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Postby cheekymunkee » April 1st, 2006, 1:47 pm

Time to break out the Frontline. Last year I used garlic & remained flea free but I just noticed one on Justice. She has terrible flea allergies & I saw her scratching last night. I guess we are going to have an extra tough season this year since we had such a mild winter. I want to add that I DID use Frontline up until I started them on garlic, that may have been part of the reason why it was so succesful but I didn't use Frontline ONCE last spring or even fall.
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Postby luvmyangels » April 1st, 2006, 3:39 pm

Flea Season - UGH!!!!!
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Postby bahamutt99 » April 1st, 2006, 6:27 pm

Thought you Texans didn't get fleas, just fire-ants. :wink:
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 1st, 2006, 8:21 pm

Well the fire-ants kill the fleas & the mosquitoes kill the fire ants. :wink:
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Postby Maryellen » April 1st, 2006, 8:26 pm

mine got their garlic tonight..
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Postby Malli » April 1st, 2006, 10:13 pm

Oscar has had his advantage all winter. Mum is paranoid about flea allergies :oops:

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Postby katiek0417 » April 2nd, 2006, 10:41 pm

cheekymunkee wrote:Well the fire-ants kill the fleas & the mosquitoes kill the fire ants. :wink:


Oh, good, so then you only have to worry about heartworm from the mosquitos??? :wink:
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Postby panda » April 2nd, 2006, 11:00 pm

Mine get Frontline all year around just to be safe.................
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Postby Magnolia618 » April 2nd, 2006, 11:34 pm

I'm surprised that so many people put Frontline on all year. :shock:

Why put poison on your pet when it isnt necessary? I think its funny that the package says that its dangerous to get it on your hands, but its fine to put it on your dog. :|

My vet only tells people to put Frontline on during flea season. I dont see ANY reason to do otherwise.
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 2nd, 2006, 11:49 pm

I only use it if I see fleas. With Munkee's allergies & the cats rubbing all over the dogs I don't want to take any chances with any of them getting sick. We have flea season pretty much all year here but I worry about using it if I don't see fleas.
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Postby dogcrazyjen » April 3rd, 2006, 10:29 am

I will put it on them if I see a flea, but only for that month. I used advantage one month out of 12 last year. I do not like putting any chemicals on them if I don't have to. Citrus, cedar shavings, brewers yeast and garlic are all natural flea repellants.
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Postby SisMorphine » April 3rd, 2006, 10:37 am

I won't use Frontline. After using it on Wally he was insanely itchy for a week and refused to talk to me. My friend's cat had a reaction that involved a HUGE open wound on his neck that took over a year to heal. And it sent my sister to the ER with a very bad allergic reaction.

I use Advantix and only during tick season. We don't really have a flea problem up here, but ticks are a biznitch. I pulled one off of Wally yesterday so I'll have to pick some up today and dose him tomorrow.
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 3rd, 2006, 10:51 am

Yeah, Munkee gets really upset with me when I first put it on him. He does that with ALL of them though so I think it just a "feel sorry for me" thing. I use Frontline because it seems to last longer than the others. It says to reapply every 30 days but I have gone up to 2 months in between applications when I wasn't using garlic.
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Postby SisMorphine » April 3rd, 2006, 10:57 am

I do Wally every 2 months unless the ticks are SUPER BAD (seriously, if there's a tick capital of the US I swear I'm living in it) then it's once a month. This year he is getting garlic, though, which he wasn't getting last year. So I hope it helps!!
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Postby Purple » April 3rd, 2006, 11:49 am

I will use it once or twice during the warm months. Knock on wood, fleas and ticks don't seem to be a huge issue here.
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Postby concreterose » April 3rd, 2006, 12:29 pm

Diatomaceous Earth

I haven't used Frontline in years and haven't had one flea. I use it for ants too (we have them really bad because of a neighbor's dead tree that he won't cut down.

I won't use it outside in my yard though, I want all my earthworms!
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 3rd, 2006, 12:45 pm

concreterose wrote:Diatomaceous Earth

I haven't used Frontline in years and haven't had one flea. I use it for ants too (we have them really bad because of a neighbor's dead tree that he won't cut down.

I won't use it outside in my yard though, I want all my earthworms!


And you just rub it into their fur? Do you do it daily?
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Postby concreterose » April 3rd, 2006, 12:51 pm

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concreterose wrote:Diatomaceous Earth

I haven't used Frontline in years and haven't had one flea. I use it for ants too (we have them really bad because of a neighbor's dead tree that he won't cut down.

I won't use it outside in my yard though, I want all my earthworms!


And you just rub it into their fur? Do you do it daily?


There is horticultural DE and food grade. I use food grade and add it to their food when it starts getting warm. It's great for worms too (I don't use HW preventative, I just test every six months). You can rub it in their fur to kill live fleas and eggs. You can sprinkle it on carpets, let it set for a bit, then vacuum it up. If you sprinkle it on carpets, be careful not to let them breathe the dust...it irritates nasal passages. Also, if you have asthma or bronchitis be careful not to breathe the dust.

If you sprinkle it in window sills,door jambs,etc. it will dry ants and flies right out when they light on it. I applied some about two years ago and I am just now needing to reapply.
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Postby cheekymunkee » April 3rd, 2006, 12:55 pm

Wow!! I am starting to get ants inside, I think I am going to look for some of that. I'd much rather not use chemicals on the puppies and if I can keep them flea free with this & garlic I will be very happy!!
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Postby concreterose » April 3rd, 2006, 1:46 pm

This is what I use. I am sure that there are other products out there too. Do a search on food grade DE and you may be able to find it cheaper.
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