I'm beginning to think we've just got an overall bug problem.
Every spring, the ants move in...and move in...and move in. I've finally got that problem nailed down with the liquid Terro ant baits. Yeah, for the first two days, it seems like the bait is attracting them rather than killing them, but by the fourth day, the only ants I see are the dead ones floating in the bait liquid (which doesn't seem to deter latecomers a month later).
Since last summer, we've had an issue with trying to control a roach population that moved in when a nasty neighbor was evicted...well, we have the stuff together to (hopefully) get that licked: Ortho indoor spray for around the baseboards (and behind them, and behind the stove and cabinets), and some gel bait in a tube. Hopefully, this will finally do the trick.
And now? We have fleas. Yes, we doctored all of the animals, but either the dog's isn't working, or she just brings them in when we bring her in for the night. Because one day, we didn't seem to have any, and the next, we had jillions.
In any case, they seem to be everywhere: nesting in the carpet, in the furniture, in the dirty clothes that the kids leave on the floor in the bathroom...in the bath mats, towels, and my terrycloth bathrobe.
One of the remedies I've seen involves a lot of vacuuming, and making sure to take the vacuum outside before you remove the bag...but.
But my vacuum is a bag-less. And the cup doesn't fit tightly enough that the fleas couldn't get out. And that's assuming that they didn't latch onto the filter and wait.
We have a flea spray that's supposed to be safe for children and pets when it dries. It seems to have worked on Odysseus's chair, and on the couch...but the living room carpet needs it, around my chair needs it, and probably the kids' bedrooms' carpets. It's a lot of dancing around, because it takes at least an hour to dry.
Tomorrow would be a good chance to nail the imp's carpet--it's his last day of pre-K class until the 7/7-7/10 session. The pixie is a lot more difficult, since she's here with us all the time.
But we do have a plan in place. I just wish it was easier to carry out.
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