This fairytale is brought to you by Bayer, the maker of
Once upon a time (about 5 years ago) Princess Pepper was forced to battle a giant flea invasion. How did this happen? It all started when I moved into a rental home.
I had been warned that there might be a few fleas left by the previous tenant, but the house would be treated before I moved in. To be on the safe side, I ordered my people to set off flea bombs before they moved any of my belongings inside the house. I really thought that would be the end of the flea issue. However, I was viciously attacked by dozens of fleas the night I arrived. I summoned the landlord and explained the problem. The house was treated again, and my people bombed it once more for good measure.
|One year old, not my full adult Pom coat. Beginning of Flea War.|
Believe it or not, the pests were still there. The villains continued to attack my furry self, they even attacked Mom's ankles. "This is ridiculous!" I growled to the pests in my fur. "I have flea protection, so I should not be subjected to this invasion." Alas, my old protection was not strong enough against this army of fleas. I needed something better. I visited my new vet and was given a 24 hour flea killing pill. After the 24 hours, I was subjected to a bath in Dawn dish soap to ensure all of the pests were killed.
|1.4 years old, my fur is still growing.|
The house and yard needed to be treated since the invaders were so entrenched. My people immediately started spraying poison on the yard and carpets. They had to repeat this process every few weeks until the pests were no more. I needed to upgrade my personal flea protection as well. Unfortunately Seresto had not been invented at the time. Luckily, Bayer (the inventor of Seresto) had a different flea protection available. My new vet provided me with Advantix from Bayer, which I continued to use until I was introduced to Seresto.
|1.5 years old, still growing my coat. End of Flea War.|
My kingdom was at war with the fleas for about 6 months before they retreated and were no longer seen. The poisonous battle was rather costly as well. By the end of the war my people had used at least 12 cans of carpet spray, 2 jars of carpet powder from the vet, 4 bottles of yard spray attached to the hose, 2 bags of granules sprinkled on the yard, and 2 cheap flea collars (the old fashioned type that aren't exactly safe to wear) cut into pieces inside the vacuum bag (to kill any hatching eggs that had been sucked up). This was all in addition to the 2 professional pest control visits, 2 flea bomb sessions, the flea pill, the Dawn bath, and upgrading my personal protection to Advantix.
|6.5 years old, in my full adult Pom coat. I am wearing my Seresto collar in this photo, it doesn't show with all my fur.|
I hope I never need to face such a difficult battle again. If only the previous renters had used flea protection on their dog, it all could have been avoided. After that war, I consider not using flea protection to be just as rude and polluting as not scooping ones poop! Please be polite and use flea protection instead of spreading around the pests and all the health issues that come with them. Seresto has been my personal flea protection of choice ever since my review in 2013.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer / Seresto and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Seresto product, but Pepper's Paws only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bayer / Seresto is not responsible for the content of this article.