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Old 09-19-2015, 10:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Once you have fleas, they are extremely extremely hard to get rid of. Just putting flea med on the dogs is not going to take care of it. They are going to be out in your yard, all over all bedding, deep down to pad in the carpeting, etc.. They fact that you saw them and saw them jump means that you have a big problem, not just one or two, and treating the dogs is probably not going to work. A. You are only going to kill the fleas that actually land on the dog, B. It takes time for them to die, C. Your hoping your flea med actually works and the fleas haven't become immune to it , and D. Your hoping the flea med kills all life cycles of the flea. Fleas have many life cycles so just by putting med on the pets does not insure them going away. You are going to have to put med on ALL pets- so if you have cats - they will need treated too. Wash ALL bedding in your house at LEAST 2x per week - in hot soapy water. Vacuum every day- at first 2x per day. And then either put the vacuum bag in the freezer or throw it away - way outside your house. Fleas can crawl out of the bag. Your will also want to treat your yard. I would DEF recc using diatomaceous earth (DE Earth) it works for bugs around our house - namely scorpions and for 2 yrs now I haven't had a problem. But getting rid of the fleas is the hardest. Most people need a professional exterminator when they have a flea prob- ESP in the fall because they are just impossible to get rid of otherwise. Also - have you been using flea med on all the pets earlier this year? If you have been using flea med & it's not working - meaning you still got fleas, I would talk to your Vet about getting something different. My mom quit dispensing frontline at her practice because it wasn't working even when pple used it faithfully. And over the counter flea med may not work because it may not be the actual full strength product.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Have not used flea meds, all summer and cant treat yard its 4 acres.. but my boys don't stay put very long... and I check the second we come back in..
I vaccumed and tossed the bag and washed all bedding. put flea control on all animals including the cats... so far haven't seen anymore fleas, I am checking a lot, but have been gone all day and just checked and still nothing. I am thinking and hoping it was 1 or 2 stray fleas, the dogs ran into the woods next to my house and saw the fleas a hour or two later... my older boy has hardly thin fur from allergies so easy to check him.. my younger one I run a comb or my nails through his coat and see nothing, the dogs even see me coming with a flash light theysit and let me look they must think I am crazy... only bad thing is the meds are making my big guy itchy which is why I don't usually use...they itch I come running with a flashlight... so far no bites on them or us... hoping this isn't going to be a problem...my house was treated a few years ago with a IGR suppose to last for a few yrs.. but replaced the living room rug but bedrooms are the same... plus have a flea trap and caught nothing.. wish me luck
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Old 09-20-2015, 12:23 AM   #13 (permalink)
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We have a lot of fleas here outside. My dog is on Revolution for fleas and yesterday when she came in she had a flea on her. Last week I saw one too. I think with Revolution and advantix and frontline the fleas have to bite the dog in order to die. The dog ends up giving the fleas to the indoor only cats and one of my cats gets worms every time there are fleas.
Last year my vet told me the OTC flea drops like advantage and frontline were no longer effective because the fleas are immune.
When i had a problem 2 years ago i got Comfortis from my vet (it is a pill) and the fleas died fast! I only used it for 2 months because the cats seemed a little out of it after getting the medicine and i did not like that. This was before I got my boxer so i have never used it on her. I bought a spray from my vet too i think the company is vibrac and i used that when i vaccuumed and was able to solve the problem
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I think when you are a vigilant as you seem to be you don't have any major flea problem. A flea can easily jump on yourself or dog and come in with you. I would treat everyone and maintain a good vacuuming regimen. And yes as someone else said get rid of the bags as if y ou do pick up fleas they can reproduce in the bag. I always know when one of our animals pick up a flea because I immediately get bite and unlike the mosquito bite it swells up a lot on me.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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still good, but flea meds make mason itchy so I keep bugging out..... still no fleas so far so good... staying home all day with my boys
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Nice size yard Kim

You can always use DE around your foundation, 10-20 feet out from it and its safe enough to put on the pets as well. You can even use it inside the house if you need to. I used it inside earlier this spring when I had an ant problem (little bastards). I also sprinkle it all the way around the outside foundation of the house. I do my yard with it but my yard is tiny compared to yours.

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Old 09-21-2015, 12:05 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I am not 100% sure about this but I was giving my boxer parsley in her food for a different issue and I heard it also acts as a flea repellent...maybe it could help
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:27 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I do not use any flea medications ever and this is going on for 30years or more. And I live in hot & humid Florida. I have seen too many adverse reactions from the poison that we put on our fur kids. I only use a heart worm medication, I have no choice.
I would use borax soap flakes in rug before a twice daily vacuuming.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:40 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Happy to report no fleas,, been checking daily... it will be a week tomorrow that I saw the 1 flea.... I will put the flea meds on them next month to make sure we stay ok...
I hate using it but I hate fleas more.. lol
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I switched my dogs to the Sorresto flea/tick collars. So far, so good. They're cheaper than the NexGuard I was getting from the vet. Frontline Plus and Frontline Tritak do nothing to the fleas in my area (GA).
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