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FLEA TRIVIA

Did you know that vacuuming carpets after a flea treatment will help with flea control? The vibration stimulates the fleas to leave their cocoons and pick up the residual of the applied insecticide.

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Cat Fleas vs. Dog Fleas

Is there a difference? Yes there is! Actually dog fleas are uncommon in North America. Most dog infestations are cat fleas and their hosts include dogs, cats, humans, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, chipmunks, opossums, roosting birds and nesting birds such as pigeons & chickens; raccoons and foxes.

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Feb 2014
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Tick & Flea Forecast 2013

According to Dr. Craig Prior of Murphy Road Animal Hospital, ticks and fleas will be in abundance this season. So be sure to protect your pets and homes from these pesky pests! See your veterinarian to choose the best treatment for your four-legged family members.

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May 2013
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Tick-borne illnesses soar in Tennessee

As of mid-May there have been 74 cases in Tennessee of people getting sick from tick-borne illness. Six in Davidson County and 15 in surrounding counties. This is a three fold increase from the same period a year ago. Use insect repellents with DEET on your skin and clothing to protect you from tick bites. Keeping your grass mowed is one of the best ways to keep ticks at bay.

To read more in Sunday’s Tennessean, click here.

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May 2012
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Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is rarely observed in Tennessee, although it can occasionally be
found within the state. However, we discovered the lone star tick from our camping trip last weekend.

Lone Star Tick

Larvae, nymphs, and adults will feed on a variety of warmblooded
hosts, including people. The larva is very tiny, only a little larger than the
period at the end of this sentence. The nymph, the most common stage found on
people, is about pinhead-sized. Adults are about 1/8-inch long and brown. The adult
female has a white spot in the middle of her back.
The lone star tick is most active from April through the end of July. Although it can transmit
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the lone star tick is not as likely to transmit the disease as the
American dog tick. This tick also may transmit tularemia and ehrlichiosis to humans. The lone
star tick is not believed to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi),
but it may be associated with a related bacteria species that has not been completely identified.

 

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May 2012
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Tick Removal 101

What do I do if I find a tick on me or my pet? Click on the link to watch a quick video on how to remove a tick.

Tick Removal Video

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May 2012
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Look What the Cat Dragged In: Protecting Your Pets From Pests

“Pet owners should take special care to protect their pets from ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes this season,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). “These pests are not just an annoyance, but could pose serious health threats to your pet and your family.” Read on…

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Apr 2012
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8 Facts to Fight Fleas and Ticks

Spring might kick off flea and tick season, but prevention requires year-round effort. “Fleas reproduce at such a fast rate that things can get out of control very quickly,” says Daniel Snyder, DVM, of Indianapolis, secretary-treasurer of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. “Ticks, particularly, can spread disease to both dogs and humans, so it’s important to get rid of them quickly.”

For more information, click here…

Common Flea

 

Male Tick

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Mar 2012
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