home remendies to kill fleas !!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@isabelle_86:  I had a real problem with Fleas last year on my dogs, I felt so bad, no matter what I did they never went away.  We were using Frontline and it just stopped working. We did house bombs, put salt on carpets let it sit for a few hours then vacuumed, I had my dogs drinking apple vinegar in their water, it wasnt until we switched to Advantix II or Plus or something like that, that the fleas actually went away! Once we did that we rebombed the house and cleaned everything all over to make sure we got rid of them all and havent had them since! (knock on wood)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Frontline didnt work on our pup either. 

We now use a monthly pill from the doctor.

When we had an outbreak we also used capstar (kills the live ones ASAP and you can use everyday for a few days in addition to the monthly treatment)

Washed everything in the house in hot water, vacuumed once a day (be sure to through the bag out right away)  and used Diatomaceous Earth (read instructions on the net how to use it best)

And repeated until it was gone. It was a pain.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here are some ideas from Wikihow:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally

I get a soap from someone at the farmer’s market that repels and kills fleas and repels mosquitoes for me. I’m not completely sure what is in it but it is some type of essential oil.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@isabelle_86:  If you are not washing everything the eggs are staying in the house and you may not get rid of the fleas. If you bomb the house youll still need to wash it becaues of the chemicals.

Either put everything into a tight plastic bag until you can wash them or try soaking them in your bathtub. Sheets, comforters, pet beds, pillow and pillow cases. Flea eggs

Vacuume rugs, couches, chairs, curtains and comforters if you cant wash them.

Also use a flea comb everyday on your bet during the infestation and even when you think its over.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The home remedies are a waste of your time and money, possibly toxic to yourself and to your animals and just don’t work.  I’ve heard a lot of people saying Frontline’s just not working well this year, the fleas are just extra nasty.  I’d try Advantage, Revolution or Comfortis (if you prefer pills to spot on treatments).  To kill the fleas immediately, Capstar.  Capstar has NO lasting flea killing effects, but it’ll clear everything off your dog so you can start with a new treatment.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I agree with other things not working and being toxic to you and your pet, so stick with something that is all natural, food grade, and you’ve probably been eating it unknowingly for years:

http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp’ defer=’defer

It’s used primarily in storage of grains to, lo and behold, keep bugs out. It’s lethal to most bugs with an exoskeleton (Fleas, ants, ticks, roaches, bedbugs, the like.) and if you get the food-grade version, it is completely safe to you & your pets. You can eat it, if you like… I just wouldn’t recommend breathing it. Lungs don’t generally like tiny particles. You can buy it at Home Depot and most gardening/hardware stores. 

Apply it everywhere you can — floors, bedding, carpets, upholstry, curtains, your dog, yourself, anywhere that fleas are living and vacuum it up. Flea comb your pets and apply DE directly to the animal if you see any “flea rockets” (Fleas that go sprinting away). It works by working itself into the joints of the bug and causing them to bleed out and dehydrate. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@isabelle_86:  When fleas were an issue for us I used borax (can be found at the grocery store with laundry detergents)  Vacuum your carpet (dont forget to empty the vacuum immediately afterward) sprinkle the borax all over and use a broom to brush it into the carpet, let it sit for a couple of weeks and then repeat.  It’s important to repeat, because the eggs will be hatching.  

As far as getting the fleas off of your pet.  Bath them with dawn dish soap and use a flea brush afterward to get the eggs.  

In addition to that I washed all of our bedding.  

If you really want to get rid of them for good though, I suggest trifexis/comfortis.  It. Is. Amazing.  We have a lot of pets and were completely infested last spring.  The vet recommended trifexis, two days (only two days!!) after giving it to our pets the fleas were completely gone and have not returned.  

 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@ImaStarr:  Borax used to be an insecticide but the EPA will not allow it to be marketed/sold as such anymore because borax is toxic. I would not be freely putting borax down anywhere an animal will walk, eat, or drink (Or even humans for that matter) as ingestion can be fatal and has “recently” been listed under the “May harm fertility” list as of 2006. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax#Toxicity)

I love borax for all sorts of things, but I would keep it well away from my pets and anywhere that you cook/consume food. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

we were getting insect bites in the basement and I found something that’s worked for us.  Put a few drops of dish soap on a dinner plate, carefully fill with cool water, and swirl to mix with your finger.  Place it on the floor, half under a big piece of furniture, like a couch or a bed.  Wait a day or so and check it.  We had a few fleas get trapped in it.  We also bombed, Frontlined the dog, and vacuumed everything twice When we knew for sure we had them.  No fleas anymore!  Seriously!

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