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12-31-2012 01:04 PM
robinfarr Hello Sammy,
i have a german shepard and been using Flea Comb For Dogs for some time now and it has helped me in dealing with fleas . I hope it will work out for you as well !
12-18-2012 10:17 AM
Bridget All I can really offer is moral support. We have fought fleas off and on for years and I understand what you mean that it seems like nothing will work! I think it is especially difficult if you have multi animals, as we have. We just keep them on Frontline all summer and it seems like it controls it somewhat, although if we have a real humid summer, it doesn't seem to completely solve the problem.
12-17-2012 09:20 PM
whisperg Due to the amount of fosters coming into my home I treat with DE every 3-4 months. I've tried many ways and it can be such a mess. Because I have hardwood floors its important the DE gets between the cracks. The application I've been using for the past two years is easy, fast and no mess. Before I throw my bed sheets in the washer I sprinkle DE in the center. Twist the top and go around each room and bang the sheets to the floor. It creates a light layer of DE over everything. This will allow the DE to work for months. The dust is so fine and not visible to the eye. Make sure to put the dogs outside before doing this. Also, no flying bugs last more than 24 hours in my house.

I trail walk my dogs daily. When we return from them running in the woods during tick season, I dust DE on their coats. The next day I will find flat dead ticks on their beds. Love this stuff!
12-15-2012 05:50 PM
Bama4us The best product I've found is Bug-Off from Springtime Inc. Springtime, Inc. | All Natural Supplements for Horses, Dogs, and People.
It takes a few weeks to start working, but I use it with Bear and he never gets ticks or fleas!
12-15-2012 12:59 PM
Sammy79 I got this DE all over the house. What a mess! I was able to count how many times Ace would be itching or biting himself on both hands within a half an hour. Its been a day and I can only count on one hand. Loving this stuff so far, just looks like a pain to clean up.
12-11-2012 06:55 AM
Momto2GSDs Just don't get discouraged! It's not an overnight fix since there are SO many!
You must be persistent putting the DE EVERYWHERE, as you don't know what corner in the house or yard they may be. You can even use this in-between your mattresses! After you have it down for about 5 to 7 days, vacuum and re-apply. This may take several applications. Same with the pooches. When you see it dissipating from their coat, re-apply (watch their eyes and them breathing it in).
You don't want to hear those little "bugger's" saying....."We'll Be Back!"
12-10-2012 11:36 PM
Sammy79 Thanks for all the information I have Diatomaceous Earth coming tomorrow and I can't to spread it. These fleas remind me of the robots from the movie terminator. Seems like nothing can't stop them. The DE is my last stance!
12-09-2012 04:19 PM
Momto2GSDs Hi Sammy! I had posted this on the other "flea" page a few days ago for you but don't know if you saw it. This goes along with what Gator & raynosa_k9 said.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) might be what you are looking for since other items have failed. DE is a fossil type substance which acts like sharp spines to the fleas, that punctures the exoskeleton and dries them out killing them.

Food Grade DE is rubbed into the dogs fur and used around your home. It is a dusty product so if you have any type of breathing conditions you would want to wear a mask. Some people use this daily in their dog/cats food to keep them parasite free. DO NOT use the DE for swimming pools (dangerous). You should also spread this around your home and in the dogs sleeping area as they may be breeding in your rugs or cracks and crevices around floor boards. Hold close to the floors when applying to cut down on dust billows. Also apply around your whole yard to kill the little buggers! The only drawback is that you will have to re-apply if it rains.
Organic Food Grade: 5#=$12: Nature's Wisdom Diatomaceous Earth DE Food Grade : Out of 600 deposits in the US only 4 are considered "food grade" by the FDA standards. Other food grade deposits still may contain higher amounts of sediment and clay that make them less effective. We have analysis of many other "Food Grade" deposits and are satisfied that we still obtain the diatomaceous earth for our products from the purest fresh water source.
Food Grade: 6#=$22: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Diatomaceous earth is excellent for internal and external parasite control. Diatomaceous earth dehydrates insects such as fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, flies, worms, mites, etc. The mineral and silica content increase feed utilization. Reported to kill 75% of flies and fleas that come in contact with it within 72 hrs. Can be applied as a foliar spray or sprayed in buildings or just lightly sprinkled in pest infested areas.

I have never personally tried this product but it might be worth it sense you are having such a problem with fleas. You can use this in their food and water: Flea Free Food Supplement 16 ounces = $20
Natural Flea Free contains over 200 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. It is excellent for young puppies, kittens, and other young animals as soon as they start drinking on their own. It is beneficial to the health of pregnant, nursing, breeding, and senior pets since it is excellent for the immune system of all animals. Natural Flea Free Food Supplement is added to your dog, cat, or other pet's food or water and goes to work internally in the blood stream and emits an enzyme which shields the protein the female fleas need to lay eggs. Not sensing a protein, she will jump off the pet and search for another blood meal because if she doesn't draw blood every 20 to 22 hours she will die. Males never bite.
Ingredients: Vinegar ~ is a natural storehouse of vitamins (including beta carotene), minerals, amino acids and beneficial enzymes which contains over 90 different components. It's effective in treating gas in small puppies, helps prevent urinary tract problems in male cats and the formation of mineral stones, and also helps in dissolving hairballs. It has been said to lengthen life, improve hearing, vision, calm nausea. It can also help relieve arthritis, sore muscles, and pain, osteoporosis, prevent cancer, kill infections, condition the skin, aid digestion, control weight, preserve memory, and protect the mind and body from aging as it helps prevent aging and breakdown of joints, bones, and cartilage in the body. Vinegar contains over 30 important nutrients and a dozen minerals and improves overall health.
Garlic ~ is called "nature's antibiotic". Cleanses the liver to break down toxins in the blood. Garlic contains over 200 vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes. It is very healthy and also repels fleas, most ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites, and flies. Garlic helps maintain a healthy heart and is excellent for the skin and fur.
Citrus and herbs ~ are beneficial in supplying vitamin C, providing complex carbohydrates, and anti-oxidants. They also reduce free radical damage to tissue and organ systems. The herbs used are the ones found in your own kitchen cabinet, such as ginger. These herbs, along with the vinegar, help with digesting the Flea Free. They make sure that the Flea Free gets into your pet's system so that it can work.
BTW the nematodes are great too just do not use them WITH the DE or they will die.

Hope this helps! Moms
12-08-2012 09:37 AM
carmspack discussion had with holistic vet the other day -- fleas are adapting , becoming resistant , just like rats have adapted and some are warfarin resistant - check your rodenticide packages - yes there is rat bait for warfarin resistant rats .

Make the host, the dog, as healthy and as flea-unattractive as possible.

You may want to fumigate the home once as a knockout knock down . Shampoo dog with Defendex . Nematodes in yard , food grade diatomaceous earth.
12-08-2012 09:22 AM
M&J PS. Arbico sells nematodes for your yard. They are very helpful if you email them.
Join their list and they will send you sale prices every once in a while.
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