I was thinking of trying garlic as a way to control fleas. Last time I asked the vet about Avantage not working as a flea control, she just said "oh we are having a bad flea season". So just hand over the next $100 for some more of the stuff that doesn't work--great. I was reading about some essential oils, or they used to lean toward skin so soft. Any ideas or remedies that have worked?
So if the Avantage does not work on flea super season, what about 24/7 mosquito season; is it keeping Poopdeck safe from Heartworm?
I am using Advantage Multi. It is a heartworm preventative, as well as a broad spectrum dewormer and it kills fleas.
I am going to ask for something a different brand, perhaps that will help. I will definately look into the natural stuff.
Years ago we had excellent results with a company called FleBusters, they dust your carpets and upholstery with polyborate salts (dessicates the fleas, not a neurotixin). We has only 1 cat then. They guaranteed for 1 year, and I thought we had years of very good relief. This is Seattle, different climate, might be different elsewhere.
We have used Advantage and Advantix out here with good result.
Hi Sam, Gregg & Poopdeck,
Here's my advise from one Floridian to another :)
Sentinel + Comfortis for heavy infestation (month long protection)
Sentinel + Capstar for light infestation (48 hours short kill)
Sentinel is the least toxic out of all heartworm rx, no need to use Comfortis or Capstar if there's no fleas.
Flea egg hatches only in the right temperature + right humidity, florida is the perfect place for fleas year round. You really need to understand the flea cycle first, then clean your house strategically to be effective. If you only wash the dog, chances are fleas eggs are still hiding somewhere in the vacuum closet, deep in the carpet somewhere...etc, the eggs will hatch and you'll have another outbreak in another week or 2. So read the links above and do it properly. Good luck!
My vet uses Ivermectin, is Sentinel a lot less toxic? I have never had any issues with the Ivermectin, but would be willing to try something less toxic!
Yes, check out my previous discussion and charts on sentinel, it has been on the market for a reasonable amount of time with the lowest death rate.