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    just when I think we have won the battle more show up. we have bombed the house twice sprayed everywhere vacuumed every day Anybody have any ideas to get rid of these things they are driving me nuts

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    keep flea collars in your vacuum and stuffed in the couch cushions. Garlic & vinegar in their food & water..sparingly..is said to help. Rinsing them with vinegar water as a final rinse when you bathe them helps too.

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    I give 2 dogs the pills from vet and 5 cats advantix and we have never had a problem.

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    We have found out that the "T-Gel"
    shampoo, like Neautrgenia brand...Walmart brand or Dollar store works. Tar shampoo kills the fleas.

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    we have Frontline on the pets but we still got infested

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    You have to keep treating to make sure you've killed them in all four phases of their life cycle. Also make sure you are treating your yard or they'll just keep coming right back in, not just on your dogs but on you, too.

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    Also, if you live in an apartment you might check and see if your neighbors are infested.

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    Under control this year but last year was a nightmare. I ended up getting food grade diatomaceous earth and dusting the house. It worked but cleaning up was something else!

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    20plus years ago I remember having to bomb the house once a week for three or four weeks because each time adults were killed but not the eggs. We also had to do the yard with some sort of granular stuff.

    We had a dog that was very allergic to flea bites. We'd have to take him to the vet for shots. So we went to the extreme for him & us.

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    Topical med such as Frontline, Advantage, Revolution. We live in So Calif and haven't seen a flea in years.

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    Chewie takes comfortis once a month. It is chewable and it starts immediately killing the fleas immediately. It is fantastic stuff. No fleas anywhere. Even on my other dog who doesn't take it.

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    Hosta, some years ago my Mom had them badly. I shampooed every carpet in the house and they were gone.

    Actually, my Mom's dog had them LOL I wrote that wrong!!

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    There's a flea spray that you can get at Walmart...in the pet section...about $10 a can. it's called ADAMS something. It's in a white can with purple/blue letters. You spray right on the carpet/furniture. A friend used the powder form and it worked, too. It Kills the fleas and attacks the eggs, too. It says it works for 260 days by interrupting the cycle....I usually use it once a year as soon as I see a flea and no fleas from my three cats and 1 dog. I had them really bad 3 summers ago and this stuff did the trick!

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    You do have to spray/bomb multiple times because of the adults and eggs but we used to use moth balls which helped. We still ended up getting an exterminator :(

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    7-dust yard, if they are on your dogs, wash them with ivory dish soap, kills them instantly...I was a bather at a grooming shop...find the source, neighbors? Own yard, will need to continue treating yard if there.

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    The problem with sprays is that it doesn't kill the eggs. Treat your animals, bomb, spray or whatever you choose to kill the fleas. Then religously every night for a week sprinkle table salt on your floors. The table salt dissolves the egg. Every morning vacuum and empty the vacuum. You'll be flea free in a week. Vet approved and recommended! Good luck!

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    I feel your pain. At the moment, to keep them at bay, we are giving each dog a flea pill once a month, using Frontline Plus once a month, as well as spraying the yard.

    My daughter has not had a dog in her house in months, and had fleas make an appearance last week, in her bedroom of all places.

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    Wonder what would happen if we salted the dog....????? Just kidding.
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    In a shallow dish fill it with water and one drop of dishwashing liquid. Place on floor put a lamp next to it and turn it on, turn out all other light. When you get up see if it has any fleas in it. They will come to the light and die in the water. It does work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohiobuckeye
    There's a flea spray that you can get at Walmart...in the pet section...about $10 a can. it's called ADAMS something. It's in a white can with purple/blue letters. You spray right on the carpet/furniture. A friend used the powder form and it worked, too. It Kills the fleas and attacks the eggs, too. It says it works for 260 days by interrupting the cycle....I usually use it once a year as soon as I see a flea and no fleas from my three cats and 1 dog. I had them really bad 3 summers ago and this stuff did the trick!
    I used this last summer when fleas followed my fur babies home. I spent more time spraying, followed by vacuum etc. where they tended to sleep. It really worked!

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    Cedarcide spray, available online, worked for my dogs and house last year. So far, so good this year. Lily is on Frontline Plus and Moira is on Vectra D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    You do have to spray/bomb multiple times because of the adults and eggs but we used to use moth balls which helped. We still ended up getting an exterminator :(
    This is what we had to do when we had our dogs. Also, if there are stray cats around, they are notorious for carrying fleas. So you have to keep treating your yard to.

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    I used to wrap garlic cloves in hamburger and toss it to my Dobermans. They stayed inside with us a lot more than outside, but for some reason never had much problem with fleas. The only time youngest DS complained about flea bites after one of the dogs napped with him, turned out to be chicken pox. And no, we didn't have any chickens!!!

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    a product from the vet called "comfortis" will kill fleas on dogs. Then follow up with the house. Good Luck, they are buggers.

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    [quote=Greenheron]Under control this year but last year was a nightmare. I ended up getting food grade diatomaceous earth and dusting the house. --------------
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    I rub it in my cats' fur on the back of their heads. And I mix it up with some canned cat food that one of them loves, and give it to him. Haven't had any worms for a long time, used to have to get shots from the Vet every year or so. And as for fussy Freddy, I smash it on top of her front paws so she will have to eat it while cleaning it off!! She's a very fussy eater.

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