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Last night, my 3 year old said to me, "Mama, these little bugs are terrible". I looked where she was pointing (at her ankle!) and lo and behold, we have fleas. I'm not sure where they come from- the dog's pretty much been out in the yard all summer, we don't have carpet. I'm doing all the vaccuuming and stuff, but is there anything i can try before I bomb the house with disgusting pesticides? I'll go that rougte if I must, but I'd rather not with a baby.
That's the only thing I know to do, and treat the dog at the SAME time.
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I cannot get rid of ours! I've tried everything from natural remedies to two brands of flea bombs. I swear we could drop a nuclear bomb on this house and these fleas would make it out unscathed! SO I have no advice, but I do sympathize.
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That's interesting that you should post this. I just got back from the vet with my cat who has been having diarrhea for the past couple of days and it turns out she's loaded with fleas. Eeek! The vet said sometimes when they're distressed they can get diarrhea. She's an indoor cat but we watched my sister's dog for a weekend several weeks ago so I think that's where she picked them up from.

The vet used some of that Frontline flea stuff on her and I have to give her another dose in 30 days. I was concerned about fleas in the house and having to use chemicals around the house with my little guy and she told me treating the cat will take care of the rest of the house cause not only does it kill the fleas but it also kills the larvae which breaks the cycle.
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The vet used some of that Frontline flea stuff on her and I have to give her another dose in 30 days. I was concerned about fleas in the house and having to use chemicals around the house with my little guy and she told me treating the cat will take care of the rest of the house cause not only does it kill the fleas but it also kills the larvae which breaks the cycle.
Originally Posted by Magoo
Good luck! I mean it, and I think you will need it. We've gone through Advantage, Frontline, Frontline Plus, Advantix, all while treating the house at the same time. Fleas are doing as well as ever.
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Give the dog a flea dip and then treat with the Frontline, or whatever you choose. Do this at the same time you bomb the house. It's like starting with a clean slate.
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Also, if you take vitamin B6, the fleas won't bite you. I don't know why, but that's what I was told when we had fleas in an old rented house. And it worked.

Good luck!
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There's also a pill called Capstar that works for anywhere between 1-4 days and it basically kills any fleas that bite the dog or cat and any eggs laid after that point are infertile. However, you still must treat the home.

We used diatomaceous earth but that's because we don't react well to the chemical bug sprays. Neither are very fun to deal with but they both get the job done.
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I've had dogs all my life, and they never had fleas. None of them. Can I really be that lucky?

Those of you with flea problems...do you keep your dog outside a lot? Mine have all been house-dwellers, only going out for short durations for play or business.
Mine spend a lot of time in the yard now, but when we lived in the apartment, they only went out for walks. Doesn't seem to make a difference. But it looks like I just have some mutated super-fleas that never die...
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Last night, my 3 year old said to me, "Mama, these little bugs are terrible". I looked where she was pointing (at her ankle!) and lo and behold, we have fleas. I'm not sure where they come from- the dog's pretty much been out in the yard all summer, we don't have carpet. I'm doing all the vaccuuming and stuff, but is there anything i can try before I bomb the house with disgusting pesticides? I'll go that rougte if I must, but I'd rather not with a baby.
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
Even after you get rid of the fleas you should Frontline (or an equivalent) your dog every 30 days as a preventative measure for both fleas and ticks.
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Last night, my 3 year old said to me, "Mama, these little bugs are terrible". I looked where she was pointing (at her ankle!) and lo and behold, we have fleas. I'm not sure where they come from- the dog's pretty much been out in the yard all summer, we don't have carpet. I'm doing all the vaccuuming and stuff, but is there anything i can try before I bomb the house with disgusting pesticides? I'll go that rougte if I must, but I'd rather not with a baby.
Originally Posted by cosmicfly
Even after you get rid of the fleas you should Frontline (or an equivalent) your dog every 30 days as a preventative measure for both fleas and ticks.
Originally Posted by rileyb
The dog has had Frontline. I guess I have mutant superfleas.

