I worked at petsmart for 6 years in college & always knew fleas were a serious problem. But I NEVER realized how serious the problem was until I moved by a large bay (the raritan bay which seperates NJ from NY) and noticed this entire area is rife with fleas. When I use to live more inland, fleas were NEVER a problem. Didn't matter how many pets we had not once did a flea ever get into the house. So these last few months I've been testing and researching a lot. Have spoke to vets, pest control experts and all sorts of people. What I've noticed? Roughly 90% of the "cures" proposed online, on youtube, even in reputable sources like webmd are complete and utter nonsense. I've bought AND tested (control setting) almost a dozen different sprays and chemicals. Hartz Flea & Tick Spray, Off, Flea 4 X, Borax, Diatomaceous Earth, Raid, Sulfur, Baking Soda, etc etc. Something that really sprang my interest.... you can find thousands of articles and videos advising the use of many of these substances. But you can't find **1** single article or video that actually shows a flea being exposed to these substances and what happens afterwards. So same way I do my marketing, I decided "why not just test for myself?" 1) Hartz Flea & Tick Spray - Tetraclorvinphos 1.08% - Claims right on the bottle to "KILL" both fleas and ticks. Test - I isolated 3 fleas in a sealed tubberware container, emptied about 10 shots inside so there was a PUDDLE. Came back in 24 hours to see the fleas swimming around in the spray and jumping around in the container hitting their heads against the lid like healthy fleas do. Left them in for 3 days total and not 1 flea died. Results - FAILED 2) OFF - 25% DEET - Claims to "repel" fleas. Test- I isolated 3 fleas in tubberware again. This time I sprayed the off on a small cotton ball and threw it in. I observed the container for 3 days and guess what? The fleas actually preferred to SIT on the cotton ball with the DEET, rather than the dry plastic bottom that had NO DEET WHATSOEVER. Results - FAILED 3) Flea 4 X - Fipronil 9.7% - Claims "4 way action to: KILL fleas, ticks & lice". You're suppose to put this on your dogs back. Test- Once again. I isolated 3 fleas in tubberware. Emptied enough for a 60lb dog (my dog is 30lbs). Monitored for 3 days and not 1 flea died, got sick or acted weird in anyway. Results - FAILED 4) Borax - Sodium Tetraborate - No direct claims. Many people just say it's a desiccant so it will pull out all the moisture from the fleas and kill them. People recommend dumping this shit all over your home. Test- I put about half an inch in the tubberware to cover the whole bottom. Found 3 more fleas & threw them in. Monitored for 3 days and what do you know? All 3 fleas still had a nice shiny coat. None died. They were all healthy like the previous 3 tests. Results - FAILED 5) Diatomaceous Earth - This is finely powdered sea shells - Claim: The fleas will crawl around the "sharp" >>>powder, which will cut open their hard shells and kill them. I equate this to someone saying, "you can kill a human being by making them crawl around in sand" LOL. Test- Same thing. 3 fleas added to a container of DE. I randomly inspected the container with a magnifying glass for 3 days. Checked their legs, none were broken or disformed. Checked their shells, no scratches, nothing. No dead fleas. Results - FAILED I also tried baking soda, vinegar (just a coating cause you can't drown them in your home), sulfur, lemon tea & pure citric acid. The ONLY thing that worked as >>RAID. I put the fleas in tubberware. Sprayed 1 shot of RAID in there & within 5 seconds they were twitching and keeled over. However, RAID is way too toxic for a home. I've bombed my house twice with the less toxic foggers and it takes a RIDICULOUS amount of work to prep then clean afterwards. I realized there is no way I can stop the fleas from getting into my home. I've done the flea baths everyday, they're on my dog again before she even dries. I've concluded that the problem is 2 things: 1) Environment - Even though I've had my lawn treated all I have to do is take my dog for a walk (everyday) and the fleas come from the beach, neighbors yards, the marshland down the road.... every square inch of this town has a flea hiding somewhere. 2) Dog - I'm not getting rid of my dog lol. But it's got to the point where she is scratching herself at least 12 hours / day. She's become very allergic to the flea saliva and just 1 flea will set her off. Steroids are a no no because I know how they work and it's only a temporary fix. Topical cortisone does nothing and neither does benadryl. My last option is a prescription pill called "Comfortis" (spinosad). From what I hear, you just give the dog 1 tablet and it lasts for a month. What bothers me, it's a pesticide. So instead of spraying pesticides on my dog and all over the house, now she'll just be eating them. If a flea bites the dog, the flea dies immediately. And that's some freaky shit. I read about the side effects, vomiting, nausea, siezures, etc..... has anyone tried something like this before? I think if I'm gonna resort to feeding my dog pesticides... maybe it would make more sense to just shave her bald? Apparently fleas don't like humans cause they have nothing to grab onto. And I'm thinking if I shave her hair down to the skin, yes she'd look like a freak, but it would make it 1000xs easier to identify and brush off the fleas. Plus the topic solutions might work better since they'd have direct contact with her skin. What do you people think? -BB ps. I should clarify something. Which is the fact that I ran all these tests AFTER testing them on my dog. I was suspicious they weren't doing anything which is why I started the tubberware tests to see for myself. I might even start a YT channel just to show people how ineffective most of this crap is.