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How to Get Rid of Fleas

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Giving a dog a bathGot fleas? That bites – literally!

When it comes to household pests, there is one pest in particular that sends fear deep into a dog-owner’s heart – fleas. There are many common misconceptions about fleas and a wide number of possible solutions to getting rid of them; however, not every “cure” is created equal. Some cures for flea infestation have been proven to be completely effective while others don’t even make a dent. Whether your flea problem begins with a single flea carried by your pet, or with a whole host transferred to your home unknowingly, the result always ends in infestation. So, getting rid of fleas will take a concerted effort. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you out in your battle.

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Fleas 101

Cute Puppy: Save Money at the Vet with InsuranceThere are over 2,000 different versions of fleas throughout the world, but many of the common flea species can be eliminated with your average eradication solutions. Fleas are particularly small, as anyone who has experienced an infestation will be able to tell you, varying from 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch. You might realize you have a flea problem if you notice your pet (or even you) itching like crazy or if you see any small, raised red bites. Fleas may start with one family member, but often times they jump to other family members so it’s important to act quickly. Fleas can jump as high as seven inches and 13 inches horizontally. They travel from one place to another in search of a fresh blood supply, however, there are some fleas that cannot live off of human blood.

The First Step Is Finding the Source of Infestation

Before taking action you must determine where the infestation came from. If the infestation came from your pet, you should make a trip to the veterinarian so your pet can have a flea bath to kill the fleas that are currently living off your pet. Do not bring your pet inside your home until you completely rid your home of fleas or else they may be infested again. You can avoid this type of infestation by applying a flea and tick preventative to your pet on a regular monthly basis.

If your flea infestation began with a carpet or other item that was given to you by friends or family, it is important to let them know that there were fleas in the item so that they can address the problem in their own household as well. Bringing up a flea infestation with anyone is a delicate matter but do not be tempted to let the situation go because fleas can quickly and easily infest even the cleanest home. It is also worth contacting individuals that have been in your house since the infestation began since fleas can travel on humans.

Before You Treat, Wash

Before you pursue any treatment you should do a good old-fashioned cleaning. And when we say clean, we don’t just mean your dog’s bed, we mean everything. From your bedding to your towels to anything your dog lies on, make sure you wash it all, and in hot water if possible. While you’re ridding your washable items of those tiny pests, break out the vacuum on every floor and couch and be sure to empty the vacuum bag. Then fasten that bag securely, and place it outside so that none of those unwanted pests make their way back into your home! Clean your hard surfaces and after washing everything – including your dog – you’re ready to start your flea treatment.

Two Methods to Eliminating Fleas: Natural and Chemical

When it comes to eliminating fleas from your home, there are those who believe that the quickest way to rid themselves of the problem is also the best way and there are those who believe that the best way to eliminate the infestation is the natural way. Neither of these ideas is right or wrong since both have been proven to work in different circumstances; however, depending upon your beliefs or needs you may be more partial to one method. On one hand, your top concern may be saving your small children from flea bites as quickly as possible, or it may be exposing your children to as few foreign chemicals as possible. No matter which method you decide to pitch your flea-killing tent in, you’re guaranteed to have options.

Eradicating Fleas the Natural Way

  1. Sticky Flea Pads
  2. Boric-Acid-Based Products
  3. Nylar
  4. Rosemary Flea Dip
  5. Lavender Essential Oil
  6. Brewer’s Yeast
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. Lemon Spray
  9. Warm and Soapy Water

1. Sticky Flea Pads and Electronic Traps

Victor - The Ultimate Flea TrapSticky flea pads are similar to the fly paper that many households used decades ago. Generally attached to an electronic trap that you plug-in near the location that is severely infested with fleas. Fleas are attracted to the trap over a period of weeks and get stuck on the paper. The drawback to using sticky traps is that they appear extremely unsanitary and take a long time to eradicate fleas. It’s important to use traps for a significant period of time to ensure all fleas are captured and that you bathe all animals in the home (as specified above) to reduce the number of parasites living off your pet.

