Fearfully Fleeful (Though Petless)

BooI have fleas.

I – the dogless, catless, kidless, spouseless, single business professional with an obsessively clean one bedroom apartment – have fleas. How did this happen?

Yesterday evening when I got home from work, a cheerful yellow pamphlet greeted me on my kitchen counter. It was from the leasing office, informing me that they had sprayed the entire complex for roaches, so I “should expect to see increased roach activity as the boric acid does its work.” Oh joy.

I can handle spiders. And ants. And crickets. And a lot of other bugs that freak people out. But I don’t do roaches. So all night long, I felt creepy, crawly itchiness all over me. I convinced myself that it was all in my head; a psychological effect of imagining roaches crawling all over my apartment. *Shudder*

But this morning, I woke up covered in bites and thought, “Hmm… roaches don’t bite…. Oh no… It wasn’t all in my head!!!” Gross, gross, gross! I looked down at my splotchy pink legs and smashed two tiny black bugs jumping around my ankles. FLEAS. Noooooooooo!

It’s true that I fostered a kitten for a weekend, but that was nearly a month ago. Wouldn’t the fleas have shown up before now? Could the pest control guy have tracked in fleas from some of the other units he was spraying? Ultimately, I don’t care where the little monsters came from. I just want them all to be dead before I crawl back into my bed tonight!

Suddenly roaches don’t seem quite so scary in the face of hundreds of little bugs sucking my blood all through the night.

Authentically Aurora

7 thoughts on “Fearfully Fleeful (Though Petless)

    • Pretty sure. I have spent the past 18 hours researching fleas v bedbugs. I have created several homemade flea traps around my apartment and now have many samples of the ankle-biters to show to the exterminator (who was supposed to come today but said he’d “have to get back to me tomorrow”).

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      • P.S. Apparently I’m “contagious”, hahahaha. I’m actually laughing out loud as I type this. I have to laugh so I don’t cry. 😉 No one will let me stay the night at their apartment because they are afraid I will infect them. Now I know what mutts feel like… 😦


      • I’m so sorry…I really am…and I feel for you. I did say a prayer that God would kill them all dead…and I know I shouldn’t laugh, because this isn’t a laughing matter, but I can’t help it…hahahaha…I’mmm soooorrrry. Please forgive me. 🙂 I do feel for you and hope that someone was willing to let you stay with them so you could get some sleep/rest without thinking the fleas were going to devour you.

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  1. No worries-

    Just seems the liittle fellas looked for higher ground when they got a dose of the attack chems.
    Unfortunately, you live in ‘higher ground.’

    Consider it a compliment! Heck, a lot of people didn’t get them. 😉

    Or maybe you accidentally hit the flea ‘like’ button by mistake. Just find the ‘delete’ tab, and all will be back to normal……………..


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