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Tales From The Tech: The Flea Magnet

tales from the techOne morning my co-worker, offered me one of his jobs because he was having a busy day.  He said it was an easy flea job that shouldn’t take too much time.

The homeowners had a cat with a bad case of fleas.  The job was to go in and spray the carpets and furniture, and get at all the cracks and crevices with a residual.  What you need to know about fleas is that a female flea can lay about 40 eggs per day, so an infestation can get out of hand fast without proper treatment.

I got to the job site and entered the basement.  Unfortunately, I was not aware that the homeowner’s cat had died two weeks earlier.  The fleas that I was going to be dealing with were sitting on the ground, starving to death.  They are literally waiting for a bloodmeal to arrive… any blood meal!  I walked in and thousands of fleas jumped to me like a magnet!  When I came out of the basement you couldn’t see the yellow in my shirt, it was COVERED.  I pulled up my pant leg and the fleas were all crawling in my leg hairs!

I had to rush home and strip in the yard.  I had my neighbours come out and spray my body down with bug spray.  When I got back to work the next day, I made sure to personally thank him for the “easy flea job”.  He swears he had no idea.  This was the worst I have ever experienced.

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