We recommend The Ultimate Flea Trap – View on Amazon

2. Boric-Acid-Based Products

FleagoFleaGoBoric-acid-based products are a highly recommended solution for flea infestations, particularly when there are animals living in the household. Boric acid is not toxic to people or animals, but it kills fleas. When boric-acid-based products are sprinkled on the carpet and throughout the infected household, the extremely fine particles of boric acid work their way into the carpet and are not easily sucked up by vacuum cleaners. The trick is to sprinkle a layer on the carpet and use a broom to work it down into the fibers, then vacuum off any excess. As fleas come in contact with the particles they quickly die. However, this means that it is extremely important to vacuum the floors regularly to reduce the dead fleas that are in your carpet.

We recommend FleaGo Natural Flea Control Boric Acid – View on Amazon

3. Nylar

Ultracide-flea Tick Professional Pest Control When it comes to homes with tile, wood or linoleum flooring, many health-conscious individuals choose to use Nylar, aka pyriproxyfen, to eradicate a flea infestation. Nylar regulates the growth of fleas and is commonly used where pets spend most of their time. Nylar only needs to be applied once a year to clean up flea infestation. Nylar is unique in the way it works — it mimics the juvenile flea hormone, preventing young fleas from becoming adults. It also stops flea eggs from hatching, reducing flea populations drastically.

We recommend Ultracide Flea & Tick Pest Control – View on Amazon

4. Rosemary Flea Dip – DIY

NaturVet Herbal Flea SprayHomemade rosemary flea dip is a DIY recommended holistic cure for canine flea infestations. You place two cups of fresh rosemary sprigs in boiling water for half an hour, strain the liquid and add it to a gallon of warm water (it must be warm to be effective). You could also add 2-4 drops of rosemary essential oil to your warm water. When the solution is warm, but not too hot, pour it on a flea-infested dog and let the dog air dry. Be sure to not let the dog lick or scratch until it is dry.

If you’d prefer to go with a pre-made herbal solution, there are some options available at stores as well.

We recommend NaturVet Herbal Flea Spray – View on Amazon

5. Lavender Essential Oil

Now Foods 100% Pure LavenderLavender essential oil can serve as a natural flea killer when it’s applied to dogs. For a 50+ pound dog, you just place one drop of oil at the back of the neck and one at the base of the tail to control flea infestations. For a smaller dog, just start with one drop at the back of the neck to start. A few drops of lavender oil can also be applied to baseboards in areas where flea infestations are troublesome.

We recommend Now Foods 100% Pure Lavender Oil – View on Amazon

6. Brewer’s Yeast

Four Paws Brewers Yeast TabletsBrewer’s yeast is a non-toxic solution for treating your dog for fleas directly. In fact, natural living experts claim that one small tablet or spoonful of Brewer’s yeast added to your dog’s food will make him taste repulsive to fleas. When using this natural control it is important to check with your veterinarian to find out the correct dosage because it varies based on the weight of the dog.

We recommend Four Paws Brewers Yeast Tablets – View on Amazon

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar is another canine-only flea controller since it has a particularly strong odor and would leave the home smelling particularly foul if it was used throughout the home. Adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will make them taste terrible to fleas and reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation.

We recommend Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar – View on Amazon

8. Warm and Soapy Water

Safari Flea CombAnother non-chemical solution is warm and soapy water but it only helps with adult flea infestation. Here’s how it works: when it gets dark outside and your pet goes to bed, place a dish of warm soapy water beneath a night-light. The fleas will be attracted to the warm light, but they won’t be able to swim in the soapy water and will drown. Only the adult fleas will leave their host to enter the warm light so there will most likely still be fleas on you pet. However, with the reduced number of adult fleas the population will increase at a slower rate. This solution is not fully effective since many of the fleas on your pet will not want to leave their host. So if you decide to use this method make sure that you wash your pet thoroughly in Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo or Dawn dishwashing soap and warm water using a flea comb.

We recommend the Safari Flea Comb – View on Amazon

9. Lemon Spray

Lemon spray is claimed to be another natural flea repellent when a whole lemon is quartered and steeped in boiling water overnight. In the morning, strain out the lemon pieces and spray the solution on your dog or around your household in areas where fleas gather.

Eradicating Fleas the Chemical Way

Hire a Professional

Some of you may be looking for the quickest route possible to eliminate fleas. While many chastise others for their decision to use harsher chemicals there are quite a few good reasons to eliminate fleas as quickly as possible. For most people, using a chemical-based flea eradication technique means having professionals come with compounds that eliminate fleas in a matter of weeks rather than a matter of months. One important thing to consider when choosing a faster method of flea control, especially when it is as a result of allergies within the home, is that individuals that are sensitive to flea bites may also have allergies to the more abrasive agents used in flea control methods.

