flea-by-bayerThere’s been a lot going on in my life right now.  Flying across a gazillion time zones, starting a new school year, picking up new classes (music teacher doing social studies? Perfect!), moving house, blah blah blah.  Upheavals galore, and normally I’d really just take it all in stride.  But one thing has been driving me up the wall – actually, thousands and thousands of things.  That’s right, folks: My new house is infested with fleas.

I’ve heard all the explanations: House being shut up for six weeks, previous owners having pets and equestrians, not being cleaned before I moved in, etc.  It’s all true, but it doesn’t actually change the fact that I’ve had to bug bomb my house twice in the past two weeks (to get both flea cycles, doncha know), and clean it from top to bottom, and wash a lot of dishes, and do lots of laundry.  And that I’ve been bitten to kingdom come (not that you needed to know that).  It’s tiring, it’s tiresome, and most of all I really wish I’d known it was infested before I moved in. 

I can’t blame anyone, really.  Not even the fleas, who are just doing what comes natural to them.  But the next time I move house, I know checking for infestations will be at the top of my list.

For those who move frequently: What do you always check for?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.