Just When Quarantine Couldn’t Get Any Worse: Fleas

New roommates in time for COVID-19

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After a few weeks of ignorant bliss, the eggs begin to hatch. Fleas are visibly hopping off Oreos fluffy back. He’s scratching like a maniac. We all start the day by counting the bites at our ankles. I have nightmares I’m covered in the tiny biting bugs and wake up drenched in sweat.

It isn’t just us, okay?

This flea outbreak is city wide. I FaceTime a friend facing a similar, albeit far more severe infestation.

It could be worse

“If I can get through a pandemic AND fleas, I can get through anything” my friend tells me over the phone, triumphant, her left eyelid slightly twitching.

Learn from our mistakes, people

Vaccinate your pets. Make sure your roommates vaccinate their pets on schedule. If you pick up a stray cat and your vet says “meh, don’t think so” when you ask if said stray cat has fleas, get a new vet.

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Photo by Anusha Barwa on Unsplash

Writer in process. Cowgirl at heart. Currently based in Austin, TX.

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