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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by stroud2009, Jul 26, 2016.
Has anyone had them really bad ? If so, how did you overcome it ?
Are you talking about fleas? If you have a really really bad infestation you might want to call on the services of an exterminator. You probably need to spray the yard and bomb the house and wash all pet bedding. Frequent vacuuming of the carpet and upholstery helps.Put flea powder on the feet and up the legs of your dog. When he goes outside, the fleas hop on the feet and legs first.
Won't the flea spray outside be harmful to the animals and my chickens ? Also we have over 2 acres of land .
There are spays better than bombs wear a mask use advantage topical on animals
young or old ... the animals are safe around animals once you allow the spray to settle..
make sure the spay has a growth inhibitor IGA
There are sprays and powders at many farm store for land in large
We going through the worst year of fleas here in southern Texas. The little triangular bottles of flea repellent that you buy at the pet store or supermarket, and apply to your pets neck and back are useless. They are only a watered down version of the real thing. The real thing you get by prescription from your Vet. We use a product called Revolution. Ask your Vet about it. It works. There are other brands he can prescribe. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but it works. Like $20 a tube that lasts a month. You can get it in a six month supply for about $100 and save some money. Here's a golden rule....Insects don't like lemon. We took a a bottle that connects to a garden hose that contained a chemical for roses. I think you all have seen one of these. After we used up all the chemical on the roses, we cleaned it out the bowl and added cheap lemon dish washing soap from the Dollar Store. We use lemon and not the kind with all the fragrances. Simple plain lemon dish washing soap. This we sprayed all over the area where we walk our dog, and made a big soapy mess. It doesn't hurt the plants or the grass. The rain will not wash it away, it'll only raise it back up to the surface again. It won't kill the insects, it'll just drive them out of the area. Once a week we rub pure lemon juice on our dogs legs before we take her out. Don't worry, they'll try and lick it off once and only once, the face they'll make is priceless. Also, plant a lot of lemon grass. mosquitoes hate it and will avoid it.
We use Wondecide. They have it for pets, house/yard, and insect repellent for people too. It's worked wonderful here in Alabama.http://wondercide.com
If your pets have a really bad infestation, I recommend asking your vet about a product called capstar. One or two doses will kill all the adult fleas on your pet. However, the tricky part is the house. You need to vacuum any dark, dry crevices, especially around the outside of the room, carpets, etc. you should wash all pet bedding in very hot water. Killing the fleas on your pet won't do anything if you don't take care of the environment too.
As for preventative after, there have been some good suggestions already. Topicals like advantage multi (does heartworms too!), frontline (fleas and ticks), or revolution (fleas and ticks) work pretty well in many areas. I also really like the oral flea and tick preventatives like nexgard and bravecto. Another option is a collar called Seresto. It is totally non toxic and is applied snugly on the pet. It last for up to 8 months depending on how often the pet swims or takes baths.
As far as fleas go, we've had some trouble with them in our cats for a while. Check out capstar, it's what we've used and the fleas have died in huge numbers. To keep up with it, we've used diatomaceous earth on our carpets and even on our cats to help kill the rest of the fleas. The DE partnered with a good vacuuming significantly reduced our numbers, and the capstar killed all of the rest. Fleas are awful, but getting rid of them hasn't been as bad as we thought it would.