|09-02-2013 04:52 PM|
|mebully21||virbac makes a yard spray that kills fleas and ticks. if you cant get the outside taken care of and rid of fleas the fleas will just keep breeding and biting...once the outside is treated then treat the house inside,. if possible walk your dogs out the front door away from the flea yard if possible and also treat the front yard as well.. sentry makes a flea and tick collar that works for 6 months. yes the human grade DE should work, but if the fleas are that bad outside you are going to need strong chemicals to get rid of them as natural stuff wont cut it|
|09-02-2013 01:09 PM|
Get a huge bag or two of diatomaceous earth and spread it liberally every where that surrounds your house. The diatoms are a very sharp and jagged little critter that is microscopic and will clog a flea and other insects breathing ports along their bodies and they will move along to somewhere they are not having difficulty breathing. It is completely safe and could even be eaten so I generally spread it around heavily during the onset of flea season and keep a layer spread for at least the next 4 weeks to six. It works amazingly well and is safe for even the youngest puppies or bitches who are whelping any time soon. You can get the stuff at any aquarium shop and a lot fo garden stores too. HTH
|09-02-2013 11:09 AM|
EVERYTHING needs to be looked at and I use the strong stuff too.
Only change I would make is that Dawn dishwashing liquid can be used to wash the dogs and kill the fleas, and that's probably less harsh then regular flea shampoo. ALWAYS START AT THE HEAD/NECK cause the fleas run there when the water starts and the fewer that make it live the better (hard to wash around my dogs eyes).
How to Kill Fleas With Dawn Dishsoap: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
Then the dog get the topical fleas/tick stuff from the vets. I pack the dogs in the car (BTW, you may have fleas in the car too....) and return to the house to flea bomb it! You can get a good price on a bunch of cans at Home Depot/Loews (make sure you close the window, I only made that mistake once).
Sounds like you need to attend to your yard too....
When I do get home, vacuuming constantly is important for the next few weeks and may have to do another round of everything a month later if you didn't hit it hard enough.
More great house and yard tips --> 4 Ways to Get Rid of Fleas - wikiHow
|09-02-2013 04:40 AM|
This year was the first time I've had a flea problem in many years ... it was really bad and it took a number of months to get it under control.
I used Comfortis or Panoramis (the Australian version of Trifexis) and CapStar (Slider can't take Comfortis or Panoramis), sprayed the house, had the lawn sprayed, etc. Knock on wood I haven't found a flea for a couple months but I'm not 100% sure the infestation is completely over.
|09-02-2013 04:36 AM|
I'm going to have to check out that spray on Tuesday. My daughter is only 1 so borax isn't ideal. With the number of cats we have without any real homes I'm betting the flea problem is pretty bad. Sometimes I noticed cats sitting on my window sill or resting on my front porch. I'm assuming they are behaving this way because someone has been rewarding them with food for doing so.
I do think the DE worked on most bugs. I use to see one or two strange looking bugs once every couple of days. I haven't seen any since the DE went down. Was sad to see that it didn't have any noticeable affect on the fleas.
Looks like it will be comfortis/ revolution and sprays until we can find a place to stay that isn't a condo/townhouse. Going to talk to the landlord about sealing up all the cracks that I noticed and see if he can get the condo management team to do something about the bugs in the yards. I just don't see how treating the yards will help if the cats keep walking through it. I'm not at all mad at the cats. All they want to do is survive and they are probably just as bugged by the fleas as we are. It is their past owners that I'm upset with. As of right now looks like the only ones thriving out here is the fleas.
When I finally do get my own house I don't even want carpet. Words can not express the amount of hate I have for these bugs.
|09-01-2013 09:56 PM|
i had a flea problem with my last GSD and cats. i went the chemical
route. i bombed the house, sprayed the floors and dipped all of
the cats and the dog. i forget how long the wait was but i had
to spray, bomb and dip again.
|09-01-2013 09:18 PM|
|Blitzkrieg1||Comfortis kills the fleas well but not sure howlong it remains an active preventative in the dogs system. I have used revolution with good success. Also, the vet should be able to sell you a spray that you can put on the floors, couches, bedding etc. This will prevent the eggs from developing and kill adults. I dont care when it comes to bugs, I use as much chemicals as possible and dont mess around with the natural stuff. Cant stand the things.|
|09-01-2013 07:52 PM|
honestly if they are outside in the vacinity where you hang out with the dogs/kids/ yourself, and it's that "bad", they could be jumping on them outside and bringing them in
They "say" Borax works well, but to not use it if you have cats in the house..Supposedly you dust your house/rugs with it, leave it there, Not sure I'd use it, I would worry about dogs licking their feet?? I dunno..
Maybe put it in your vac bag, vac the house, VAC the dogs???
|09-01-2013 07:22 PM|
We had a bad flea problem a few monthw ago. Our vet gave us and oral medication (cant think of the name), front line and a spray for our house. Took about 3 consecutive months but we're flea free!
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|09-01-2013 07:18 PM|
Have you heard of or tried Neem oil.
It is really good for fleas.
I rub on the dogs and include in the water when washing them. I also spray all around. When adding to water use some drops of washing up liquid to mix. Dogs hair looks good after a few days and they smell clean.
You need to be consistent and use it for a few weeks to be sure and every week or 2 weeks after that if the animals keep getting in contact with fleas.
You can spray around your yard every few days.
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