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.
Fleas are one of the more common parasites found on new patents at Greenwood. They can be found on all species of mammals and on rare occasion they can be found on birds. They are wingless but can jump distances up to 13 inches. They have specifically designed mouth parts that pierce skin and suck blood. Before they are able to reproduce, they must feed on blood. They lay eggs on the host which can then roll off and contaminate bedding and substrate. Fleas are blind and avoid sunlight, keeping to dark places like sand, cracks, crevices and bedding.
Figure 1: Flea Life Cycle
The life cycle of a flea.
Figure 2: Flea larvae
Flea larvae are between 3 and 5 mm long, and will appear red due to the blood of the host.
Figure 3: Adult Flea
An adult flea. Notice the neck plate, host blood in its abdomen, and the large jumping legs.