What works on a Canadian flea may not work with an Australian or Floridian flea. It's safe to assume anyone reading this thread has a ready supply of live fleas. So I propose a little experiment before applying any of the recommended substances to your pet. Drop a few live fleas into each prospective solution and see how long they live. Here are my results. Dawn 2 seconds, garlic oil 5 seconds, Adams flea mist 15 seconds, vinegar still struggling to escape as I write this.
I have read through all 127 threads (13 pages) posted to date on the subject but nobody has mentioned a common known outdoor cure for fleas here in Australia being lime powder sold where ever you buy cement powder.
We live in a bad flea infested area, even households without pets have these bloody fleas. If walked under our house you would have thousands of fleas over you within seconds. So bad they looked like you were wearing black socks even though you are bare foot.
I spread lime powder under our house and it killed or drove away the fleas although many came up though the floor boards and we had to flea-bomb the house.
This worked for a couple of years but the area is so bad that over time more fleas have taken their place. However it was a much cheaper alternative to all of the chemicals I had previously bought from the farmer's produce place on a regular basis.
Just wondered why lime hasn't been mentioned in this subject at all. I hope it helps.
Garlic will KILL your animal!
Can dogs eat garlic? NO, DOGS CANNOT EAT GARLIC UNLESS THE OWNER KNOWS TO ADMINSTER THE PROPER AMOUNT ACCURATELY. We know how difficult it can be to have your dog running around the kitchen while cooking, eating at the dinner table, and so on. What happens when your pup gulps down some of your delicious dinner and you don’t know if it is safe? Garlic is in a lot of food, and luckily it is not dangerous in small doses. However, Large amounts can cause problems. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, say close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells if ingested in sufficient quantities. A rule of thumb is “the stronger it is, the more toxic it is.” Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions, on an ounce-for-ounce basis. It contains sulfoxides and disulfides that can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs. While it’s uncommon for dogs to eat enough raw onions and garlic to cause serious problems, exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder, may put dogs at risk of toxicosis. The damage to the red blood cells caused by onions and garlic generally doesn’t become apparent until three to five days after a dog eats these vegetables. Affected dogs may seem weak or reluctant to move, or they may appear to tire easily after mild exercise. Their urine may be orange-tinged to dark red in color. A veterinarian should examine these dogs immediately. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be needed and there might be permanent liver damage.
What worked on my gret Dane nod greyhound?
If it had to be chemical Adams flea nd tick is the only thing greyhounds can use that won't kill them. Since they have 1% body fat any chemical or flea collar will kill them. They have no fat so it goes straight to their organs. Adams is pricey but smells great and works. Used it for 13 years.
Non chemical.... Big into essential oils and lemongrass citrus lemon tea tree thieves or melaleuca any mixed itch water and sprayed on the dog will not hurt them barring scratches or allergies and fleas stop dead instantly. I spray around windows and doors watching carpet as it can spot your carpet. Hardwood is usually ok. Spray pillows blankets mattress. This helps also with black widow spiders. It has always worked for me but each animal is different. Oils are not too expensive and they really last a long time. If you look at vet fee then med fee you'll laugh at the price of essential oils. Nothing is too expensive when you your animals and your kids are all digging. I always keep them on hand. They not go bad and if I'm broke I don't have to figure out how I'm going to come up with $40 worth of oils at 1am.
8 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix dry ingredients first then slowly add to wet as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Be careful not to get in pets eyes.
I was given the advice from a Veterinarian Assistant to use Borax detergent all inside the house and on the dogs bed, since Does not hurt the pets and IT WORKED wonders!! Nothing else needed!!
I found that if you cut and ORANGE in half and rub on the dog all over the back and tummy that the FLEA's hate it, its natural & oranges can be found everywhere. Try to see what it does.
hi all would like 2 say a big thank u..4 all the tips...my dog is been plagued by ticks...he is 6 and never had any kind of mite infestation..so hopefully ur home remedys will work...i hate usin chemicals but as i was stuck 4 cash i got bob martins treatment...aint done nothin...and after reading reviews think i will stick 2 natural remedys if they work...wish me luck...back in the old days im sure they treated such things successfully with out big companies praying on there wallets xx
I found that a product called skin so soft that is exclusively from Avon works wonders.....I applied to my dogs 2 times a week right after bath, good for skin and fur too...kills almost immediately
STOP WAISTING MONEY! I live in Texas and have two 100lbs labs . I tried all the home remedies, spent hundreds of dollars on the yard. Yes they could kill the fleas but would NOT keep them off! The answer? K9 Avantix II. Two days after first threetment and I have my house back. It is killing the little ones too and now I let my dogs roam free in the yard again safe in knowing that even if they do get more fleas from the yard, they do not last long or have a chance to lay eggs. THIS STUFF IS GREAT! My biggest lab has fleas allergies and suffers with poor skin. Two weeks in and he is beginning to grow hair back on bald spots and does not scratch non stop any more. This has been a GOD SEND! Frontline no longer works here and now that I have found this stuff I am not sure I will ever try anything else. GOOD LUCK!