I have 3 cats, one of which is a kitten, and my house is infested with fleas horribly. How can I get rid of these annoying things and get my babies flea free? Please help.
By Liz from Buffalo, NY
I have been looking into the borax mixed with water spray for the yard, and there is one more ingredient that goes in it. It dries up the animal's exoskeleton or else it does something to their nerves and kills the flea. I know borax, the Twenty Mule Team kind in the laundry section kills fleas, but is toxic probably to pets. I am going to use this spray around the fence and at places they normally are not. Be sure not to confuse borax, the laundry kind, with boric acid which is deadly to animals.
I do the following things for my animals and fleas are a problem all the time:
Bathe them in Dawn and peroxide mixed together in your hand and lathered on them and left to sit for a few minutes. Rinse off. I use a flea comb on them all the time.
I sprinkle salt everywhere I have seen them hopping and under fitted blankets, and on carpets, etc.
I have been researching coconut oil and I am going to try adding some of this to our bathing. I will let the readers know how it works out. It is supposed to be very good at killing lice when used on the hair. I can't eat coconut oil because of my hypertension, but I can use it topically to get rid of things to do with skin problems, dry hair, and use as a lice treatment during lice season.
Here is the general index under earthclinic.com pets tab.earthclinic.com
By Robyn Fed
I just submitted the recipe for a floor spray for fleas to Thrftyfun.
Here is what I would do it I were you. Buy a bottle of 3 percent peroxide or even better 1 percent peroxide. Get a box of 20 Mule Team Borax at the laundry aisle at Walmart and then put three heaping tablespoons of borax into the two cups of diluted down to 1 percent peroxide and mix.
Also, I would spray underneath where the dog lays, and also do his laundry in borax and detergent.
I am always going over my carpet with a vacuum. Put a small flea collar in the bag of the vacuum cut up in small pieces or whole either one, also cap the hose with plastic so they can't get out, also store the vacuum where they can't re-infest the house. Vacuum every day for a couple of months and it should help.
I do use Advantage on my animals, but it doesn't do anything about the yard or carpets, etc.
Also I am researching coconut oil's benefits on the internet for flea control and skin problems in dogs.
By Robyn Fed
I used to grow wormwood (herb) and when cut put it under our bed and sofa, can you grow it where you are I live in the UK? Wormwood has been used since medieval times to ward off fleas also has no nasty side effects, but be warned it's not a culinary herb. (07/21/2010)
There is a product called Tempo SC. It is a premise spray that is used in agriculture in dairy barns and also used in commercial food processing areas, so it is safe to use around humans and pets. Mix according to directions and mist all soft surfaces in the house. You will, more than likely, notice the fleas crawling up the walls when you do this. On the same day you must either use flea dip, flea shampoo, or a product like Advantix or Frontline. If you do either of the first two options, follow label directions and perform as often as possible for a month. The little critters have infested your home and you must rid them from your house along with your pets, or they will just keep re-infesting each other. (07/25/2010)
I found an economical way to buy Frontline Plus, which is the only thing that works for me. The price for a dog that weighs 10lbs and 100 lbs is the same! I found the dosage a 10lb dog should get, a syringe, and an airtight container. I buy the 100lb dosage Frontline and put it in the container. Then I use the syringe and apply 10lb dose. It lasts me almost a year. There are actually kits you can buy on Amazon and eBay that supply you with your first start out (little glass sealed container, dose chart etc.)
Good luck. (09/02/2010)
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