Getting Rid of Fleas

I need to get rid of fleas. Most remedies from the vet are beyond my budget. I have a cat and a dog. Does anyone have any suggestions that are a bit less expensive side?

Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

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Getting Rid of Fleas

To get rid of them in the house put a small dish of water under a night light in an area where your pets won't drink all the water. The fleas jump for the heat and light of the night light they fall in and drown. I was amazed how many we had in the dish just after one night! (05/04/2006)

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By Mary

Getting Rid of Fleas

There is just no substitute for the medications from the vet to get rid of fleas from your pet. Cheaper brands and "home remedies" just don't work well, if at all. Our vet does not require that we buy a whole 6-12 month supply of the stuff. We can buy a month or two at a time, if we so choose or we can't afford more, which I usually can't! Maybe you should ask your vet if you can buy the stuff you need that way. Also, if you have the fleas on your pets and your pets are house pets, your house will have the fleas, too. Call an exterminator!!! (05/04/2006)

By Robin

Getting Rid of Fleas

I have found that Frontline Plus is very good. My little dog was so full of flees I used to bath her every day, and still have flees on her the next day. Now I use frontline plus its great, at first I put it on her every month until the flee problem was taken care of -- now just once every three months dose the trick. (05/04/2006)

By Madeline

Getting Rid of Fleas

You need to keep the eggs from hatching or you will never get rid of them.
Precor will do just that. I don't know if you can still get Diazanon{sp} but if you can get it and some Precor mix (heavy) in a 1 gal sprayer. After everyone is in bed and out of the way spray the whole house (good) pay special attention to the edge of the carpet next to the wall. We sprayed under the seats on the sofas any little crack where they can hide

Do it once or twice a week for a month and inside will be flea free. The problem is you have to do something about outdoors also.
All the above along with a few drops of Front Line {or something like it}on the doggies and you WILL get rid of them.
Is it real cheap? No, but from experience cost becomes a non factor after awhile. (05/04/2006)

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By Robert

Getting Rid of Fleas

Here in New Zealand many people use garlic pills. I have 3 very large dogs and they each get one garlic tablet once a week and they never have fleas. Put it in their dog sausage or meat and they don't even know its there. Also, I mix a crushed up 'odorless' capsule in with the cats food and they also do not have fleas. Works extremely well and is very very cheap without adding more pesticides, poisons and cost to your budget.
(05/04/2006)

By Ang

Getting Rid of Fleas

Fleas are 60% water! Plan a weekend when you can be away, put all of your houseplants outside, set your thermostat (central heat) the highest it will go, and take yourself and the pets away for the weekend. When you get home, all the fleas (and eggs) will be dead. Your electric bill may be a few dollars higher, but the benefit of not having to use chemicals or multiple treatments is worth it. (05/04/2006)

By Blueyedsis

Getting Rid of Fleas

I use advantage. I buy it on the internet. Ebay had the best prices. There are different weights for dogs and cats. Know what weight your animal is first. Works Great. (05/05/2006)

By chml

Getting Rid of Fleas

I have two dogs, one five years old , one 14 years old. I give them each one garlic capsule each per day. Have not seen a flea in my house in years since I started doing this. (05/05/2006)

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Getting Rid of Fleas

We have a JRT who has flea dermatitis. He is on Cyclosporin (for almost two months now) Has been on Prednisone ,Cephalexin (for granulosis on his leg, caused by excessive licking). He is doing better, but don't see him discontinuing the Cyclosporin any time soon. Seventy dollars every two weeks, but this dog is a family member. We have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of his fleas. Frontline is put on every two - three weeks now (as per advice from the main fellow at Frontline). Please buy yours from the vet. Some of the OTC stuff isn't any good.

As for shampoo, have used Malaseb for itching ,also Tea Tree Oil shampoo (pretty good) also aloe + oatmeal cream rinse. Also flea shampoo ,but it didn't help. One thing ,if you bath them once a week or every two ,wait at least three days ,after applying the Frontline and use a shampoo from the vet that won't wash off the Frontline. Some will and you are back at square one. We have sprayed our lawns weekly and use Flea Buster (Borax) in side, everywhere. Brush into carpet, sofa, chairs, etc and then vacuum. I have grown to hate the word "Flea"! Good luck getting rid of them. It has been almost 10 months ,but is getting better. (05/05/2006)

By Susan

Getting Rid of Fleas

Advantix is the best you can use. It not only kills the fleas, but the eggs as well. You can purchase it for about 1/4th of what your vet charges at Drs. Foster and Smith. You can find them online. Home remedies just don't do the job as well as this does. I used to use Advantage, but it doesn't kill the eggs and it burned my dog's skin. He doesn't mind the Advantix a bit. (05/05/2006)

By CiCi

Getting Rid of Fleas

Get some white lime from a feed or garden store and sprinkle it over the yard to get rid of fleas (b)(/b) (05/08/2006)

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