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.
Zoonosis risk: High. PPE necessary.
Transmission: Larva feed on tapeworm eggs before being eaten by the host. Animal handler may also accidentally consume flea larvae containing tapeworm eggs and become infected.
Transmission: When plague bacteria is ingested by a flea, its gut can get blocked by the bacteria in the infected blood. It then bites a new animal and regurgitates the bacteria into the wound.
Transmission: The disease is passed through fecal matter from an infected animal to a new host’s blood stream.
Cat Scratch Fever
Transmission: A flea feeds on an infected animal then bites a new host and spreads the bacteria in the blood stream.
For more information on these diseases, please see your Zoonoses in Wildlife Rehabilitation handout you received during orientation.