|09-17-2013 10:42 PM|
|09-17-2013 09:24 PM|
You guys are amazing!
Thank you all for your suggestions and advice.
I had never heard of the Seresto Collar and I was remembering how useless flea & tick collars were from when I was younger and we had tried them on my dog. Though that was almost 25 years ago.
So, after researching the products you suggested, my husband and I came up with a plan that works within our limited budget.
We are going to get one Seresto collar per payday, starting with Brownie's since she attracts the most fleas. I found them for 50$ at Pet Flow and have several coupon codes to use. With each collar, we are going to get the Knockout spray and hit the only three pieces of upholstered furniture we have really well as well as continue using the Borax/DE mix until we are satisfied that the fleas are gone or at best minimal. If all of that doesn't show improvement, we'll get a prescription for Trifexis. Our vet is an old, rural, country vet (picture an old man in a fedora, button up w/ vest, trousers, and carrying a black leather medical bag) and has some very reasonable prices, will also discount if you're in a financial bind, and works with payment plans or even trades for pies/cookies depending on the treatment.
The fleas on the furniture aren't bad, it is primarily the dogs. With the lack of carpet, I think it has really helped. For some reason the fleas, that are on the dogs, really like saying "Hi" to my husband when the dogs lean against him. I picked three off of his jeans earlier today. I just give them to Duke to eat since he likes eating every bug he can catch. They haven't bothered my son and I much at all. Just one or two on occasion.
|09-17-2013 08:40 PM|
|09-17-2013 06:45 PM|
|JakodaCD OA||I would try a collar first (no Hartz!) atleast if they are going to have a reaction you can remove the collar, I don't like using the topicals or pills because if there's a reaction you have to ride it out...|
|09-17-2013 06:21 PM|
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|09-17-2013 05:52 PM|
|Gretchen||The last two years it seems the fleas are getting resistant to the topicals we were using, Frontline and Advantage. The comfortis for our cats and Trifexis for the dog is the only that has been effective. Although I'd like to change to something that has a tick preventative.|
|09-17-2013 05:39 PM|
This is such a green and wooded area and with all the rain that came this summer, it created a perfect haven for them. Even our neighbors have said that the fleas are worse than normal. They've been having a similar problem with their dogs and have been looking into other treatments. They've been using Frontline, but it has seemed to stop working for the local population.
|09-17-2013 05:23 PM|
|ken k||take some of the flea powder and put it in the vacuum, years ago, when I was infested and had a hard time getting it under control, that did the trick|
|09-17-2013 05:17 PM|
I'd use either siphotrol or m knockout spray to treat your home. Likely they have lain eggs there for sure. These sprays do not require you to completely evacuate your home.
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|09-17-2013 05:13 PM|
do you think the house itself is infested with them or are the dogs getting them from outside bringing them in???
I'd sprinkle the DE around the foundation of the house..
I hate using chemicals on the dogs But I would bomb the house (as in flea bomb)..Is there a dirt basement?? That might be the problem..or if there are sandy areas outside around..
When I first moved to my house, (14 years ago),,my dogs NEVER had fleas, this house had a high deck that the dogs would go under, all of a sudden I got fleas I sprayed under the deck and put up lattice to keep the dogs from going under there,,(it was more a dirt/sandy ground) and no more fleas..
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