We have not tried this yet but I am going to pick some up tomorrow. Lavander oil is soposed to work good, fleas hate the smell of it, and we love it. lol So you might want to try that, just put some one the shoulder blades like the flea meds. Its soposed to be good, ifyou try it lemme know how it works. :)
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Nice 1 mate am going to try that lavender oil myself i have also been told that garlic capsules work wonders cos the garlic makes the dogs blood taste of garlic something fleas will not tolerate i myself cannot not use this remades because Akita's are allergic to it you said you've treated the back yard its more likely the fleas will be nesting or breeding on your furniture under carpets beds most definitely in the dogs bedding treat everywhere Paddy
It sounds to me like they are probably also in your home. You have bath the dogs in flea shampoo, bomb the house and spray the yard all at the same time. Otherwise all you are doing is moving the fleas from one place to another.
I personally don't use any of those toxic chemicals on my dogs. I use natural defense, and all natural sprays that I apply up to several times a day.
I don't have any carpet or rugs in the house. Only hardwood, that I vaccum daily. Even under the furniture.I know the procedure for eliminating them, I know you have to do the house, yard and animals all at the same time. It just seems that nothing is killing the fleas. We have had a very wet summer and everyone I know is having the same problem.The outside areas are the worst. What do you all use for that area?
I got this from my father, he mixed lemon joy soap and mint mouth wash together, you can get it at walmart or dollar store for under 5 bucks.. mix it 1/2 cup soap and 1 cup of mouth wash to a gallon of water and spray your yard. and give your dogs a bath in dawn dish soap works wonders..
Yep, plain old blue Dawn dishwashing liquid will kill the fleas on the dog.
There is a product called Capstar that you can get at your local Co-Op/Farm Supply store. It is a chew that you give your dog to get rid of the fleas. Then there is a product called Comfortis that you get from your vet. This is also a chew and prevents fleas from getting on your dog again. Of course, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check with your vet BEFORE giving your dog anything but speaking from personal experience, I have 8 dogs and zero fleas.
Best of luck!
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I personally use chemicals...I swear in our area the fleas have morphed into indestructable beings! A nuclear bomb could go off and the only living things left will be fleas and roaches, lmao.
My checmial for the yard can be one from WalMart named Adams, most recently we played even harder and got the stuff from Lowes that kills them. You will need to cut your grass low, spray when no rain is expected and keep the dogs off till it dries. There are a bunch of brands to choose from.
Then treat house with whatever seems necesary for your infestation, if is to bomb it or to use a flea powder on carpets, d/earth in the dog areas, or just a spray on the furniture, it all depends in your needs. Wash all bedding, wash the dog and apply Advantage....works great here and we are in a major flea zone in addition to travelling to shows most weekends.
If you do it now, you may kill them all at the perfect time, as the fleas will die outside in the winter, so killing them now right as the cold comes in should give you a pretty peaceful winter!
We had massive problems last year, and had used Frontline for our primary defense. Our vetrinarian told us he'd seen the same issue's with others in the area. The fleas had become immune to Frontline and suggested we switch every 2 years to a different product. We went to k-9 advantage and POOOF flea problem gone, in the house too. We even have carpets and I thought I was going to have to burn all the furniture! It was that bad! But switching to another product worked great for us. Next year I'm going to try and go back to Frontline plus to see if anything happens since our vet recommended we switch every two years.
Here's a natural, non toxic remedy that works for your yard. Get AGRICULTURAL grade, not the swimming pool kind, of diatomecous earth. It is made of millions of diatoms, single cell organisms that live in the ocean, their body structure is similar to glass, anyway, the dead diatoms are harvested from the ocean floor and the composition of their body destroys the exoskeleton of insects...roaches fleas, andy type of insect. Bets of all it is harmless to other animals, some feed it to livestock as a wormer. It is a white powder looking substance and you liberally dust it all over the yard, in the bedding and I haven't had a flea problem in a while. If the birds eat a dead insect it will not harm them. It is a wonderful product that can be found in any organic garden center.
D/earth...as schollbus and I both mentioned is also available through dog catalogs and can be used externally on your pet, on the surface of the bed, grass or even fed to them as a supplement during parasite season...though internally it doesnt kill fleas, so is a waste in this case.
The d/earth takes about 3 days to kill of the fleas/pests. It works by scratching the hard exoskeleton of the critters and exposure causes dehydration. Can be put directly on the dog as well, and any fleas that crawl around on them will be scratched.
I had an awful time with fleas a few weeks ago... maybe this year is really bad, that's what some people have been saying... but anyways I finally got rid of mine... they were so bad I could feel them in the middle of the night running through my hair!! EWW that was it for me, so despite the fact they weren't biting ME, I could tell my pets were scratching horribly... I bathed all of my animals in adams flea and tick shampoo, and then used advantage flea medicine on them. I stripped all of my sheets and blankets and removed all my clothes and washed them, then I left the house with my pets for about 2 hours while a flea bomb went off. I then went and got capstar medicine, a pill that kills all adult fleas actually on your pet within 30 minutes. I haven't seen a single flea in over 2 weeks... it was a lot of work but so worth it- my pets are sooo happy!!
Thanks for all the advice. I had given capstar and used prestrike for the yard.Sprinkled D/earth in the sleeping quarters of the dogs. They are not in the house very often as these dogs live in a climate controlled kennel building.I took a female in for a c-section this week and the vet said she was the first dog he had seen in a while that didn't have a flea on her. So mission accomplished.
OOOOOH yes, I hate those little ******* too! We can get terrible fleas here as well. I agree with the others on the Adam's products. They have a great indoor aerosol spray for your carpet and furniture. It kills the fleas in 10 minutes, and is also great for maintenance from them coming back.
I use that, along with Frontline Plus, and have been flea free for years.
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Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
I still like the Comfortis. According to my vet and my own research, it is safe to give to pregnant/lactating bitches and it keeps the fleas off. It's not greasy or sticky, doesn't wash off and it's not too expensive. It does last for the entire month, too. My neighbor has a Chi and he loves to roam our neighborhood...he especially likes to visit my husband. We noticed that he always has fleas on him. He has "visited" my Bostons as well and they do not get on my dogs.
***If you use Ivomec for heartworm prevention, don't give both on the same day...I dose Ivomec on the 1st day of each month and give Comfortis on the 5th day of each month.***
Congrats to the new mommy!
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2 years ago we had a terrible problem with fleas. We have 3 cats and a dog. One cat was a stray and goes inside and out. We tried a bomb and treated ourselves. Didn't work. We ended bathing everyone. (that was fun) We had to have an professional exterminator come in twice and treat everything. We also use the oral and topical stuff. Knock on wood, so far this year has been great. I realize it is not fun to purchase double duty for 4 animals. However, the cost and time I put into treating everything was a disaster. Good luck with treating everything.