For once, the title of this blog is to be taken literally.
There are pests, and there are…. PESTS!!!
I can deal with mosquitoes, flies, spiders, silverfish, and even ants. My son has never brought lice back home from school and so I was spared that experience.
Now my dog caught a flea.
I’m not sure how many she had initially, but the flea population grew in now time into a tribe of biblical proportions. They are near to invisible to me and yet they are very much there. I’m short-sighted and even though I wear bifocals, I can’t get the right focus out of them to see what – in fact – I truly don’t want to see: the tribe of fleas having a good time on my dog.
My poor four-legged girl is scratching a lot, and crying and giving me “the look” as if to say: “mama! save me!”
I tried, I really did.
I fed my dog brewers yeast (which is supposed to make her impalatle to fleas)
I washed the dog two times and all her blankets and beds three times,
I “cooked” the beds (not the dog) in the dryer
I dusted our home with some natural flea-killer
I dusted the dog with some nasty natural powder
I sprayed the carpets and furniture with a mixture of repelling essential oils and water
I sprayed the backyard with vinegar (I should have diluded it… it almost killed the lawn and my container plants)
I sprayed the dog with a natural oil solution
I vacuumed the whole house three times
I even abandoned my natural approach and put chemicals on my dog
… and yet…
my dog is STILL scratching.
Hours and hours of waging war against these pests only just to find a living flea crawling on my dog’s neck!
I wonder if I’ll ever get rid of these horrible little pests.