Tuesday, 7 June 2011
I have ants in the kitchen and they are driving me mad. I'm spraying everywhere and I have these little plastic disc type things that normally get rid of them but nothing seems to be working. I hate spraying chemicals all over the place, so I'm wondering if any of you have any other ideas for getting rid of them?
Because we have mosquito frames on all the windows, we manage to keep most of them out, but of course the odd one always manages to find it's way in..just when you switch off the light to go to sleep...it starts to buzz around your head. On goes the light but of course it's nowhere to be found! Some of you may know about the Skin So Soft range of body lotions made by Avon? Someone told me some years ago that it's a good mosquito repellent. I've been using it and so far so good...no bites yet.
Last night I spotted a salamander crawling around the ceiling. They used to freak me out at one time until I discovered that they eat mosquitoes. Now they are my best creepy crawlie friends!
We have lot of flies in this village. To be expected with the number of farm animals. And a fair number of different types of spiders, some of which can give you a nasty bite if you're not careful. I used to be terrified of spiders years ago, but I've just had to get used to them here, particularly when I'm on my own and there's no-one else to dispose of them.
The dogs have been picking up ticks during the past few days. They are probably coming off the sheep that pass our gate several times a day. Beki and Poppy are overdue for flea treatment. I use Frontline during the summer months, and flea collars during the winter. They never seem to get fleas so this system is obviously working. But I hate ticks and they are difficult little buggers to remove.
So I set off to Milas this morning to find some Frontline. Not an easy task as most of the vets in this area deal with farm animals and don't cater much for domestic pets. I have paid hugely varying amounts for Frontline here from 25 lira (some years ago) up to as much as 50 lira, per treatment. It's an expensive business when you have two dogs to treat.
I am absolutely delighted because I have found a new vet in Milas. He's a young guy and speaks a little English...and he had Frontline! Not only that, he also had some antibacterial/antifungal shampoo which I've been searching for. He asked me all about the dogs...where did I get them...how long had I had them...etc.
He asked if I had pet passports for them. I did have a record of Beki's innoculations, which I only continued to have done for 3 or 4 years. Poppy was 3 years old when we took her in over a year ago. She had some jabs from a vet at the time, but not since. He agreed that it probably wasn't necessary to have any more as both dogs mostly stay in the garden and don't mix with street dogs. And there was I expecting him to try and sell me more jabs!
When it came to paying for the Frontline, he informed me that they were 40 lira each, and the shampoo was 15 lira...making a total of 95 lira. However, he asked me to pay him just 45 lira in total. He said that this was his present to me for having rescued my dogs. How lovely was that! I hope he sticks around because I will definitely use him in the future.
Both dogs need a haircut. Mr A had intended to do this last night but he arrived home too late and was exhausted. So on my return from Milas I made an attempt at trimming Beki. Oh I wish I hadn't started. I have cut loads of hair but it seems to have made no difference at all. Except that my arthritic fingers are swollen and I've done my back in whilst trying to hold her. I managed to shower her as well, so at least she smells good! I'll leave Poppy to Mr A I think...and he'll probably have to tidy up Beki as my handiwork leaves a lot to be desired.
That's all for today!