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If you are in the country and find you have fleas, add Sergents to Original Irish Spring. You will see that both are the same color and basically the same thickness.
This is a guide about my dog is infested with fleas. Fleas left untreated can infest your pet and then your home.
This is a guide about my home is infested with fleas. Even if you do not personally have pets, your home can still become infested with fleas that you need to get rid of.
This is a guide about getting rid of fleas in an apartment. Whether your pet has picked up fleas or they were resident in your new apartment before you moved in it can be a chore to get rid of them.
This is a guide about borax for fleas. Pet owners are frequently searching for alternatives to commercial chemical products for controlling and eliminating fleas.
This is a guide about getting rid of fleas on kittens. While topical flea treatments are readily available for older cats, young kittens will require alternative methods to rid them of these biting pests.
For a contact flea control in your yard, a pest control product called Evercide works great.
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I have 3 cats and a dog. The fleas are in the house everywhere and everytime we get the fleas off of one animal the dog brings them back in from our huge front yard.
Depending on where you live, you probably have an infestation of sand fleas in your yard.
The only way to keep the fleas off your pets and out of the house is to treat yard, house, and pets on a regular basis - usually once every three-four weeks.
You can buy a mixer-spray (look for one that holds two gallons of water because it will save you time and the hassle of reloading too often during the spraying session), and a large bottle of concentrated Liquid-Sevin at most of the big-box discount stores or feed ' seeds. Also at Tractor Supply.
Follow the pesticide labelled directions to the letter for best results and to avoid killing off beneficial insects like bees.
Or you can contract with a pest control firm to come out once a month. I have done it myself for so long (since the late 80s) that I have no idea what the current cost is but if you are not comfortable doing the spraying yourself, the companies are a very good deal considering.
Either way it can seem a little expensive (the sprayer and concentrate will set you back around $75USD, with the concentrate lasting about three months and then needing replacement at about $25 a bottle) but then so are the vet bills from flea induced worms in your pets and family members.
I will tell you three things to do to get a hold of this situation:
First: Vacuum the carpet and then empty the bag or plasic bowl out somewhere outside into a bag and tie it so the critters don't get out.
Second: Get plain old table salt in the cylinder. Pour some in your hands and sprinkle everywhere with it. (Not the pet)
I always put it under cushions all on the floor, and even brush it down into the rug even though I don't brush it in it falls in by itself. Leave it for a day or two and then vacuum up and do it again until your fleas are gone.
Third: If you have a vacuum with a plastic pull out bucket like I do, put a flea collar in the vacuum bag or bucket.
Fourth Change the food your cats are eating. If you are feeding them cheap food with fillers in them they will attract fleas like crazy. It is because the animals immune system is compromised when given corn and by products.
I am feeding, right now, One Smartblend Chicken and Rice formula but there are lots of great cat foods with great ingredients at farm supply stores like Tractor Supply.
Also look on amazon.com and look cat flea treatments, and you will find a bunch of things you can try.
Mainly try to keep the floor vacuumed up, and a bad infestation would mean vacuuming and then sprinkling the salt again letting the salt stay for a day each time.
Don't forget to sprinkle under your sheets, on the mattress and around the bed.
I have read about putting bowls of water with a little soap on them and having a flashlight or nightlight shine on the water.
Let me know how it goes. I am actually giving this product a try. I got it in the mail today.
First and foremost, all the pets, bedding, house, and yard need to be treated at the same time. It's the only way to completely get rid of the fleas. I would do the yard with diatomaceous earth, be sure it is food grade not the swimming pool stuff, last time I bought some at the feed store it was about $12 for a 20# bag. You can use a seed spreader, but this is like a powder so don't do it on a windy day.
I read the post about the mosquito trap and wonder if something like that would work for fleas. My sister has an infestation of fleas that she cannot get rid of.
By K Callahan
Fill pie tins with water and a squirt of dish soap. Instead of pie tins you can use any shallow bowl. Instead of dish soap you can use any soap. Put night lights or small lamps next to each bowl. Use very low wattage bulbs, like those in night lights, or Christmas lights. You can use extension cords with the night lights if you want to place the bowls somewhere that is not close to an outlet.
If fire is not a concern, you can even use floating candles or candles in a holder that will sit inside the middle of the dish. The fleas will jump to the light and fall into the soapy water and die.
You will see a lot of fleas at first and then as the population goes down you will see fewer and fewer fleas until they are all gone. Use just a small squirt of soap. You don't want to see soap bubbles. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water so the fleas cannot stay on top of the water.
If you have pets who might want to drink the water you can put the tins in a bird cage or dog crate on the floor. You can use any type of caging. The fleas will only come to the bowls at night. Make sure the lights are dim like a nightlight. If the whole room is lit up the fleas will not know where to go.
