Nasty Fleas! I have done my battle with them over the years! I have learned that the chemicals can do more harm to the pets and humans than the fleas.
The trick to killing a flea is simply using a bit of oil in your shampoo, they make some with d-limonene (orange oil)or a mineral oil. I am sure you have all heard about the Avon product "skin so soft" being used to repel fleas? The fleas breathe via gills. All you need to do is clog those gills with oil and they die. Use a sponge saturated in the shampoo apply on the pets dry coat thoroughly to assure a complete kill of the parasites. If you rinse with water first the flea will simply hop off during the wash cycle! But here's the problem: if the fleas were allowed 10 days on your pet you have serious trouble brewing. Fleas proliferate faster than anything known to man. Only 10 per cent of the population is on your pet the rest are in four different stages in the pet's environment. And that can get real ugly faster than you can imagine...
Anyway it is nice to be amongst very caring poodle owners that notice the first flea and take action. But beware that it can get out of hand easier than you think. I would always want to check out any four legged visitors that come to your home. Say if an infested pet shakes POOF you have hundreds of flea eggs to deal with! Flea eggs are about the size of a grain of salt.
Advantage/tix and frontline have saved many pets lives, just follow the manufacturers directions. They are necessary for some pets. Some live in a pest free environment and do not have to depend on chemicals.
Yes, borax is a great product it dries out the flea eggs and breaks into one stage of their cycle.