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Q: What to do about fleas

September 19, 2008 | By Marians | 6 answers | Expired: 2025 days ago

I care for an ederly woman that has a cat. She went to her daughters house for three days since she has been here. The cat and my home never had a flea till she came home, and brought them home with her. I've tried everything I know to get rid of them but can't. I've spread, washed, and shampooed. I've spent over $150.00 dollars trying, but if I can't get rid of them, I'll be forced to get rid of her and the cat. I don't want to have professionals come out if I can avoid it, what can I do?

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Judy T.
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Sep 19, 2008

Advantage will take care of the fleas on the pet. A product that I've used at my house is Boraxo powdered soap. Simply sprinkle it on your carpet, let it sit for a while and then vaccuum it up. I hope this helps.

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Robyn W.
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Sep 19, 2008

You need to treat every pet in the home. Your veterinarian can recommend safe, effective products to use (Frontline, Advantage, etc). Do not purchase anything over the counter. In addition to treating the animals, you also need to treat the home, both inside and out. Again, there are some over the counter products to avoid, such as sprays and foggers, which are not terribly effective and a pain to use since you may have to evacuate your home while you are treating the home. Ask your vet about a product called Knockout Premise Spray, which is safe and effective, or, as another poster suggested, a borax based flea powder (which is one of the few good things you can find OTC). When treating your yard, consider products that kill all life stages of the flea: egg, larvae, and adult.

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Bowne
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Sep 20, 2008

Fleas are really bad this year. I've used Frontline Plus on my two cats and it seems to do the trick. It kills the existing fleas and any eggs.

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Ethel02
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Sep 19, 2008

Frontline is excellent, get it from the Vet it's expensive but well worth it, it is safe and waterproof you just can't bathe the pet 3 days before or after application with my dogs (3) I can get the 3 pack and on application gets us thru the hot weather with no problem, if there are ticks around you may have to use it every month, when I ad my one greyhound the 3 pack lasted 3 yrs , t does ot expire and it takes care of other critters too

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Lorie B.
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Sep 19, 2008

I suggest using Frontline, it works great. Treat all animals in the home and then treat the home for infestation. If you treat the home and the dog is still infested its not going to do you any good. Fleas are terrible this year, it seems even with the treatments they still are picking them up. Good Luck, I hope you find a solution.

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Marta J.
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Sep 19, 2008

If money is an issue ask your vet if he will break up a six pack of Advantage. Our vet does that. Instead of having to shell out $60+ he will sell one tube at $11 to $12 each. You just go back every 3 to 4 weeks and get another. Don't bother will over the counter stuff- waste of $$$ and some dogs and cats have bad reactions to it.

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