In addition to speed, another advantage to using this type of pest-removal service (Orkin is a national company that offers Flea infestation solutions) is they almost always guarantee their services. So if you are still left with a house full of fleas following service, you will receive your money back or a second treatment free of charge.

Do It Yourself

If you are looking for a more affordable method you may want to purchase flea eradication powders or solutions from your local vet or pet supply store. Speak to a salesperson in the store to see if they have used the product or know someone who has. This will help you learn more about the product and its side effects. While the most guaranteed solution is to hire a professional (if you are not as concerned about earth-friendly and natural solutions), that is not always a feasible option. Here are a few chemical treatments that warrant a mention.

Preventic Tick CollarPreventic Tick Collar

The only tick collar that detaches and kills fleas and ticks effectively, the Preventic Tick Collar is a great complement to a topical flea treatment program. Each collar is effective for three months, so 2 collars provides a convenient 6 months of protection.

We recommend the Preventic Tick Collar – View on Amazon

Capstar Flea TreatmentCapstar Flea Treatment

Convenient tablets that are administered orally (we recommend inserting into a soft treat). It’s effective, safe and provides protection that can’t be washed or rubbed off.

We recommend Capstar Flea Treatment Tablets – View on Amazon

Be Vigilant in Eradication to Avoid Re-Infestation

Whether you choose to use natural flea eradication methods, hire a professional pest control company or use a flea control product that you buy from your local veterinarian or a store, you should always be vigilant in your pest control. Flea populations can quickly return when only a few fleas are left alive, so it is crucial that you continue treatment procedures even after all signs of fleas have gone.

Flea Prevention

After (or hopefully before) eradication comes prevention. Continue to vacuum every other day, wash bedding in hot water once a week, and treat your dog regularly, whether that be one of the natural remedies listed, or a chemical, vet-prescribed or over-the-counter treatment. If an over-the-counter treatment is your prevention route of choice, here are a few of our favorites and you can also read our comparison of Advantage vs. Frontline.

Advantage Topical Flea Treatment for Dogs

Bayer Advantage II Topical Flea Treatment for DogsThis once a month topical flea treatment for dogs kills adult fleas before they lay eggs and larvae before they hatch. It’s safe, prevents re-infestation for four weeks, and one package includes six treatments.

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Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Dogs and Puppies

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for DogsThis medicated ointment for dogs kills 98 to 100 percent of fleas, eggs, larvae and ticks. The package contains three treatments for three months of protection and is waterproof to sustain swims and baths.

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VetGuard Plus – XL Dogs

VetGuard PlusThis monthly flea, tick, and mosquito treatment for dogs over 66 pounds breaks the flea life cycle and eggs from developing into adults for up to 123 days. It also kills flea larvae for up to four months and kills/repels ticks for up to four weeks.

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Professional Pest Control is Always A Consideration

As small as fleas are it is quite possible for just a few to escape your treatment and, since the female flea is capable of laying up to 600 eggs in her lifetime, it doesn’t take long for an entirely new flea infestation to begin. If you want to be sure that you’ve eliminated your pest problem, your best bet is to always utilize professional pest control services that guarantee their work and if you look hard enough you may just find a local pest control service that utilizes natural solutions to terminate fleas.

What do you find works best to prevent or for getting rid of fleas?

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Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.

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Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

We stayed at a beach house this week and our dogs ended up with fleas 🙁 After a thorough vacuum of the house and cleaning all bedding in the washing machine, we mixed up this DIY recipe with stuff that was already at the house. Homemade Flea Shampoo: 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of Dawn dish soap and 1 drop each of Lavender and Lemongrass essential oils. Fingers crossed that it will work.

