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Flea Increase
updated: Jul 12, 2014, 10:21 AM

By Tom

Is anyone else noticing an increase in fleas on their pets or in their yards recently?

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 COMMENT 534918 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:23 AM

Duh, it's summer and hot out. Happens every year.


 COMMENT 534919P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:30 AM

Please excuse 918. He doesn't realize that there can be a variety of answers to this question.

No...I haven't noticed an increase in fleas. Neighbors across the street did, but I think that's because they have free-range cats that get into unusual places and bring fleas home. They don't care for Frontline type treatments, so they manage as best they can with more natural, less effective things. Fleas eat me alive so I keep our dogs Frontlined up during the summer...and any other time I see a (as in one) flea.


 COMMENT 534921 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:45 AM

No, why do you ask?


 COMMENT 534924 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:47 AM

This is the worst summer for fleas I've ever seen. Our flea problem disappeared several years ago when we got a contract with Hydrex to deal with the ants on a quarterly basis. A bonus was that the fleas disappeared, too.

Yeah, yeah, I know, bug spraying is bad. But what's even worse is living with the onslaught of ants and fleas. And let's be realistic: none of the home remedies (cinnamon, cayenne, etc.) ever work.

This year, however, we've got fleas with a vengeance. I took the Huskies in for a flea bath, followed by a topical application of Vectra. There were still fleas aplenty. I then fed them Confortis anti-flea pills. The fleas are back for more. Total cost of all this--more than $200. And we've still got fleas.

Due to a foot injury, I can't take the dogs for marathon walks just now, so we found a nice lady who takes them out twice a week. I'm sure that it's on these excursions that the dogs are picking up the fleas. The house is vacuumed, the yard is sprayed and we've done everything we can as far as trying to control the fleas on the dogs themselves. At this point, I give up.

So, to answer your question, yes, I think the fleas are MUCH worse than in years past.


 COMMENT 534927 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:56 AM

Rex, I am totally with you. OP yes there is an increase due to the dryness and heat. I think that we are also seeing more due to an increase in wild animals in our yard...like skunks, raccoon, and possum. They carry fleas I think. I keep my cats advantaged, and also use a pyrethrum spray (its from flowers) inside, and I have them kicked..but the cats do being in one or two..which die due to my house spray. I find fleas to be worse than the sprays...many will disagree which is fine.


 COMMENT 534928P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:57 AM

No, because I've sprayed the yard with natural Nematodes, which are micro-organisms that will kill flea larvae. www.arbico.com


 COMMENT 534929P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 10:57 AM

Haven't noticed fleas, but my dog started scratching while we were in the San Fernando Valley last week. Continued scratching after we got home, so I brushed her, then sprinkled baking soda on her and brushed it through. She's stopped scratching, so hopefully this worked.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 11:05 AM

Yes right after I got that spider bite the fleas and tics moved in for the leftovers..Not it's time for the misquitos and one got me on the back of my neck watch out for those little bass turds too!


 COMMENT 534943 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 12:29 PM

My 14 year old dog has lived her whole life in Goleta and never had fleas until this year. When she was younger and we hiked on the bluffs, I used Frontline Plus once or twice in the summer to keep her tick free. Haven't used it in a couple of years but this year, she got fleas bad. Frontline Plus did nothing. Combing and washing her until I can retreat with something else. Had a tick on me yesterday, too. We only go in our own yard so now we have ticks?? Yikes.


 COMMENT 534965 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 01:17 PM

My dog has no problems with fleas. By avoiding places that are infested, your dog can be flea free too. Beaches and parks are loaded with fleas so expect your dog to be covered with those blood suckers if they go there.


 COMMENT 534972P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 01:45 PM

Have indoor cats & haven't had a flea brought in in years! happy happy joy joy (fingers crossed)
A shout out to TJ Paws, the best place to wash your dog if you're a do-it-yourselfer. They'll do it for you too. I don't work there, I just like the place and adore Josh. 2601 De La Vina St Next to Jedlicka's 687-8772
Makes sense that the drought is good for fleas, those bass turds (thanks for that one, Roger.)


 COMMENT 534974 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 01:50 PM

@972P: I, too, love TJ Paws. Unfortunately, Josh now has a back problem and can no longer lift heavier dogs if you bring them in to have him wash them. I took my Huskies to Jason at 116 Anacapa Street. He's great, and there's even lots of customer parking right in front.


 COMMENT 534982P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 02:05 PM

@928, please tell us more about the nematode solution: where/when/ how and, of course, approximate cost.

We're also having problems with fleas for the first time.


 COMMENT 534985 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 02:22 PM

Nope because we started to use comfortis with our pets and it is NICE!! Maybe the fleas are increasing in the yards that aren't using it....


 COMMENT 535076P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 07:47 PM

Someday this myth about fleas in yards will die a natural and long-overdue death. Fleas like blood. They live where they can easily access hosts, so that they can feed off those hosts. If you're keeping your pets in kennels outside or in little dog houses, you probably will have fleas outside-----near those areas.

