Title: Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
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(Date Posted:07/11/2011 2:22 PM)
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This morning I discovered that Ebby was covered in fleas!!!   They are both Frontlined every month without fail, but obviously his immune system is down and he succumbed.   Ivy had a couple but only a couple. 

I found an old nit comb in the bathroom cabinet from when my son was small and gave them both a good comb through.  When my cleaner arrived, I went to the Vet and bought Advantage for them both plus a huge tin of spray for their beds, the carpets and furnishings.

My cleaner vacuumed everything and I then sprayed everything in each room with the spray.  All the windows and doors had to be closed for at least half an hour, so I put the cats out and I went round to my neighbour for a cuppa.

I might get another tin of the carpet spray and redo it all again next week just to be on the safe side.

All my bedding (because they sleep on my bed!!), their beds and rugs have all been sprayed and are now stored in large black plastic bags until they can be washed at a very high temperature. 

I so need my new washing machine to be connected and working - hopefully tomorrow but maybe next week!!! 

I feel that my house and me (plus the cats) are really dirty now.
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Re:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:07/11/2011 2:24 PM)

Added to which, the new washer arrived but couldn't be connected because the new pipes weren't long enough and they aren't allowed to connect the old ones. 

After half a dozen calls and speaking to ten different people, an engineer's visit is booked for tomorrow but I don't know if the guy will have the longer pipes with him or will have to order them and come back next week.

Plus, the stairlift (which has an insurance thank goodness) isn't working properly and the stairlift repairer is coming tomorrow too.

Today has been horrendous.
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RE:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:07/11/2011 2:33 PM)

smiley110smiley110 now i feel all itchy. must get some flea stuff for our cats again. im going to put a double dose on so they dont get any fleas
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RE:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:07/11/2011 2:52 PM)

now i feel all itchy. 

smiley109

Fleas  smiley115  I can remember an infestation I had during a hot summer in the 90s when I still had a cat that went outdoors.  Wretched things were in the carpet, the upholstery, on me....and that was in the days before Frontline.  All I had was messy powder to chuck around and vacuum up afterwards;  did the trick, though.

Wishing you a better day tomorrow....
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RE:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:07/11/2011 6:37 PM)

Oh yes Kizzy, I remember the white powder.  But at least you knew where you had put it.
With the heating going on I think this might be the time for fleas to hatch.  I believe that they hide out in the edges of carpets, where it is difficult to hoover properly.  So you have to go round on hands and knees with a hose attachment to even begin to collect all the eggs.  I do not envy anyone who has to do the whole house.

I only knew I had fleas when I was reading a newspaper spread over the floor, and something went hop, hop, hop across the paper.  I carried on reading.  Then from another direction there was a a hop, hop, hop, hop (that flea was not quite as fit as the first one).

Don't they stay alive for over a year until a pet walks around nearby before hatching out.  Clever flea evolution.
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Re:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:08/11/2011 8:35 AM)

The washer has been connected today (it is on an empty hot wash as recommended to clean it out after manufacture) so I will be able to start washing all the accumlated bedding (mine and the cats'), towels and clothes.

I didn't allow the cats to come upstairs last night (they usually sleep in a cat bed on my bed) and they were most put out!!
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Re:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:08/11/2011 8:36 AM)

Oh, forgot to say, they were both nit combed again this morning and there was nothing on Ivy and hardly anything at all on Ebs, so hopefully the problem is sorted.  I hope. I hope. I hope.
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RE:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:08/11/2011 12:02 PM)

fingers crossed Yvettesmiley110
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Re:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:09/11/2011 8:40 AM)

Thanks ilovepink.

Both were nit combed again this morning.  No fleas on either of them,  just a few bits of flea poo on Ebbsywebbsy.

They will be nit combed again tomorrow and every morning until there are no bits of flea poo to be found.

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RE:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:09/11/2011 7:19 PM)

OMG all that extra love and attention they are getting!  They are going to be very upset when all the fleas have gone and they go back to getting their normal ration of tickles and cuddles.
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Re:Ebby was infested with fleas!!!
(Date Posted:10/11/2011 7:58 AM)

26 years ago, when I was newly pregnant, we babysat for my boss when he and the family went on holiday. They took the dog with them, we had charge of the 3 cats, the wabbit, hamster and goldfish. While they were away we got a terrible flea infestation which we eventually traced to a hedgehog that had crawled in and taken residence behind the fridge! It was pretty grim trying to get rid of the darned things.
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