By Stephanie from Howards Grove, WI
I have used brewer's yeast to rub into the coat as well as sprinkle it into the carpet.
I have also bombed the house, you will have to take the pets and yourself out and leave the house shut up for several hours. Follow directions on the bombs for safety. Because of the eggs in the carpet and furniture fabric you will need to bomb again in several days because the fleas will hatch.
Hope you will soon get rid of the fleas!
I have also heard using borax and salt on your carpet, letting it sit for an hour if possible. Then vacuum up and throw away vacuum bag. The borax and salt is supposed to kill the fleas.
We unfortunately used the Orkin Man. It worked, but that was almost $1000 later. We are finally done paying them off. My parents just used the borax and salt and that worked. They left it on the carpets all through the house for 24 hours. Then vacuumed 4 times just in one day in the house. Keep emptying your vacuum cleaner and seal the contents and get rid of them. If you spray something or do this trick, keep vacuuming, do it everyday. The more you vacuum, the more you get rid of the leftover.
In the process, you wash your dog 2-3 times in one week and actually leave the flea killer shampoo on the dogs for about 8 minutes, and do the same for the cats. Comb them out, outside or vacuum where you did it. It's the only way to do it.
There is this other stuff called diatomaceous earth. It's little sea shell dust crushed. It cuts the fleas and dehydrates them so they die. Do not steam clean. The heat and moisture will open up egg sacks. Do all of this for at least 2 weeks. That's the life cycle. On the other hand, if you want to use this "Gold Powder" in your pet section. That helped before we got the Orkin man. Good luck to you.
I used Frontline. It isn't cheap, but do it once and it is done. Unless you take the cat or dog outside again and new fleas jump on them. Fleas in the carpet jumped on the cats and died. Be sure to get different Frontline for the cats and dog. The dog Frontline can kill a cat. I have house cats and had fleas. I used the Frontline and all cats were free of fleas in 2 days. That was 5 years ago. I haven't seen a flea since then.
Bathe the animals with Dawn dish soap, it must be the original kind in the blue bottle. They will start dropping off and dying right away. You can get a flea comb (very inexpensive) and it helps catch any survivors. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water, it prevents more fleas.
Vacuum your home like crazy (and empty it outside), all furniture, bedding, floors, etc. It really makes a difference. Wash bedding as often as possible, in water as warm as you can. Sprinkling borax on floors helps, a white dish with soapy water on the floor also attracts the fleas. Put it out when you go to bed, it will have fleas when you get up.
Fleas are really bad this year. I have been dealing with it with 4 dogs and 2 cats. My sister paid to get my house treated. On top of that I bought them all a dose of Advantix and got a bottle of brewers yeast pills. I give them 1 pill per ten pounds of weight per day and it has worked like a charm. We had them bad. Putting your dog in another room will not help.
The adult fleas lay 40 eggs per day (wow). So I know what you're going through. Since you have no money try to come up with 10 bucks for the brewer's yeast (for animals) not humans. And then see if you can get a hold of Fido or another organization that helps people with pets. Fido helped me with food and meds for my dogs before. Also since there is no income, vacuum like crazy, throw bag out, and then put a flea collar in the new bag. Wash everything in hot water. I really hope this helps you through your hard time. Good luck and God bless.
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