New location, new problem, worried about treatments
We moved from a hot, dry environment. When I say hot and dry, I'm talking Summers up to 112 and no real rain for 5+ years. The "yard" I had was tiny and dead. When I say tiny, it wasn't even a 1/4 acre plot. Grass wouldn't grow, the city was on a permanent water restriction of no lawn watering (not like our neighbors paid attention to it), and we didn't have a flea and tick problem.
This spring my dear aunt passed away, and I inherited most of her estate. We moved into her property to keep it in the family. Where we live now gets all four seasons, rain, and has trees, grass, flowers, pretty much completely nature. We live on a full acre with a small forest backing the property line.
With the move, we have encountered a large problem with fleas (no ticks surprisingly). The house had one carpeted room, but that carpet is now ripped out to show off the rest of the beautiful hardwood floors. I have my aunt's old canister vacuum still, but it doesn't work so well.
The move has tapped us financially and we won't have much wiggle room in our budget for expensive flea treatments for the next several months.
What we have done is:
--Use sprays made with water, lavender oil, lemongrass oil, and apple cider vinegar. I'm waiting on the owners of the local apothecary to return from vacation to get some cedar, pine, eucalyptus, and tea tree oils.
--Flea baths with Dawn and apple cider vinegar
--Dusting the house with a mixture of Mule Team Borax and Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. I used a mason jar and poked holes in the lid to make a shaker. We've dusted furniture, floors, window ledges, dog bedding, baseboards, etc... then sweeping or vacuuming (with whatever power the vacuum can muster) after a day or two.
--Brushing the dogs during their normal grooming with their brushes dipped in DE. We've also sprinkled it on their rears and necks. Having a white GSD with DE on him kinda makes my OCD tic worse because I don't want him "dirty".
It's been battle after battle, but we haven't won the war.
Now, we've decided to break down and despite our concern with the possible negative effects of chemical treatments, get a chemical based treatment.
Has anyone used K9 Advantix Plus (or is it II) or Revolution? I was leaning more towards Revolution for the heartworm, mite, and other treatments included in the formula but wanted to get the take from here first. I've also seen people mention Comfortis. I've never heard of it, so if someone could offer up some information from their personal use, I'd be very grateful.
Thank you everyone.
Duke - White GSD/wolf Mix - Born 3/15/11; Adopted from a Ranch in East Texas
Brownie - Retriever Mix - Born 4/16/11; Humane Society Rescue
SG Rondo vom Walldorfer Kreuz; SchH1 - Born 5/27/04; Retired MWD