As the fleas start to diminish you may still have fleas hiding in the woodwork. Vibrations make the fleas come out. You can use a vacuum cleaner which will cause vibrations in the floor, or just stomp around a lot before you go to bed.
Make sure that you take all the sheets off your bed once in a while to let any fleas that are trapped underneath get out. After bombing three times without success this is the only thing that worked for me. I'm not sure if the fleas are jumping towards the heat or the light. Nightlights worked fine for me. Let us know how you do.
Try some drops of tea tree oil diluted in a bottle of water (tweak the recipe). Spray on the dog to repel fleas, spray on the floors to try to kill the fleas if embedded in the wood (or any other surface with fleas).
I have tried everything and can't get rid of my dog's fleas. I treat all of them with Advantax or Frontline once a month and then supplement with the chewable flea treatments that can be given safely every 24 hours, but my pets still had fleas. I've washed all their bedding in hot water, but my pets still had fleas! I took them to the vet who then told me I am doing everything correctly, but I should try spraying my yard, which is poisonous so I would have to kennel my dogs for a few days until the treatment completely dried. I did that and my dogs are still suffering horribly from fleas. I'm desperate! Help!
We recently moved in with a friend and they have 3 dogs, a Pit Bull and two smaller dogs. The entire house is full of fleas. I have tried washing the animals in Dawn and spraying the whole house with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice with water and nothing I've tried is helping. You can't even sit on the furniture without being covered in fleas. I have a two year old and a 9 month old please help?
A few ago days my son woke up with a lot of bites. Then I saw little black fleas jumping. What can I do? I got rid of my pet already. Please help.
By Sara from Houston, TX
Baking soda. Big boxes of it.
First take anything out of the room that can be washed. Everything. Fleas can jump up to 4 feet!
Shove it all in big plastic bags, dusting liberally with baking soda as you go. Fleas breath through their skin. The powder blocks the pores. They can't breath. Don't forget the curtains, throw rugs, ALL the clothes in the dresser and closet.
After filling the bags, tie them tightly closed. (Oh. Cover your hair. They will jump.) Now dust the carpet with lots of baking soda. Dust the mattress with it too. And lift it up and dust the box springs under it. Take everything off the shelves that have any cloth. Dust the shelves with baking soda too.
Take the bags to the laundry room and let them sit for at least two hours.
Now dust the corners of the room and along the baseboards very liberally.
It's best to take the laundry to a laundry mat and put them in those big front loading washers, as they get very hot water and you can just dump a whole bag in at once and quick shut the door before any still living fleas jump out.
However, if you must do it at home, just close the bag quick and the lid to the washer quick. Hot, hot water will kill eggs. If you think a piece of clothing will be damaged by very hot water, separate it out. Group these items in a separate bag with more baking soda, closing tightly.
Once you get to this bag of cloth do the following. Wash it on the hottest setting you think the most delicate item will handle. Now wash that batch 3 times. Yes, three times. This will cause the eggs to come unstuck and wash away.
While everything is washing, you can vacuum the bedroom: carpet, closet, mattresses... Dump the vacuum cleaner bag. Tie it into a plastic bag so any fleas that have not died yet don't get into your yard. Dust the room again with baking soda. Wait an hour. Vacuum again. Throw away the bag.
Now steam clean the carpet to get rid of eggs. Steam clean the mattress and box springs too! Now, what about eggs that may have been laid in dresser drawers and other hard surfaces like window sills and shelves? Like the upper closet shelf where cloth items were stored? Vinegar.
Open all the windows and door. Face a fan out the window and spray all hard surfaces with vinegar. Let it dry. Wash with soap and water. The fleas don't have the pet to use as their source of food, so they go to the next warmest object. Your poor dear son.
Fleas will spread through out the house. If you really really want to get rid of ALL of them, do this procedure throughout the house. It's a pain, time consuming, and the steam cleaning can get expensive. But it's worth it. We were in an apartment, but if your pet played in the yard you will have to treat it too.
Ask a garden supply company or hardware store. There are special treatments that won't kill your plants. Baking soda is to salty and vinegar too harsh.
I was wondering what is a great idea to control fleas on a small dog (9lb)? I have never had an issue until this year and he gets 1 to 3 on him a week. I bathe him weekly in flea soap. Not only is Frontline Plus very pricey, but I am scared of putting chemicals on him. Does anyone know a safe way to keep fleas off of him?
Frontline is the worst product to use. I used to use it all the time and I think they did something to the formula. It is useless now. Buy the other forms of flea topical treatments at the vet. None of them at the store are safe. Don't use frontline.
