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Getting Rid of Fleas

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    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.

    TOM: Uh-oh.

    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.

    LINDA: OK.

    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?
     

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