The common dog fleas are actually cat fleas. They cannot survive on humans, but they will occasionally try to bite
also members of your family. Some people are very attractive to the dog/cat fleas and can be just as plagued by
them as the dog.
You get fleas no matter how much you try to clean your home - or keep it clean. There is no correlation between
hygiene and getting fleas.
In sharp contrast to almost all other parasites, fleas do not live on the dog. They only eat on the dog - and use the
dog for transportation to new places. You can get fleas by simply walking your dog past a bush where the beasts
sit and wait for the next dog to come by and give them a ride to a new "home".
They spend 22-23 hours a day off the dog, and they lay their eggs off the dog. This makes them difficult to defeat,
because you cannot kill more than 2-5% of them by bathing the dog in flea shampoo...
You do not need to actually see any fleas in order to know for sure that you have them. They leave their poop in
the dog's coat. It looks like small drops of cigarette ash, but in contrast to cigarette ash, it gets red when you
smear it with a wet finger in your palm.
The real problem with fleas is that they lay their eggs in dark spots, often along the end of a rug, along the cracks
between the floor and the walls, between the mattresses in the double bed, and other similar places that are
warm, moist, and dark. It takes 2-12 days for them to hatch. The larvae live on dust and organic matter in the
environment they were hatched in. They do not go on the dog. They go through another two life stages before
they cocoon and become adult fleas. The whole process takes about 3-4 weeks, from egg to adult flea that will
now attack the dog to get the blood they need in order to lay eggs.
Prevention is the best cure. But if you got an infestation, you will need to deal with it. For the wolves in nature, if
would never really become a problem, because they travel so much. But your dog is destined to stay in the same
home every day - so re-infestation is impossible to avoid if you do not do something about it.
I have successfully fought the problem once by simply checking my dogs' coat 5 times daily and manually catching
and killing those beasts, systematically, for a period of 3 weeks, using a flea comb. By using the flea comb
systematically, you can confine the beasts to the remaining parts of the dog's body - which makes the catching
possible. You will quickly learn how to use this tool effectively, as you will have to allow yourself some cursing
when you catch one and got it off the skin with the comb, but failed to kill it before it jumped! It is tedious, though,
but absolutely possible.... And it is completely safe.
You can help yourself significantly by also applying this very effective, safe old remedy. I got the description of this
smart way of doing it from Louise at www.raw-connections.com - with her permission to pass it on:
Old effective way to control fleas
I ran across this when I was looking for a non chemical way to control fleas. I went to the agriculture department
and check their files before 1946 to get this one. I suggested it to Judy B. who had tried lots of other methods and
spent a lot of money but found this to be the most effective ;o)))
Try the safe soapy water and light bulb flee controller. Hang light bulb 1 foot above a low container (about a foot
wide and 2-3 inches deep and with at least 1 inch of soapy water in it.
It is moved around about 5 feet a day. Alternatively, of them set up. Best places indoors is within 5 feet of where
your pet sleeps and you sleep.
The fleas jump to the light (heat) and fall in the soapy water that traps them, and they drown.
You should set up some traps also outdoors.
Remember that fleas are not found in your driveway gravel or in the open. The larvae do not survive high
temperatures. They are found in shaded areas, like under porches, decks, car ports, at the edges of woods, and
especially in places where your pets lay down outdoors.
It was suggested on one of my lists you put it in a wire crate to keep the other animals out of it.
Works very well :o)))