No help from me on controlling them. W/2 dogs, I'm all about prevention. We use Frontline religiously here.
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Its frustrating I am sure. I use the topical at times.We really don't have fleas here. Those can be very expensive though. A friend of mine told me she uses garlic powder in her dogs food.She swears by this.She also said to use baby shampoo. Says surprisingly it kills the fleas.I have never done this but its not too expensive to try. Gl Dawn
Adding vacuum often and clean out your vacuum often.Take the trash out often when you have emptied your vacuum cleaner.
Boric acid will work as a flea control, but since it can be toxic to humans and pets, you might want to consider something else, like Diatomaceous Earth.
I have used Diatomaceous Earth (DE) as a natural pest control, BUT I've mostly it used in conjunction with other products. It's supposed to be effective enough on its own, but when the dog/cat had fleas, I was so repulsed I used extra products to make sure the fleas were GONE!
DE is an all natural product that is supposed to be safe for humans and pets (except since it's a powder, it can cause respiratory problems if you breathe it). When I used it, I applied it to my dog and cat's fur as well as sprinkled it all over the carpet. Although I used both DE and chemicals on the pets, I only used the DE (no chemicals) on my rugs, and we didn't see any more fleas.
I've also used DE for ant control in the spring. Last year the DE did the job on its own, but this year the ants were worse, and I had to use a little bit of chemical pest control as well as the DE.
You can google "diatomaceous earth" to learn more about it and to find the best price for it, but essentially it feels soft and powdery to humans, but to tiny bugs, it feels sharp and cuts their outer shells, causing them to dehydrate and die. Here's one site where you can read a bit about it http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/product/diatomaceous-earth-food-grade. Some gardening stores also carry DE.
If you try it, make sure you get the "food grade" stuff rather than the kind for swimming pools. A little bit goes a loooong way. I have a big (5-10 pound) bag that still has most of it left, and I've used it in the house, on the pets, in the yard, etc.
I think it's a lot easier to prevent fleas than to get rid of them once you have them. I get some of my flea preventative stuff thru eBay for a lot less money than I'd pay the vet or a pet shop. I even found it on Amazon once for less than I could get it on eBay.
I just found this site that has a lot of info about flea control, incl boric acid and DE http://www.healthyhappydogs.com/Article.FleaControl
Check arount at your pest control supply stores....there's a store here in town called "U Kill 'Em", and it sells the professional pest control products that the commercial companies use.
We use Frontline Plus and have ordered from this site numerous times in the past.
I've found their prices to be the cheapest I've found and they ship fast. I usually have the items in 2-3 days
A lot of sellers on eBay do the same thing for a reasonable price. Or, they'll sell you one tube of Frontline for a big dog and send you the syringes to divide it into smaller doses for a cat or small dog. I haven't tried those yet, but I've bought the Frontline off eBay that's in packaging written in another language. My understanding is that it's the same product as the USA FDA approved Frontline, and it's worked just as well as the USA stuff.
Have you ever looked at Pets-Megastore?
Hartz makes a good flea and tick 30 day treatment, like frontline. It works great for my dog and you get 4 months worth for under $20. She has never had fleas and I've used it since March and we live in the country.
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