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Fleas can be extremely difficult to get rid of when trying to avoid toxic remedies. With perseverance home remedies can work. This is a guide about home remedies for fleas.
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By 23 found this helpful
September 15, 2011

To get rid of fleas, use apple cider vinegar! Add a bit to your pet's drinking water and it really helps! I have 3 small dogs that are prone to fleas and we no longer have that problem.

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By Kathy from Plymouth, CT

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September 24, 2013

I use ammonia to get rid of fleas. I close the window and then pour it on the carpet and anywhere your dogs lay. Take your dogs and cats out of the house for at least 4 hours. When you come back in, open all windows. There should be no more fleas. Just run the vacuum all through the house and give your dog or cat a flea bath.

When I do this, I don't get fleas back in my house for a good year.

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August 8, 2012

For years Avon's Original Bath Oil has been used as a great remedy for preventing fleas on your pets. Horse ranches also use this. It has a variety of uses and is cheaper than the commercial flea pills. It can be used however you prefer, diluted or undiluted. And of course, the original use was for bathing. Its a very effective product for your dry skin and for the animals.

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By Irene from Williston, FL

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By 9 found this helpful
July 24, 2013

Give your cats or dogs a bath with Head and Shoulders shampoo. It will kill the fleas but they will still be stuck on your animal. After you give them a bath, take a fine tooth comb and get all those bloodsuckers off of them. Stick them in a clean room and vacuum the whole house. Do this as many times as you need to. Your pet and your house will be flea free.

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September 9, 2008

To kill fleas in your home, put down lots of salt in your carpet. Wait 24 hours and vacuum. If you do this every other day, your home will be free of fleas. You have to keep up this or they will come back. Plus I bathe my dog and cats with dish detergent like Dawn once a week or so. It kills fleas on contact. Its cheaper than those expensive dog shampoos.

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By boomboomkitty from Lynchburg, OH

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December 11, 2016

Our pets are like members of the family and we want to protect them. But, it is inevitable that our dog and cats will attract those pesky fleas. Flea collars, sprays, ointments, and pills aren't 100% effective all the time either, so what can we do? Well, there are two items that I have used that kill fleas in one wash! The quickest way is to wash your pet in blue Dawn dish washing liquid. It has a refreshing scent and is very gentle. Murphy's oil soap is also effective in killing and deterring fleas. And as a bonus, it is also good for dry skin! Murphy's makes the fur shinier and the skin softer. With either product, fleas won't stand a chance! I've had a couple vets and pet professionals recommend both products. A little goes a long way. And of course you can verify with your own vet, if your have any reservations.

Source: Local veterinarian recommended use of both products.

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By 8 found this helpful
July 19, 2013

Put shallow bowls of warm water with a dash of Dawn liquid detergent on the floor under lamps. If you have fleas in your house, they will gravitate to the warmth of the light bulbs and jump in the water.

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By 4 found this helpful
September 16, 2011

Use a flea comb on pets, it works wonders. I use a dry flea comb on my 2 cats. Swipe, then throw the fleas into a bowl of water and dish soap. I do this every day to make sure they are rid of fleas. Takes about ten minutes a cat.

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about homemade flea spray recipe. Using household products you can make an effective flea spray.

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February 5, 2011

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, 20112 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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November 13, 20132 found this helpful

My daughter is covered in flea bites and nobody else in our family has any. She is a magnet for mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and any other insects. I don't know why it's just her. We all use the same soap and all. My dog has just a few. They seem to like my daughter more. What do I do? My baby looks like connect the dots.

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November 8, 2009

I am having a flea problem in my home. I have 3 chihuahuas all under 10 lbs. I have been reading all the different home remedies. But none have said anything about putting them on furniture.

Taz my long hair likes to sleep on corner section of unit while I am at work. So I have had seen some fleas on us when we sit on the couch. So are any of these remedies safe to put on fabric furniture? I am going to try the salt on the carpet today and bathe them.

I am just so tired of the little hopping pests. I have found them on me. And since dogs sleep with me figured I might even wash sheets in vinegar, too. Would really like to have any info that would help. Thanks.

By SandiF from Stillwater, OK

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September 9, 20122 found this helpful
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I have 2 dogs and they brought fleas into my house a couple years ago. I was horrified as I'd never had this problem. I googled every possible solution and ended up using all of them but finally got the fleas out of the house and off the dogs, but it took us pulling out all the stops to do it. And it took a full 2 weeks of hard work to do it.

