Here’s a great post from my friend Chrissie at the Pupcycled blog. She says everything I know to be true – there’s no effective quick fix to a flea infestation! Chrissie runs a great site full of information for dog owners – check it out – the link is at the bottom of the page.
Anyone that has ever had to deal with fleas on their dog wants the fastest and easiest way to get rid of the fleas. However, what most people fail to realize is that dealing with fleas is like running a marathon not a sprint. As a runner and dog owner, I can identify with this analogy very easily.
When runners sprint they work hard and push their hardest for a few minutes and when the sprint is over they feel relieved and accomplished within an hour of putting on their running shoes. If only fighting fleas was this simple! Unfortunately, it is more like a marathon due to the fact that flea eggs and larvae can stick around even after the adult fleas are destroyed. A marathon runner, unlike a sprinter, paces themselves and varies their running regimen when preparing for a race. The same mentality has to be applied to fighting fleas. What you do each day and each week varies, but eventually you finish the race and do feel that same sense of accomplishment that a sprinter feels.
I have found you have to get rid of the fleas, either through natural or chemical means, and then move onto a schedule of prevention. During that prevention time, you may have another major outbreak and need to address it, but will still have to do several more weeks of prevention. When it comes to deciding on chemical or natural or a combination of both, the real question is do you want to spend more money and less time, or more time and less money? Doing things naturally takes a little more time, but saves you a lot of money. Using chemical treatments saves some time, but still requires weeks of prevention activities as well.
As an loving dog mother to three dogs on five acres of wooded and open land, I can tell you firsthand, running the flea marathon is not a fun race. (I would much rather run from Zombies…Which I have done by the way). When we adopted our one dog two years ago, he brought fleas into our house, and my hard work and time commitment paid off. I was able to get rid of the fleas, without any chemicals, completely within about 3-4 months. Through natural preventative measures, I have kept the fleas off my dogs and out of my home ever since. Now, for those people who still prefer to sprint, 3-4 months may sound too long, but keep in mind, I have not had to deal with it over and over again. When it comes to flea fighting, I am all about the marathon versus several sprints a year.
So are you the sprinter or the marathon runner? Are you willing to keep fighting major flea outbreaks over and over with tiny breaks in between, or are you up for a few long months of a flea marathon and then a really nice long break? If you are up for the flea marathon challenge, visit my blog for great natural flea fighting and preventing tips, recipes, and more. www.pupcycled.blogspot.com