So I recently moved to a new place and things are mostly find. However lately I've noticed some small amounts of fleas (and sometimes feeling like there are fleas but can't see anything?). Given that I am meticulous about cleanliness after living in a place that smelled like cat pee 24/7, I can assure you I've been very proactive to avoid this.
Info to know:
I have one pet, a rat. I did not see any fleas on it.
The only actual visible fleas have been seen on the couch which was a floor model.
I get the feeling of bug bites a lot on my bed.
I have noticed a fair amount of dead flies and Asian lady beetles (not ladybugs) here and there. There was a shitton of them in the back/laundry room.
Besides putting a towel under the back room's door and in the process of getting some diatomaceous earth to put at various windows (I'm told it's effective), what should I do? I plan to call the rental company about the back door letting bugs in, but since I'm on the second floor I'm not 100% how sure this is the source of fleas.
Also I'm told certain smells repel them. Is this true?
Edit: I have sprayed my mattress and couch with Hotshot Flea/Bed Bug spray. I also considered lice* but given I have black sheets and such you'd think they'd be visible.
* As a caseworker I don't always work with the cleanest people. I try to remain very hygienic myself.