Also get a flea comb and go over your dog with it, and put the fleas in soapy water. Also when you bathe the dog put a drop of tea tree oil, (not ti oil) into your hand where the shampoo is and also a bit of dawn dish soap. Put this on your dog. The dawn and shampoo will kill any fleas on the dog.
Note: For cats, don't use the tea tree oil, their bodies cannot process this at all and it could kill them. Check out the pet section at earthclinic.com also for uses of vinegar etc.
I always sprinkle salt all in the cracks of the furniture and all places in corners where fleas like to hide. Also under sheets, under dog bed sheets, etc. Fleas hate salt.
Hi. I have heard that fleas dont like the smell of lavender. Sprinking a little essence on your dogs bedding might help.
Hi. I have heard that fleas don't like the smell of lavender. Sprinkling a little essence on your dogs bedding might help.
Diatomaceous earth, garden grade, not pool grade. Found in most home improvement stores. Won't hurt animals or humans, just dust it on your dog. It is a dust so use some care that he doesn't inhale it. Totally organic, kills by scratching the outer skin of fleas and ticks, causing them to dehydrate and die. Recommended by The Garden Guy on Ch. 3 TV here in Phoenix. He also has a web site, it's Dave the Garden Guy.
Dust all carpets (2 to 2 and a half cups for average room) with dry 20 Mule team Borax. Leave for 2 weeks before vacuuming to get all stages of fleas from egg on. Yard? spread inexpensive cedercide (Google to buy). Long time control that will not poison household. Winter freeze will kill most infestations outside. Carpets are the biggest attractive breeding grounds for fleas.
I keep getting bitten. I'm a diabetic and this is not a good thing.
By VickieBerry from Madison,TN
Does anyone have a tried-true method of getting rid of fleas and keeping them off my dog?
Use a spray bottle of 3/4 white vinigar and 1/4 water and spray the dog after he/she has had a bath.
Dawn soap is a gentle and effective way to safely rid your baby of fleas. Bathe them in this and they will be flea free!
I've heard ''Capstar'' is the best way! It's a tablet you give the pet and it starts working in a 30 minutes. You can watch the fleas die and fall off. Then I would recommend a flea comb to comb then entire pet out and make sure nothing is left behind. You can use capstar for a couple days to make sure the issue is solved, but remember if the house and yard are not treated and clean extremely well the fleas will always come back. Good luck!
Dry Borax in the carpet. Leave for 2 weeks before vacuuming to eliminate eggs, larvae and adults. Bathe with bar soap 2 x. Leave lathered for 5 minutes. Outdoors use care who comes into yard. Flea kill for yard is natural if you have good freezes and do not re-infest with even 1 flea. Cedercide (10 pounds for 12something $ ) goes a long way when spread by hand. No poisons please. NO flea collars, Dry Borax is best about 2 to 2 and a half cups for average size carpeted room.
Use in their beds, the throw rugs and places where there are fleas and flea eggs. Borax is a natural product that will kill the boogers for better than a year. You don't want worms either. Inexpensive, natural Food Grade (important that it be "food grade") diatomacious earth. Garden and other DE has poisons in it. Internet EarthWorksHealth.com 1800228 5836. Easy - safe for intestinal worms. Heartworm must be treated by vet.
Forgot to say Amazon has the cedercide.
What is the best way to get rid of fleas?
I have tried it all, Frontline, Advantage, Dawn, everything under the sun and I still can't get rid of the fleas. I do not have carpet and my furniture is leather. I spray my bed and theirs. It is driving me and the dogs nuts. I have six dogs. All my poor babies are just eaten up and nothing I do is working. I have spent so much money it is not funny. I don't know what else to do. I comb them everyday and wash them, once a week. Nothing I do seems to work. Someone please help!
My dog is just getting over having fleas, but he's chewing his tail. Does that mean he still may have some? I've checked him and they are gone and he's been treated by the vet already. Do I still have to treat my house and everything he's been sitting on?
I have recently discovered fleas in my house. I am treating my pets and house at the same time. I have 3 cats that sleep wherever they want. I need to find something to kill the fleas in my closets because there are too many places for them to hide where I might not be able to get them all, ie. my suitcases, shoes, and laundry baskets.
If I put mothballs in them up off the floor where my cats won't get them will they still kill the fleas? Would this work under my beds also? My cats cannot get under my beds to the moth balls. Also, if I use mothballs how many do I need to use?
Please help. I have had cats all my life and never ever had fleas in my house, or fleas on my pets, that one flea bath didn't take care of. I'm going on the 3rd week of flea baths and they are also wearing flea collars and nothing is helping there either.
How do I get rid of fleas? I've tried everything and am lost. My 5 pound Miniature Pinscher has fleas and I can't bear to see her go through any more. Suggestions please. :)
What do you dilute the Skin So Soft with and how much?
By Becky from Rosebud, MO