If there is one thing that I haved learned about trying to control fleas using natural methods, it's that you simply cannot slack off on the effort.
Normally, it would not be a big deal to slack off too much, the fleas would get a little worse, then we would redouble our efforts and the population would drop back down again. No big deal, right? Well add in a dog that has flea allergy dermatitis, and the whole thing changes.
Sammy has actually been very lucky as far as fleas are concerned. They simply don't like the taste of him. We can pull dozens of fleas off the cats with a flea comb, yet never find a single flea on Sam. We never find any flea dirt on him either. It seems that after one bite, they decide to search for their food someplace else.
Unfortunately, that one bite is enough to cause him to itch all over, and to pull out the hair on his rump, over his tail. That is a funny thing about fea allergies, they could be bitten anywher on their bodies, but the real itching is above their tail.
Well, I didn't vacuum or dust for a few days, and I forgot to give him his benedryl this morning and he pulled out another clump of fur.
I think we are going to have to get him some of the expensive flea repellent to wear while we work on knocking down the population using other methods. I just don't want to go back to trying to fog the house with noxious chemicals again. Yeah, we need to get rid of the fleas, but do we really need to expose everyone in the house to toxic gas to do that?