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10-03-2007, 10:48 AM
For those of you who have indoor pets, you know that the flea problem has been unreal this year, especially for us because of all the sand!! Here is a little trick that might help with those little biters to get them out of your carpet and house!!
"Flea Trap":
Take a small jar lid or plastic bowl lid and place dish washing liquid in it about half full and place it under a night light that you plug into the wall (you may do several around the house)!! I guess the fleas are drawn to the light and end up jumping into the "bowl of death" and die:D !!
I got this from a lady that works for my cousin who is a vet! It has worked great at my house as well as my mother-in-laws!! Hopefully it'll work for you if you have any fleas (not you your pet;) )!!:)

10-03-2007, 10:49 AM
I guess these could go in the recipe thread as well!!!

El Patron
01-19-2010, 12:43 PM
sounds logical.

01-19-2010, 02:32 PM
We have nuclear fleas at our house! I've treated the house, yard and all dogs monthly with Frontline and various different chemicals for the house/yard (future FIL is a bug man so I can get the good stuff applied CHEAP). Nothing has even slowed them down for more than a day or two. I think the problem is with the neighbors not treated their yard. The flea traps didn't work for me either...next plan, last ditch effort really, is DE Powder...it's supposed to kill fleas by cutting them up and dehydrating them. We'll see, but seems like the dehydration part is going to be a waste of time with the rain coming so often.

01-19-2010, 11:49 PM
fireguy, try spreading sulphur around your fence line. It is suppose to keep the fleas out that your neighbors are not getting rid of.

01-20-2010, 09:10 AM
Thanks, Ace, I'll look into that. The DE is supposed to do the same by killing them before they cross it. The only concern I have is thatthe fleas fly or jump long distances, so what would stop them from crossing any powder I put on the edges of the yard just by flying over? My plan is to treat the yard completely, and go extra heavy on the edges, and also treat my carpet with the DE. Also planning on dusting the dogs' backs with it.

01-20-2010, 09:38 PM
Nylar and Promethrin 30 and mix it tripple strength... from Solutions Inc
make sure no pets or people are around when you do...go to a movie

Nylar is a birth control and the Promethrin 30 kills the live ones. I only have to spray at a max of once a year. The P30 also kills roaches, silverfish etc.

01-20-2010, 10:41 PM
Great to know! Thanks for sharing.

01-21-2010, 08:37 AM
What we have used outside is just Borax and cheap powder laundry detergent, mix it and spread it with a yard spreader. It take a little while to work, but it has worked for us. What it does is makes all the eggs infertile, basically stopping any new ones from comming up, and dries out the fleas. But again we usually dont see results for a couple of days. And if it rains it has to be redone. We treat 2-3 times per year and have had very little issue.

01-21-2010, 12:27 PM
Might have to set them out for a few nights if thay are real bad, but it does work.

01-21-2010, 04:18 PM
We used to have fleas really bad and then I started using nematodes on the yard. One application usually lasts 3-5 years. I over sprayed my neighbors yard since he had a dog and he said that his flea problem just disappeared. I had to chuckle at that.

01-23-2010, 08:18 PM
When using the dishwater trap(s), how do you keep the "indoor pets" from drinking from them during the night?

01-29-2010, 10:53 AM
The only way to get rid of flees is to attack inside your house and outside in the yard with everything you can find. Flee powder for your carpet works well. And sulfer or seven dust for your yard

02-14-2010, 07:37 PM
X2 to all the above

02-14-2010, 08:40 PM
Bones posted this a couple of years back.

"Bayer tree and shrub. I use it to treat the yard and the dogs when there is a break out. It works for both fleas and ticks. It has the same active ingredient as some of the pet meds (frontline, I think) but in a much lower dose. I just put it in a spray bottle and run it down their backs like you would with any of the flea and tick medication.

For preventative maintenance, I feed them garlic powder on their food. You would be surprised how well that keeps the pests off of your pets."


I tried it and it works great. The active ingredient is imidacloprid. It is the same active ingredient in Advantage Flea Control.

