However there has been something of a flea epidemic in Brittany lately, especially down the canal paths and unfortunately that has been where we've taken them for all their evening walks for the last few months. But the main factor in this situation has got to be the fact that after a while Frontline no longer works on a pet; the fleas build up immunity to the chemicals and attack the dog and its surrounding regardless. You just google 'Frontline no longer works on my dog' and see the number of people saying this.
We had such a shock last week when we saw a number of fleas on the dogs. We went into blitzing mode - we set off anti-flea foggers in the rooms, dismantled beds and sofas and sprayed them all thoroughly, the bedding went to the launderette for a very high temperature wash; there was nowhere that we missed. For a couple of days the dogs looked clear and then there were a couple more fleas on them. Even Mr FF and I got bitten - I had one in my bra and received about ten bites!.
What to do now? Well we are no longer taking the dogs to the canal - their evening walk will be a boring trudge round the streets; we're using a herbal powder containing Neem (used as a bio-pesticide in the third world); today we are going to blitz the house again with chemicals and after that we'll just have to see what happens.
We've also bought a new vacuum cleaner that uses a traditional bag. It turns out that if you use one of the bagless Dyson type machines then the fleas can be stunned when they are picked up and go into a dormant state for a little while, only to march out again when the Dyson is brought out anew. With the new bag vacuum it is also necessary to put a cut- up flea collar in the bag to kill everything off. These fleas wage a real good survival war and you have to be super-vigilant to beat them.
So, if your dog is on Frontline, it would probably be a good idea to check its coat for those telltale black specks along the skin. Chances are that they might just have one or two fleas, which in turn can lay hundreds of eggs able to stay dormant for up to a year.
- What is the difference between a flea and a wolf?
One prowls on the hairy and the other howls on the prairie!
- What to you call a Russian flea?
- What do you get if you cross a rabbit and a flea?
- How do you start an insect race?
One, two, flea - go!
- What do you call a cheerful flea?