ok folks, we have a tick problem here in CT. my blak dsh had advantage put on last month when she was spayed, she was indoors for 2 weeks after that and then i had to start letting her out again (belive you me, i can handle complaining but she takes it beyond complaining, heck she makes siamese look quiet!) anywho, since then i have removed ticks off her EVERY day, never a flea on her, but live ticks and lots of them! today i pulled 8 off her. if they were attatched and dead ok, but these are feeding ticks *shudder* they bite and live... we used to use frontline plus as its the "popular brand" sold by vets around her, its the one everyone suggests/pushes... and it was fine on our cocker for the first 2 years, then he started picking up fleas and ticks again, i did some reserch and found out that fleas and ticks both develop immunities to insecticides and if one brand isnt working for your area try others... so at the time i ddnt have a cat of my own and my parents cat doesnt snuggle with the dogs, so we whent with k9 advantix, been using that now for about 5 years and LOVE it, we get mabe 2-3 ticks a year and there always dead when we pull them...and *touch wood* never had a flea...but last year that started to wane too...my puff crestie kept picking up the odd few fleas here and there... plus k9 advantix can be deadly to cats and my cat does snuggle with the dogs... so this year were looking for a change, i was going to go advantage, but since tempi had it on after her spay im NOT impressed even in the slightest, like i said, today alone i pulled live ticks off her, 8 so far and ill bet theres more by bedtime... if its that ineffective on the cat, and the active ingredient is the same in the dog stuff, then im not interested in wasting the money. so what does that leave me with? i refuse to use the hertz flea products (seen way too many horror cases with the hearts drops) so i was thinking of trying the bio-spot defence, especially since fosters and smith has a sale on it right now. its a different insecticide completly compared to advantix, frontline plus and advantage... was wondering if anyone else had used it and had good results? its quite frustrating, especially since we have gone to extreems to keep the deer out of the garden because lymes is very prevalent here in ct and im already sensitive to insect bites, but still were for some reason crawling in tick nymphs this year. guinnies are out of the question and freeraging the chickens doesnt seem to help much (there more interested in tearing through the flower beds...) when i get my own place in tn i will be keeping guinnies but untill then... HELP! i need something thats good for fleas, ticks and preferably contains a skeeter repelant too, west nile is also very common around here. they are all on ivermectin for heartworm control though.