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Thread: Any remedy for fleas

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    Junior Member shortstuff's Avatar
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    Can anyone give me a solution to get ride of fleas in the home?

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    my dog does have drops, but in the past when he did not, i put borax, like 20 mule team, in the corners of each room,along the base boards, under the sofa and its cushions, under anything i could, it did not solve the problem, but it sure helped, i guess they breath thru their little disgusting legs, and then it clogs them up and they die or dry up or something. i do not nor did not have cats tho, so i do not know if it will cause a problem with a cat, love um just do not have them. it worked better than the stuff that you sprinkle on the floor and pay to much for, i would also sprinkle just plain old baking soda on the rest of the carpet before i vacumned and left it there for at least thirty minutes, then around the edges with a shop vac about once a week, and then reapplied it. it really kept them down, and worked as best as something like that can. flea bombs did not work at all, the grandmotherly type told me to do the above and it seemed to work. my dog is a house dog, tho he is way to big to be one, but he is a wimp, so i also treated my lawn with ortho or something, do not remember, it really did not help much. pm me and i will tell you all i did, florida must be the flea capitol of the united states, lol, so i do have some ideas

    jan in palatka

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    When we moved into a house years ago that had a horrible flea infestation, the landlord had the Orkin man come out three times to fully take care of the problem. The carpet and drapes (which were already there before we moved in) were both involved. The previous tenant had apparently been an eccentric old fellow with a zillion dogs in the house. The three trips were to take care of the emerging generations of fleas that appeared after the initial spraying.

    It is my understanding that most 'home remedies' are not usually strong enough to take care of a really serious infestation.

    Good luck!

    I will add that the Borax mentioned above works well for 'water bugs', also called palmeto bugs or giant roaches. Have not tried it for fleas.

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    Get Diatomaceous Earth from the pet store and rub it into the dogs coat. Will not hurt animals as it is used to get rid of worms in animals. Sprinkle where he lays and sleeps and wherever you find they are biting your ankles. Takes about a week to 10 days to kill them and their eggs.

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    My daughter had the Orkin man because the animal with flees live there, cost was too much for me. I put amonia in a spray bottle covered most of my head, shut all the windows and sprayed as fast as I could, then ran out of the house. Came back in 1 hour, and I had the best smelling house ever, no smell of amonia either. Our flees came from a short visit with the little flee bag. They never came back. (the flees)

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    Borax and salt mixed for the carpets did seem to work, but the best was Cedarcide, from cedar trees. I ordered it online. It can be sprayed on the animals, too.

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    i agree with the three that followed me,they are correct, also that if you use cedar mulch, especially in my area of florida, the fleas seem to thrive on it, there is some much sand in all of florida that it is hard to keep a handle on them,

    jan in palatka

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    We had a horrible infestation when we moved into this house 6 years ago. We bug bombed the entire house, including the basement, 3-4 times before the little devils were gone.

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    http://www.pestop.com/content/fleas-indoors

    We have had good luck with these products. I don't know if you can get them where you are. We used something called Talstar in the yard and we never had fire ants or fleas on our big dog.

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    THe problem is that you need to redo it for a few weeks in order to get the adults, emerging generation and then the eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Get Diatomaceous Earth from the pet store and rub it into the dogs coat. Will not hurt animals as it is used to get rid of worms in animals. Sprinkle where he lays and sleeps and wherever you find they are biting your ankles. Takes about a week to 10 days to kill them and their eggs.

    The food grade Diatomaceous Earth can be taken internally both by animals and humans. It has many uses that can be found by doing a google search. It can be used the same as borax in some of the other postings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    THe problem is that you need to redo it for a few weeks in order to get the adults, emerging generation and then the eggs.
    I agree--only the bombs work for us, but sometimes need to redo

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    The food grade Diatomaceous Earth can be taken internally both by animals and humans. It has many uses that can be found by doing a google search. It can be used the same as borax in some of the other postings.
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    I agree, the DE sure does help with the fleas. I put some commercial stuff on my cats last year and they both got sick..one kept falling off a stool that he'd previously sat on to watch birds, the other one started walking sideways. My sister's two cats, also de-fleaed with that 50 dollars worth of poisons, started throwing up and acting strange. Now I even put some of the Diatomaceous Earth in canned cat food for one, and have to smash some on Fussy Freddy's front paws so she will clean it off.
    The indoor/outdoor Dobies we had for so many years we put the DE in meat balls and tossed it to them, and put vinegar in their water. Come to think of it, don't remember much problems with fleas. The only time one son complained about itchy bumps from the dog who slept with him (not allowed, but it did anyway) the kid had Chicken Pox and not flea bites.

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    Frontline is the best, fastest, easiest and I am thankful to ever invented it. All others is a waste of time, money.

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    Ramona Byrd reminded me of something way in the past, it was said that to give garlic pills to dogs would rid them of their fleas, well we were poor, but did manage to buy the pills, it also said that if to much was given to the dogs they could get sick and maybe die, which could be true, i do not know, however, we gave our two bassetts the pills, i do not remember how many by weight, but came home from work and they got on the kitchen cabinet, chewed open the bottle and ate the pills, all of them, they only smelled like garlic for a week, but it was so funny. we did not try that again, but please be careful, some dogs may be more delicate than a bassett is, we had kaluhua for 19 years and lulu belle for 18, they both died of old age in their beds, very peaceful. and lulu ate my entire chocolate birthday cake my mom made me, and i mean a three layer, double homemade chocolate with chocolate frosting, but frankly i do think bassett's have cast iron stomachs. they were such good dogs, now i do not believe that garlic pills or chocolate cake is good for dogs, but what good memories those dogs gave me,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle
    Frontline is the best, fastest, easiest and I am thankful to ever invented it. All others is a waste of time, money.
    Be very careful using it on small dogs. My Pom & my longhaired Chi both kept getting sick for 3 or 4 days every time I put that stuff on them. The vet said it is poison and it's criminal to put it on small dogs or any dogs. Now I just use the DE and it works.

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    Thanks for the advise. My sister has had them for over a month has tried lots of sprays but nothing has worked.Maybe some of these solutions will.

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    I am a big believer in Zodiac products for treating the house. Their foggers and carpet sprays have IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) that prevents eggs from hatching and kills adult fleas for 7 months. So about every 7-8 months, I get my carpets cleaned and the next day I fog the house with Zodiac. No residue, no odor, no fleas. While it does not kill flea larve, when those larve mature into adult fleas they die. No matter how many infested rescue dog/cats I bring home, they are flea free in about a day.

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