a lesson in pest control!


“and do not give the devil a foothold.” – Ephesians 4:27 (NIV)

My mom is 82.  She still stays in her own place each day, but comes to stay with us in our home each night.  Last weekend she stayed with us from Thursday night until Sunday morning, when as usual I took her home to get ready to attend her church.  It only took a moment after entering her house to realize something was terribly wrong.  I felt something on my legs and when I looked down….FLEAS!  Now, I’m not talking about a couple of fleas, but hundreds of them and the further I moved into the house the worse their invasion of my bare legs became.  Needless to say, we beat a hasty retreat, forced out by the sheer strength of the pest’s numbers.

I returned, about an hour later, armed with multiple insecticide bombs.  I hurriedly entered the infested dwelling, set off the fogging bombs and once again, retreated.  I came back later that afternoon and to my joy…no fleas.  I vacuumed all of the carpets thoroughly and left, satisfied that I been victorious.  WRONG!  The next morning, we again entered the house and again, there were thousands of ravenous fleas.  Determined that we would not be evicted from our house by such a tiny enemy, I once again repeated the same application of flea bombs and once again it seemed to work, until 24 hours later.  To make a tedious story less so, it is now 4 days later and the battle is still joined with an ever-increasing ferocity.  But, with the help of pest experts and no small amount of expenditure, I finally seem to have the upper hand on the little critters.

The invasion of my mother’s home was subtle and practically unnoticed.  We did not realize that her dog Sandy even had one flea, and the fleas were content to confine themselves to the comfort of his body and fur.  But when we removed him from the house for 36 hours or so, the foothold they had already gained expanded and they proliferated at an incredible rate and sought to satisfy their insatiable appetite for blood.

Here’s the practical lesson learned this week regarding household pests like fleas.  The best way to fight them is to be vigilant and prevent them from getting a foothold, thus getting out of control.  The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, ” is very accurate when dealing with fleas.  I have also discovered a paralleling spiritual lesson as relates to my recent fight.  That is that we do not allow our enemy the Devil and his demonic minions to gain any kind of foothold in our lives either.  He has no place in our homes, in our families, in our church, in our workplace, or in any area of our lives as believers in Christ.  We must watch closely and be on guard for any incursion no matter how seemingly insignificant.

Peter describes Satan as a predatory beast looking for an easy meal when he says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)  He is often portrayed in Scripture as a serpent, slithering quietly and subtly looking for an opportunity to strike at the believer.  I never walk in the woods in Summer without being on the alert for snakes of any kind!  From what I have seen of household pests this week, the Devil is very like an invading bug, looking to take over the very place where we dwell and undermine our security.  That’s why Paul is clear about the best way to deal with our Adversary.  He tells us not to let him gain even the slightest inch of firm ground on which to stand.  Prevent him from finding any point of entry to begin with.  Like a roach, or a house fly or a spider or even a flea he’s always looking and will get in through the very slightest crack in our dwelling, which in the case of the follower of Christ is also the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.  There is no room for him in the dwelling place of God. 

You can believe this….from now on, I am on the alert and will remain vigilant regarding any further intrusion of fleas, because I don’t want to repeat the battle of the past four days again.  Now that I am in control of the house, I will not allow the nasty little suckers to gain another foothold.  Similarly, I am checking all points of entry for any weak areas that old lifesucker Satan can get in as well.  The key word for demonic fleas and demonic spirits is….vigilance!


1 Response to “a lesson in pest control!”

  1. 1 Eddie Williams
    June 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Ha ha ha! Can’t believe that Terminex put a Google ad on this post! Hilarious!

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