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Old 11-04-2012, 04:43 PM
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I have been fighting fleas in my home for a year! I first tried the "smelly stuff", an all natural flea repellant oil you put in the back of the neck. It dried out my cats skin a lot, and she was very disoriented by the smell, so I stopped. I think it would work better on a dog, but haven't tried it on mine yet. We have tried putting dichotomous earth in the carpet which seems to help! We also use boric acid for the areas the animals tread more so they don't accidentally ingest(sniff) the harmful dichotomous earth. Giving baths and vacuuming frequently is also helpful. The cat gets flea brushed daily, and you can hand pick fleas off the dog (do it next to your fish tank and drop the fleas into the tank as a treat for the fish!) I also feed my pets nutritional yeast and spray them with neem protect regularly (I spray myself too!). The fleas are still here. I have tried every trick in the book, my house is still infested, its not one occasional flea, its 10 on my dog and 30 on my cat. Infinity in the house I can't even see that jump around on my legs and I occasionally feel biting me. Its not fun, I think I am going to have to dose my pets with some poison and really clean up the house to get rid of them in the month they are poisoned. But will even that help? The cat gets really ill when she is poisoned, wont eat for days and pukes! There is a eucalyptus grove near my home, Im going to collect some buttons and make a coat/collar out of them to put on my dog to see if that helps, and am also going to try the vinegar with tea tree next, poison is the last resort. Good luck to you!
Just as a recap to this long message, things that helped me are:
boric acid and dichotomous earth, baths, daily vacuuming and flea brushing.
I would recommend going all out in the coldest months too, that is then the fleas cycle slows down and it is likely easiest to get rid of them at that time of year.
Has anyone tried using oyster shell meal? It has chitin in it, so fleas shouldn't like it, seems more safe than dichotomous earth but I haven't heard anything else about it!
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:59 PM
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I have been fighting fleas in my home for a year! I first tried the "smelly stuff", an all natural flea repellant oil you put in the back of the neck. It dried out my cats skin a lot, and she was very disoriented by the smell, so I stopped. I think it would work better on a dog, but haven't tried it on mine yet. We have tried putting dichotomous earth in the carpet which seems to help! We also use boric acid for the areas the animals tread more so they don't accidentally ingest(sniff) the harmful dichotomous earth. Giving baths and vacuuming frequently is also helpful. The cat gets flea brushed daily, and you can hand pick fleas off the dog (do it next to your fish tank and drop the fleas into the tank as a treat for the fish!) I also feed my pets nutritional yeast and spray them with neem protect regularly (I spray myself too!). The fleas are still here. I have tried every trick in the book, my house is still infested, its not one occasional flea, its 10 on my dog and 30 on my cat. Infinity in the house I can't even see that jump around on my legs and I occasionally feel biting me. Its not fun, I think I am going to have to dose my pets with some poison and really clean up the house to get rid of them in the month they are poisoned. But will even that help? The cat gets really ill when she is poisoned, wont eat for days and pukes! There is a eucalyptus grove near my home, Im going to collect some buttons and make a coat/collar out of them to put on my dog to see if that helps, and am also going to try the vinegar with tea tree next, poison is the last resort. Good luck to you!
Just as a recap to this long message, things that helped me are:
boric acid and dichotomous earth, baths, daily vacuuming and flea brushing.
I would recommend going all out in the coldest months too, that is then the fleas cycle slows down and it is likely easiest to get rid of them at that time of year.
Has anyone tried using oyster shell meal? It has chitin in it, so fleas shouldn't like it, seems more safe than dichotomous earth but I haven't heard anything else about it!
Unfortunately it's no surprise that you haven't had any luck. If you have fleas noticeably jumping onto your legs or socks, you have an infestation. Even if you use every natural trick in the book, if your pet isn't in a completely quarantined area when you're deep cleaning your house and even ONE flea jumps back on them, your problem is still there. The females can lay up to 50 eggs per day as long as they get a good meal, and the little larvae are amazing at hiding in the tiniest cracks and crevices. So imagine that those 30 fleas you find in one day on your cat are all laying eggs that day. That's 1500 new fleas that you're going to have to deal with, and that's just from that one day. They can live up to TWO YEARS.

I applaud you for trying everything natural, and it certainly sounds like your cat would likely react. Before topical applications were around, people would have to fumigate their house. Have you considered talking to a bug person in your area to see what options are available in that way? It's still toxic, but not directly applied to your animals or yourself.
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I would still consider a bug bomb in the house to be poisoning, directly to me and my animals. Maybe not to our skin but it will certainly seep into our bodies, that's no good. I think even with an infestation, if that is what I am dealing with, it is still manageable. The effort may be tedious but it is worth it to me to know I am not applying anything toxic to their lives. Bathing the dog helped a bunch to the point there were no fleas, I don't think the cat is as lucky.
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The problem is that bathing doesn't remove the fleas from your home. As soon as they get out of the bath tub more will jump on. I had a flea issue in August and this is what I did.

1. Go to the vet and get the capstar. It kills fleas within 30 minutes. Works wonderfully.

2. Leave dog in tiled are while you vacuum every inch of the carpet and fabric covered furniture. Empty the bag or bagless outside or put immediately in outdoor trash. They can survive vacuuming and find their way out back into the home.

3. Wash every linen in the home. Bedding, curtains, everything. With hot water.

4. Sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth around all openings- windows, doors- and along baseboards.

4. Bath dog with dawn dish soap to get rid of dead or dying fleas.

5. Vacuum thoroughly every day for two weeks. That way you catch fleas throughout the life cycle. Always empty the vacuum outside the home.

I did this and after a few days the fleas were gone. I did use the capstar, but overall it was relatively natural.

Remember for every one flea you see there are 100 more you don't. If you battle simply what you see, you won't get rid of them. You have to operate on the notion that there are invisible ones everywhere.

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I would still consider a bug bomb in the house to be poisoning, directly to me and my animals. Maybe not to our skin but it will certainly seep into our bodies, that's no good. I think even with an infestation, if that is what I am dealing with, it is still manageable. The effort may be tedious but it is worth it to me to know I am not applying anything toxic to their lives. Bathing the dog helped a bunch to the point there were no fleas, I don't think the cat is as lucky.
Well, I wish you luck! A year is a long time to live with fleas. I think tackling it over a long period of time is okay, as long as none of your babies are tiny or young. Just be careful to watch for tapeworms.
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Ugh and thank you all for the tips you've provided! Colorado does get cold enough to kill fleas but not the ones in the house; I'm going to add the apple cider suggestion to my arsenal.


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The shampoo leaves a smell the fleas don't like that lasts for at least a week sometimes 2 with none to minimal fleas on the cat, I think it will last as long on the dog. Probably depends on what kind of shampoo your using. Im not using a nontoxic one with some oils and other stuff, I think its called Neem Protect, works well on the cat says it works better for dogs and so far has worked well on the dog (only got around to using it today, seen no fleas so far!). Even if the fleas jump around after vacuuming and occasionally land on me they don't go on the dog! Im sure there are a bunch in the house who aren't interested in me or the dog, possibly at the expense of the cat. Im still going to hold out and see how its going for the next few weeks and see if its worth it or what ever solutions come along. There just has to be something better.
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Hi Cheryl, where have you been! I miss little Finn and Leila!!!! So sorry about the fleas, luckily we have never encountered them..
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