In some parts Spring will be here pretty soon... and with Spring comes.... FLEAS! EW! YUCK! NASTY LITTLE BLOOD SUCKERS! Fleas make all of us miserable. The best way not to get them is prevention! Treating your yard for them is the first line of defense. I use dawn dish detergent in a miracle grow type sprayer that attaches to the garden hose, spray down the yard once a month and we're golden. On the off chance that we do get some nasties I use a flea/lice comb and a small bowl filled with rubbing alcohol (I use a flea comb like this one www.walmart.com/ip/Mini-Flea-Comb/14284804 it cost a couple dollars at Wal-Mart) I comb through each animal picking the fleas off of the comb and dumping them in the rubbing alcohol, I use rubbing alcohol because there is less surface tension and the fleas sink and die, less chance of them climbing out of the bowl. Vacuum the couches, carpets and other upholstered furniture daily paying special attention to the crevices in the furniture and cracks where the walls meet the floors. (empty the vacuum outside into a plastic bag or the fleas, can and will escape) Wash animal bedding every couple days in hot water (I also use about a table spoon of dawn in the wash too). You will most likely have to do this for a couple weeks because the life span of a flea from egg to adult can be anywhere between 2 weeks or as long as 2 years!
Thanks for the reminder, Rose! It's times like this that make me so happy I live where I do No fleas!
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Sid Kitten got out the other day and was gone for about 24 hours or so...when he came home....guess what he brought with him?!?!? Todays temp is about 77 and it's going to be raining this afternoon... warm moist environment is perfect for those little blood suckers!
Hmmm, I've got to survive at least another 5 months before I even have to think about the creepy crawlers...No actually remember just because it's cold doesn't mean they can't bring them home. Fun-Go was at the vet the other day...need I say more So, I spent a week doing exactly what Rose mentioned, combing and drowning the little blighters (I use Dawn soap). Those of you that have immune compromised fuzzes or sickies, they will be tastier than your raw fed, healthy fuzzes, so always check them first. They're like the lightningrod. ciao
No fleas in Canada, I'm moving. My vet in florida told us to use kitten flea med (like hartline) on Ponce. What do you all think of that. We never had flea issues and don't (yet) in Tennessee. But in Florida, we lived on the water and the palmetto bugs (giant flying roaches) get inside and my Ponce was a mighty hunter. Nothing as gross as seeing him find one, pounce and eat it. Then he would spit out the legs, OMG Yuck!
When I moved into my current rental with my first ferret and bunny the naughty previous owners (and the landlords) didnt treat for fleas and my poor babies had an infestation. They were even biting me! With daily vaccumming, washing, flea combing, and revolution for kittens, the fleas were gone in no time. I used revolution 3 times with success and as a bonus it is also a heartworm preventive.