First, buy yourself a large box of Borax laundry detergent. Borax dries the larva out so they can't reproduce in your carpets; it interrupts the life cycle. Sprinkle it all over your carpets, then wait a day and vacuum; reapply the Borax after each vacuuming and wait a day. Repeat every day for 2 weeks.

Put some Advantix or similar product on your dog (I know there's an expense to this, but you can find off-brands at Walmart that work just as well). This will get into your dogs bloodstream and prevent the fleas that do land on and bite your dog from being able to lay eggs. It's either that or daily bathings with a flea shampoo, and I found that gets old fast.

The next thing I did is buy a can of Siphotrol spray from the Vet (about $15 for a large can), and I sprayed my upholstered furniture with it right after I had vacuumed the furniture really well (by the way, put a flea collar in your vacuum bag to kill the fleas you do vacuum up, or replace the bag each time, or the little buggers will just find their way out of your vacuum).

I took off the cushions, pillows - you name it - and sprayed the entire couch, cushions and chairs. I also put night lights in rooms with the highest concentrations of fleas and put a shallow bowl of Dawn dishsoap and water below it; in the morning I would find dead fleas that drowned (they were attracted to the light).

Lastly, I bought a few of those aerosol "bug bombs" at the local discount store, took the dogs for a trip for a few hours, and let the bombs off in the house about a week after I started all this. After all this, the fleas were gone. Basically, you aren't going to get away with just putting a flea collar on and hoping the problem goes away - it won't work. You have to interrupt the flea life cycle and understand that it will take time to do that until the life cycle has been completely stopped by your efforts.

I also realize that this isn't exactly a homeopathic way of getting rid of fleas, and I don't condone the regular use of chemicals, but I was desperate and this worked for me. Like I said, I pulled out all the stops.

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September 28, 2013

I have a 5-6 month old kitten that has fleas. I need a home remedy because she can't use other store products.

By amberfaith01

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September 29, 20130 found this helpful

Hi,
If I had a cat of that age right now, I would probably go to the vets or order off amazon.com capstar or the equivalent if the flea infestation was really bad. If it was just average I would give the cat a bath, if you are able to, with dawn dish soap the blue kind.

Now that being said, it takes a ton of dish soap in your hand and you have to pick the fleas as they start running towards the cats head. Here is a video on how to bathe a cat, and also I always trim nails before hand, theirs not mine.
Here are a selection of videos from youtube.com on the subject:

http://www.yout … ource=opensearch

What I do, is I get the bathtub filled with warm water about half as deep as the cat is tall. It has to be warm water. After carefully trimming the cats nails with a cat nail trimmer, like this: http://www.yout … ch?v=99PtaOQbBIY

I get the nail trimmer from amazon.com for ferrets and guinea pigs etc. It looks like this:

http://www.amaz … mal+nail+trimmer

Now I will describe what it is really like to bathe a cat. First you bring the cat in and put it in the bath. They really don't like this. Then you get the dawn and put a ring of it around their neck so the fleas don't really crawl up into their face, but some still do.

Then you put a handful of dawn dishwashing liquid on them, avoiding their eyes. You can use baby shampoo with a handful of peroxide but I don't use that. Then you lather a thick layer of dawn and water on the cat. At this point you let the cat out on a bunch of towels in the bathroom and don't open the door.

You leave them like this for about 4 minutes which seem like forever.

Then you put them back in the water after that and rinse and rinse. Fleas will be everywhere and you may have to keep rinsing and such until most of them are gone.

This is when you finally have them rinsed and then you put them in a towel. The whole time you are talking to them about how good they are being. You will have tons of fleas on you dead and alive.

Then when you dry them you will still see fleas. That is when you start picking them off of the kitten or cat.

Later when the cat is dry you can do the flea comb on them and dump the fleas in water with dish soap on it. Now that is the basic bathing.

You can also order capstar from the vet or get a topical flea treatment from the vet for cats. I do not like frontline. Capstar kills all fleas within a certain amount of time but it is not long acting but it does kill them all.

I like this, and I don't use capstar really often at all. I like this because it is more against the flea birth cycle than the cat. http://www.amaz … B00CY1CNP8?psc=1

Plus it comes in capsules that are flavored and you can use half a capsule and save the rest. It is a monthly product.

It is way easier to just buy a topical from the vet that isn't frontline. I like to do the other because it is good for the cat to be bathed and also you need to up the nutrition for the cat, get rid of the grains....grains and soy and wheat, man they are awful parts of foods. Find the best food you can afford. The really cheap cat foods have nothing but corn and wheat and that makes a cat sick.

