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hi guys<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dozey.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tired:"><br><br><br><br>
so..our cat has never had fleas. we've never had fleas at home. my friend has been staying with us for a while but she's obsessed with cleanliness so i have no idea how they COULD be fleas BUT...<br><br><br><br>
i got bitten in my bed..and it doesn't look like mosquito bites. they're redder than mosquito bites and occured in two sections of four . they're itchy when i scratch them but not really when i don't, but i could just be distracted. i checked my bed for bugs but i can't see any.<br><br><br><br>
are these fleas? if so what do i do?<br><br>
AND...ew. now i feel like things are crawling on me..
 

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get a clean white sheet of paper and brush your cat over it. Black specks are flea dirt and white specks are eggs. It will look like salt and pepper. That is the easiest way to tell if your cat has fleas.
 

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It sounds like fleas to me. Do check your cat. Fleas have been very very bad for the past couple of years - even people with no pets are getting them in their house. We had an outbreak this past week - in the middle of winter in Maine, when they should not be active!<br><br><br><br>
If you are not opposed to chemicals go to your vet and get some flea treatment for the cat and a can of spray to treat your home.<br><br><br><br>
First, if you can manage, wash your cat with some really plain soap like dish detergent. Then when she is dry apply the flea treatment. Next, vaccum all of the lower surfaces of your home. Any soft materials that can be washed should go into the washer with the warmest water possible and then machine dried. Use the spray and apply that along the baseboards, on rugs, and on any upholstered furniture. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner spray the insides of the canister and the hose.<br><br><br><br>
If you are trying to avoid chemicals spray the cat with a mixture of aloe vera juice and hydrogen peroxide. Comb with a flea comb and then give her a bath as above. Follow the above directions for cleaning accept sprinkle Borax on your carpets, brush it in, and let it sit for awhile before vacuuming it up.<br><br><br><br>
Honeslty though the only thing that works for us is the chemical stuff.
 

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I used to get spider bites at night at my parents' house. We always had about 3 cats, but I never had fleas in the bed (even when the cats had fleas...), but we used to get these little harmless biting spiders and I'd get bites on wherever my exposed skin was. I don't know that that is a better thought than fleas though if you're insect skeevie.<br><br><br><br>
Definitely run a flea comb over your cat, or pick through and look for black specks... or fleas. If they have fleas, frontline or advantage works best, really. Either way, wash your bedding well!
 

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wow thanks so much guys!!!!<br><br>
i checked the cat, no fleas. so if they ARE fleas..how the dickens did they get to ME? and my housemate resolves that flea bites don't look like that..so im utterly stumped. although the bedding is going to be washed (im a clean person, of course its washed ANYWAY, just mean 'today', despite having just been washed. lol) because after thinking it was maybe a weird one of mosquito i got bitten AGAIN last night with the windows closed. although i left before the boy woke up, i dont know if he got bitten too?<br><br>
mm mysterious. and disconcerting.<br><br><br><br>
opposed to chemicals, yes. in general. but now that ive been bitten by something, i say BRING THEM ON . grrr.
 

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MZC, i looked up bed bugs, ive been researching bugs instead of doing uni work (rolling eyes in disgust at own procrastination), not sure. but the treatment is the same for those and fleas.<br><br><br><br>
i can't see anything on sheets, except a few nonbugshaped flecks of black because when the window was open im assuming dust etc got in (there was a leaf too...) . damn windows. surely id see at least one moving bug? aaa.<br><br><br><br>
berrykat, i live in australia. thats south..but i dont think its what you meant :p<br><br><br><br>
ehhe.<br><br><br><br>
the bites are red, but mosquito bite sized. i have no clue.still.<br><br><br><br>
the only reason im obsessing about it is i dont want them to come back, once sheets are washed etc so i should probably figure out what (if anything) is the matter.
 

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no, you probably wouldn't see any bugs.<br><br><br><br>
Are the black specks like pepper (and some of them "c" shaped)? It's probably flea poop.<br><br><br><br>
Do you use flea stuff on your cats like Frontline?
 

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Like Rabid said, they sound like spider bites. I used to get them on my back growing up at my parents house. The bites were about the diameter of a pea, bright red, and somewhat itchy but not too bad. Washing the bedding did nothing. I moved my bed to another wall of my room and the bites stopped. I must have been in their travel path or something (between the window and the air vent).
 

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oh GROSS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> amy, i checked (examined for about 5 minutes. but i still don't know if seeing 'c' shapes on those tiny things is in my head..) and they look like that, yes. i think? ew. EW. and the initial bites i got are DEFINETELY not mosquito bites because several days later its changed to a darker sort of .patchier..red?<br><br><br><br>
jinga, the idea of spiders is even MORE gross. but i think perhaps ill just consent on the flea thing considering the black specks?<br><br><br><br>
argh. so i wash my sheets, then what? does this mean they're in the floor? oh dear. literally feel sick thinking of this, in my lovely clean house.
 

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ok...not fleas. after much searching as i was about to wash the sheets. i found 2. things that are not fleas. they're apparently bedbugs.<br><br>
which can't jump. or fly. so hopefully they're just on the bed and my friends suitcase (she now recalls where she was staying before mine had 'a few' ...) and not in my extremely cracked wood board floors etc. aka infesting everywhere.<br><br><br><br>
really. dont have . time. for this.<br><br><br><br>
whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I suggest getting some sort of plastic mattress cover, because bedbugs can live in the mattress as well... unless you want a new mattress...
 

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thanks rabid.<br><br>
oh god, i really can't believe this. ive done ZERO homework. ive been lugging things and vacuuming and it STILL MIGHT NOT EVEN WORK?!<br><br>
i could cry. seriously. this is not supposed to happen first week back at classes.<br><br><br><br>
but thanks, rabid<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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