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Dr. Jennifer Scarlett has done another 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA'.
Someone wrote in:
We do not treat our 5-year old Maltipoo for fleas - and he never seems to have a problem. Recently though, we visited another household where there were two other dogs, both treated with flea medication. After a day-long visit, our pooch had fleas all over him and the other dogs were still flea-less. Why did that happen? What can we do to make sure he doesn't get fleas on his next visit?
Dr. Jennifer Scarlett responded:
Gotcha! As compared to days gone by when it was common to use organophosphates on pets the products available now to prevent and control fleas are great.
Even the best products like Advantage, Frontline and Comfortis are not perfect—so they may kill 95 to 99% of the fleas, but they don’t stop flea eggs from hatching. Many of the old pyrethrin based products are much less effective. The problem might not stem from the dogs themselves, but from the environment. Flea eggs can hang around in the nooks and crannies of a house and continue to hatch, develop and feed on pets and people.
Most likely some of the fleas that were newly hatched from the eggs in the house had a feeding frenzy on your virginal pup! I recommend one of the newer effective flea medications—the new long lasting oral product is my favorite. You’ll need to see your vet to get it, but it is really reasonably priced. Oh, and if your dog brought fleas home, then the bad news is that there still there. You’ll need to use a product that has an insect growth regulator to kill the eggs they laid in your house to get rid of them. You can call our pharmacy – we carry a really good, non-toxic powder. Fleas are tough little buggers. Good luck.
So remember, don't poison your pet with the wrong flea medicine but do talk to your vet about safe ways to protect them from fleas.
It's easier to prevent fleas from happening than it is to remove a flea infestation from your home.
[Image via Michael Wright/WENN.]
"Crazy ants" are more than half the size but also more than twice the speed of a normal ant.
They come in gigantic swarms and live in walls and can cause some serious damage.
If they swarm on machinery, they can short circuit it, shutting it down.
The worst part is, when one dies, it releases a scent that tells other ants to attack, so the swarm gathers and gets even worse.
It's getting to the point where even something as large as a chemical plant in Texas is susceptible to ant problems.
An exterminator in Texas trying to deal with the ants said:
"We're kind of going for overkill on that particular site because so much is at stake. If that shuts down, they could literally shut down an entire chemical plant that costs millions of dollars."
And the swarming happens even if they're killed by pesticide. The exterminator said:
"I did a test site with a product early on and applied the product to a half-acre … In 30 days I had two inches of dead ants covering the entire half-acre.
It looked like the top of the dead ants was just total movement from all the live ants on top of the dead ants."
Let's hope they stop it before the crazy ants spread anywhere else.
[Image via WENN.]
Oh no! Now who's gonna train the Ninja Turtles??
This massive white rat (3 feet long with tail) was killed after being speared with a pitchfork in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
Appaently Hugeass rats is a real problem in the area.
“They come out at night and the daytime,”
Confessed one horrified local. Another resident told BlackandBrownNews.com about a frantic scene in which rats began scrambling across the nearby playground:
“Adults had to grab children and run because a lot of rats came on the playground. The kids were screaming.”
WTF?? Something reeelly needs be done about this insane infestation. Hopefully this pic of the man-sized monster will gain some attention to the area pest problem.
P.S. Splinter was brown, so to the best of our knowledge Leonardo, Raphae, Michelangelo, and Donatello still have their master.
Animal Planet is helping residents in any of the 5 boroughs of New York City eliminate their severe pest problems FOR
FREE APPEARING ON A REALITY SHOW!
In a casting call they boast:
"They'll set you up with an accredited local pest control company that will tackle your pest problem FOR FREE, and follow the process of making your home or business pest-free. They're looking for severe pest infestations of any kind, from cockroaches and bedbugs to rats and raccoons. No infestation is too severe for their team. All correspondence will be kept strictly confidential AND they won't even need to mention or show the name or location of your business or home/apartment. This is a great opportunity to have some of the best experts in the business put an end to your infestation."
If you're experiencing some unfortunate pests in your NYC home feel free to send an email to PestExterminatorCasting@gmail.com with a brief description of your infestation along with any photos/documentation of the problem.
Indicate what kind of pest you're having a problem with in the subject line of the email.
What do U think? Any takers out there?
[Image via AP Images.]