Also... sprinkle salt on the floors if you have fleas, put it under the bed sheets, where you wont' be made uncomfortable with it.

I have this stuff I use on my ferret it is Hi Yield garden pet and livestock dust. It seems to work on my ferret but I don't know how well it works on cats but here it is. I go to the feed supply stores for most of my dog and cat food.

http://www.amaz … d+livestock+dust

Once you get the fleas out of your house and get the cats on a better diet, and believe me you will save money on the better diet even if you have to spend twenty dollars or more on a bag of cat food that hasn't got wheat corn or soy and has real meat in it you will find a lot of the flea problems will go away.

Also I you can find wormers at the feed supply stores.

I like to use safeguard for goats: Here is the link
http://www.amaz … rd/dp/B007SPRIOG

Here are the doses of using the safeguard on cats
Here are the dosages of fenbendazole

http://www.ehow … dazole-cats.html

Right now I have eight cats and none of the have fleas, even though only four of them took the lufneron, and they are on a good diet as of right now. Sometimes I run out of money and I use what I can afford but when I can I get the best cat foods. Well not the best but the better ones and that is a trial and error thing, where you read the ingredients!

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September 30, 20130 found this helpful

The person you should be talking to for expert advise is your Veterinarian.

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September 13, 2010

I have a dog and now I have fleas in my backyard. Can I use bleach in my yard to get rid of the fleas?

By Charles from Fortsmith, AR

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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An exterminator told an aquaintence of mine about using bleach years ago. As I understand, bleach works to kill ticks but not fleas. I'm not sure why.

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Bleach can be harmful to pets if they walk in an area treated with bleach and then lick their paws, ingesting some of it.

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August 25, 20120 found this helpful

My boyfriend and I just moved into a 2 bedroom apartment, because we are expecting a baby in 2 months. We have no pets, but the people who lived here before must have because this apartment has fleas. It is all carpeted and I don't want to use any chemicals since I am pregnant and the baby will be here soon.

I heard that salt works really well, but since we live on the 5th floor and have no pets, I was wondering if I should still repeat the treatment all of the time or if I should be OK with a few treatments since there is no way for them to get back in? Also if anyone thinks there are any better ways, please let me know.

By Kay

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August 28, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, salt works great. If you can find popcorn salt (usually available at restaurant supply stores or online) that is best because it will not show in carpet while you are treating it, plus it penetrates deep into the fibers. You want to sprinkle it into your carpet thoroughly, then use a broom or whatever you have to beat it deep into the carpet.

It needs to stay in for two weeks. If you have to vacuum before 2 weeks, then you will need to repeat the treatment. This works quickly and safely. I have had many, many, rescue dogs and this is the only way I would treat for fleas. Safe for adults and pets.

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July 10, 2013

We are being eaten alive, help! How do I get rid of fleas without spending a fortune?

By Snowball

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

Here is one of my favorite articles from earthclinic.com:
http://www.eart … /Pets/fleas.html

However, rather than use borax I use salt poured under the sheets and in the couch cushions and on the carpets. I leave it a few days and vacuum. If you have a serious infestation you need to vacuum everyday, put a flea collar in the vacuum bag and store the vacuum outside or the fleas will keep crawlin back out. Put a dish of hot water with a drop of dishwasher soap under beds etc where you have seen fleas and they will jump in. Some people use a night light over the shallow dish of soap and water. Make sure your pets can't get to this and drink it.

Vacuum every day, and wash all the dogs clothing and anything else in dawn in vinegar in the wash. Just squirt a couple of squirts of dawn dish detergent and add vinegar to the wash.

I actually go through my pets especially the kittens with a flea comb and then drop the fleas in the soap and water.

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

Regarding my earlier post about earthclinic.com I would never use tea tree oil on a cat as they are not able to get it out of their systems. Make sure and read the warnings on the posts also.

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July 12, 20131 found this helpful

A great solution for fleas is original Skin So Soft bath oil from Avon. I mix one part Skin So Soft and five parts water. Put it in a spray bottle. It is also great to keep flies away and if you have an itch, it stops the itch immediately. It is great to use on animals just keep it away from their face. I check my two girls throughout the day and when I see a flea running across their tummies I spray SSS and the flea dies on contact. I always keep a tiny spray bottle in my pocket.

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May 30, 20131 found this helpful

I just moved from Idaho, where there pretty much aren't any fleas, to Louisiana where there are too many fleas. It has been two days and my little dog is covered in them. I have given her medicine down her back, put a flea collar on her, and given her a bath with flea shampoo. She will not stop scratching, and she is covered with little red bites.