ddmerris
ddmerris
Worst family reunion ever. We have two dogs and a cat. The cat pretty much has the run of the house including the gated off bedrooms and basement of which are carpeted areas. The rest of the house is hard wood or tile floors. My step sons bring their dogs for the week. They sleep in rooms in the basement and hang out down there. By the end of the week one of them thinks his dog is itching to much and starts looking her over. He finds a few fleas. So the other son panics and he now too… Read more »
Amber
Amber
We have four dogs, and my dog moved in with my mom last year. He never had fleas until now. It is out of control now. I feel disgusted. This is my first time ever experiencing fleas with my dogs. My parents are renting the house we are in now. I believe the fleas are coming from the carpet in the Master bedroom. It is the only carpeted room in the house. It is driving me crazy. And my poor dog is so allergic he scratches so much he is bleeding. I really do not know what to do anymore.… Read more »
aimer
aimer
For future reference: we sprinkle our dogs’ food with plain garlic powder. Neither of them has had a single flea or tick in 10 years and this is the ONLY flea/tick prevention we use (no chemicals, no collar, no medication, etc). Our vet says our pups (bichon and pomeranian) are as healthy as can be. No fleas ever! My niece had a bad infestation in her carpet filled home. She tried everything. Finally, I took a couple cans of regular iodized salt and sprinkled it all generously all over her carpet and let it sit over night, then vacuumed the… Read more »
Mary
Mary

Could you tell me how much garlic you give your dogs in their food? Thanks

Jmaley
Jmaley
Our dog has a terrible case of fleas. The vet gave her the capsule and a dose of frontline but we are still finding one or two live fleas on her. I have thrown away the family room sofa, curtains, area rug and chair cushion. I have vacuumed extensively in the living room and dining room and the kitchen. All floors have been mopped. The kids and I are still getting flea bites on our ankles. The dog has never been upstairs in the bedrooms or downstairs in the basement. Regardless I changed and washed all linens and vacuumed there… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Oh no, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. Unfortunately, to be 100% safe, it’s best to do the bedrooms and basement as well. The fleas could jump on you or your kids and travel to areas of the home the dog isn’t allowed. So fleas could be present in every room in your home. Let us know if the exterminator gets rid of them for you. Wishing you luck!

Brooke Botwinick
Brooke Botwinick
I have two small dogs. We took them to get groomed last week and they came home with fleas. We used Advantage on them two weeks ago. As soon as we spotted the fleas we bathed them using dish soap, apple cider vinegar, salt, and lavender essential oil (I read that it’s supposed to help). However, it didn’t work, so the next day I bought Frontline and used that on them. The fleas were still there. The groomer felt terrible about them getting fleas and offered free flea baths. We took them home and it seemed like they went away,… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We have many solutions listed in the article. Some of our readers have also posted their solutions in the comment section. I suggest looking through both of those for solutions you haven’t used yet. Best of luck and keep us posted on what works and what doesn’t! I’m sure our future readers will appreciate reading about your experience!

GRACE
GRACE
My cat has never had one flea in her entire life, she is 11 years old, she wears a collar for ID, but no flea collar. We have a big covered deck on the second level of our house she goes out there and lays in the sun eats some of my flowers, her oat grass drinks the water out of the pitcher that is for my flowers. She has great old time out there. We have an herb garden beneath the deck with, dill, lavender, parsley, mint and I think one of the plants is lemon balm I’m wondering… Read more »
Ginger Cave
Ginger Cave

I have a very small minpin/chihuahua and am afraid to use too many chemicals on her to get rid of these fleas that are driving us both nuts. I have heard giving dogs garlic will start to repel them after a few weeks of them taking it. Will this hurt my dog? I don’t care about the smell if it gets rid of her fleas. We live in Florida and the sand fleas are horrific this year. What can we do about the yard?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Garlic is ok to give your dog but only in small amounts.

As for what should you do about the yard. Take a look at the other comments for the article. Many of our readers have left suggestions on what to do and what they’ve done themselves to get rid of fleas in their yards.

Best of luck!

Liz Weibley Dignan
Liz Weibley Dignan
My dog recently got fleas. He had them last year, I used Vet guard on him, it worked great. I sprayed my carpet and furniture with spray that was to kill them, vacuumed, and they were gone. Now he has them again. I treated him with Vet guard again, no luck. It says to only treat no more than once a month. Well after a week, he still had them, so I treated again. And I did get him flea dipped before the first time I treated him. Well, after the second treatment, he still has them. I’ve been spraying… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Liz, have you read our article above and tried any of the treatments we’ve listed in it?

Liz Weibley Dignan
Liz Weibley Dignan

I have treated him twice with VetGuard. That didn’t help any. So I’m not sure which one I can safely use since I’ve already treated him twice in one month. And should I bathe him first before I try another treatment on him? Once I treat him successfully, I’m going to bomb the house.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I would call your vet and explain your situation. He/She will know what to do more than either of us. I’d hate to tell you false information and end up hurting your dog. Let us know how it goes and good luck!

