pet fleas - flea spray for your house

If you have a cat - the warmer weather invariably brings with it fleas :'( (Despite the drops from the vet, my cat nearly always get fleas in the summer at least once) then to stop reinfection you have to treat the house - the spray usually says pet bed and skirting board but my cat lays wherever he feels like so I usually do each and every room to be on the safe side. The spray if bought from the vets is anything from £12 for a small can and £20 for a large. However if you buy a spray from your local environmental health office SPRAY KILL it is only £1.99. It is for domestic use and is CFC free. It smells no worse(or better) than those from the vets and is considerably cheaper. At my office you have to sign for it when you buy and say it is for cat fleas.

This is the stuff for the house - not the cat - you still have to buy the drops from the vet for the actual cat.
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  • Edinburghlass_2Edinburghlass_2 Forumite
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    Great tip this Misty. I have three cats and a field at the back of the house inhabited by rabbits so I find fleas on the cats at all times of year and despite what some people say they do bite humans :'(

    I buy the stuff from the vet and spray everywhere twice a year including the beds and bedding of the humans, so this would be a big saving for me.

    Just recently shifted the pc to face the back door which is glass and as I type a fox has just ambled past, had sniff round the garden and when I rattled the key in the door, looked round at me and disappeared off into the field.
  • Haven't had my cats too long so haven't done this before ::)
    Misty you say it doesn't smell any worse, does it smell a lot then and for how long and does it not ruin bedding etc ???
    A bit bothered about spraying it everywhere but don,t want fleas either ;)
  • mistymisty Forumite
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    It says on the tin of the one I've got "it is advisable to test soft and hard furnishings for colour fastness in an inconspicuous area" but I've never had any problems with duvet covers, sofas  etc. the woman in the pet shop told me fleas can live in water so washing them isn't enough. I only do all these because my cat likes to sleep all over the place. If yours sleeps in just one or two places then you only need to do these.

    The smell isn't awful but isn't exactly fragrant either. I try and do it on a warm day when I'm going out. Spray round, leave the windows ajar and then go out. usually faded by the time I get back. You don't have to though - not like the old sprays.
  • Thanks for that Misty, I think I'll need to do it cause both my cats have taken over the house , I do flea them of course but like you say , they can still bring fleas home;D ;D
    Thank you for the info ;D
  • lennylenny Forumite
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    JUST PHONED MY LOCAL OFFICE, AND THEY DONT SELL IT! ANYONE KNOW IF THIS CAN BE BROUGHT IN SHOPS?-I AGREE ,THE STUFF AT THE VETS IS WAY TOO EXPENSIVE , BUT THANKS FOR THE TIP ANYWAY ;)
  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    I had this problem once cos a stray moggy wandered into my house. Ordinary fly spray worked, on the carpet and sofa, although i would recommend doing it in the morning and then going out for quite a while. Obviously dont have any food around, and its not suitable for those of you who have small kiddies about.
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  • mistymisty Forumite
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    JUST PHONED MY LOCAL OFFICE, AND THEY DONT SELL IT! ANYONE KNOW IF THIS CAN BE BROUGHT IN SHOPS?-I AGREE ,THE STUFF AT THE VETS IS WAY TOO EXPENSIVE , BUT THANKS FOR THE TIP ANYWAY ;)
    I hope it's not just in my town that it's available then ??? You can't buy it in the shops which why the vets can charge a fortune. You can buy other sprays in the pet shops but I've found generally not v good and still pretty expensive.
  • cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
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    Set up a plate of sudsy water with a light hovering over it. The fleas are attracted to this and drown themselves.


    and you will know if youve got them or not ;D
  • FranFran Forumite
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    Cathy, what do you mean "a light hovering over it"? (A you on a spaceship thread?!! ;)) Do you mean put a plate of water on the floor with a lamp by it or something? Why would animal fleas be attracted to it, I thought they just wanted blood? ???
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  • cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
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    they go to the heat, expecting blood. so yes, put an angle poise lamp over the dish
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