They say that it only takes 10,000 hours before you are an “expert” at something…anything. Well, I’m beginning to think that I may be well on the road to becoming a flea expert. And not by choice!
For the past three months or so, we’ve been dealing with fleas. We really didn’t think it was all that much of a “problem” since they weren’t bothering us or the cat. Basically, it was just one or two on the dog. For three months.
So first we decided to go natural and picked up some Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Spray. This stuff basically uses clove and peppermint oils to kill the fleas. And it works great. At killing the fleas. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tackle the eggs or the rest of the n0t-quite-fleas-yet buggers. And sadly for my little guy, it’s pretty potent stuff for his tender belly and it leaves him rashy (but their Hot Spot spray helps with that). Really, I can’t recommend this stuff enough, but unfortunately in our house, it wasn’t enough.
From there we moved onto the Frontline Plus. But for some odd reason, that didn’t seem to work as well as it had in the past. We were actually starting to wonder if we maybe got a bad batch.
About this time, we were considering bombing the house. But in order to do that, we all would have to leave…including the cat. So we were calling around to see if anyone did daycare boarding. We then called the vet to find out if his shots were updated so we could board. It was at this time that they told us that because we didn’t treat the cat with Frontline at the same time as the dob, the fleas still had someone to feed off. So off we go to the vet to get some Frontline for the fuzzy one.
So now we have both boys covered with Frontline, and we’re regularly spraying the dog and the room with the Vet’s Best spray. Still, we’re not really seeing and end in sight. Until a couple people start mentioning getting Diatomaceous Earth powder to sprinkle around the house.
We took the powder and sprinkled it behind the couch (in the dog’s favorite lounging place), in the dog bed, and on his pillow in the office. We also sprinkled him directly a time or two. We still want to sprinkle the couch, but we’re going for baby steps as this stuff isn’t safe to be inhaled directly (and wearing one of those mask thingies is kinda freaky in a claustrophobia sort of way).
I must say, we’re finally seeing an end in sight. I know the vet said we’d still be dealing with fleas over the next three months as the fleas in their various lifespan become adults. But it’s better than it was a few weeks ago.
And now, when we find a flea on us, or the dog, we pluck that sucker up and drop it in a cup of peppermint and clove oil water. Instant death!