This is a rather old article, but it does bring up a good question about flea collars,
Have you ever wondered what the residue on the collar was when you opened the package? How exposed will I be if I or my family handle this Flea collar?
Flea Collars May Expose Children To InsecticidesWhen children pet the family dog, are they exposed to flea collar insecticides present in the animal's coat? That's the subject of a novel study by Mississippi researchers described here today at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. The study takes particular note of flea collars with organophosphate insecticides, which also are commonly used on garden and farm plants
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Image: thanks to the Depatment of Entomolgy
Metamorphosis: complete (egg to larva to pupa to adult).Immature: larvae white, cylindrical, legless, with long hairs on thorax and abdomenAdult: sucking mouthparts, no wings, minute size.HabitatFleas are important ectoparasites of birds and mammals. Some species are important vectors of plague and other diseases.Classification and Groups7 families and 250 species in North America.At least 2,000 species worldwide.Medically Important Families:Ceratophyllidae - mainly associated with rodentsLeptopsyllidaePulicidae - several species of human pestsTungidae - chigoe fleasMore Informationhuman flea photographadult Oriental rat flea photographlarva of Oriental rat flea photograph
Have you ever wondered if the flea collars you buy in the store really worked?
Listen to what Dr. John August out of Texas A&M has to say.
|Flea collar tips|
Orange County News, TX -
... "The store-bought flea collars are just not very effective in controlling fleas," says August. "They offer no significant effect in stopping fleas. ...
Sunday, July 09, 2006
When your out and about, vacation, hunting, walking around or hiking. check your self for fleas and other critters, use precaution, fleas have been known to get caught in women hosery, by the time they get loose they could be at your home.
The next worrisome diseases are tularemia and plague. It is known that fleas have been found to be positive for plague near Siloam Road on the way to Beulah, and there is a rabbit die-off in Pueblo West from tularemia. Both are vector-borne diseases that can cause serious disease in humans and animals. The key is to avoid - and keep your pets away from -sick or dead rabbits, and to keep your dogs and cats free from fleas (plague) and ticks (tularemia). Tularemia also can be spread by biting flies and mosquitoes - all the more reason for everyone to consistently use DEET bug spray this season.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
More people have died from a bacterium spred from fleas than than wars.
FLEAS AND DISEASEFleas often probe the skin before taking a blood meal. After 30 minutes, lines or clusters of itchy red marks appear. On sensitive persons, bites develop into raised bumps within 24 hours after being bitten.Fleas have been associated with humans and other animals for thousands of years. A bacterium (Yersinia pestis) spread by fleas killed 25 million people, more than a quarter of the European population, in 14 th century Europe. This was the “black plague.” Epidemics also occurred in Egypt, Africa, China, India and even the U.S., before the discovery of antibiotics. All told, perhaps 200 million people have died of plague – more than have died in all the wars in history.
The more Information you have the more likely you will know how and what to do on the elimination of fleas
IdentificationAdult fleas are about 1/16 to 1/8-inch long, dark reddish-brown, wingless, hard-bodied (difficult to crush between fingers), have three pairs of legs (hind legs enlarged enabling jumping) and are flattened vertically or side to side (bluegill or sunfish-like) allowing easy movement between the hair, fur or feathers of the host. Fleas are excellent jumpers, leaping vertically up to seven inches and horizontally thirteen inches. (An equivalent hop for a human would be 250 feet vertically and 450 feet horizontally.) They have piercing-sucking mouthparts and spines on the body projecting backward. Also, there is a row of spines on the face known as a genal comb. Spine I (first outer spine) is shorter than Spine II (next inner spine) in dog fleas. Both spines are about the same length in the cat flea. The rabbit flea has a vertical genal comb with blunt spines. The genal comb is absent in both rat fleas. Eggs are smooth, oval and white. Larvae are 1/4-inch long, slender, straw-colored, brown headed, wormlike, bristly-haired creatures (13 body segments), that are legless, have chewing mouthparts, are active, and avoid light. Pupae are enclosed in silken cocoons covered with particles of debris.
If you own a pet, and even if not, at one point you will most likely have to deal with Flea.
Her are some helpful hints
|Dealing With Fleas and Ticks|
Creswell Chronicle, USA -
By Elyse Grau. Fleas and ticks are not only annoying, but can cause illness in dogs and cats. Tapeworms develop inside adult fleas. ...
Friday, July 07, 2006
Feas are no respector of persons, now even the schools are getting infested.
Do you suppose a couple of kids decide the safe way to get out of classes was to bring in some fleas?
Whats next sports events?
|Fleas winning the battle - school to be closed for rest of week!|
Panorama, UK -
... "Unfortunately," said the statement, "fleas are hardy creatures and in view of the extent of the problem and the large areas involved within the school, the ...
Thursday, July 06, 2006
FleasSIZE: 1/8 inch (3mm)COLOR: Very darkDESCRIPTION: Adult fleas are about 1/8 inch long, wingless, and have three pairs of legs. The hind pair of legs is modified for jumping. Fleas are vertically flat like a fish, and can move easily through the hair of a host. The immature stage or larval stage of the flea looks like a small white worm with a dark head. Flea eggs are small and white.HABITAT: The cooler and drier fall weather brings a reduction in the number of household fleas. However, house pets usually maintain small flea populations throughout the winter, with the numbers increasing slowly in the spring and exploding in mid-to-late summer.LIFE CYCLE: Female fleas lay eggs loosely in the host's hair (usually a cat or dog). The eggs drop off and hatch into tiny, hairy, worm-like larvae. The larvae are usually found where the animal sleeps, along baseboards, in carpets, or on furniture. Larvae pupate and new adults emerge. The new adults seek a host immediately and must get a blood meal to survive and produce eggs.TYPE OF DAMAGE: They will bite humans-especially when they cannot find their usual animal host or if they become very numerous. Their bite often will leave a small, red, irritated area on humans.CONTROL: The key to successful household flea control is frequent vacuuming of pet bedding and resting areas, treatment of the pet, and careful use of insecticides.INTERESTING FACTS: Fleas are not known to be capable of transmitting infectious diseases in Virginia; however, allergic reactions to flea bites cause the most complaints.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
When you see your pet scratching, take notice, check your pet out, there are signs of fleas, but you have to look
Is your pet scratching? Can you see tiny brown specks in its fur? Or are there small browny/black insects scurrying about? Do you have some unaccounted for insect bites yourself? A yes to any of these questions could mean unwelcome visitors - FLEAS...Fleas can be a problem even in the best kept homes and on the cleanest pets. But you can control them as long as you treat both your pet and your home. Fleas live and feed on pets. After feeding on your pet's blood the female flea lays eggs which drop into the animal's bedding or favourite resting place. The highest concentration of eggs, larvae and pupae are likely to be in these areas rather than on the animal itself.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I just ran across this news Item about Fleas, the information is great concerning you, your family and pets Health.
Flee, fleas: Now's the time to protect pets from pestsBy Ben SteelmanStaff Writerben.email@example.comIf you're a pet owner, April isn't the cruelest month. Try July or August.The warm, moist months of summer are the height of the flea season. The tiny insects can cause anemia and spread tapeworms to your pet. Dogs and cats can develop skin rashes from the fleas' saliva. Cats can lick themselves raw trying to get the fleas off.Worse, the fleas are evolving, adapting. "The effectiveness has waned for a lot of the older chemical treatments," said Dr. Cynthia Burnett of Burnett Veterinary Hospital in Burgaw.
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