|Maxie staring at ?????|
|Watching his own movie?????|
Today I am fogging the whole back half of the house with Bengal. I'm giving all the dogs their monthly drops of Advantage. I bought a bag of Ortho Bug-B-Gone to spread on both dog yards just before the next rain, supposed to kill all sorts of bugs. The hardware store recommended this product and said this year with all the rain the fleas are horrible. I notice the dogs tend to hop-skip across the yard on certain days, and I have felt something "pinging" my ankles as I walk through the grass, but I don't get bitten. It must be "invisible" fleas.
8/16/11 Followup: None of the above seems to have made any difference. I paid a visit to Pet Stop on O'Neal and purchased some Petcor which you spray on the dog's fur and work into their skin. Comes 16 oz in a pump spray bottle. It can be used on newborn kittens, it says, as often as desired, and is supposed to kill larvae as well as fleas on contact. I'm doing this treatment tonight and will bring it to the Hattiesburg trial this weekend. I can't have Maxie and Lucky stopping to scratch during their runs! Tom, the manager, also sold me some Flea Stoppers Carpet Powder (active ingredient Orthoboric Acid) which I am to spread on carpets, sweep around and vacuum up, and Precor 2000 Plus which I am to spray on upholstery, baseboards and bare floors, let dry, sweep, vacuum. He says Frontline, Advantage and foggers are a joke. They've been working for me all these years, but not now.
8/17/11 Update: Yesterday I sprayed all my dogs with the Petcor, starting with the inner ear, then wetting my hands with it and working into the face and neck, then spraying the rest of the body and working the spray through the hair down to the skin. Not soaking wet, just a mist spray. They each went crazy trying to get it off, like they do with anything else, even after a bath, but I thought it smelled agreeable enough and didn't sting my hands. Maxie hasn't stared since then! So now my assessment of the staring thing is that he was looking at little larvae wiggling around. That is so disgusting to think of larvae on my dogs, on my couch, in my bed, but the pest control guy affirmed that that's what happens. Eggs, larvae, fleas, eggs, larvae, fleas. Foggers kill the larvae and fleas on the surfaces they touch but don't get deep into the upholstery, under things, behind the baseboards. Nothing kills the hard-shelled eggs. They hatch and you're back where you started. And I learned that for Advantage or Front Line to kill the flea, it has to bite the dog! That is totally unacceptable. I've been under the impression that these topical products put out a bubble of protection around the dog so fleas wouldn't jump on. Not so. The Petcor does that, and they say it survives one washing.
If anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know.
Sometimes Upwards and Onward can be a bit of a struggle -- not really moving forward but trying not to fall back too far.