We use a 3-month preventative pill 3 times per year (none in winter). The pill works to keep fleas and ticks off so we don't have to try to remove them.
Clean clean clean some more. I have a couple senior dogs where it is not advisable to give them pills or use the topical treatments. I spray the perimeter of my property and base of my house with vinegar once a month. Must be repeated after every rain event. Here are some methods for you to try.
Dawn dish soap, bathe dog. fleas don't like the smell of lavender ,peppermint , lemongrass and chrysanthemums. Plant in pots keep near doors windows move as needed. I use essential oil add to water and when my dog drys after a bath I lightly spray him. The fleas don't like vinegar or lemon juice either. Hope this will work for you too, Sue
Hi Jenny: Bathe your dog in blue Dawn dish washing soap. Let the suds sit on your puppy for about 5 minutes and then rinse well. Even though you get the fleas off of your dog, you need to get them out of your house. Then, blow dry on a white towel and you will see the dead fleas fall off. You can also make a spray of a couple drops of Dawn and water and spray around your house. This should kill the fleas. Fleas live about 2 or 3 months. I have had very good luck with Frontline, just be sure that the package DOES NOT have an expiration date. Frontline doesn't have an expiration date, but the knock-offs do. Get the right dose for the size of your pet, you don't want to over dose or under dose your pet. Unfortunately, you need a product like this to break the breeding cycle and I don't now of anything you can make that will do this. When you vacuum your floors, empty the tube, if that's the type of vacuum you have, or remove the bag and put the whole thing in a plastic bag and throw away outside. The fleas will live in the vacuum and then sneak out and start living large in your house. Good luck