Cbetts
Cbetts

I have a longhaired dog that has fleas. I have been looking for ways to get rid of them, but most people say bath. I would do that, but she has been biting and has several mats in her coat. What can I do to eliminate the fleas?

Michael Alfaro
Michael Alfaro

Omg, what should my dad do? He got 2 lil pups and they are infested with fleas and they itch everywhere. I’m tired of it and I have been itching crazy too since I seen one jumping all over me.

Susie
Susie

For the method where you put soap and warm water well the fleas jump off the animals and into the water?

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Wow, good question Susie! You stumped us. But after some research, here’s what we learned: Fleas are not able to swim so once they hit the water they drown and cannot jump. Hope this helps!

Patricia Benson
Patricia Benson

You know I keep hearing they can’t swim but I watched one swim to the side of my sink when I was giving my dog a flea bath.

yvette
yvette

Unfortunately, that’s not true. I picked some off my dog and placed them in a water bottle half full and 30 minutes later four out of six were still alive.

Mara
Mara

They will die in the water if there’s a concentration of soap in there.

Dip the fleas in the soap and water solution and they won’t be able to jump out, and will die in minutes.

Enlightened
Enlightened

Did you use dish soap in warm water? The soap is supposed to break the surface tension of the water which pulls the fleas under and makes it hard for them to get back to the surface.

The same thing works for gnats, but instead of putting it under a nightlight, you put it close to where they fly around most or add a little apple cider vinegar to attract them.

Reese
Reese
Hello, my adult cat has been itching this month really bad until the point he was miserable. I know pet fur can get dried out from things like soap. So I purchased a conditioner that soothes him and relieves him from itching. He stopped for a little while, then started to itch again. I bought him a flea collar but I didn’t think it was fleas because he’s a house cat. Today my family says he looks miserable. He’s grooming himself more than ever and also biting himself. When I got home from work I bathed him and sure enough… Read more »
Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Reese,
No, I do not think you need to go to the vet unless your kitty does not get better soon. Instead, there are lot of at-home treatments. I would suggest you read the article you commented on here for lots of useful recommendations to get rid of the fleas on your cat and also to get them out of your house. https://www.caninejournal.com/getting-rid-of-fleas/#methods-of-flea-removal Thanks and best wishes.

applemoon
applemoon
I’m so bothered by this. I feel nobody listens… like I’m imagining this. My dog every now and then will have a flea so I take the wet paper towel and rub it and sure enough there’s blood. Every time I bring him to the vet she says there are no fleas but we have seen a few in the house so I clean (and I mean clean!) but what’s the point if you don’t do the cars, right? Last night I was checking my dog as I always do and I saw a bug crawl across his belly it… Read more »
KatieRose50
KatieRose50

I’m listening to you Applemoon. If you’ve found something to rid us of these pests please post it! My dogs are in horrible condition! Frontline, I used to swear by, but now the fleas are immune to it. The vet always wants to sell me this $80 collar that I know for a fact from a friend that did buy it, does not work either! If anyone out there knows of anything that will make rapid haste of these demons, please share!

david
david

If my dog is scared of water how can I wash him to get rid of the fleas? He’s scratching the top of his back constantly & it’s turned into scabs. He’s long-haired and really big & heavy, so it’s not easy to just lift him into the bath. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi David,
I would suggest a walk-in shower if you have one or perhaps a hose outside would be your best bet. You could also look for a local dog wash where they may be able to provide some assistance with this task at a lower price than the vet.

Andrew
Andrew
Every year our dogs get fleas and we use Frontline to control it. This year, the fleas infested our leather couch and possibly our bed. We used a Protect-A-Bed encasement cover for the mattress and box spring. It’s good for fleas, bedbugs, and dust mites too. The leather couch, even after vacuuming and leather cleaning, still had a problem. The cushions could not be removed and spraying would discolor the leather. The solution? I bought four flea collars, cut them into smaller strips, and stuffed them down into crevices between the seat cushions and arm rests. The flea collars never… Read more »
Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Andrew,
That is genius!! Thanks for sharing this solution with our readers.

Jo Conway Alborn
Jo Conway Alborn

I am using Advantage 11 at this time but my dog is still getting fleas just like she was with frontline plus. She is highly allergic and I don’t know what to do next. This is the first time I have had this problem.

