Frontline Plus doesn't work like it used to for me... I have started using the cheap stuff from Tractor Supply and it is doing the job. I have also had excellent results using Hartz powder for the carpet.
I use brewer's yeast & garlic tabs plus a flea, tick, mosquito spray. I also use Diatomacious Earth around the area. Sucks because now mosquitoes only target me on walks and I get ALL the bites. I guess I should put some on myself but I have eczema and it burns my breakout areas =\
If you are looking for a more organic form of monthly flea control there is Comfortis which is a chewable tablet that will take care of fleas, but unfortunately not ticks.
Advantage II, Frontline plus, Revolution for cats (Revolution for flea treatments in dogs doesn't seem to work that well), Advantix (DOGS ONLY!!!!!).
There are products like Sentinel that takes care of your heart worm preventative and will sterilize the flea population as well.
If you want quick treatment, just to kill the flea infestation Capstar or Program tablets work well.
Frontline Plus and Frontline Spray are quite effective against flea and ticks. They are water-proof and prevent fleas from attacking the pets for the next 30 days. Always consult your veterinarian before applying.
I have a friend who lives in the UK and she told me that she uses Frontline which is a well known flea and tick treatment. It comes in drops in a pippette and you put the drops on the collar of the dog. It works really well and does not contain as many unknown chemicals as American ones and her being her I trusted her. I ordered mine from shop4yourpets.com/store and was surprised that it is so cheap!! as well as being delivered to me here free!! I received the product in about 7 days and used it on my dog and she has been great with it. I comb her every day and there has been no black residue or eggs present. I really am very very happy!!