I am a pet groomer by profession. Here in the north east the fleas have been HORRIBLE this year. When I first started grooming 20 years ago, every late summer/fall would bring an onslaught of fleas. With the advancement of technology and spot treatments fleas had almost completely disappeared.
UNTIL... last year. Last year was the first time in years that I started seeing large flea infestations again. Granted I live in a moderately high income area where almost every client keeps frontline/advantage/vectra some other version of spot treatment on their pets at least 60 months out of the year.
I just wanted to respond to the +1 to frontline. Unfortunately, at least in my area, frontline has COMPLETELY stopped working. I have groomed countless dogs in the past 2 months that have been on frontline and completely compliant with live flea infestations on the dogs (and cats) I (and many other groomers) believe that the fleas have built up a resistance to that particular product.
So far the Advantage and Vectra 3d are still working so if you have a choice, go with one of those. They use a different insecticide then the frontline.
You can also if you choose add "Sentinal" which is a monthly heart worm preventative that also has the IGR that people in earlier posts are talking about. It is flea product that stops fleas from being able to reproduce, so even if your dog does get fleas. It will end the cycle when that flea dies.
I never recommend flea bombs to my clients the reason for this is because the bombs explode, the chemicals go up into the air and fall to the ground. Sounds great except that they land on whatever they hit first. Therefore, much of your home is not protected. The mist lands on tables, and furniture but does NOT get under those things. Unfortunately, under those things are where most of your flea eggs are going to be.
Fleas lay eggs on the pet, the pet walks around and the eggs fall off as they wander or sleep. Then, as we walk around the house the breeze we create, blows the drying eggs into the corners, under furniture, under overhangs from the cabinets or heaters where they are protected.
For that reason, I always recommend the area premise sprays. that way you can aim the product where you want it.
OH.. there is one stage of a flea that nothing can kill. For this reason I recommend that clients keep their pets on the spot treatments for at least 3 more months after they think the fleas are gone, even if it is midwinter. That way, as they hatch they will die as they jump on the pet.
Anyway, sorry for the long, probably boring post but since this is a subject I state my livelyhood on, I thought I would chime in
Hope someone finds it helpful
It is not hard to keep your pets and your home flea free (I agree with the person who shows dogs, btw what breed???) It just takes the right prevention. My dog comes to work with me everyday and is exposed to fleas sometimes and I have never had them in my home.