Getting Rid of Fleas
LESLIE: Out in Oklahoma, Linda listens to The Money Pit on KWON. And Linda, tell us what’s going on at your house.
LINDA: Well, I’ve been trying to fight some fleas.
LINDA: (laughing) And they’re not from my husband. They’re from my cat.
LESLIE: (chuckling) OK.
LINDA: And you all always have a remedy. I mean I listen to you when I travel from Ponca City to Bartlesville and I love your show.
LESLIE: Thank you so much.
TOM: Thank you.
LINDA: And I thought maybe you could help me.
LESLIE: Have you tried to get rid of the fleas from the cats first? Have you taken them to a vet, gotten a flea and tick collar; any of those remedies?
LINDA: And it just – like the fleas just kept appearing and it’s an inside cat. And I tried bombing. Not in like Iran bombing but … (chuckling).
LESLIE: (laughing) OK. Like you’ve had an exterminator come to the house. You were banned from the property. Well, exterminators are really going to be exposed to a variety of treatments that you can’t buy yourself in a store. So I say calling a pro is probably the best and most effective thing you can do. For a natural remedy for your cats, you can try feeding them brewer’s yeast or garlic. That should deter the fleas from coming to the cats. But you really should see a vet, also, for a treatment because those bites can really be a pain in the butt to the cat and to you if they start getting on you; not to mention super itchy.
LINDA: Oh, you’re right. But that brewer’s yeast and that garlic. See, you always have these little (inaudible) …
LESLIE: Thanks so much. Also find you can put little fennel plants or rosemary plants around your house. Those tend to naturally eliminate them as well. But I say go with a pro exterminator and do it once and do it right.
TOM: Absolutely. Because you know, those are disgusting to live with. And like you say, all the over-the-counter products like the bombs and things like that, you know, they’re not going to work if you have a serious problem. I think that once you get the home properly exterminated, maintaining and preventing fleas from coming back in such a large degree that they are now is going to be a lot easier. But at least initially, you need to get them all out of there once and for all so you can kind of start clean once again. OK?
LINDA: That sounds good. And you guys, like I say, you do a terrific job. Are you all married? (laughter)
TOM: No, we get along far too well for that. (laughing)
LESLIE: Yeah, we’d be fighting way more.
LINDA: That’s what I thought. I bet – I mean you just work together really awesome.
LESLIE: Thanks, Linda.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling …
LINDA: And I love your show.
LESLIE: Thank you.
TOM: Thanks, Linda. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.
If we were married, I couldn’t stand you.
LESLIE: Honey, they’re on to us. (laughter)
TOM: I think so. (laughter)
Alright, who’s next?