Fleas are one of the more common parasites found on new patents at Greenwood. This sectioin covers flea ID, life cycle, transmittable zoonoses, and treatment.
Lice are a wingless parasite with over 3,000 species. This section covers lice life cycle, differentiating between chewing lice and sucking lice, symptoms, and treatment.
Mites affect both mammals and avians and are a member of Arachnidae. This section covers their life history, symptoms, and treatment.
Another arachnid, ticks have 8 legs and 2 body parts. They can pass on many diseases. This section covers tick life history, diseases, and treatment.
Flat flies are obligate sanguinivores (blood "eaters") common on wildlife. This section covers their unique life history and treatment.
These common flies are also sanguinivores. This section covers their life history and treatment.
This quiz is 7 questions long and covers information from the fleas, lice, mites, ticks, flat flies, and carnid flies lessons.
Flat flies, also known as louse flies, pigeon flies or filth flies, are seen mainly on birds but occasionally use mammals as a host. They are obligate blood feeders. They are not attracted to humans but may bite in desperation. They are well adapted for clinging and moving through feathers and fur with strong claws. A mother fly produces one larva at a time that stays in her body until it is time to pupate. The larva then feeds on the secretions of a “milk gland” in the uterus of its mother. The mother then gives birth to the pupae who is rapidly self-sufficient and finds another host quickly. For this reason, large infestations are rare.
There is a possible passing of pathogens, especially in a setting with many caged birds.