Ideas to get rid of Fleas and Ticks?

@gizmo528 (732)
United States
May 13, 2007 6:22pm CST
In the past two days, my husband and I have picked off about 4 or 5 ticks off of us and our puppy. I know that there are some products that we can use to spray the yard and the inside of the house. I've never had to use these products before but this year it seems like we are going to have to use them. Does anyone know of a good brand that works? I would really appreciate any advice here. We live in a very woody and grassy area. We will be treating him with K9 Advantick or Advantange but I want some more protection. I can't stand fleas, ticks or any other type of bugs. Ugh!!!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
15 May 07
Hey Gizmo! My ex-mother in law is a dog breeder and she lives on many acres of land in a very rural area. We always had a problem with ticks, but fleas she never had because she was very meticulous about everything. She said that using original Dawn dish detergent as a shampoo for the dog will kill the fleas presently on the dog. I tried it with a dog we found and it worked! As for the yard, be very careful and try to find pet friendly pesticides for the outdoors because your pets will get it in their paws, their mouth, they eyes and so on. They are very curious and they sniff and lick alot! I use Revolution for dogs for the flea and tick repellant and it has worked so far. I haven't had any problems. I would bomb the house as far as the fleas inside then vacuum thoroughly. I had to do that, and I just took the dog to the dog park and packed a lunch and bottled water and food for him and made a few hours there, that would be the most effective way to get rid of the fleas in the house! Good luck!
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
15 May 07
Thanks very much for the information. I'll have to keep the Dawn dish shampoo in mind for the next bath they get. I'm always checking labels on any type of cleaner I get to make sure that they are safe for animals. I think I spend about 20mins on the household cleaner section checking everything out. I have a whole list of things to check for when I go to WalMart or another superstore soon. Thanks again for the info and I'm glad to hear that they dish soap does really work.
@katykat (46)
• United States
14 May 07
So sorry about your dilemna. Yes, Advantage is a good product I hear, but we personally used Frontline for our pup, and he doesn't seem to have any fleas right now at all! He had infested our pit bull, but our pit also seems to be doing better from the Frontline as well. We too, live in the Forest, so we can relate...It would almost be next to impossible to kill every single living flea when you live out in the country as we do, but I DO have a way that could possibly keep at least your puppy safe from those blasted critters! I have heard in the past, that if you put a little bit of garlic in your pet's food, that GARLIC is a great natural way to keep fleas away. It get's into your pet's bloodstream, and when the fleas bite, they detest the taste, thus they refrain from jumping on your pet. Now, personally we have never tried it, I did at one time try to get my kitties to eat it by mincing up tons of it and sneaking it into their chicken and tuna moist food, but they are SOOO finicky and have an extra sensory that is undeniably remarkable, those little buggers knew the garlic was there and refused to eat it! Hopefully, with your pup, that won't be the case! Heck, it doesn't hurt to try!! Good luck and hope those awful bugs disappear fast!!
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Thanks for the response. I've been noticing in this discussion and a few other places on the web alot of people are mentioning the use of garlic. I think I'm going to try that at some point and see if it works. I hope it does because I hate bugs and now it's time for the mosquitos to start coming out. Ugh!
• United States
14 May 07
Beyond medication, just keep your house clean and your pets clean. Give them a bath when needed.
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Very true. I think we vaccuum the house at least 2 to 3 times a week. I may have to step it up a bit.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
14 May 07
I'm the same way, hate creepy crawlies lol. Advantix is good, just bought some online for my dogs. Don't use Advantage-only works for fleas. I have a smaller fenced in "dog yard" for my dogs when they're outside, so I just use the granules with a spreader, think it's called Eliminator. Kills fleas, ticks, lots of stuff, but you have to water the grass or do it right before it rains out. You may think about calling a pro company out to spray your yard, need to do the trees as well. I know when I lived in Florida, we had a company come out once a month to spray the yard and trees, think it cost about 30. a month. Kinda expensive, but they're doing all the work, and they'll get everything sprayed real good. Between the yard being treated and the pets being treated, you should see them gone within a few days, and a few stragglers for a few weeks after that.
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Thank you very much. Now I have a name of the yard stuff that I can look. I never thought about calling in a professional to come in and spray and that's not a bad idea. I may have to check around and see if there is anyone around here that does that. Thanks again.
@SmokePiff (437)
• United States
14 May 07
u can get them to spray your lawn with tick and flea spray but my mother told me that she heard lavendor works. not sure if it works because we get our grass sprayed but it leaves my dog smellin good. i think she uses like j&j baby wash try it it might help
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Lol, I used the jasmine shampoo on the pups and all the guys were like, ooh we don't want our dog smelling girly. I've seen alot of dog products out lately with lavender so I may have to try it out. Thanks for info!
• United States
14 May 07
I always used peppermint oil on my dog - the smell was pleasant and fleas/ticks hate it. I have heard that sponging on vinegar can help - but I haven't tried it myself. Go to a health food store and look in the body oils section and ask for help - you will find some natural products that are not damaging to you or the pup.
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
I've never heard of using vinegar or peppermint oil but it doesn't sound like a bad idea to look into. I'll check it out online because we don't have a health food store where I'm at. Thanks for the information!
• United States
14 May 07
After spending a fortune trying to find a product that would work, I finally went to the vet. He suggested Advantix for our Shih-Tzu. It's the only thing I've found that kills AND repels fleas and ticks. It was a nightmare, but since I found Advantix I'm a happy camper. Have you seen the commercial? There ain't no bugs on me. There ain't no bugs on me. There may be bugs on some of you mugs but there ain't no bugs on me...... hehehe
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
I love that commercial...it's my all time favorite dog commercial. Now I'm singing it. lol
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
14 May 07
when we used to live in an area with a simple front and back yard on a city block - we used a product called Bengal or maybe it was made by Bengal. It worked very well. eliminated all the ticks and we never saw a flea. We have a big problem here, but like you we live in a wooded area...we also have acreage and can not afford or even have the ability to spray it all... plus I would worry about it poisoning the chickens. If you live in a rural area you might consider getting a few guineas, they love eating the ticks.
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
We do live a rural area and like you it would be pretty expensive to spray every acre we have but maybe we can do the area around the house. It's funny that you mentioned guineas as my husband was talking about the same thing last night. We are looking into them as we speak. lol :-)
• United States
14 May 07
I use Frontline Plus on the dogs because its waterproof so you can bathe them without having to reapply the product. Inside the house, vacuuming thoroughly will help get rid of the fleas and whatever larvae is present. You should also wash all the uphostery and bedding you can in HOT water. Couches and chairs can be vacuumed. Flea bombing is also very effective. . the sprays are cheap but you have to leave the house for a few hours with the pets which can be inconvenient. Outside is the spot that needs the most attention. You can get insecticide spray from Wal Mart or Target that attaches to your hose. I spray my yard weekly because fleas are a big problem where I live.
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Thanks for the information. I will checking out the sprays at WalMart and Target.
@Mikki2 (181)
• United States
14 May 07
About 2 years ago the dog and house were infested with fleas. I got Advantage for my dog and it not only got rid of the fleas on the dog but it also got rid of them in the house. I had tried the traps that you plug in and they light up, it did trap fleas but we still had a problem until I treated the dog with Advantage. Good luck. I'm with you, bugs, YUCK!!
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
14 May 07
Cool, I will really have to look into Advantage now. I hate bugs even though I know there is a reason for them on this planet I still can't stand them.lol
@Mickie30 (2633)
13 May 07
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
13 May 07
Thank you for the response and I will check into it.