Janice
Janice

We had the same problem with our Pomeranian with any stuff put on her, even by the vet. The only thing we have found that works is Trifecta. It’s expensive but worth it.

Michelle Schenker
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Michelle Schenker

Hi Jo,
Sorry to hear this. My dogs have brought in more ticks (dead – thank goodness!) than in past year and I have been reading reports that the bugs are quite bad this summer so far. Not sure where you live but NC is having a tough year for bugs, despite the cold freezes this winter. I would suggest asking your vet and friends who live near you for tips as conditions vary by location. Thanks and best wishes!

abby
abby

What can I do to keep the fleas off of me when I’m working in a flee infested environment?

Tawnya Sallee
Tawnya Sallee

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your drink for the day. Makes you taste yukky.

Alex wolf
Alex wolf

Skin so Soft by Avon… I think it is the succinate ingredient that works. I used to live by a dog beach in San Diego and it WORKS.

Jeff Butler
Admin
Jeff Butler

I have heard of people having success with Avon’s Skin So Soft Oil to prevent fleas on humans.

Abby
Abby
Ok – here is my experience and after having a HUGE infestation that took about a month to get rid of I feel like an expert on the topic of how to get rid of fleas. First off – do not think that 1 treatment will work. I thought – ok – i’ll get the carpet powder and be done with it. Big mistake. I took care of a friend’s dog, so the dog was no longer in the house. If you have a pet, make sure they are getting treated as well or the flea problem will just continue… Read more »
Donna
Donna

OMG, Thank you. They are in my hair and have traveled with me to work. Does anyone have a solution for getting them out of your hair? I’ve tried the stuff on the internet but as soon as I think they’re gone, I feel something moving around in there. It’s a horrific experience.

ann hulse
ann hulse

You can treat it like lice and get the lice shampoo from greatclips and the spray called ladybugs works great!

Billie
Billie

Are you sure you don’t have lice?

yvette
yvette

Try the apple cider vinegar mixed with your basic shampoo, half and half preferably. Let set in hair for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse and condition. It worked wonders for me.

Julia
Julia

My grandma has a dog. She’s moving so we want to take in the dog but he has fleas and a lot. It’s just the dog not our house so just need help on the dog. So any help.

Mel
Tina
Tina
I have two indoor cats. I noticed fleas on them about five weeks ago. I gave them Frontline one month ago and they still have fleas. I have wood floors throughout my house and one Oriental rug in my living room. We have completely cleaned the whole house spotless. Washed everything and sprayed what we could wash. I vacuum the rug and couches every day. I threw out the door mats and got rid of all the cat bedding. My cats are not allowed in the bedrooms since we majorly cleaned and washed everything. I comb my cats every day… Read more »
Holly L.
Holly L.

Try Capstar you can get it through vet, pet store or online…it is only a 24-hour treatment but will kill the fleas initially then get something like "program" for a monthly treatment.

Kristin
Kristin

I use food grade diatomaceous earth and cedarwood oil on my animals. These are both safe for dogs, just make sure to apply the diatomaceous earth thoroughly and stay away from their face. Diatomaceous earth is safe for cats also.

DLRB
DLRB

And in the yard too, diatomaceous earth works. It must be food grade with no added chemicals. Also, do not put chemicals on your yard. Dogs get it on their feet and lick their feet and eat grass. No fertilizer, weed feed or pesticides.

Karen S.
Karen S.
Leyla
Leyla
New to this flea infestation thing. When I was little and one of my cats had fleas, I remember giving him a flea bath and that seeming to do the trick. Not so easy this time. I've been living in this apartment for a few months and now believe the fleas were already here as the prior owner had a cat. There are a lot of strays in this neighborhood as well although my cat stays indoors and has never been outside. I feel badly because this must have been going on since day one but I was blind to… Read more »
Lauren Willis
Lauren Willis
I just got a new dog from the shelter, we were taking her home in the car when a big bug jumped on my white new sweater. We put her in the back yard and called the shelter, they said that they had given her flea medication already. We put her a crate and hoped the fleas would go away. Two days later, I took my dog outside and discovered that she had brown dirt all over her, I was grossed out “Who could let their animal get so dirty?” I thought. Then I did some research; the brown ‘dirt’… Read more »
Monica
Monica
So I am currently neck deep in the trenches battling these varmints. We have a one year old daughter and two and a half year old daughter dog and we are a bit weary of using a bomb or topical treatment since the girls are best buds. Well after much research on this, looking into "safer" methods of eradication (believe me if it weren't for fear of my kid ingesting chemicals if love nothing more than to nuke these suckers) I went to the health food store and got some neem oil for about $6 for 1oz. I take about… Read more »
Alex
Alex

Does anyone have any recommendations for removing flea dirt? My long haired dog had bad fleas and now is covered in the dirt. Even after a good bath, it’s still down in her fur.

