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flea for your lives

I'm not sure if I'll be on tomorrow, so happy one-day-early birthday to roonblah!

On a totally -- *totally* unrelated note, I've been putting in untold hours and expense toward ridding my house of a sudden and unappreciated flea infestation. Where they came from I don't know, but they popped out after our recent storms, at the exact same time that clouds of mosquitos suddenly blocked out the sun in northeast Indiana. Much as I hate winter, this is one summer tradition I won't miss.

The amount of time and money I've had to put into cleaning and fogging is bothering me almost as much as the itching ankles. Almost.


Sep. 5th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

We've had that once. I tried all sorts of stuff to get rid of them. We even sprinkled Borax on the floor, which apparently chokes them (but is pretty toxic so we would vacuum up as soon as we could). We've since replaced our carpets, so I don't know if that was the deciding factor in driving them off. Our usual problem is ants though - those little suckers keep on comin'.

Good luck :)
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
My carpets should have been replaced when they went out of style, say the early 80's ... so that might very well be a factor. I sprinkled flea dust on the floor and left it there for almost three days in the hopes of killing the little buggers and their offspring, but I don't know exactly what was in the dust. I do know I shouldn't have been walking through it, but since the bites were working their way up my legs and I was actually spraying bug spray *on myself*, I'd say the dust was the least of my stupidity.

It's amazing the foolishness someone will resort to when the itching drives them crazy enough. (Could I get a column out of this? I mean, if I survive?)
Sep. 6th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
Desperate times. Desperate measures.

Totally believable.

And I definitely think you can get a column out of this harrowing experience. Think of all the adversities you've survived.
Sep. 8th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
I think I might be able to get *two* columns out of this! *Itches for joy*

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