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    Default Help! Disaster! Fleas!

    Help! Disaster! I have fleas in the pram! How can I get rid of them?

    I have taken the mattress and liner bit out of the pram, as well as any blankets etc I have had on it, and I'm putting them through a hot water wash.

    I've taken the pram out it in the sun, and wiped it out with warm water - and the best thing I could think of - antibacterial spray! Surely there's something better though? I don't want to go too over the top though with flea bomb or something like that - it's the pram! I don't really want to bug spray it.... but maybe I should?

    I will obviously also be treating the source too - thanks cat!

    What else can I do? I don't want my baby to get fleas! It's all the worse as I usually use the pram to put bub to sleep (I know, I know, that's a post for another day.)
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    Ugh.. I had a flea plague hit me last summer thanks to my cat.
    I didn't have a pram to consider, but advice given by my pest control, was to stamp my feet through the house daily as the vibration apparently activates the eggs to hatch or something like that? Then do a vacuum, remembering to empty out the bag straight after.
    I can only suggest vacuum the heck out of the pram. Then maybe Google a natural flea repellent to spray over the pram.
    Good luck!

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    If your cat brought the fleas in then you need to thoroughly treat the environment as 90% of life cycle of fleas (ie eggs, larvae etc) are spent in the environment and the adult fleas just jump on and off host every now and then. Obviously the cat needs treating with a vet standard flea product (don't waste money with flea collars or products from pet shops as they don't work and can be dangerous to pets) and you will need to keep treating the pet for at least 3 months. If you get a decent product it will hopefully have an ingredient in to stop the life cycle as well as killing adult fleas (any fleas that jump off and lay eggs before dying will not hatch). Then treat the environment as the pp says, lots vacuuming, dispose of contents straight away, wash all bedding in a hot wash and treat the environment with a household spray. If you can vacuum and clean the pram well hopefully you should not need to use anything too strong such as household spray but I would do the rest of the house and just keep baby and pets out of the way.
    Hope that helps, fleas are horrid and a huge problem to get rid of. Don't get disheartened if you don't see instant results, it will take a few months to get under control. Best option in future is to use flea control all the time on your pets to avoid an outbreak.

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    Thanks so much for your replies.

    @nh2489, we assume it was the cat who brought them in, but maybe we're sullying his good name He's our only pet. He has been sleeping the pram from time to time.. and I've been too soft hearted to shift him a lot of the time. A crawling, tail pulling baby in the house has been tough for him!

    We use Advocate flea drops usually - do you think they are ok? We've been slack over winter though, thinking that fleas weren't such a risk. That'll show us!

    Scary how much time fleas spend in the environment! Sounds like we have a war of attrition ahead of us.. sigh..

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    Advocate should be fine, it's probably just been a lapse over winter that has allowed a few fleas to take hold. The warmer weather recently won't have helped. It's amazing how many thousands of eggs a single flea can lay so it doesn't take long for a problem to arise.
    I'm not sure what products are available over here as I only moved a few months ago but in the UK I use a flea collar called seresto on my cat as he had a bad flea allergy. It's made by same company as advocate so you can only get it from the vet but it lasts for 8 months. It means you can put it on, forget about it and know you have continual cover. It also works out cheaper as it's about same price as 3 months advocate.
    I was using them for 2 years with my cat and never found a single flea on him or in the house.

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    Thanks so much @nh2489

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Thanks so much for your replies.
    @nh2489, we assume it was the cat who brought them in, but maybe we're sullying his good name He's our only pet. He has been sleeping the pram from time to time.. and I've been too soft hearted to shift him a lot of the time. A crawling, tail pulling baby in the house has been tough for him!

    We use Advocate flea drops usually - do you think they are ok? We've been slack over winter though, thinking that fleas weren't such a risk. That'll show us!

    Scary how much time fleas spend in the environment! Sounds like we have a war of attrition ahead of us.. sigh..
    I have been told to occasionally change up the flea spot on that you use.


 

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