighborhood cats that probably have fleas). Does anyone know of a natural fogger or bomb or flea repellent that we could use in the yard? It just isn't practical to think that we could keep the cats from going outside for the summer....

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