The home environment, especially if there's nice wall-to-wall carpeting, is perfect for fleas. Fleas generally lay their eggs on the host animal. Sometimes the eggs are lain wherever the wall meets the floor, but always where there are pets. You can see how wall-to-wall carpeting makes this a cozy place for eggs. Sprinkle salt in these areas.

The eggs can "wait"/lie dormant for long periods of time. When the heat and humidity is just right, the eggs will hatch.

A great place to find flea eggs is on animals' beds or wherever you allow your pets to sleep. Cat fleas and dog fleas are not the same. Cat fleas are more prolific and, since cats are rarely washed, the flea eggs will fall from the host onto the bedding and that's where the fun begins. Dog fleas also fall onto the bedding area, of course. With carpeting, you can have flea eggs everywhere.

Washing bedding and vacuuming is crucial. Comfortis (tablet ingested by pet) is definitely the most benign (for you and your pet) solution, as far as using any kind of chemical flea control. Comfortis is spinosad. Look it up. Works better than any topical treatment.

As for people who spray pesticides and who don't mind poisoning themselves and their pets . . . I feel sad that you have so little love for yourself and your companion animals. Poor animals, who trust us implicitly to care for them.


 COMMENT 535092P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 08:55 PM

076P, I've been usung flea powders and sprays for years and years and years and all my pets have lived extremely long and happy lives. Please spare us the "I feel so sad that you have so little love for yourself and your companion animals" line. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean that your convoluted logic is true in any way.


 COMMENT 535095P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 09:47 PM

Ugh, yes!!! Advantix 11 doesn't seem to help at all. I have a few friends who have mentioned Neem oil and said they've had good results with it. From what I understand, you can either buy the neem oil and put it into your doggie shampoo, or you can also find pet shampoos that already have the oil in it. I haven't gotten around to trying it yet, but it's next on my list.
And, 092P, agreed!


 COMMENT 535096P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 09:54 PM

095P here. Forgot to mention that you can get Neem oil at Lazy Acres.


 COMMENT 535127 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 07:54 AM

For 8 years our dog has never had fleas. She is largely a house dog and we have a large backyard. She does not socialize with other dogs. However when we recently took here in to be groomed, bathed, etc. she got fleas, apparenty at the groomers where they allow the dogs to mix particularly with those waiting for service with those freshly bathed.


 COMMENT 535140 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 09:05 AM

I have indoor/outdoor cats and wall to wall carpeting and have not noticed an increase in fleas this year. In fact last week I was thinking that it has been a rather mild flea summer so far considering how warm it has been all year. I live in an upstairs condo. My neighbor who lives in the only ground floor unit in our complex used to have an indoor only cat and hardwood floors and he had horrible flea problems, still has his place professionally sprayed twice a year.


 COMMENT 535168 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 10:10 AM

yes, terrible explosion of fleas which I am in midst of dealing with .... and my cats are all indoors. Must have come in off my feet. Animal died under house so they are everywhere outside under my deck. Its unlike anything i ever had. Treated with comfortis yesterday, boraxing the rooms one by one, laundry, vacuum, repeat. Its insanely bad. How can I get the dead decaying animal out from under my house and at least have the main source of fleas ( I AM theorizing the source is this) dealt with???


 COMMENT 535197 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 01:05 PM

Yes, my dog has more fleas than last summer; but I don't have any bites as I usually do, could be the vitamin B I'm taking.


 COMMENT 535213 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 01:32 PM

Comfortis is contraindicated in dogs with seizures so I can't use it for my dog. Would love to hear what topical treatments have worked for folks. I've been told the topicals wash off and read that they don't. If my dog gets wet regularly, I was told to use comfortis. And I was told the topicals soak in through the skin and then you can bathe and swim your dog. Completely opposite information. What to do???


 COMMENT 535267 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 06:03 PM

I have numerous dogs that I treated with all know pesticides against my own safe and sane policy. They didnt work. Fleas seems to be in control. Then I made my own flea repellent and it does work!Its called
rub with love lotion for dogs.
Available at Salon Patine and Island Seed and Feed.


 COMMENT 535278 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-13 07:54 PM

I got a few bites about 2 weeks ago - treated my dog with comfortis (his last dose was in March) and haven't gotten a bite since!


 COMMENT 535338 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-14 09:54 AM

267, nice commercial for your product. Is Ed going to send you a bill? We've seen a few more fleas with the heat lately but I bathe the dogs weekly and having hardwood floors seems to help. Nothing like an infestation.


 COMMENT 535354 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-14 10:49 AM

Seresto Flea collars! Affective for 8 months. Huge flea problem this time last year on my two indoor cats. One absolutely hated when I tried to get Advantage on him. Wouldn't come near me for three days afterward.

Took collars off in Feb this year. Flea problem started this year in late June. Seresto collars on July 1st. Fleas started 'dropping' (gross) the next day. 10 days in, no fleas on cats or in house.

Pricey but can be found online for $50 (cats). Divide that by 8 and it's a 'deal' compared to other remedies. Lemos had a rebate offer last month for $15 off.


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