To Flea or not to Flea? FLEE!!

Real Estate Agent



 Ok. let me tell you about one experience I had.....sit down, cause you're gonna laugh too hard at me!    I and my associate went into a home to view for listing, the home was vacant, and had been for about a month or so.........just long enough.  She and I were wandering about the house when I noticed my foot itched.  I looked down at my foot and lost it!  ........I was wearing hose at the time and a skirt, my friend in slacks.  My feet and legs were covered in fleas!!!!!!!!  UGH! She had them crawling up her legs too!! It was AWFUL!! The best part, or at least its funny NOW.....was when we ran outside and stripped!!!  LOL  I tore my hose off and skirt and she , her slacks.  If someone were to have seen us they would have died laughing (not sure someone didnt see us actually!)  and we would not have cared!  We beat our clothes until we beat and shake no more, put them in a bag and threw them in the trunk.  I lived closest, so we drove to my house and changed clothes, she had to borrow my clothes.  We threw the clothes in my washer and back to work we went!  Now that I look back it was a riot but GROSS! 

Comments (26)

Bradley Cohen
Keller Williams Concord/Kannapolis Market Center - Concord, NC
Too funny.  Thanks for the laugh!!!
Jul 03, 2007 07:26 AM
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate


Very funny, I guess this is pretty common.  I haven't had it happen to me yet.  I probably should put some bug spray in the trunk of my car.

When I was office manager at a real estate office in a city not far from Lincolnton, NC, the same thing happened to one of our agents.  Only she came on back to the office before removing her clothes.


Jul 03, 2007 11:00 AM
Tina Smith
Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate - Lawrenceville, GA
What a story.  I'm sure you'll never forget it.  Something that probably wasn't so funny when it occured will probably bring you many laughs into the future.  Thanks for sharing it.
Jul 03, 2007 11:16 AM
Sue Nelson, Broker/Associate Las Vegas Real Estate ~Team Rhino~
ERA Sunbelt Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Tish!  Ewww!  And you ladies went right back to work though!  KUDOS!
Jul 04, 2007 04:36 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
I used to do BPO's on foreclosed homes and had the same problem.  Started carrying bug spray to put on before I went in.  You didn't stand a chance against those hungry critters.  Pass the barbeque sauce.
Jul 04, 2007 07:32 AM
Yep Sue, we kept on truckin..........AFTER a change of clothes though!  LOL.  I felt "buggy" all day, you know when you think you feel something crawling on you?  EEWWWW is RIGHT!
Jul 05, 2007 01:46 AM
David Helm
Helm Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp

But did the washer kill all the fleas?  Or, do you now have an infestation in your laundry room.  I've heard that fleas can be pretty hard to kill.

Jul 05, 2007 04:55 AM
David, by the time we got our clothes to the washer, we had beat most of them off!  The washer must have taken care of any that were left as I didnt see anymore! (thank goodness!)
Jul 05, 2007 05:03 AM
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team
I told you this was a funny story.  We all just glad you got out there with wheps all over you and your assistant.  Question is.... is your assistant still working for you or did she change jobs?  Thanks for the laugh and the heads up!!! Flea spray is a must on vacant houses especially, but some with people living in them too.
Jul 08, 2007 04:39 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hello Tish,

I think it is a "job hazard".  Funny story, I enjoyed reading it and could picture you guys coming out of your clothes.  LOL 

Jul 09, 2007 12:35 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Hose ? What are those ? Havent' worn them in YEARS but the same thing happened to me in a OLD house where a lady had gone to a nursing home. I was covered  by the time I got out. I didn't laugh though ?
Jul 09, 2007 01:46 AM
Terri Habecker
ugh on the fleas. This is the time of year for fleas and I make my husband spray himself down when he meets inspectors and contractors at properties. Some tenants have roaches as well! A City inspector told us that female roaches carry hundreds of eggs that you can carry into your car and home. We have cats and the expense and health risk alone is worth being prepared. This all started the day I had my husband strip at the back door before entering (with fleas). I use hotshot clear bug spray around the perimeter of our home and the stuff kills everything! I live at the beach and we have sworms of spiders/bees and flying termites depending on the season. TMI? I keep a good backup supply of deet spray for hubby to spray down his pants before entering properties.
Jul 14, 2007 01:40 AM
Pat Emmett
Prudential Palms Realty - Sarasota, FL
The worst is when you don't see them while you are inspecting the house.   Then, while driving you get that creepy (or creeping) sensation.  Warning....this will usually happen on an interstate at about 80 mph.  I'm convinced we need hazard pay.
Jul 14, 2007 02:47 AM
Nyles Courchesne
Peskin, Courchesne and Allen, P.C. - Springfield, MA
Massachusetts Real Estate Attorney
That i s just disgusting, I hate fleas!
May 06, 2008 04:17 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Girl, the exact same thing happened to me once on a Realtor caravan. We didn't notice until we had loaded back into the car.  We ALL jumped outside and stomped and swatted, but we were in "mixed company" so no-one stripped. We saw people looking and laughing at us. ~Pat


Dec 09, 2008 11:05 AM
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/ - Concord, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Ugh! Gross! However, I wish I had witnessed that...I would have had a great ol' laugh!!!   : )

Dec 09, 2008 11:48 AM
Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

I had that happen to me once at a walk through on a house that had only hardwood floors!  How those fleas were surviving is beyond me, but they were certainly hungry as evidenced by my blood-sucking socks....I felt itchy for weeks!

Dec 09, 2008 09:44 PM
Ginger Moore
Wilkinson & Associates Realty - Gastonia, NC

Hi Tish, yes that is a funny story! never happend  to me.. hope it doesn't...grin. thanks for sharing!

Aug 26, 2009 09:05 AM
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

I picked up an nkle full of baby spiders once. It freaked me out. I must have walked through a recently hatched nest.

Apr 06, 2011 10:05 AM
Patricia Puckridge - Asheville, NC
GRI, CRS, ABR, PHP, SRES, Keller Williams

I think they know we are Realtors and just wait for us to "stop by".  Congrats on being so resourceful and keeping your day intact!

Jul 04, 2012 09:03 AM