Home Remedies for Fleas

I have 11 cats and 9 dogs. It is too expensive to buy Frontline or the equivalent to get rid of the fleas. I am also on disability so money is tight. How can I get rid of the fleas very cheaply?

By Rena from AL

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful
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Try borax in your carpets. Leave in over night vacuum and throw the vacuum bag out right away and a teaspoon of vinegar in the drinking water. Helps deter them.

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February 7, 20111 found this helpful
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The product I use is a cedar based super concentrated oil, from the Cedarcide Store, that you can dilute with water and it goes a really long way. I bought a quart size bottle of their product over 3 years ago called Pet-Horse Livestock Concentrate and Indoor Flea Control and it isn't even halfway gone. I just mix a capful of it and add it to a spray bottle of water. It makes up to 100 gallons and it kills on contact... not just fleas either.

I use the spray bottle and mist my dogs with it during the summer when the mosquitoes are out and it repels them along with gnats and other annoying insects that bite. You can also use it on puppies, kitties, babies and yourself as it is non toxic. Since your fleas are real bad, you can mix a couple capfuls in a gallon bucket of warm water and sponge it over your dogs and let it dry naturally. Be sure to get their face and ears too and you will be flea free in no time. Plus it conditions their skin and coat.

The diatomaceous earth works too. I used that on my cats and no more fleas. They run when they see a spray bottle so I needed another way. I poured some in a jar (actually a jar with a lid that has holes in it-like one for parmesan cheese) and applied it in my screen room...it will make a mess when they shake but since you have fleas in your home that wouldn't be a bad thing, just try not to let them breathe it.

I live in Florida and have 2 dogs and 2 cats and none of my animals have had a flea on them since I started using the cedar oil. They have lots of products that you can use in different areas in and out of your home to be rid of pesky bugs and insects forever!

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

I'm not sure how much it cost but it is called Borax its natural organic not poisonous you just sprinkle it on your floor and in your laundry. You can also sprinkle salt on the floor to get rid of fleas.

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

You should read the oodles of previous posts and answers in the ThriftyFun archives. Just scroll down on this page for more answers.

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Shine a desk lamp that has a flexible neck over a bowl of soapy water every night with all other lights off in the house. You want complete darkness with only the desk lamp shining. The fleas jump at the light and fall in to the soapy water and can't bounce out. You have to shine the light right in to the bowl, make sure your light is supported so it won't tip over. once they hit the water they sink to the bottom. Do this every night until they are gone. We had a bad problem years ago and this got rid of them all.

Also, what are you doing with all of those animals if you can't afford them?

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Hey Farstar, the question "By Rena from AL" is how to rid her pets of fleas. Obviously, she is concerned with her pets' "quality of life", which has absolutely nothing to do with your opinions on money management. Please do us all a favor by submitting a relevant answer to the question or simply stay out of it! Perhaps you should submit your ideals/opinions to the White House, since it seems nobody there has mastered money management.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

I have got to say something to those of you who are giving this person grief about having pets that "she can not pay for", walk in her shoes for a day! She obviously wants the animals to have a good life. You do not know how she acquired those animals! I have many animals that were not my choice to have, some people dump animals. Oh my. If I could only have the three dogs in my house, I'd be so happy, have more free time and more money.

But some cowards think they'll just take the animal to the country for a "good life." They do not care that the animal may not be rescued, that it may be hit by a car and take days to die, or that a wild animal will attack it tor food of just because; that the people who they imagine will take care of it may not want to or be able to; they do not care that the animal may not fit in with other residents. The just don't want the animal, but they are too selfish to have the animal put down. Surprise, surprise, most animal rescue groups are full and unable to take more animals. So, don't judge!

By the way, there are some less expensive flea control solutions: google flea control home remedies + dominion or + ivermectin for spot-on use. And ivermectin will also work for heartworms. Lots of qualified owners, hog dog and kennel, use these remedies.

For yard or house, Sevin dust is an inexpensive, but effective remedy. You can even apply Sevin dust directly to an animal.

God bless you in your endeavors.

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November 14, 20160 found this helpful

Well said

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

BTW, Dominion has the same active ingredient as Frontline- which I did use and is expensive, especially when you multiply by 14! But before I found out about Dominion, I would buy the biggest tubes of flea control (for both the cats and dogs) and then split it based on individual weights. Messy and a pain to do, but good for money management.

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July 7, 20110 found this helpful

BTW, Dominion has the same active ingredient as Frontline- which I did use and is expensive, especially when you multiply by 14! But before I found out about Dominion, I would buy the biggest tubes of flea control (for both the cats and dogs) and then split it based on individual weights. Messy and a pain to do, but good for money management.

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August 3, 20120 found this helpful

You are trying to do a wonderful job keeping so many animals. But if these were homeless animals there are registered organizations RSPCS and numerous Pet Rescue who will place animals with Carers until the correct home can be found for them.

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October 9, 20130 found this helpful

I have 2 cats 2 dogs. All now with bed of fleas. Took them all to vet to get treated...couple days later they all scratching worst. I put flea meds on them. Fleas collars. Bath them in dawn detergent. It helped some. Oatmeal for pets...didnt work..now someone telling me bathe in little bleach with oatmeal! Somebody help me can't keep giving $ to vet and nothing helping... em combing out fleas daily!

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

I would like an answer to get rid of fleas I have three dogs

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