On The Cost of Things: A Trip to New Orleans That Ends in Fleas

@Jake Reinhardt The DE worked very well. The bulk of the fleas were gone within a few days; they were completely eradicated after a week or so. That being said, I did not unpack my boxes or duffel bags of clothes for an entire month. My roommates and I would compare notes; "There's a bite on my ankle" or "No bites today!" We did not ask our landlord to pay for the DE because we didn't want them to realize that we had (haha) ruined the floors. They did offer to continue spraying the house (which would not have ruined the floors), but the initial sprays hadn't been very effective and we felt weird about pesticide being sprayed all over our beds, furniture, clothes, etc. Maybe that was unwise. IDK. On the upside, the house was 110 years old, and I did not see a single spider or cockroach in that house for the whole year that I lived there. That was beautiful.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:34 am 0

On The Cost of Things: A Trip to New Orleans That Ends in Fleas

Point being, I sympathize.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 6:55 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: A Trip to New Orleans That Ends in Fleas

My housemates and I were psyched to move into a new (rental) house. I was at work and my housemate, M, picked up the keys. The mgmt company then informed him, "The house has fleas. We have sprayed it, but they are still there." My roommate told me, and at work I immediately started Googling flea treatment. I landed on a page extolling the virtues of diatomaceous earth (DE), a white powder that works physically instead of chemically (the little sharp particles get in the fleas' joints). You can get food-grade DE that's safe enough to eat. So I told M to get some and throw it everywhere. When I came home, it looked like it had snowed inside. After we'd let it sit for a day, we started vacuuming it up. However, the dust DESTROYED the (brand-new) vacuum. So we resorted to mopping. HOWEVER, little did we realize, DE is not water soluble. So we mopped it up, and when the water dried, there were white streaks all over the hardwood floors... and cemented in all the cracks between the boards. Pretty sure it's gonna be there forever. THANKS, FLEAS.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm 0

On How Many Safety Nets Do You Have?

I think about this too.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Pansy Parkinson

This is amazing. It was fun to see her turn a corner and punish the mean girl, even though she used to be one.

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: One Year of Breastfeeding

@yulya Times 3!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 8:43 am 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Sybill Trelawney

@HelloTheFuture Haha truth. Maybe she realizes that she never ever wants to retire, so instead she goes on a relaxing vacation to Majorca.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:20 am 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Sybill Trelawney

Is McGonagall going to get her own entry? Because she is the best. P.S. This series is fantastic.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm 1

On A Midwestern Room of One's Own

You might be dreading living with roommates, but your new roommates could be cool! Just give yourself time to find folks who will be a good fit. And since you're sharing, you may be able to afford a nicer place. Good luck!

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:16 am 0

On The Cost of Climbing

@Liz the Lemur Haha awesome.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm 0