Have I really gotten rid of the fleas?

It would seem so. I’m halfway afraid to say yes, for sure, I have. I’ve definitely done it with chemicals. I don’t know what strain fleas these were but they were inordinately tough. Much too sturdy to cave to all the “natural” cures I tried. Or maybe they didn’t know they were supposed to leave. They’ve certainly left their imprint on Twinkle.

The poor cat stays up high 99 44/100% of the time. She learned she had to do that to stay out of reach of the critters. Now that they are no longer a menace (or seldom so) she could be roaming around like she used to but she doesn’t. I managed to coax her onto the floor for a few minutes tonight by luring her with her cat vitamin and a couple of brewers yeast tablets. She enjoyed some petting and rubbed against my legs for the first time in weeks. Then it was back to a perch. There are several of them around. Currently, she is on the Nordic Track belly pad. That’s about as high as she can get without climbing on top of the china cabinet which she has done several times.

She’s spent most of the days (I’ve been here) sleeping. There’s probably a lot of that to make up. I know I’ve gone to bed early the last two nights. My neighbor even commented on it. It’s hard to sleep when fleas are trying to dine on your body. When there’s been little uninterrupted sleep for a month, a living creature of any kind gets desperate.

Looking back, I should have caved a sooner but I didn’t and now I’m paying the price. I’m expecting relatives in a little over a week and it’s going to push me to get everything cleaned up and back in place by the time they arrive. I’ve been pushing myself most of the day to Get Things Done and I barely put a dent in the kitchen. It takes a long time to get all the dishes, etc., out of the cabinets, wash them, wash out the cabinets, then put the stuff back. I’m not going to get all of it done, for sure. I’ll have to get the main part finished.

If you have fleas and decide to go the fogging route, I’ve read you can put paper over the dishes in the cabinets to shield them from the vapor. I don’t know. I don’t think I’d trust that to work.

We aren’t completely flea-free yet but they don’t last long enough to reproduce. At least that’s the theory. I feel one of the critters now and then having their last meal on this earth. I don’t feel sorry for them.

4 Responses to Have I really gotten rid of the fleas?

  1. Susan October 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Tommie,
    Sorry this is days after the fact but I just visited your posts after a months time….

    I’ve had trouble with fleas too. My cat and myself neither one can use any chemicals on or around our bodies. I have used, with success, the Boric Acid. But, you have to mix equal parts of Rock Salt with the Boric Acid to be affective. Don’t know why but it works. I use old cottage cheese lids(or the sort) to put the ‘mixture’ in. Make sure its just the lids. Then place randomly throughout the house under furniture etc.
    This usually takes a few days to a week at the most depending on the amount of fleas and eggs you have.
    Only two things to be concerned with….One, the Rock Salt is hard to vacuum up and Second the mixture draws moisture so you will need to check for that every few days and replace as needed.
    I continue to use the mixture for weeks to combat any new ‘visitors’.
    Hope this is helpful!

  2. Tommie October 15, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    I threw away a bunch of lids that would have been perfect. Wonder why it has to be mixed with the salt? I have plenty of table salt left over. Maybe it would work with that?

  3. Kimberly Engheben November 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Here’s one that works every time, Diatomaceous Earth-Food Grade-Wholesale Pricing:


    I don’t sell it, but I do buy it, it’s fantastic. Read the testimonies for human use.

    It’s very inexpensive and is sold in qty of 2.5 lbs to palets of 50 lb bags.

    Because I have nothing to gain I could say a lot about it but I leave it for you to decide.
    If not you, someone you know will benefit greatly from it.

    • Tommie November 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      I hope there won’t be a next time but I’ll remember this if there is. Thanks!!

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