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Feeding garlic to your dogs will help rid the fleas, if you can stand the dogs' breath.   ;)

For the yard, you can spread yellow Sulpher.  Load up a sack, it must have holes (similar to the potato sacks used in sack races), and drag it around the yard.  Make sure to get the edges in case the fleas are coming from next door.

For the house, you can use diluted Lysol.  Don't dilute it too much because it needs to be strong.  Use a sponge to scrub it into the carpets and the floors.  My mom used this method for our dogs and cats and it worked great!  Yes, and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum --- floors, bedding, closets, anywhere your dogs have been.  Always throw the bags out so the fleas can't escape.


I have used Fleabusters for over 10 years.  It is a natural powder that you dust on floors, furniture or anywhere there is infestation.  After dusting you brush it slightly and it disappears. The powder adheres to the pet's hair simply by being in the environment that has been dusted.  It is a natural remedy and harmless even to crawling babies.  You can have it professionally applied or dust it on yourself.  It lasts until you shampoo the surface.  For more inro log on to    You will be glad you did.  

Karen Guthrie

hi artjoy!

i wish lavendar was the answer!  unfortunately, you've got your work cut out for you to get rid of the fleas, but there are a lot of nontoxic ways to do it.  we did the following things and have been flea-free for years (which is quite an accomplishment with 7 dogs, 2 cats, and 10 ferrets!!)

you must treat the pets, the house, and the yard.  

dogs:  bathe them thoroughly and repeatedly with a gentle flea shampoo, rinsing every trace of flea and flea dirt!  don't bother with flea collars or powders... mixing chemicals is a no-no!  also, we feed them a high-quality food and add brewers yeast and garlic to their food from spring through summer.  some people doubt that it works, but we swear by it.

house:  the big trick here is to VACUUM.  vacuum the carpets and all cracks and crevices in the furniture on a daily basis, disposing of the bags.  every flea and egg that you apples up is one less on your dogs!  although i've never had to resort to it, i've read that borax spread around the edges of your room is good for fleas (do your research first since i have no first-hand knowledge of this).

yard:   i think the best thing we did was get beneficial nematodes for the yard.  these are harmless, nontoxic little critters that, when spread in your yard and watered down, feed on the flea larva (the most prolific stage of flea growth).  they are harmless to pets, humans, and other flora and fauna.  we only had to use one application, but would do it again in a heartbeat.  i also understand that diatomaceous earth is excellent for fleas, slugs, etc., but again, do your homework if you need to use this. it is nontoxic, but i believe there was something to be cautious about.

good luck in your flea fight!  being consistent is the key, but it can be done!!


My two dogs have fleas. I recently moved to OR from AZ and so have no expereince with this. Any non toxic ideas to help me relieve their problem and cleanse my environment? I'd love to sprinkle the apartment ankle deep in lavendar or something...


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