I am at my wits end with fleas. We have used the foggers and they did nothing; we used the baking soda and the salt idea and nothing. We sprayed everything with Hartz flea and tick spray and nothing; I set bowls of water with a light, out at night and only get a few so that's not working real well either. I am desperate and need help.
By teresa0318 from Lowell, OH
When you treat your dog and house for fleas, you must also treat the yard or you are just wasting your time. (07/02/2009)
I feed my pets Brewer's yeast tablets. They are harmless as far as I know and I have used them for many yrs. The animals like them and they put something in the coat of the animal or skin that fleas don't like. We have a farm and our animals are outside and have no fleas. The tablets are cheap and you can just break them up in the cat's food, one per dish of food. The dog will eat them like treats, I give my lab three about once a week. I think they are a vitamin B. (07/02/2009)
Put about 4 drops of dawn dish soap in the bath water for your dog. I usually put it in after I draw the water so as to make so many bubbles. That way if any critters come off you can see them dead in the water. (07/02/2009)
I have also heard of people using garlic in addition to the Brewer's yeast already mentioned, but be sure to verify online how much to give. (07/03/2009)
You have to use Advantage or Frontline to stop the reproduction cycle and get it under control. Using these will help rid them from your house also. Continue for 3 months, then you can use a more natural method if you choose. Nothing that you can buy at the store is going to work. You are just wasting your money.
I have raised shelties (look like mini collies, yes with all that hair) for over 15 years, in my house not a kennel, and have never had a problem since I started using Advantage and Frontline years ago. I do switch between the two products to keep the fleas from becoming immune to just one. I only use them during the warm weather. And I always have at least 5 or 6 dogs, I have had up to 10 at one time! (07/05/2009)
We give our dogs prescription medicine from the vet. It's a combo heartworm and flea preventative pill called Sentinel flavor tabs. Once a month dose. (07/05/2009)
In addition to using the flea killers from the vet, use 20 Mule Team Borax. It's in the laundry section of the supermarket. Sprinkle it on your carpets (or floors), leave it overnight. When you vacuum it up be sure to replace the vacuum bag (throw out the fleas!). A week later do the same thing again, this will get the eggs. I personally have used this so I know it works. Good luck! (07/05/2009)
I've heard you can bathe the dog using Dawn dish washing liquid. But I would go for the stuff you get at the vet. (07/05/2009)
Do not use the Lysol dip someone suggested as it is toxic to dogs and cats. If you have pets, you should not even be using Lysol in the house at all. I seriously doubt any vet is using it, if they are they are looking to soak you for the tests and treatments for liver damage further down the road, or they are quacks. Also, garlic is not safe. The use of garlic can lead to heinz body anemia. Brewer's yeast is safe but regular yeast is not. The best way to rid your house is vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, every day, immediately discarding the bag so no fleas can escape and washing dog bedding frequently in hot water. Prevent fleas by using advantage or frontline. (07/05/2009)
The best advice I got when I had this problem once was "spray - vacuum, spray - vacuum" until the pests are gone. Fleas can remain in a sort of dormant state for a long time so you have to be faithful with the 'spray one day, vacuum the next' routine and throw out the vacuum bags each time. I bought a house and yard pest control spray from our local farm store (Canadian) that was safe around animals and it did the trick in under 2 weeks. Have never had any again but I have always treated my 2 cats with Advantage. Kids brought in a stray that was "Covered" and had it in their room before I saw it! YUK (07/06/2009)
After using Frontline all my flea problems were history! (07/06/2009)
The best thing you can do for your dog AND your family is to treat your dog once a month with Advantage (or Advantix if tics are also a problem). It is a topical liquid that you apply to their backs once a month. All fleas will be dead within hours. It is the ONLY thing I have ever found to work when it comes to fleas. You must get it from a vet or an online pet supplier. (07/06/2009)
If I remember correctly, years ago when we had a dog we had our house treated by a 'flea busters' company that actually used Boric Acid Powder. They had it in a large shaker type dispenser which they sprinkled throughout the house on the carpeting. They then used a clean push-broom to brush it in. You don't vacuum or clean your carpeting for 2 weeks afterward. You can buy containers of Boric Acid Powder at your Local Hardware Stores. It dehydrates the flea eggs so they don't hatch. Google "Boric Acid Powder for Flea Control" to check it out. (07/08/2009)
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