A. (elusive_shadows) wrote in boston_buddies,
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So Scar has fleas, or what we presume are fleas, this is the first time he's had them. We first discovered them on Thursday when my little brother was petting him and he spotted one. They are little black specks, you'd think they were just dirt...if not for the fact that they jump. Well as you can imagine over the weekend there has been A TON of cleaning going on, his blankets have been repeatedly washed, we had to poison the front and back yard, and vaccume all the rooms over and over, then we had to toss out his bed all together because even after washing the outer part repeatedly they just kept coming back, so they had probably already gotten into the part we cant wash and it had to go ($50 dollar bed -_-' and he's only had it for about 4 months now so it was still pretty new.) He's also had a flea bath (after much struggle) and now save for 1 or 2 sightings he seems to be ok, its the carpet and the rest of the house that we're still worried about now.

And none of the neighbors next door or in back of us have any pets...so we're wondering where he might have got them from. A friend said they might have come off of birds because we just re-seeded our lawn last week and a bunch of birds have been around eating some of the grass seeds, so that could be it.
But what makes this strange is that this is way to early to be anywhere near flea season, we not supposed to get them until around April, March at the earliest. And another thing is that Scar has not been scratching...at all. In fact we would have never known he had these things if we hadnt seen them, which leads us to wonder if they are fleas. My friends mom said they may be chiggers but then chigger season isnt until spring as well and they are red. The only other thing we thing we think could be be are Mites of some kind.

Anyway here's a description of them, aside from a few odd things they seem to fit the flea profile...

1) They're pretty small and black, almost like dirt

2) They definitely jump

3) It seems that only my mom has been bitten so far, but she does have little red bites on her legs

4) And yet its not flea season and certainly not the best conditions for them to be around yet (even though its sunny outside its still very cold and windy) and we havent been using the heater so the house isnt warm by far

5) They DONT seem to have caused any irritation on Scar at all and even though we've found them on him he hasnt scratched or tried to bite at himself once

I dont have any pictures to post but if any more pop up I'll try and get one, they seem to be pretty much gone now after all the stuff we did over the weekend but yesterday we did run into 1 in the evening, so far thats it though *crosses fingers*, its just really puzzling though.
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