My cats have fleas. Which means my apartment has fleas. Which makes me want to throw up. Thankfully I haven’t seen any bites on Leia or myself. But my poor cats are chewing themselves alive. I’ve been treating them with Frontline Plus every 3 weeks for the last 6 weeks. I was vacuuming twice a week, throwing out the bag, washing linens, etc. I realize now I’m supposed to be vacuuming every inch of my carpet and sofa every single day. Ugh.
So today I wear Leia in the carrier, and get to work. Vacuuming the large exposed areas is easy. Then I start moving furniture, and bending over to get around all the baseboards. I’m sweating, Leia is screaming. I’m in hell. Thankfully my pregnant sister is in nesting mode and she came to my rescue! She moved furniture (tsk tsk, I know), vacuumed, took out my trash, cleaned my kitchen – for the second time this month I should add.
But what about tomorrow, and the next days? Hopefully my Mom can get off work early a few days a week and take Leia for a walk so I can slave over the vacuum for an hour cursing the blood suckers that are ruining my life at the moment. Then I need to wash all the sheets again, and again. I’ve been doing 2-3 loads of laundry a day for the last week. I finally took all the clean linen that is usually in the closet and sealed it in a bag until the war zone is considered safe. Who knows when that will be.
A lot of people have told me to put Borax on the carpets, wait 3-5 days then vacuum. Repeat every 2 weeks for 3 months (the life span of the flea). Easy right? But I worry about Leia being on the carpet while I’m waiting for the Borax to do it’s thing. So I’m considering boarding the cats for the weekend we are up in OC the beginning of August, and hoping that 48 hours is enough time for the magic to happen.
I can’t do any pesticide bombs, too much potential residue for Leia to touch.
I’m also thinking of adding a steam cleaning to my plan of attack. I called the office and they can give me a good deal on carpet cleaners. But I can’t steam clean after the Borax. I also might recruit an assistant (read: maid). Someone to vacuum when I can’t.
1. Vacuum like a mad woman
2. Get carpets steam cleaned
3. Continue vacuuming daily
4. Borax the first weekend in August.
5. Vacuum on Monday.
6. Cross fingers. Repeat.
Meanwhile I’m so sad for my poor cats that are clearly miserable. I don’t know why it seems like the Frontline isn’t killing the adult fleas that are chewing them up. I don’t want to cuddle with them, I don’t want them on the bed. I cringe when Leia chases them down to “pat them gently”. . .