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Old 10-13-2008, 04:59 PM
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My sister got a couple kittens this summer that were covered in fleas, she washed them in Dawn everyother day for 10 days and it got rid of them.
I've been using Bio-Spot (it's like a cheap version of Frontline) for over ten years and have never once had a flea. I treat every four months and it works great. My dogs go to shows, dog parks, hiking, they're around all kinds of dogs and have never brought any home.

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Old 10-13-2008, 06:21 PM
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You know, I used to use Bio Spot for several years on our dogs for ticks as we have them bad here in the spring and early summer. I was on another dog forum and everyone gave me heck for using that because it's main ingredient (permethrin?) is so dangerous and dogs have died from this product. So, I let people scare me away from it even though it worked (and that's probably why we never had a flea problem 'til now)! If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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also something to try is getting the pills with Breyer's Yeast and Garlic in. A co-worker swears off them, saying they keep fleas and ticks away. It might be worth a try
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do you have a lot of sandy soil? my soil is really sandy becuase I'm so close to the water and the fleas... LOVE the soil....
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:56 AM
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Nope, no sandy soil. It's my parents' fault we have fleas! I do seem to be getting them under control now. Can't thank you all enough for your help!
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i sell these products for a living so hopefully i can help you out as farmpony said capstar is great for fast flea control. bear in mind though that if there are fleas on your dogs there is a chance there are fleas in the grass, on their bedding and in the carpet if they are inside dogs. it doesnt take long for them to infiltrate everything. so make sure you treat ther environment as well as the dogs. its essential that you take care of the whole problem properly otherwise you may never be flea free again.

together with capstar i would use a spot on/topical treatment as well for now. i dont know if you have the same products over there as us but i think you do to an extent. something like advantage would work well. this will help protect your dogs while you deal with the rest.

for the yard and bedding etc you can buy spray products to treat large areas. i use permoxin which is a highly concentrated insecticide that you mix 10ml to 1L of water. or there is malaban that can be used this way. once again i dont know whether or not you can get these exact products over there but im 100% sure you would have something
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Thanks Jazzy! Permoxin...I'll have to try to find that because I thought we had them under control, but none of the products I've been using seem to be working. I've bombed the entire house, sprayed every area the dogs go, given flea baths (with Dawn and fleas shampoo), used spot on products and sprayed the cats because now they have them. The spot on stuff is supposed to work for a month, but after two weeks I'm finding fleas on the them again. And I got the kind that kills the eggs too. Do the more expensive Advantage and Frontline really work better? If so, I'll cough up the money, but hate to spend that much and not have that work either. Of course, I've already spent gobs on the other stuff that hasn't worked. I don't know what else to do.
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Do you want a very affective non toxic way to get rid of all the stages of fleas? Something that won't hurt you or your animals?? Here are the things that I have used in my yard, on and in my dogs. (works great to get rid of all types of worms and coccidia too!)

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. You can feed this to your dog and put it all over your dog, in your carpeting and the dogs bedding. I have used this to de worm my puppies as soon as they were able to eat. Plus I de worm my dogs regularly with it. You cannot overdose your dog with it either. People take it themselves if they have worms or other parasites in the body!

To search on this just type in: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.

Also when I had a horrible infestation of fleas I tried everything, flea bombs, and exterminator, do it yourself sprayed the whole house down with Malathion, left the house for a week with all my dogs, came back and the fleas were still there and had multiplied. I found a name of a company at my vets called Flea Busters. They guaranteed it to work for a year. Well, it worked! I loved it! The fleas were gone within 2 days! It was a powder that the company put all over the house. I've never had another flea since! I moved a few years later, and bought a case of that stuff to use wherever I moved to and never had fleas.

I get another product at a Garden center that is a powder to spread in your yard. It's also Diatomaceous earth. It's super cheap to buy and easy to spread in a yard spreader. I didn't have a yard spreader so I just threw it around my yard. Got rid of all the ticks too! A 6lb bag costs $10 and goes a long long way. Don't use this one on (or in) your dog though. They've added other stuff to this one.

Word of warning: Do NOT use the Diatom used for swimming pools! It is made differently and is poisonous!

While waiting to get the FGDE you can also use Borax soap powder for your floors and carpeting. I have used a flour sifter to spread it around in the house. Works great! Don't put this directly on your pets as it is a soap. But it's safe enough for them to walk on or lay down on. You can vacuum it up in a few days.

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Thank you so much dch! I think we finally have it under control, but I'm printing out your post for future reference.
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Your quite welcome! Sorry my posts are so long! I do get carried away! LOL!

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