I am living with my cousin who has a cat that goes in and out, but is not having this problem. She also has a dog that stays outside, he doesn't seem to be having the same problem either. What do I do? Why are they attacking her the way they are? I'm feeling horrible for my dog!

By Stormie W.

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May 30, 20130 found this helpful

Diatamaceous earth (food grade). Available at farm centers (Tractor Supply) fora bout $10 for a 12 lb bag. Google this stuff. It is wonderful. I use (and used) on my dog and cats - take a old knee high and put the DE inside it and "pat" (like a powder puff) all over your pet. I guarantee you it will work. Last year, fleas were so bad in PA I literally put this stuff, a thin layer, over my entire basement floor. Waited a week and shop vaced it up. Google it's uses (I even drank it for a while!) - just remember to get the FOOD GRADE ONLY. Do not use the agriculture grade - that has poison in it. I believe I even actually spelled it right!

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June 2, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds as though you as though you are the proud owner of a furbaby with a flea allergy :( Sounds insane, but it's pretty common. Like humans, animals can develop allergies and react more severely than the previously to the same allergen. In addition to treating your pet and any others and the bedding, etc. treating your yard with a food grade pesticide is a good option. Farm stores like South states and tractor supply carry these. I'd also like to suggest an oral pill called a "capstar" for your dog which kills flea immediately or at least they"ll jump off your dog giving it instant relief - and an oatmeal bath. (My GSD was highly allergic to fleas so I feel your pain).

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June 3, 20130 found this helpful

I would like to know which type of topical treatment you used on the back of the dog, and if you went in between the hairs, in a part and put it on the dog on the actual skin.

If it is frontline, then I would choose another one.

Flea bites can cause all sorts of grief, especially with the reactions of a dog which has had no bites before. Bless it's heart! I would immediately get a cat food which is high quality. I would choose one with no wheat, soy or corn.

Diamond pet foods have great foods, and there are ones at tractor supply which meet these needs. You start from the inside out. You have to put quality food in. When you put other food which is full of corn and other by products, you have a problem waiting to happen.

Once that is taken care of, I would make sure that the house is vacuumed frequently since they lay eggs all the time. Put a flea collar in your vacuum bag if you use a bag and a plastic bag over the hose part of the vacuum.

Here is what I do and it seems to work:

First the better quality food, which will make less stool and make the animal healthier.

Then vacuum the floor all the time, daily or every other day at first.

Sprinkle salt all over your house, on the floors, under the bedsheets ( I don't like feeling it on my skin, so I put it under the sheets and such). Put salt in the cushions of chairs etc. It is a dessicant and dries out the fleas.

It is also not really harmful. You don't have to be in a hurry to vacuum it up like you might feel like doing with borax.

I like to do that, and I also hear a lot of great news over putting a solar light over a bowl of water at night. Just keep the solar light in a window and then hang or attach it to a spot over the water. Other people might use a lamp but any light source will do. Here is an article on this sort of trap:
http://www.wiki … Make-a-Flea-Trap

Now get a flea comb and get obsessive about combing though your dogs or cats fur and looking for fleas.

Flea shampoo is not really that effective. I use dawn, soap and leave it on them a while, about five minutes to get rid of tons of fleas. Make a large ring of soap around their neck. You will see the fleas climb up to their face, that is when the picking begins. Have a bottle of water or alcohol to put them in.

Keed little jars of water and soap all over the house so when you pick them off the pet you can put them in there. You will eventually get good at squeezing them into to kill them, the fleas. Some people cannot stomach that. LOL

Always disinfect your hands after handling fleas.

After you have done all this, and keep the yard grass down if you can. You should see a reduction in fleas.

I am including an article on yeast infections in pets in case this ever is a problem from the Great Dane Lady who in my opinion is very knowledgeable on this.
http://www.grea … _mini_course.htm

Blessings,
Robyn from Tennessee

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May 27, 2016

I have one dog and I am not working at the moment. I am noticing he has a lot of ticks and fleas. Tacobell is an active dog who plays a lot and runs a lot, but a problem I have is he licks everything and eats whatever he wants even when he has food down. We bathe him reguarly with flea and tick shampoo and I am losing my mind. So I am asking what is a natural remedy I can use?

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September 7, 2009

I have tried everything and I cannot get rid of the fleas on my dog.

