Long story short, we have (or maybe had? fingers crossed!) fleas. Back in early June, we noticed our 1 year old cat scratching himself. I took him to the vet, and she confirmed my worst nightmare - fleas! It's been almost two months since we first found the fleas, and I think they might be gone, but I don't know how to tell?
We had a really hard time dealing with these little suckers. At first, the vet said to treat the cat with Revolution, vacuum the house, wash our bedding (where the cat liked to sleep) and get a commercial spray to spray down the house. So, we did, and we naively thought they'd be gone. Nope! We went on our honeymoon in late June (did I mention this all started right after our wedding? Great timing!), and when we returned, they were worse than ever! The Revolution wasn't working - the cat still had 40 to 50 live fleas on him every time I brushed him! Finally, in early July, one hitched a ride on me and I found him crawling on me in my car - that was the last straw!
So, we packed up everything we needed, washed literally every piece of clothing we own at the laundromat, and moved into my mother's guest room. Then, we called an exterminator (we didn't go through a company, my husband has a friend that is an exterminator who did the work for us). He came and sprayed the house twice. After the first treatment, I still saw fleas. After the second treatment, we bug bombed the house, and actually bombed two times in a row. Then, a few days later, I came to check on the house, and we had FLEAS in the bathroom of all places! So, we bug bombed again, this time focusing on the bathroom and kitchen. Then, I got flea powder for the carpet and couches, and sprinkled that everywhere. After that, I got Raid spray and sprayed it on every soft surface in the house, twice. After the Raid, we didn't see any fleas. Then, yesterday, I came to my house and saw a FLEA! I'm hoping it was just one that hatched and didn't get killed by the residual chemicals.
I'm thinking it's probably time to move back into my house. It's been over a month since we left (we left on July 3 and today is August 10). The cat is on a new medicine called Comfortis - it's an oral pill that seems to have really good reviews. I'm just so nervous that there might be fleas hiding in the house. How am I supposed to know that they're really gone? Am I nuts for being so paranoid?! I'm sitting in my house now (and haven't found any fleas), but I'm walking arond with a lint roller to catch those suckers if I see any!