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Old 04-27-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Woodbridge
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We use Diatomaceous Earth as well around the house. Such a great product for fleas, ants and any other crawling insect. You can sprinkly it on the bedding and all around the yard as the other posters mentioned.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: East Windsor, NJ
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We use Diatomaceous Earth as well around the house. Such a great product for fleas, ants and any other crawling insect. You can sprinkly it on the bedding and all around the yard as the other posters mentioned.
We're still in our condo complex so that wouldn't be an option but I'll keep it in mind for hopefully next year when we buy a house. Thanks!
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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We're still in our condo complex so that wouldn't be an option but I'll keep it in mind for hopefully next year when we buy a house. Thanks!
It can be used indoors as well (just be careful not to breathe in the dust)...and make sure it's food-grade (not pool-grade). Work it into floorboards and crevices, and if you have carpeting, let it set for a few hours before vacuuming up the excess .
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:47 PM
 
Location: East Windsor, NJ
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It can be used indoors as well (just be careful not to breathe in the dust)...and make sure it's food-grade (not pool-grade). Work it into floorboards and crevices, and if you have carpeting, let it set for a few hours before vacuuming up the excess .
Ohh ok..good to know! Might have to try that as well!
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I'm having the same problem here in Missouri- Frontline worked, but no more, and have been on the search for a new pest deterrant, particularly ticks. My vet is pushing Vectra, but after one application, I will NOT use it again (see my thread Vectra 3D ). Attempt #2 is the Preventic collar- $20 for one and they said it lasts about 6 months. I really haven't been able to see whether or not it works yet because everything here has been flooded since. My vet also said that Revolution was great, as it's a heartworm preventative AND flea deterrant... then they said it is NOT a tick preventative *sigh*. I think I'll try out the collar for a month or so, and if that doesn't work, I'll use Advantix and maybe spray with some Adams if I plan on going to the park... unless someone has a better idea!
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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unfortunatly different areas require different treatments because popular brands are quickly becomming inneffective as the parisites are becomming immune to certain products.

for our area we find we have to alternate between k9 advantix and frontline plus about every 2 years for it to stay effective for all the parisites.
if frontline pus is the favortiet in the area try switching to k9 advantix, or revolution ect...

i also suggest adding brewers yeast to the diet rather than garlic, garlic is good BUT in larger amounts can be toxic to dogs...brewers yeast however has the same effect but without the risk.
dusting your yard with food grade Diatemacious earth (and even rubbing it in the coat) helps but needs to be reapplied regularly.

i personally do a number of things and it SEEMS to help.
1: i add powdered brewers yeast to 1 meal a day
2: alternating k9 advantix and frontline + every 24 months or so...
3: DE, during spring and fall we get bad flee and deer tick infestations, so we dust the garden (it also kills the ants and grubs) and then put a barrier around the perimeter, we will also rub it in the dogs and cats coats once a week
4: when i know im going to an area higher infested with ticks/fleas/biting flies ect i spritz with a home made "bug spray"

i boil a kettle full of water, in a large glass bowl i mix Catnip, Lemon grass (or leon thyme/verbena/citronella) penny royal, gerenium flowers. pour the hot water over and cover with a towel and let it steep just like with tea, i steep for 48 hours to be good and strong.
(you can also use essential oils, anything lemon scented is good and catnip oil has actually been proven to be almost as good as deet for repelling biting insects!).
then when were going hiking ect i just spritz the dogs and myself with it...its safe, its all natural and it seems to work

i dont like chemicals myself, BUT id rather use them than have the risks associated with tick born illnesses.

good luck!
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