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.
Ticks, like mites, are also in the class Arachnida and have 8 legs and 2 body parts. They hatch as mobile nymphs and can be barely visible up to the size of a jelly bean. After hatching they must eat blood at every life stage. Thus, they can be found in many sizes. They cannot fly or jump but sit on tops of grass, shrubs, and other objects waiting for possibly years to attach to a host. Some species require several hosts to complete their life cycle and this may take up to 3 years. There are many species and most of the diseases passed are specific to the species of tick.
A fun fact: Opossums can eat up to 5,000 ticks in a single season!