By bjpeoples from Siloam Springs, AR

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

I would order frontline spray and do it once a month. Throw salt all over everything, the carpet, under your sheets, etc. Put a flea collar in the vacuum bag, and vacuum all the time. I always wash the dogs in dawn detergent and leave it on for ten minutes. Then rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse and flea comb while they are wet. Frontline Spray is cheaper than the topical spot treatment but the spot treatment might work faster. You can do a pill from the vet that will kill all the fleas in 24 hours but this is just to get the infested dog clean. It has no residual effects.

If I just had one dog, I would probably use the frontline topical spot treatment once a month. Go to earthclinic.com for more ideas on home remedies and other forms of treatment of fleas. Robyn

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

I don't like Frontline because the flea has to bite before it works. I use Adams on my dog. I have also ordered some Lavender oil. Fleas can't stand the stuff and it's good for irritated skin. (Also good for headaches!)

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September 8, 20090 found this helpful

I have 5 dogs n 5 cats. Last year i had a bad flea infestation and was desperate. No matter what I did , couldn't get rid of the lil pests. This year i got some cedar spray from cedarcide and this works. no fleas-mites-ticks etc. is all natural and not harmful to pets. also neem oil spray works too. Both products are all natural -good for the skins and prevents fleas. I wont use frontline and advantage or products like that as it is harmful to ur pet. can find on the web. Also use on pet area and around your home.

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September 9, 20090 found this helpful

Got to the vet and they have this pill that you can give to your dog once a month I live in Siloam Springs, AR also and they charge I think $13 for one pill but it works and you don't have to worry about it again until next month

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September 9, 20090 found this helpful

Hello, Can you take you pets to a groomer? Then apply advantage every 3 weeks, that should do the trick. Good luck

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April 15, 20130 found this helpful

How do I kill fleas with household products besides vinegar, lemon, Dawn, and boric acid, etc.? Please help. I am a single mom in need of a cheap solution!

By Amanda M.

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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

The best method I know is when going to bed at night when the lights are off, place a small desk type lamp which has an adjustable neck on the floor with the light on and bent over and down at a pie plate or something of that nature in which has been placed some water with dish soap mixed into it. The fleas will jump up towards the light and fall into the pie plate and drown as the detergent will not allow them to jump out of the water.

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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

Salt and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Oh, and you might try insect bombs - remove all animals from the house! Follow the directions. If they came from your yard, you need to treat your yard too. Go to the hardware store/Home Depot and get granules to kill fleas and ticks in your yard.

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May 22, 20130 found this helpful

You can get some Boric Acid very cheap at the Dollar General store (and most likely Wal-Mart as well) for like $2.25. You just can't beat that and you can get a bottle of Dawn there too for $1 for the non-concentrate. Vinager is also very cheap. But Dawn kills on contact when you bathe your pet in it and the boric acid disrupts the life cycle.

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August 14, 2016

I need a safe way to get rid of fleas on my cat.

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March 15, 20150 found this helpful

I need to know home remedies to kill fleas in house and on my pets.

By Dan

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February 4, 20150 found this helpful

How do I kill fleas quickly on my dogs?

By Dericktroys from IN

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May 6, 2013

I need an immediate home remedy for home and dog flea infestation!
Its too late at night to go to any store.

By serenaearnold

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November 27, 2016

I have fleas in my home. I can't afford an exterminator. What can I do?

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September 24, 2016

What is the best way to clear up a bad infestation on the dog and the house? No chemicals please!

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November 1, 2013

I was looking on the internet a while back and I remember it saying something about using oil, apple cider vinegar, and water. I don't remember what the measurements were for this or if it even works. Someone help please!

By loven_cheerleading

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August 18, 20120 found this helpful

I have 5 day old kittens with fleas; how do I get rid of them? Is it only Dawn soap or does Ajax dishsoap work too?

By Deana C.

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June 24, 20130 found this helpful

I have used other dish soaps and they all work well for kittens and puppies.

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October 14, 20140 found this helpful

How do I get rid of water fleas?

By Dottie

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January 18, 20140 found this helpful

I didn't know what it was, but have been getting bitten by fleas for awhile. Now I know, and have been trying to treat the problem, but can't get it stopped. I believe they are in and under my livingroom couch. I can't really treat them because of my man's uncleanliness. I have been putting salt and borax acid on rugs and using bug spray. Will I ever get rid of them, if I can't treat the main spots?

By O. Scott

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January 11, 2013

I was told some time ago that there is a solution that can be mixed to spray outside in the yard for bugs, including mosquitoes and fleas which includes Coke. I have moved and lost the paper it was written on. Does anyone out there know about this mixture? I believe it includes 3 things.

By Carolyn C.

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