02-15-2010, 07:04 PM
that is awesome im gonna set up a few stands and kill some fleas tonight i hope it works our fleas in kerrville have been horrid this year even with all the freezin weather . nice fish by the way

Dark Guardian
04-19-2010, 01:24 PM
Does anyone know where can I get the Bayer tree and shrub from? I have tried all kinds of stuff so far this year and it seems I have bionic fleas cause nothings slowing em down.

04-19-2010, 02:43 PM
I don't know about the Bayer stuff, but I learned that I don't need it, and here's why:
I went to the vet and asked what he recommended, telling him about all the trouble I've been having with Frontline working for a week or so and the fleas are right back. He told me that he has been getting that complaint from almost all of his clients, so he stopped carrying Frontline and switched to another med that is applied the same way, but has a different chemical, can't remember what it's called though. He said he also had another option if that med didn't work. I tried the new med that he had, it worked for about 2-3 weeks, and at the same price as Frontline (or pretty dang close), I wanted something that worked for AT LEAST the month that it's supposed to, so I went back and got the third option. It's a pill that you give the dog. Cost is about 16 bucks per pill, or you can get 6 at a time and save some. That stuff works wonders. It's supposed to last a month, but the first dose lasted my dogs 6 weeks. The same day I bought the pills, I went to Home Depot and got a gallon of Ortho Home Defense Max, treated the exterior of my house as well as the baseboards and under all the chairs/couches. No more flea problems. I did, however, find out that if you have a peir and beam house, like I do, they will nest under the house. I got attacked while running some wires a couple weeks ago, but a couple of bug bombs tossed under the house solved that.

Dark Guardian
04-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks. I'll check with my vet bout the pills and i found the bayer tree and shrub at Home Depot. Also got some DE. I'm gonna try a few combos and see what works best for the yard but will definately try the pills for my dogs.

05-18-2010, 05:44 PM
Just for your information, Garlic and onions are toxic to dogs, it thins there blood and can cause internal bleeding. One feeding of onion rings can kill a dog. So if you value your dogs don't feed them any garlic or onion powders.

05-18-2010, 06:06 PM
Why the hate for the flea...........:D

Anything you can broadcast on your lawn will work the best ,as spot applications work in some areas and none in others. If you do broadcast make sure pets and kids are not exposed for a couple of days.

In my former job, we made Malathion for ag usage and I have used it with a lot of success, but please follow the directions, more is not always better, and that goes for all chemicals.

05-18-2010, 08:13 PM
save your self some time and go get the flea powder for carpet it works great and cheap

El Patron
05-19-2010, 09:03 PM
I agree with lovetohunt, Beneficial nematodes eat them and their eggs to stop the cycle. You can buy them at most nurseries.

05-22-2010, 10:38 AM
WE had our first flea problem on the second weekend of last years deer season. I went to walmart at 2 in the morning to get spray bombs to spray our house. We live in the country on 5 acres but my neighbors house is on 5 acres as well and their house is 150 ft. from my house. They want fresh eggs and bought 8 chickens that they let roam anywhere during the day. The chickens were coming around my house and my shop where it was sandy and dusting themselves. My cats , which we have had for 10 years have never had a flea problem until the chicken showed up around my house. I found out on the internet that chickens carry fleas and mites and confronted my neighbor about it. He has kept them off my propert since then but they still roam his yard daily, so I can only imagine how may he has in his house since his dog is in and out of the house all the time.We were vacuming the house everyday to try and help getting rid of them. Haven`t had any problems since the chickens stay off my property.

05-22-2010, 02:01 PM
Fireguy, you have a pm.

05-22-2010, 02:07 PM
Love to hunt nailed it. I went to Fleabusters.com, ordered six million nematodes (cost about $70.00) and sprayed em in the backyard. Those little suckers kick arse and take names on the fleas. I was skeptical until I tried em last year. This year I doubled my order and viola! No fleas.

07-08-2010, 10:02 PM
anybody end up trying this?

07-09-2010, 08:19 AM
Comfortus is the name of the pills. best flea product I have ever used.

07-09-2010, 07:37 PM
X2 to all the above