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I feel lost and hopeless, I don't want to see how my dog and cat are in pain. I've tried various remedies: flea powder, flea bottle sprays, topical medication, nothing worked. I vacuum daily, I got rid of carpets. Please share some success stories that will help me eradicate the problem. Thanks.
 

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I feel lost and hopeless, I don't want to see how my dog and cat are in pain. I've tried various remedies: flea powder, flea bottle sprays, topical medication, nothing worked. I vacuum daily, I got rid of carpets. Please share some success stories that will help me eradicate the problem. Thanks.
Vet give me simparica, 1 pill per month. Both me and my dog went camping/hiking we both got ambushed with ticks. Next day could only find a few dead ticks on my dog and several still feasting on myself. Ain't seen no flea neither... 馃
 

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What is the quality of the things you've tried? Generally, cheap grocery store items don't work as well as the more expensive products sold through vets and pet supply stores.

With a really bad infestation, your veterinarian should be able to help you decide which products to use in a multi-pronged approach:

1) Treat the animals. Prescription flea products, whether oral or topical, from the vet are typically more effective than OTC products. Fleas in some areas have seemed to build up a resistance to some products, so there's no point in using a product that is less effective in your area.

2) Treat your house. Vacuuming frequently is a start, but you need to empty the vacuum each and every time, and dispose of it in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the outdoor bin. There are sprays and powders that you can use on floors and furniture that can help.

3) Treat your yard. Yard sprays and granules can help decrease the fleas that your pets bring into the house.

I'm in SETX, and fleas are a year-round battle down here. :(
 

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As LeoRose said, the first thing you should do is go to your vet and see what they suggest. There are plenty of medications that work but don't require a prescription (Frontline), but you vet knows what works best in your area. The stuff that the vet sells often works better, and some products kill parasites like ticks and worms, too.

I've, fortunately, never had a flea infestation in my house, but I know you have to wash bedding, clothes, anything that fleas and their eggs can hide in. Honestly, I would hire a professional to deeply clean my home once the animals were on preventatives, because they can hide in the cracks in your mattress or furniture, in drawers, anywhere. That takes care of the main infestation, and then as long as your animals are on preventatives year round, there shouldn't be any more major infestations.
 

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Luckily, our dogs have only had fleas twice. The first year (3 years ago) took some doing to get things under control. The 2nd year (2 years ago) I was better prepared and got things taken care of very quickly.
What I did, is spray the entire yard with Ortho Bug-B-Gone. Used a couple different things in house. A spray under furniture, then baby powder on dog beds (after washing them), around walls and in living areas. Lastly, all the dogs got a flea bath. This all happened the same day and knocked them out. I did vacuum the powder after a couple days and reapply.
 

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The talc smothers them and damaged their exoskeleton . Pretty much the same as diatomaceous earth. My brother-in-law told me about it and since I had that on hand, and didn't have DE, I tired it and had good results.
 

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Get a pest exterminator. After two weeks of battling fleas alone in a new house without my cats which resulted in the fleas turning their attention to me , I surrendered to the pest exterminator who came and fumigated the house today. They are professional and used the most powerful misting and gassing products. I am going to check on the house tomorrow鈥 praying for us all to have peaceful nights soon!
Based on the research online, you need to use a mixture of igr and permethrin to stop the fleas from reproducing (the latest generation will all die and a pesticide to combat the fleas, read the instructions and reviews throughly) . All the safe products like vet鈥檚 , adams don鈥檛 work, only serves to knock them out.. I tried already, also send your pets out to boarding and grooming on the day for at least a few days while you use these products.
This one IGR-
Control Solutions 82005202 I. G Insect Growth Regulator, Yellow (Link edited by moderator)

this one - permethrin
Martins Permethrin 10% Livestock Dog Kennel Ticks Fleas 16oz ,product_by: pcostore it#22121388111885 (Link edited by moderator)

This one Pesticide -
PT Alpine Flea & Bed Bug Pressurized Insecticide - 20 oz. (Link edited by moderator)
God bless, take heart, be strong, big hugs!
 

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