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Old 10-10-2016, 07:18 AM
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We've got fleas!

So, it's official. Somehow or another, Mitzi's got fleas. The apartment's pest control guy is coming out om Wednesday to spray the place and I'm taking her to the groomer's for a flea bath that morning. I'm also going to spray my furniture (recliner, couch, bed) right before leaving. I'll spray my bedsheets as well, and then wash them right when I get home. That'll take care of everything that I can think of, but I don't want to leave anything to chance. Is there anything else I need to do? Know any special tricks for getting rid of fleas?
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:25 AM
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You obviously have fleas in your area, so they will continue to invade Mitzi. Its important to keep her medicated with flea meds, so when they do get on her, its the end for them. That is necessary to break the flea breeding cycle, since as long as they have a host, they will continue to breed.
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You obviously have fleas in your area, so they will continue to invade Mitzi. Its important to keep her medicated with flea meds, so when they do get on her, its the end for them. That is necessary to break the flea breeding cycle, since as long as they have a host, they will continue to breed.
Agree. We've just put flea drops on ours - back of the neck so he can't get to it.
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Agree. We've just put flea drops on ours - back of the neck so he can't get to it.
We tried the drops on Munchie but he hates being wet (which is odd for a dog) so we had to go with the monthly oral treatment.
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Oral meds are fine, unfortunately in our case Samantha had reactions to two of the orals we tried, so we have been back to frontline+ which works and she has no obvious reaction to it. Its just more of a PITA to use than the oral, but for us it is the way to go.
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We tried the drops on Munchie but he hates being wet (which is odd for a dog) so we had to go with the monthly oral treatment.
Ours doesn't like it either. Maybe it tickles. But he gets it anyway. Tolerates is probably the best way to put it.
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Will I have to spray the apartment more than once? Or will one go take care of them all?
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Depends on what spray you use. I used some, very expensive, but it only needs to be used once, and its good for six months. I only used it one time, and that was years ago, by keeping Samantha current on flea meds, we have never had another infestation.
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Flea baths are ineffective, toxic and are great at making dogs itchy. Their use in flea control is outdated and fairly useless. Topical and oral products (most) are much less toxic and more effective AND last for 1-3 months from a single treatment (rather than 5 minutes, which is all a flea bath works).Proper treatment of the indoors can help but is rarely necessary unless you have a massive infestation... but spraying furniture is not going to help at all. Washing bedding is not a bad idea, but routine treatment of fleas indoors should pretty much be limited to treatment of the pet, possibly the carpet and bedding and any flooring that is dark (under items) and/or moist (potted plants possibly). Treatment of the pet with a good product makes your pet a lethal trap for fleas and will continue to kill fleas by acting as a flea magnet for a month at a time... way more effective than the best professional treatment of any indoor situation.
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You don't have to use toxic flea shampoos. Pretty much any shampoo will kill fleas. I use Cowboy Magic Rosewater shampoo. Kills any existing fleas and it labeled as a "flea shampoo". Then after they dry I spray with wondercide spray which is non toxic and kills and repels fleas. It can also be used on furniture, beds etc.... There are also yard sprays to use as well. All their products kill fleas and eggs, as well as ticks and repel mosquitoes too.
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