Tawnya Sallee
Tawnya Sallee

I used a lice comb and it worked great. It’s a timely process but you only have to do it once if you’ve got the fleas controlled.

Belrusa
Belrusa

I had a friend who used to swear by giving her dog lemon baths to get rid of her dog fleas. I'm less about the homeopathic methods. I don't want my dog to suffer — from fleas or from lemon baths! I just go with Frontline and it works great for me.

DLRB
DLRB

Yes, lemon baths work. I also use peppermint oil in the dog shampoo.

Lois
Lois

We have continually used Frontline on our cat and dog. No problems. This past month both and my home have become infested with fleas. I am at my wits end. Do they become immune to frontline? Help. I have to get rid of them.

Julie
Julie
Mary
Mary
I was at our beach cottage and the fleas invaded our home just before a hurricane struck the area. A good remedy was a flea bomb from the hardware store. Set them off and get yourself and all pets out of the house. Follow directions on the can. Then bathe your pets and yourself. The idea of the "nit comb" (for lice) works well, too, to get them off your pet, if you prefer not to use poisons. (Get it at the drug store in the shampoo section.) You have to do it every day, until you don't find any… Read more »
DLRB
DLRB

Just have some peppermint oil in a spray bottle that will kill them.

stephania van volkenburg
stephania van volkenburg
Erendi Flores
Erendi Flores

I tried the salt. I put it before we went to sleep and I cleaned very good but I will see what can I do. Can anyone please help?

Anonymous
Anonymous
I've been lucky to have never had a problem with fleas. I have always treated my dogs with medication to prevent infestations. However, I do worry about getting my next pet. New dogs can be covered in fleas and I really don't want to have fleas in my home. I will definitely inspect the dog for fleas before bringing her into the house and treat any fleas I see. By-the-way, it doesn't matter where you get a new pet from, it can always have fleas. Even dogs from breeders and pet shops can be covered in fleas. Plus, fleas are… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Boric acid, Nylar, and Rosemary flea dip are the first line of defense here in my household, and it is nice to see these natural remedies getting the publicity they deserve. Yes, we still use commercial flea collars and no, we do not eschew traditional flea shampoo for the pets or for our clothes. As I suspect is the case for other pet parents, most of the reason to go through all of these natural remedies is preventative; for instance, if the cat comes in with a few fleas, we go through the whole natural treatment cycle first in order… Read more »
DLRB
DLRB

Just spray a bandana or the collar with one of these oil’s: peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, cedar, lemongrass or lavender. That will repel fleas.

Dovid Davis
Dovid Davis
Anonymous
Anonymous
I love that there are so many natural methods for not only killing fleas on your dog, but also preventing them. After all, rosemary and lavender are going to smell much better than chemical-laced flea collars or even preventative medications. I would be willing to try these methods with my next dog because I keep small dogs that only go out to potty. However, I would be leery of using such methods for dogs that were kept outside. I like that you mentioned that it was important to treat the dog and not bring them back into the home until… Read more »
DLRB
DLRB

Those chemicals are NOT good for your dog. Read the insert. Most inserts that come with the flea medicine/pesticide/chemical reads: DO NOT get this product on your skin. Why would you want to put it on a dog’s skin?

Anonymous
Anonymous
Bug Stuff
Bug Stuff
Anonymous
Anonymous
DLRB
DLRB

What was the cure for the mites?? Please email me this information.
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Thanks!

