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We are buying a used DRV Mobile Suites and the previous owners did travel with a dog. I was reading a book on FT RVing last night and it mentioned completing a full flea treatment in an RV before moving the pets into the RV.  The author indicated the need to use a product that kills the fleas, larve and eggs.

Anyone have a suggestion on what kind of product I need to look for?  I do not want to have our beloved Tazzy Kat worrying about fleas in her new homesmile



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If you find a single product that works, please let us know! We've been battling fleas for the past couple months, as we're currently in Florida (which seems to be a flea haven!).

We're using a combination of diametreous earth sprinkled about in carpets and under cushions/mattresses, water/oil flea traps, regular baths & daily combings on our cat, spraying a flea/insect killer outside on our site, a flea killer sprayed inside from time to time, daily vacuuming of everything, flea drops on our cat's neck and an occasional Capstar pill when things get really bad.

In your case, as you've not moved in - a flea bomb might be worthwhile. We've been reluctant to try that, as we're living in our rig and it'd be difficult to vacate for the time needed to bomb and air out... but may have to resort to that if we can't get this under control. The flea life cycle is a pain to break.

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Cherie, sorry to hear about all the troubles. This is exactly what we're trying to prevent, since Dale will probably have the DRV home 3-5 days before we need to pack it for the first out of town art show, I might consider a flea bomb. Is that something I can buy at a pet store? Any recommendations on brands that are good or ones to avoid?

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I saw some at our hardware store the other day... but honestly, haven't gotten to the point of researching them to know which would be best to select. What you have to understand tho is, the larve are near impossible to penetrate with any product. So you'll have to plan some follow-up after they hatch to catch them before they start breeding again.

Recommend doing several really good vacuums of everything to get what you can out of the carpets and such... and then bomb. Depending on how long ago the previous dog inhabitant was in the rig, you may not have anything to worry about. If there was a flea infestation, many of the fleas would have naturally starved without a food source.

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We use a product called Revolution. Once a month application to the back of the neck. It controls fleas, ticks, heartworm,etc. Kills adult fleas and prevents their eggs from hatching. Never have a flea problem.



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We've tried Revolution too... the darn buggers seem to be growing immune to most the popular drops here in Florida.

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From a retired Commercial Pest Control Operator of 30 years:

 

Fleas are one of the difficult household pests to control on your own. It is more labor intensive than most people are willing to do. When there is no host (warm blooded animals) ) in the area, the number of fleas will pause in the pupa stage, and then hatch within a minute, and feed upon the first warm blooded animal, including humans, that enters the area. They can stay in pupa and wait for up to a year!
The first thing you need to determine is do you have fleas? The presence of fleas on the animal is NOT an indication of fleas in the living space. Find an area where the pets spend a lot of their time on a carpeted area. Get on your hands and knees and place a whit paper towel or cloth on the floor. Slap the floor surrounding the towel for on the floor 30 seconds, and then wait, while watching the towel If there are flea pupa in the carpet, they will hatch within a minute, and jump onto the white surface. One or two fleas in not a problem. Three or more suggests an infestation that must be treated.

1. Do get a larvacide, (kills Larva and controls adults)

2. Vacuum all floors completely and discard the bag. This vibration stimulates the pupa to hatch and hopefully you vacuum them up before feeding.

3. Be ready to repeat the entire process in about 14 days. (Larvacides do not kill eggs)

A lot of work? Yes, and by the time you buy and try, all the “home remedies” it may be less expensive and certainly easier to hire a profession pest control firm.

 

Here is a website for a complete discussion of Fleas at The University of Florida:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig087

 



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Maybe a steam cleaning might help. Might suck up the fleas and eggs. I have a little portable unit and do all the carpets and furniture every 3-6 months, really helps with the smell. I use a mixture of Borax, Water and Vinegar after trying commercial products I found this solution best to get rid of the dog smell. Although you get vinegar smell for a few days. :)

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I would advise getting professional help.In the long run it will cost less.My 3 kids had a bad flea infestation and tried everything.Finally hired someone and are now flea free even though they have several dogs.

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Exactly one eon ago we lived in Freeport, Florida and had flees so bad in the house that we just bought that when you laid on the carpet they jumped up on you. The poor dog couldn't even rest he had them so bad. We went tot the vet and he sold us some spray in a blue bottle. It smelled like alcohol. We bought an extra bottle. Sprayed the dog, who immediately went to sleep because he could finally rest and we sprayed the entire carpet throughout the house. We never had another flea problem ever again. After seeing the mosquito control video on another thread and that he used diluted alcohol on the Mosquitos, I wonder if the alcohol isn't the primary treatment.

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Borrow a St. Bernard .......send him in for an hour , when all the fleas jump on him hurry him out the door and return him........Flea's all gone!!!!nobiggrinbiggrinbiggrinsmileno




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Everyone seems to be assuming you're saying there ARE fleas in this RV.  If that's the case, I wouldn't be worrried about your cat as much as about yourselves, unless you don't have a flea collar or treatment on it.  If your cat is protected with either a collar or monthly treatments, it'll be fine although you may have some problems.  From our experience, we've found more bugs in campgrounds than anywhere else, and pet flea & tick prevention is an absolute must along with plenty of insect repellant for ourselves.



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We don't have the RV home yet, so we haven't confirmed that there are fleas. I'm thinking I would rather do some preventative maintenance before we move our kitty into. We do not currently have any issues with fleas where we live so we've never had her on any treatments, sounds like we need to plan to start that as we venture outside of this part of the country.

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If you kitty is flea free, and the RV is flea free, I don't know that I would worry about putting her on a preventative unless she will be indoor/outdoor at campgrounds. I'm not a fan of systemic poisons given to our pets. I'm also very leery of flea collars since so many of them have a poor record of reactions in pets. If you do decide to use the drops get the Frontline or Advantage, not the crap you buy at Walmart, pets have died from that stuff.

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Try flea busters.  Go on their website.  Had flea infestation in our house.  Used this and it worked great..



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Ask your vet. Our vet gave us a recipe for a home brew flea treatment that worked for us. Once under control, keep pets on a flea deterrent. We use Triflexis on our two dogs. Our cat is inside only. We've not had any problem with fleas in our RV for tow years now.

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