In the 4 years I have had Tess, we have never once had fleas. But before our friend Bandit left, he made sure to leave us with a parting gift.
So after a little freak-out, we put together a game plan: get the dogs clean, get the house clean, total eradication.
In our arsenal were 3 major players:
2. Bengal Dry Indoor Fogger - good for a 1,000 square feet and only around $8 bucks a can, we bought one for each floor. This is the brand that is typically used in schools, hospitals, and restaurants and only requires being out of the house for 1 hour.
3. Homemade Flea Spray - made with 8 oz. apple cider vinegar, 4 oz. hot water, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, and 10 drops tea tree oil (shake contents slowly as the vinegar and baking soda will react to one another), we are able to use this to treat the pooches since we give them Frontline at the beginning of each month. Then using a flea comb, we comb out the pooches.
We also made sure to wash all the bedding, blankets, oh and every piece of clothing in the house (thanks to leaving clothing out to be contaminated...then putting it in drawers. Forehead slap), then vacuumed pretty much every surface in the house.
Unfortunately, we did not keep up with the plan (vacuum every day, spray dogs every day, repeat until next round of Frontline and then move to periodic checks) and had a re-emergence of the little nasties this week. So the pooches both got sprayed down, more vacuuming, and another bombing is on the docket for later today.
Hopefully this works, otherwise I've been seriously contemplating just moving...
Have you ever had fleas? What was your secret to getting rid of them?