Fleas Fleas and more Fleas
What to do about the fleas? We are renting a connected condo. The house next door use to belong to a crackhead who the police removed from the house a few months back. They had a few cats that they let "free" when they moved. A lady who lives behind me has at least 10 cats that she keeps outside. There are so many cats around me that the dogs have stop barking at them.
I have nothing at all against cats. But I do not believe that it is good for them to stay outside. I also hate it when people feed stray cats or shelter them and allow them to leave whenever without getting them fixed. I honestly wish there were laws against this.
Now my house is full of fleas. Today, my vacuum broke and the company who sold us the dyson isn't open over the holiday weekend so I have to borrow one. All I seem to be able to do is keep their numbers down. I believe I have managed to rid of my house a few times but they come back in. I've vacuumed, and steamed cleaned everything more than once. Put DE down throughout the house. Treated the dogs with flea prevention even though I hated using it and have never had to use it before as my essential oils use to be good enough. I still spray the dogs with an mix of lemon and lavender oil and switch off between lemon and cedar. I tried making a more potent mix but that made their coats oily, the dogs didn't like it and the fleas didn't appear to be bothered because when we would come back inside I'd find more fleas on them. I put DE on the dogs, on the parts where the fleas were, it dried out their coats but the fleas remained. This is what made me consider using the flea prevention on my dogs as I believe the fleas were probably doing a far greater harm to them.
Now I can't seem to find many on my dogs. Maybe 1 or 2 at the most when coming back from a walk. But I still can't seem to keep them out of the house. I think they are climbing onto the humans for rides whenever we go outside. I'm afraid to take my daughter outside to play as the last time I did she had fleas on her and little bumps all over her body.
I really want to move but I don't have the money. I've been trying to save but court cost and lawyer fees, unplanned doctor visits, and car problems have left me owing a little more than I currently have. I don't know what to do beyond vacuuming the entire house every few days. Bathing the dogs monthly(they are easy to bath but I worry about the coats). I feel so powerless against these little bugs and I hate it.
To cut down on my spam I just listed the rest:
1) The DE is food grade. Picked it up from MPC.
2) The dogs eat garlic and apple cider vinegar and have been since before this started.
3) Been on raw for over a year. Why do some people claim that these problems don't affect raw fed dogs?
4) Been feeding organic raw pumpkin seeds to treat for warms. Haven't seen any but with the fleas I can't be sure if and when any arrive.
5) Comfortis is what I used on the dogs. It seemed to do less than the other ones and I only wanted it to take care of the fleas with the least amount of damage to the dogs.
Last edited by GSD246; 09-01-2013 at 02:03 PM.