I have tried so many and they all suck now pretty much. I have read different reasons as to why but honestly, I don't care why. I just want it work. Especially since it cost me $80 to treat all of my animals for 1 month. Yes, for one month. So you can imagine how upset I am getting when it doesn't work.
Now, I have done all the things they recommend to do, bathing the animals, treating the yard, vacuuming all the time, washing all their bedding regularly. But those suckers are just relentless.
We are not infested or anything, I am only finding a couple of fleas on the animals here and there but I shouldn't be finding any. And it's amazing how one flea can drive an animal nuts, not to mention stress them out and really reduce their quality of life. That makes me mad. Mikey is 12 years old and it really upsets me that his senior years are being spent this way, really, really upsets me.
Honestly, they shouldn't be selling the stuff if it doesn't work but that would be in a perfect world which we do not live in. At least reduce the price but noooo.
So....I am here to at least share with you my findings along this pesty road.
For many, many years my go to product for fleas was always Frontline Plus.
All I had to do was apply it to the animals, thats it. I didn't have to treat the environment because once applied the fleas just went away. Beautiful. Perfect.
This stuff doesn't kill any fleas now at all. Not even one. So I no longer buy this product.
I was told I needed to alternate products so I did use it off and on for a while longer after finding out it still would't work.
The other product I used and still do use is Advantage 2.
And Revolution...the only preventative on the market that I have tried that works for about 2 weeks is by prescription only which is such a load of crap.
So the ferals are just suffering period.
I tried Fleabusters for the house which did nothing.$44 and nothing. at least nothing for long.
Then I tried Apple Cider Vinegar, I put it in a spray bottle and sprayed everything everyday. I rinsed the animals in it and it works great actually but the animals absolutely hate the smell. Some of my cats squint their eyes if I just hold the spray bottle in my hand. I am not real fond of the house smelling like it either but I used it for a long time and it does work, fleas hate it.
I tried Lemons mixed with the vinegar. I boiled the lemons, allowed them to sit for many hours and then mixed it with the vinegar in my spray bottle and rinse water. This works too but the cats hate it even worse than the vinegar by itself so it's not worth it because they are still suffering
So, what it has come down to (and they still have fleas but we are managing them kinda) is....
Capstar, Dawn Dish Soap and the Flea Comb
Capstar is a (Right Now) flea killer that you give your animal orally (which I like) and for the most part it works, just not for long. Capstar works for 24 hours. The fleas don't fall off dead like they claim but they do die and there is some relief with this product but it cost me $18 for 6 tablets. We have 10 cats and 5 dogs. You do the math. So I compromise with the Dawn. Only the long haired cats and indoor/outdoor cats get Capstar. The others get Dawn , actually they all get Dawn.
Out of everything I have tried nothing kills fleas faster than Dawn, this stuff is amazing. Of course as soon as the suds dry up and the smell is gone the fleas return but hey, the cats don't mind the smell of Dawn at all so I put it in my spray bottle. I spray everything with it not just the cats. The cats that I can bathe get bathed in it. And here is the bonus....it's safe in the garden so I hook up a sprayer of it to my hose and I spray it on the lawn, the patio, the flowers everywhere outside. I do this a couple times a week. We have an exterminator that sprays once a month around here and I asked him to spray for fleas too but even their stuff doesn't work. It's totally crazy and it's not even summer yet.
This is only my second year back here in the City. We have lived up in the mountains for 11 years and we didn't have any issues with fleas at all. Frontline and the Cedar trees took good care of them. Oh and I got some Cedar Mulch to put around outside also.
I know this all sounds like a lot of work and it is but if I stop for even a day those buggers will take over. I dislike fleas. Can you tell. LOL
The Flea Comb is the most important part. I comb these animals every single day. And yes you would be correct if you are thinking that I have no life. LOL But that's the price I pay to have these amazing animals in my life. Sure I wish it was easier but it's not and I have to do what I have to do. Did I mention we have a Rabbit and a Hamster and Fish too? The fish don't have fleas. LOL But the flea Comb works great on the Rabbit and the hamster as well.
So if any of you have tried any of the newer products or have any home remedies of your own I would love to hear it...I need all the help I can get cause this is gonna be a long summer.