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Ho Hum.

I've just been grooming and picking fleas off Foo again. I gave her a dose of flea treatment two days ago, but you'd never guess. Fortunately, fleas like light coloured linen (and newspapers - when the dogs had flea trouble when I was a kid, we were encouraged to lie on the floor reading the newspaper, with a bowl of water beside us). And Foo likes being groomed while lying on the bed in the sunshine, so this bit is not hard for either of us.

Tomorrow is homecare day, so the bed linen will be washed then and I'll ask if they can vacuum the mattress as well, in exchange for not having to put the doona into the clean cover, as I reckon it'll be a good day to put that through the wash as well.

Yesterday I vacuumed and/or washed most of the soft furnishings in the living room, but it'll need redoing tomorrow or the day after as well.

I can't believe this is so complicated. And alas, I can only expect a reduction in numbers really. The level of fuss required for eradication is a bit beyond the likes of me.

These are sexually transmitted fleas - Bloke's cats had fleas and I reckon some hitchhiked, which further confirms the virtue of my vow of celibacy. It's not just about avoiding bees.

Speaking of bees (RUN! BEEEES!) I'm reading Genesis. Let me get back to you on that.

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Dec. 14th, 2015 07:34 am (UTC)
I know your vet made suggestions, but seriously I'd be flea bombing the place. Downside is that both you and Foo will need to vacate the premises for a few hours.

I just HATE fleas, basically phobic now after living through flea infestations.
Dec. 14th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC)
I agree with you. Fleas are extremely hard to get rid of and it's an all or nothing situation. Flea bombing is the only solution. Been there and am paranoid about it. They are rather like bedbugs. Once they've infested they are there to stay unless drastic measures are taken.
Dec. 14th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
When I had a flea infestation (shudder) I flea bombed the rooms that could be closed and sprayed the rest of the house with some no doubt highly toxic-to-humans anti-flea spray so thoroughly that I didn't even see a single cockroach for about five years. (Very unusual in Perth.) I'm surprised the cat and I lived through the treatment, but said cat is now 20 years old.
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