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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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