Originally Posted by semiferal
Treating the yard with a non-chemical won't work, and the insecticide treatments used on the yard are super toxic.
Frontline is the same insecticide they use on lettuce, which we eat without thinking twice. Frontline is safe even if it is given orally - not that I'd recommend that, of course! It's really the safest and most effective way to go. Advantage is also very safe - I've used it on newborn kittens with no ill effects. It's much less harmful than fleas can be.
Many people these days *are* thinking twice about the foods they eat. There's a huge demand for and increase in the supply of organic foods because lots of us DON'T want pesticide with our salad. There's no Frontline on *my* lettuce!!!
It's debatable whether or not "Advantage is very safe" but one thing is for sure - it should NOT be used on newborn kittens. The manufacturers themselves clearly state the product should not be used on kittens younger than 8 weeks old.
Ast, there are some things that may help prevent fleas in your yard and home - try some of the suggestions at www.pesticide.org/fleas.html
. Diatomaceous earth in particular is very effective.