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Summer 2013: Bad Year for Ticks and Fleas

by on Jun.02, 2013, under Favorites

All that weird, earlier Spring 2013 weather seems to have led us directly to one of the worst late-Spring flea and tick “attacks” I’ve seen in the last ten years.

At first I thought Cato was just more prone to fleas than his predecessor, CoCo, but as I’ve made just a quick walk to the mailbox and back and have then found ticks on both of us – I think we are facing a tough season.

At the same time, the Frontline products I’ve been using for decades don’t seem to be doing the job. If I am religiously following the application process and schedule according to the packaging, Cato should have no fleas and no ticks. He has both.

I have a bag of Diatomaceous Earth I am going to apply around the entry points of this house later today. And though I think a lot of dogs are “over-bathed,” Cato will be spending some of this 80 degree plus day, getting one.

If anyone else has noticed that the flea and tick prevention product they’ve been using has suddenly NOT been working, I’d like to hear about it. The stuff is NOT cheap and if the manufacturer has changed it and made it less or not effective, they need to hear about it from pet owners.

Congratulations to my nephew Holden, who graduated from high school in Florida on Friday. Well Done! Wish I could have been there…

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Amy

    I am struggling with this horrible flea issue. Usually frontline plus once in the summer works NOT this year not sure what else to do. My bad we tried a different brand to start but went back to FLP, tried capstar also spray that I hate using as for baths I usually think I am not bathing enough but this summer to help kill fleas and give my dogs some relief baths have increased. I feel so bad for my dogs and discomfort I don’t know what else to do.

  • admin

    Same thing here this year with my dog Cato.

    He’d been on Frontline last summer and seemed to have little flea trouble but this year it was just not working. I was able to solve about 90% of the problem with Capstar. But Capstar is like a little 24 hour killer for fleas so you still have to use the Frontline, etc. More important here is that I treated the house and the yard heavy for about a week before I used the Capstar so any fleas that did jump off had a better chance of just dying versus living in the carpet, grass, etc. and then jumping back on the dog later. This seemed to be the turning point for Cato who, like your dogs, was just miserable and constantly scratching.

    The only other thing I did with Cato was to use a flea comb and comb him every single day – sometimes spraying some of the flea spray directly on the comb first. I treat the house and the yard with spray (inside) and Sevin Dust (outside) about every 3 days and had do to a second Capstar about a week after the first. He still scratches once and awhile but nothing like he was doing before.

    Don’t give up on Capstar, but I don’t think they explain enough that it won’t work by itself. I’m not sure why other companies are selling us expensive product claiming that it kills fleas when it no longer seems to. They had to have changed something.

    Good luck – I know it is hard to watch a dog who can’t seem to sleep or sit still due to fleas.

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