Ok I know we just had a thread about fleas but I have a few questions.
I just ordered 12 vials of Frontline Plus seeing as I always run out and need to have reserves. That being said, I have just flea bathed and dipped my English Bulldog and Beagle. I combed about 30 fleas off of each of them, knowing that they have friends hiding everywhere...
I sprayed their bedding with flea spray and sprayed the entire carpet area.
I have been reading about Brewers Yeast and Garlic to add to their diet. Does that really work? If so, I'm about to buy a 4lb tub of it. :)
And how about nemotodes? (sp?) they are supposedly worms that eat flea larvae. I was going to get them for my yard. My dogs are in a gravel dog pen for a few hours each day but their pen is surrounded by grassy areas....
Hmmm...what else? Oh I was going to make sure when I apply the Frontline, that I get the skin and not just the fur, I think that may have been my issue last time.
I HATE FLEAS and want to be done with them now and FOREVER.
HELP :) Thanks!
***Edited By: stdogz on 6/27/2006 9:06:16 PM*** Reason: add
Ok great. I won't waste the money on that then....I think I will try the flea collar trick in the vacuum bag as well as really concentrate on the application of the Frontline Plus....
And definitely do the yard b/c I think that's where the issue lies....it's funny, we NEVER had a flea infestation living in our other house and I've had up to 5 dogs at a time living there (I was doing rescue then) but we moved here to the freaking woods and blammo! Flea city.
I have a simple suggestion which you probably would say it won't work, but it doesn't hurt to try. I have 3 dogs and they have had fleas too, but when I put this spray on them they do play around the yard and goes to other peoples property, probably where they get it, but they come back with 1 or two fleas only this time those fleas are DEAD, DEAD, so that spray did work. The name of the spray is Hartz, Advanced care 2 in 1 Flea n Tick Dog Spray. I spray it all over them including their paws, their chest, their belly, make sure it gets under neith their hair, right after I bath them, and that's it. You can find them in your local pet store, petsmart usually caries them.
Hartz products are poor quality crap derived from expired patents. The original companies use better and safer ingredients now. The last thing most reposible owners would do is spray their dog with anything Hartz.
I have a massage therapist in my family and she uses a very fine mist of lavender and tea tree oil (and I do mean very fine) on her kids and her dog when they go out. It keeps the insects away and works quite well. I have been using it since early spring and it works quite well IMO.
I also spray my entire yard with malathion, this keeps the bugs at bay and makes being outside much nicer.
If you have an active flea problem you have to treat the house (wherever your dogs goin the house), the dogs and anything they sleep on for 3 complete cycles, once every 10 days 3 times in a row inorder to stop the life cycle of the fleas themselves. Being a groomer I have had to learn this...LOL,
I have never had a flea problem and honestly I think it is because of the preventative measures I keep using. Especially with the "public dogs" that come to my home everyday for grooming...it could be a huge problem.
You have all given such great advice. I especially love the lavender and tea tree oil idea. That smell alone would make me want to spray it everywhere ;-)
I am disappointed in Frontline this year. Last year, no problems. I used it every month, nothing. This year, it's like flea central.
Like I said my house isn't *infested* YET!!! it could happen.
I have a canister vac, so I sprayed the filter with flea spray and vacuumed my house like a psycho last night. I put down flea powder in the carpet and let it sit overnight and vacuumed it up this morning (obsessed???) ha ha ha.
I washed all their bedding in flea shampoo in the washing machine last night, dried it and sprayed it again w/flea spray.
I sprayed their outside pen with Zodiac kennel spray, the kind you hook to your hose....and did their dog house, too. They don't spend tons of time out there, just to pee and poop, but it's enough that they're bringing home hitchhikers!!!
This week I'm going to bomb the house, I'll try the once every 10 day thing, too....can't hurt.
I am moving in a month, so I want to make sure that the house is flea free for the new tenants and I want to really make sure that my new house doesn't get infested....
Thanks again! :) Ann
ps. We still have the Beagle who bit my son. :) My husband and I had a long talk about him and we decided that we can't give up on him, he really is a loving little guy and he was so severly abused before....and he's old....so he's cranky, too....we've been doing the rescue rememedy for his anxiety and now we've given him his own crate in our room so he can hide if he wants to. It seems to be working well. I do not reach in there to get him, rather call him out with a cookie. No incidents so far....and my son is avoiding him like the PLAGUE!! LOL....
Stdogz, I'm glad your keeping the beagle. Your being a responsible owner, and not giving up easily. If he was brought to the shelter, he'd be even more messed up. So you honestly did the right thing. As long as you let the poor guy live out the rest of his life happily, because someone else messed it up for him.
As for the fleas I am not too experienced in that area, because my dogs have never had fleas. But I do like the sound of Mafia's idea.
Whatever way you choose, good luck and I hope you get rid of the nasty buggers! =]
I have to just suck it up and pay out the big bucks for Advantage. It works the best for fleas and I don't use the Advanticks, cause the flea chemical is a little weaker than in pure Advantage. Also dust your yard with Agricultural grade diatomaceous earth, you get it at organic garden centers. It destroys the exoskeleton of insects(they dry up and die) and is totally harmless to mammals
***Edited By: schoolbus gal on 6/30/2006 1:22:45 PM*** Reason: sp
I have a suggestion on getting rid of fleas. We don't have a problem now and haven't had for years. I use frontline but I really don't think we have any in our yard. Several years ago(before frontline or advantage) we had a really bad flea problem with our cats. WE really had an infested house. i tried every thing that anybody told us and nothing completely got rid of them. Someone told me to get a gooseneck lamp and put over a shallow pan of water with a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in it, and leave the lamp on at night. The next morning, the pan was black with fleas floating on the water. I kept putting it out every night for aobut 2 weeks and every morning there were less fleas. Believe it or not, that is how we finally got rid of the fleas.
luvpoos, funny that you said that. I did that about 20 years ago and I remember the fleas all floating in the water. I had completely forgotten about that until I read your post. Thanks.
Brookie, yes the fleas can get immune to any product over time. I teach Science and I was teaching about antibiotics, bug spray, etc. this past year. One of the activities I had my kids do was pretend they were a representative of a company that had come up with a new antibiotic or a new insecticide and have them write a sales pitch for their product. I had to include why the old product didn't work, etc. The point is they learned about overuse of antibiotics, insecticides, etc. I was wondering if that might have something to do with the Frontline also.
Another thing, all of my dogs have been on Sentinel for several years. I haven't had a single flea in forever. Well, we got new neighbors last month and they have brought us a nice present. Tons of fleas and they are on my dogs. I had been wondering to myself if my dogs have been on the Sentinel too long and the fleas are getting used to it. It seems to have no affect on the fleas they brought.
One more thing, (where else can I ramble on at this ridiculously early hour?) Someone mentioned malathyone (sp?). Are y'all still able to get that? It always worked great, but it has now been pulled off the shelves and is illegal to sell. I thought it was nationwide, but maybe it's just here.