A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend a fantastic convention in Charlotte. We picked up some great ideas, hung out with some of our best friends, and met a lot of new peeps as well. Frankly, it was a great time and we’ll never miss this conference for anything.
Being parents, pet owners, and frequent travelers, we always have to find somebody to watch the kids, dachshund, and kitten whenever we travel. Luckily, good help actually comes cheap because Grandma is able to handle it for us on most occasions. Seriously, I don’t know what we’d do without her. Thanks, Sally!
Anyway, when we arrived home from Charlotte, Grandma told us that our dog – Pablo – had been extremely itchy. We didn’t think much of it. I mean, he’s old and has always enjoyed scratching himself. Besides that, our grass was a little bit high and it’s allergy season here in the Midwest. Just to be sure, we both took a quick look at him and saw nothing out of the ordinary. Holly joked that we’d, “…take him directly to his allergist on Monday,” and that was that…or so we thought.
A few days later, I noticed Pablo was still extremely itchy. I knew something wasn’t quite right, so I decided to take a closer look. I quickly ran my hands through his fur, looking for anything unusual. Nothing. Then, I laid him on his side to look at his belly. That’s when I saw them…3 bugs crawling all over him!
OMFG!!!!! OUR DOG HAS FLEAS!!!
Seriously, fleas?!? How the heck did this happen? Where in the world could he have gotten fleas? Our house is always clean, so it couldn’t have been inside. Ugh…FREAKIN’ FLEAS!
Pablo has always been a freeloader, but this was something completely new. Never, ever, EVAH has he had fleas!!!
I was completely disgusted. Totally creeped out, my skin began to crawl. Immediately, I began picking the little bloodsuckers off Pablo’s belly. My girls looked up from their breakfast and asked, “What’s the matter, Daddy?”
“Pablo has fleas,” I gagged.
The Battle Begins
I’ve never seen fleas before, much less ever had to deal with them. Quickly, I realized that those little f@ckers weren’t going to go down without a fight. I tried to smash them with my fingers to no avail. They just rolled around dazed on the hardwoods. Of course, I couldn’t let those little buggers live, So, I took my fingernail and pressed down on their tiny, disgusting bodies with a brute force I usually reserve for only the greatest of life and death battles. This seemed to work, splitting their now lifeless bodies in two.
After waking Holly with the bad news, I hurried my children off to school. The second they were gone, I jumped in my car and headed to Walmart to buy some…well…something to kill the fleas. Overwhelmed by all of the different options, I decided to try a low cost option first. Bad decision.
I came home with some flea shampoo and a cheap flea collar for the dog. I rushed Pablo upstairs to the bathtub and immediately applied the shampoo. 5 or 6 fleas instantly dropped to their death. Upon rinsing the dog off, a few more fleas followed their friends down the drain. Whew. Hopefully, that was over with.
We then washed all of the pet bedding and blankets in the house, hoping to get rid of any left over eggs and live fleas we couldn’t see. Satisfied, we waited.
That night, the itching began anew.
And the cat began itching as well.
Of course, I brought them both upstairs for another flea bath. If you’ve never given a cat a bath, it is an adventure. She absolutely hates water…and isn’t declawed. Through all the hissing and scratching, what we found was freakin’ disgusting. Our tiny, 2-pound cat, dropped about a dozen fleas into the bathtub. ARRRRRGHHH! GROSS!
That night, I folded my bandaged hands, said a prayer, and went to bed hoping the fleas would be gone in the morning.
Flea Control that Works
It was time to bust out the big guns. I went in search of some “spot-on treatments” for both the cat and the dog. Again, there were several different price points to choose from, but this time I decided to buy something I knew would work. Here’s what we used:
Flea Control for Dogs
- Frontline Plus Dog 0-22 lb – 3 doses (Quantity of 1)
- 3 doses
- Apply directly to the skin of your dog’s back
- Kills fleas, flea larvae, and ticks for up to 30 days
- Interrupts the flea life cycle so that eggs will not hatch
- Acts also as a flea and tick repellent when applied monthly
Flea Control for Cats
- Advantage II Small Cat 2-Pack
- 2 doses
- Apply directly to skin of your cat’s back
- Kills fleas, flea larvae, and ticks for up to 30 days
- Interrupts flea life cycle so eggs will not hatch
- Also acts as flea and tick repellent when applied monthly
BOOM! Success!!! After applying the treatments, the pets were flea free within 24 hours! Thank you Baby Jesus!
Note: If you’re going to use this stuff, you need to give the proper product to the right animal. If you give dog medication to a cat (or vice versa) you can end up killing your pet. Also, make sure to buy the correct dosage for your pet’s weight.
How to Get Rid of Fleas from Your House
Seriously guys, fleas are no joke. Not only are they disgusting and hard to get rid of, but they can pose health hazards to pets and humans alike. Yep, those tiny little a$$holes can bite you too. The worst part is that they can fall off your pets and infest your whole house. Here’s how to get rid of fleas in the house for good:
- Treat Your Pets – Find the source of the fleas and destroy it. Typically, your pets are bringing them in from outside. Destroy those suckers using either Frontline Plus for dogs or Advantage II for cats.
- Wash or Destroy Pet Bedding – Wash all of your pet bedding in hot water, multiple times if needed. If fleas return, throw it all out. That is what we ended up doing.
- Wash all Blankets, Bed Sheets, etc. – Anything that your pet lies on could potentially be infested with fleas. Wash it all in hot water to get rid of live fleas and eggs.
- Vacuum the Crap Out of Everything – If you want to get rid of fleas in the house, your vacuum cleaner needs to become your best friend. Vacuum everything thoroughly. This includes carpets, furniture, rugs, base boards…everything. You might even want to sprinkle some Enforcer 20-Ounce Flea Killer for Carpet, Ocean Breeze Fragrance. Just sprinkle it on and vacuum it up. When you’re done, tie up your vacuum bag and throw it out so those pesky little buggers don’t return.
- Keep Your Yard Clean – Fleas like to live in moist environments. Keeping your yard cleaned up can expose it to more sun and help destroy flea habitats.
- Avoid Re-infestation – The best way to protect your house against fleas is to keep them out in the first place. You can try a flea collar, but those have varying levels of effectiveness. Personally, I’d recommend the spot on treatments. Again, the treatments that worked for us are Frontline Plus Dog 0-22 lb – 3 doses (Quantity of 1) and Advantage II Small Cat 2-Pack.
The Fleas are Gone!
So, after hours spent cleaning, bathing, and feeling like my skin was crawling, it seems like the fleas are finally gone. Hooray!
Seriously guys, if you have fleas in the house, don’t do what I did and buy something cheap. When it comes to flea control, you definitely get what you pay for. Trust me. Been there. Done that. Save yourself money and time by getting the good stuff right away.
Better yet, stop the invasion before it happens because fleas are an incredible pain to get rid of. And don’t think that your house is safe from a fleas just because its clean, either. Keep fleas out of your house by protecting your pets all year long with a good flea repellent. You’ll be glad you did!