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RobinS:
I make up a spray with a cup of water and 3-5 drops each of tea tree, lavendar or lavendar and geranium and I lightly spritz my pets when they go out...also, flea combing at this time of year and washing bedding weekly.

refuge821:
I've certainly found the natural approach works, but it does take diligent effort.  I managed it with newbie cats that joined our family, but I was a work-at-home mom.  Robin, I'd like to know what you use for spray on your pets.  Give details, please  ::)

Pretty cool idea to use cedar mulch in an area specifically used by your pets.  That's a great prevention tactic and it keeps them from digging up the grass also so makes for a real win-win situation.

firequeen1977:
I live on a farm and I have noticed that I do have to use Frontline more often than I used to.  That is why my first post says Frontline and others like it.  There are new ones out there but I would rather use what I can trust not to cause a reaction in my pets. 
Because I have children I think using a good flea preventer is a much better option than using things that I have found useless.  I don't want my children getting parasites and using garlic, diatomacious earth, and picking fleas off does not effectively deal with the issue.  It may scare a few away but if you have a severe infestation you know that this approach does not work.

RobinGA:

--- Quote from: firequeen1977 on December 23, 2008, 07:36:38 PM ---HI there, I have owned a grooming salon for almost 11 years now so I know a little about fleas. 
I am not big on using chemicals in life except in one area: using Frontline on my pets.   Having fleas means having worms.  It's an absolute fact.  The cat/dog eats the fleas when biting at them, the fleas have the worms inside and they get in your pet.  When your pet sits on your furniture you have worm eggs on your furniture, floor, bedding, etc.  The droppings also fall off the pet onto your household items.  When a child places their hand on these things and then in their mouth you  now have a kid with worms. 
There is a frugal way of using frontline.....I hope I don't get into trouble so I will only tell you some of it, the rest you can find out from a seller on ebay.  Once you buy the kit on ebay you can save the equipment and refill with Frontline from your local vet.
I buy the biggest Frontline pack possible for a dog.  It lasts me for 6 doses and breaks down to 2.25 per month per animal.   I used the dog ampules on my cats for several years now.  There is one product left out of the dog kind so your cat is not harmed, you might hurt the dog if you use cat Frontline on it but not vice versa.
Do not waste your time buying the junk at chain stores, none of it is effective.  My customers and I have tried everything and Frontline or others like it are the only flea products that work. 
I am really sorry your cat is so sick, I hope it made it.  I also hope someone can use my advice.

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Actually, my holisitc vet was telling me that vets are finding that due to overuse of Frontline, it is becoming more and more ineffective.  I realize that sometimes if an infestation happens, you need intervention, but I have managed parasites and such naturally in my home and we live in the woods.  My pets go to an area in the yard that is mulched with cypress, so no grass and I use a "spray" that I make up to deter mosquitos and ticks.  I do agree, over the counter stuff is not only a waste, but incredibly dangerous, especially for cats. 

firequeen1977:
HI there, I have owned a grooming salon for almost 11 years now so I know a little about fleas. 
I am not big on using chemicals in life except in one area: using Frontline on my pets.   Having fleas means having worms.  It's an absolute fact.  The cat/dog eats the fleas when biting at them, the fleas have the worms inside and they get in your pet.  When your pet sits on your furniture you have worm eggs on your furniture, floor, bedding, etc.  The droppings also fall off the pet onto your household items.  When a child places their hand on these things and then in their mouth you  now have a kid with worms. 
There is a frugal way of using frontline.....I hope I don't get into trouble so I will only tell you some of it, the rest you can find out from a seller on ebay.  Once you buy the kit on ebay you can save the equipment and refill with Frontline from your local vet.
I buy the biggest Frontline pack possible for a dog.  It lasts me for 6 doses and breaks down to 2.25 per month per animal.   I used the dog ampules on my cats for several years now.  There is one product left out of the dog kind so your cat is not harmed, you might hurt the dog if you use cat Frontline on it but not vice versa.
Do not waste your time buying the junk at chain stores, none of it is effective.  My customers and I have tried everything and Frontline or others like it are the only flea products that work. 
I am really sorry your cat is so sick, I hope it made it.  I also hope someone can use my advice.

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