For extra fun, the vaccuum is now refusing to turn on.
Oh that sucks! When you get the vacuum working, remember to put the bag in a plastic bag and throw it away immediately after. Otherwise the fleas you vacuumed up will eventually come back out.
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You must treat the yard, the house and the dog at the same time, otherwise your efforts go to waste. I highly recomend Capstar (which is a pill form and it kills adult fleas) and Program ( which is also a pill form, it sterilizes the eggs). But you must submerge or give the dog a bath to, to get rid of the other stages. Have your yard sprayed by a professional or get the stuff and do it yourself. Have your whole house sprayed by a professional or get the stuff to do it yourself. When doing your house you will need to pick up anything that cannot be sprayed under and put it on beds, desks etc. That should do it if you do it on the same day.
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We used to have terrible flea problems in Tx...the worst was in NC though...we dogsat a friend's dog as they moved...he had fleas that were still dormant in the NE...he loved the NC sunshine! But salt works. Plain old kosher salt...I'd get both sizes of grains...sprinkle it into the carpet, then use a broom to sweep it in. Vacuum, repeat...2-3 times over a week. We were lucky that it was only in my son's room, but it ruined two lovely pillows that he had, we had to wash down all his bedding 3 times that week in hot water...the salt works the same way that the diatomaceous earth works but it's LOTS cheaper The room outside his was hardwood floor, so I took a desk lamp, and a shallow bowl with soapy water in it...DW soap. Turned out the lights that night and went to bed. Some fleas 'went to the bright light' and drowned in the water...the salt seemed to work pretty well on the rest of it...

Friend of mine told me about it...she'd heard about it but not tried it...so we did as the youngest was just over a year and I didn't want to mess with the bombs.

Good luck!
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We used to have terrible flea problems in Tx...the worst was in NC though...we dogsat a friend's dog as they moved...he had fleas that were still dormant in the NE...he loved the NC sunshine! But salt works. Plain old kosher salt...I'd get both sizes of grains...sprinkle it into the carpet, then use a broom to sweep it in. Vacuum, repeat...2-3 times over a week. We were lucky that it was only in my son's room, but it ruined two lovely pillows that he had, we had to wash down all his bedding 3 times that week in hot water...the salt works the same way that the diatomaceous earth works but it's LOTS cheaper The room outside his was hardwood floor, so I took a desk lamp, and a shallow bowl with soapy water in it...DW soap. Turned out the lights that night and went to bed. Some fleas 'went to the bright light' and drowned in the water...the salt seemed to work pretty well on the rest of it...

Friend of mine told me about it...she'd heard about it but not tried it...so we did as the youngest was just over a year and I didn't want to mess with the bombs.

Good luck!
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I wonder if it was because of the humidty in NC? When we had flea problems it was really bad. I'm talking having flea bites all over everyone in the house, dog scratching non-stop...
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I've had dogs all my life, and they never had fleas. None of them. Can I really be that lucky?

Those of you with flea problems...do you keep your dog outside a lot? Mine have all been house-dwellers, only going out for short durations for play or business.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

This is the key for prevention. I've never had fleas on my dogs but once had fleas on a cat that I allowed to go outside a lot. I only apply the Frontline (or whatever it is) if I am taking them to the kennel to board or somewhere that I know there are a lot of other dogs.

You must treat the dog, the house AND the yard. I completely understand your concern about chemicals, but fleas can be dangerous as well an annoying.
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I've had problems with fleas only once, and that was in a house with hard wood floors. Makes no difference.

Bug bombs never worked for me. Yard spray never worked. And flea baths never worked. The only thing that ever worked, and it even got rid of the fleas in the house, was putting Frontline on my dogs regularly. That was about 11 years ago, and I haven't had a problem with fleas since, haven't had to use bug bomb or treat my yard since.
I've had dogs all my life, and they never had fleas. None of them. Can I really be that lucky?

Those of you with flea problems...do you keep your dog outside a lot? Mine have all been house-dwellers, only going out for short durations for play or business.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Fleas are much more of a problem in the south or places that have high heat and humidity for a good portion of the year. Mosquitos, ticks, and fleas are a problem pretty much year-round here.

We've been lucky in that our infestations haven't been more than a few on the dog. Unfortunately, I was dog and house-sitting for a friend and I got bit all over and it was miserable. I treated our animals at home and our home too just to be on the safe side.
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