Fleas.

So this Friday, E notices a couple of fleas on Baxter. Dutifully, we vacuum everything and put the stuff on the back of his neck. Baxter’s, not E’s. Because that would be stupid.

Today I was trying to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which I promise not to talk about until people catch up and finish it) and I looked down at an itch on my arm. Flea! Fark me, it happened four times and I drownded those little buggers and relished their deaths.

I went and bought some spray stuff for the furniture from the pet store, where I was not so much helped as fluttered around by a completely unhelpful salesgirl.

Thinking to fight the flea fight on two fronts, I then went into my local hippie store for some essential oils. I’d heard fleas hate the smell of cedar. After a lengthy discussion with the naturopath saleswoman and another flea-infested customer, I walked away with a custom blend of oils that repels fleas. I put a few drops in some hot water and washed the floors, and stuck some in a diffuser. It might repel fleas (so far two have committed suicide in Baxter’s water dish), but it certainly repels E, whose eyes were stinging and his throat burning.

Time will tell, but I still feel itchy.

5 Comments to “Fleas.”

  1. By Arwen, July 23, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    You know what really works? Those guys with the toxic chemicals. I love them.

  2. By Liz, July 23, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    I know. I had concerns about waking up with three eyeballs and stuff, though.

  3. By gen, July 24, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    I have to agree with Arwen. When Ryan’s place was infested (it was bad, really bad, Sebastian wouldn’t let his feet touch the floor) we sprayed and washed everything. Have you washed your couch? How about your sheets?

  4. By Liz, July 25, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    All bedding has been washed. Mattress and couch and all other soft furnishings have been vacuumed and sprayed with the harsh stuff. I have some diatomaceous earth, too. Kills fleas, but is not toxic to people or cats. I’ll be putting it on just about everything and creating a perimeter with it. Hope is in sight.

  5. By stephanie, July 25, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    Whenever I see a bug, I feel them all over for days and days. Even if the thing was never on me. My mind puts it on me and then I’m done for.

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