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Question DetailsAsked on 4/30/2013

I am not sure if I need a pest control/exterminator or some other type of exterminator for this.

I have some kind of infestation going on that is affecting me and my family of kitties. I think they are some type of mites, but I don't know much about these. They almost appear to be like dandruff, but it is itchy. I have had all my cats to the vet. and they only suspect fleas. I have been treating this for almost a year with no real resolution. I have bombed, sprayed, used flea collars, topical treatments and powders for the cats and am still having problems. Do I need a pest control exterminator or something else?

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If it's fleas, it's very possible the problem has dragged out that long. Flea eggs could lie dormant for months and only hatch out once activated by some kind of vibration. You should be able to see the actual fleas though if you were to wear a pair of white socks. They'd appear like little black flecks (like black pepper) trying to jump up onto your ankles. Are you being bitten? What do your bites look like?

Fleas are one of the most frustrating pests to deal with because it's easy to miss egg deposits when trying to get rid of them yourself. Just when you think you've gotten rid of them, they come back even worse. Bombs make the infestation worse. Why? They cause the insects to retreat into wall voids where they'll sit dormant until months down the line when they need a snack again. A lot of over-the-counter sprays and foggers are more dangerous to humans than they are to the bug you're trying to defeat. There's no question that when it comes to insects like this, especially biting insects like fleas, bed bugs, etc. a professional inspection is vital.

Take a look around your home. Do you have a lot of clutter? This provides tons of opportunity for the fleas to hide and lay eggs. The less clutter, the more successful a professional treatment is going to be. The more surface that can be treated guaranteed a higher kill rate of the flea infestation.

Keep this in mind: if you hire a professional, they'll need to verify the presence of the fleas before just applying some sort of treatment. If the technicians can't verify actual fleas, they won't be able to apply pesticides. It's the law. Once fleas are confirmed, if that is the problem at hand, one thing you can do before the technician arrives to perform the treatment to make the treatment successful is run a vacuum over every surface you possibly can. Tile floors, sofas, wood flooring, carpet, cement basements, etc. The point is not to suck anything up with the vacuum but to vibrate everything you possibly can. This will activate any dormant eggs. You'll most likely have to vacate the home (your kitties too) for several hours so do this right before the technician comes.

I hope this helps. I know how frustrating fleas can be. Best of luck to you.

Kind Regards,


Answered 7 years ago by Janelle


I have dealt with alot of bugs in this line of work. If it is fleas then you can treat it with 20 Mule team laundry freshner from off the shelf. It is bio-degradeable, does not hurt animals and can be dusted through out the home, it repells fleas, they can't stand it and die. It might be mange, only your vet can give medicine for that, they do ich and dig. hope this helps.

Answered 7 years ago by Kathy Huff

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