The Unwanted Visitors

We are trying to get back to normal after MOH’s visit. Both of us have put on weight, which is not a good thing, and we are on our third treatment of the house.
We are getting there, and have found just one flea since he left, but that is one too many.
Henry is a marvel as he is sucking up the powder with any residue of our unwanted visitors, and we are ‘blocking off the exit’ with tape so that they can’t escape in between hooverings. The bag will be binned when full, not recycled.

I remember a lady in our road when we had the bungalow who owned a couple of cats.
We were talking to her one day and noticed something on her tee shirt, thinking it was just a speck of dirt from the garden. Then it moved, and we saw another, and another, so quickly made an excuse to walk on.

I’ve never really had a problem with any of my dogs. Sure, when we got them as pups they were deloused and regularly treated thereafter. As I said in a previous post, we have only ever caught one flea on Maggie (which wasn’t hers) and a tick before it had a chance to burrow.

It was bad enough with bed bugs, but at the moment, I am feeling dirty and contaminated.
Just the thought of these little buggers in my home is making me itch and we are vigilant in checking Maggie daily. We had frontlined her last month, but did her again on Sunday.
However, we do not want to bombard her with medications or expose her to home treatments more than necessary.
We have to protect her as well as ourselves though, and it’s going to be a long job.
We will be replenishing our stock of treatments again today and buying a ‘fogger’ for our next use.
One thing is certain, we won’t be having visitors, local or otherwise, for quite a while.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to The Unwanted Visitors

  1. tidalscribe says:

    Harder to get rid of than human visitors! Does MOH read your blog?

    • I don’t think so as it’s not his thing, but if he does, I’m not worried. It’s not the dogs fault, and I just hope he is treating him, his car and his house like we are to get rid of them.

  2. Great job! Good luck!

  3. When I had Jake, an indoor-outdoor cat, I had a flea invasion one May. I had used a flea treatment but it didn’t work. It was quite a job to eliminate the fleas because you don’t notice until there are a million hopping around. Now that Jake is gone, I done have to worry as much but I’m still vigilant. The cats go into a screened porch and fleas could technically come through a screen. Poor Maggie. Fleas aren’t fun for the critters either.

    • I think we’re on top of it though. We went out for the day and left the fogger to do its stuff. We have other treatments which we’ll use over the next few weeks, then another fogger in a month and later again as we know it isn’t as straightforward as one spray or wash. I am just glad that we vacuum the house every day anyway and had done so twice a day during their stay.
      Maggie is still clear, but we feel for poor Bud. He must have been so uncomfortable. Hopefully MOH will be doing the same as we are.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    What an absolutely awful experience 💜💜

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