Anonymous
Anonymous
First things first, humans do not carry fleas. While a flea may bite you, you do not need to treat yourself for fleas. However, you do need to treat your pet. If you don't take the time to treat your pet, and then spray your home, you'll just end up with more fleas the next time your dog goes outside. The problem arises when people don't put their pet on medication or use a natural method to deter fleas. Even if your dog just goes outside to potty, but spends the rest of the time inside, they can still pick… Read more »
stephania van volkenburg
stephania van volkenburg
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Fleas and roaches are on about the same level in my mind. I can deal with spiders. I can take care of ticks. I don't even scream when I see a snake. And it is not like I am afraid of fleas. I just think they are really nasty and want them in my house about as bad as I want roaches in my house. I am all for natural cures. I really am. But if it comes down to it, I am totally getting the chemicals out. I do not want to play around with this. And I know… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
When it comes to getting rid of fleas, one of the most important things is to keep on top of it. As far as I have seen, you can't just treat your house once and call it good. You really have to keep at it and do not assume that the issue is taken care of. Most people don't realize how easily fleas can move from one place to another and how long their eggs can sit before you even know you have fleas at all. They embed themselves in your carpet, your shoes and pretty much any kind of… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Fleas are not only a nuisance, but they can also carry disease. In fact, fleas were to blame for the spread of the Great Plague during the 1600's. This means that you want to eradicate the problem immediately. Not only to prevent your dog from itching, but to prevent illness. This means you need to not only find a way to kill the fleas that have taken over your home, but to also treat your pet so that they don't bring more fleas into the home. There are a number of flea treatments on the market ranging from collars to… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
DLRB
DLRB
Vet’s steer you away from organic treatments because they want to sell those chemicals/pesticides that are NOT good for the dog’s skin. Yes, they make money off of those products. I have seen photos of chemical burns from topical treatments that has a pesticide/chemical in them. If the insert says for us not to get the chemical on our skin why would you want to put it on your dog when you can give them a bath and use a few drops of peppermint oil or lavender oil or cedar oil. Do research and treat your home and pet organically.… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I have never had a problem with a flea infestation. As soon as I saw a flea on my first dog, I immediately got medication to kill the fleas. This is something you must do immediately or risk having your home infested. Fleas love to live in carpeting and if you see one jumping around, chances are the infestation is bad. However, it doesn't do any good to treat the infestation without treating your pet for fleas. In fact, you'll just end of up with a vicious cycle. The home will be treated, your dog will go outside and pick… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anyone who has ever had an infestation of fleas can tell you that it is certainly not much fun to live with. Also, it is not nearly as easy to get of them as you might think. Fortunately, this articles points out a number of different ways that this goal can be accomplished at least fairly easily. Of course, I imagine all of this will depend upon on how bad of an infestation you actually have. Some of the remedies or treatments sound really great, although I imagine you may have to use them several times in order to eliminate… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I do not think the problem is so much the method that people use. It is more of the way they use it. When you treat your house for fleas, you have to do it like you are trying to get rid of lice, only worse. In other words, you can't just treat the pet and the pet bedding. You have to treat everything in the house and the yard. I don't mean you should go out and bleach your manicured lawn, but you might want to treat around the entrances to the house, areas in the yard where the… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Fleas can be a tricky problem to deal with. They can arrive into a home from a number of sources. Many people simply assume that the family dog or cat tracked them in, but they may have arrived through an infested box, carpet or some other item. If at all possible, you want to really try and determine what the source of the infestation was. Obviously, if it was something that has been brought in, you want to properly dispose of the item and then begin treating the home. If the infestation was brought on by an animal, than the… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
I was really worried about fleas this year. I thought for sure that they were going to be horrible just because the weather was so weird this winter. I thought maybe they would not have enough dormant time and would more or less overwhelm us this summer. I actually have not seen any yet, and yet I am surrounded by dry sand on all sides. No, I don't live in the Sahara. I live in Indiana, where it is apparently only going to rain if it can destroy buildings at the same time. Given that I was so wrong about… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Thanks for all of the options you provided in here. I especially like the idea of using lavender since it smells good as well as working toward the goal of not having any fleas in the house. Sometimes it does not matter what you do though; you are going to get fleas in the house. I saw a comment up there about skipping right to the chemical method of getting rid of fleas and I tend to agree with that. Normally, I try to be kind to the environment and use natural remedies for myself and my family, including the… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anyone who has ever suffered through a flea infestation can tell you it is neither pretty nor fun. These little devils can explode in population incredibly fast. Even if your pet brought just a few home, they can soon become a full fledged infestation that causes a lot of havoc (and itching). First, determine what the source of the problem is. Many times this will be a family pet. However, it may also be a rug, boxes or other material that was brought into the home. If the pet is the cause, then have them professionally treated. If it is… Read more »
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