I don't know if I'm spelling that correctly, but I've been told that helps with fleas and is safe for children. I used it many years ago when my kids were toddlers. It's a white powder. Another choice (that we do now) is to get a special spray from the vet. I know it's intended for the animal itself, but we also use it on the furniture. We have a dog and cat, and thankfully it took care of the problem. You'll have to ask the vet if it's safe for kids, though. By the way, my condolences on the loss of your dog.
Last year when we bought our house, it had fleas. Since we had 2 ferrets at the time, we had to be careful as to what we used. The Vet told us to sprinkle our carpets with salt, just plain table salt. He said to cover the floor evenly and let it stand there all day and over night if it did not bother us. Then vacumm it up. He said the salt will dehydrate the flea and if any hatched out in the bag, the salt would dehydrate them also. If any eggs remain in the carpet the salt left behind will dehydrate them, as well. This is all that we used and we have had no fleas since.
Mrs. G, the bombs will work, but you have to do it more than once in order to kill the eggs that hatch. Bomb the house - and it will take several bombs spread throughout the house in order to cover all areas. Vacuum thoroughly. 3 days later do it again. Vacuum again. I have 3 dogs. Every couple of years we have a terrible year of fleas and have to do this. I have never heard of the salt thing, but I will definitely try it as I have heard of salt to use at our camp to control blood suckers in the same manner. It's worth a try and a lot cheaper than the bombs.
Ok, We bombed the house again. I wish I had read the salt post before we spent the money on the other. We stayed out of our house today for three hours and then came home to air it out. There are still some fleas jumping on us, but not as many. I am going to put salt in my vacuum bag, so that when I do vacuum I don't have to throw the bag out again. If I still see fleas in a few days I will put salt down on the floors. Thanks for all of your suggestions.
We had many, many fleas after a dog died. I was told to cover the floors with baby powder and leave it there for 24 hours. Then vacumm it up the next day. It smells great and it works and boy is it cheap. Borax works too but doesn't leave the nice smell. Borax works for a lot of bugs you don't want in your house.
We bombed the house Sat. and we still have some fleas. I am vacuuming everyday. I am also setting "flea traps" at night using a nigh light and dish of soapy water. The fleas are not as bad as they were so I hope this cycle will be ending soon. Most of the floors in my house are hardwood and tile. I am afraid to put the salt on the hardwood floors. I don't want to ruin the finish. Our house is only two years old. My 5 year old (special needs) is getting eaten alive. The rest of us can pick them off of us easily when we find them. I am off to vacuum again, before I pick him up from day care. I am going to see what my husband thinks about the baby powder idea. We may try that next.