Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
ectoparasites and females require a blood meal to produce eggs. After feeding on a host, females can produce
about 30-50 eggs per day that fall off the animal and into carpeting or other
areas of the home or outside in areas where the animal frequents. Larvae feed on organic matter as well as
partially digested blood excreted by the adult fleas (yes, I mean poop). After fleas pupate, they usually hatch out of
the cocoon in about 2 weeks, but they can remain dormant for up to 5 months
waiting for a host.
|Flea breeding habitat...debris in a windowsill.|
It is also possible for new homeowners with no pets to have fleas. This usually results from previous owners having pets. Fleas can remain dormant for several months, but become active again when they sense vibrations of new hosts.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I know there has been a LOT of talk and information about mosquitoes and diseases they transmit, but I want to gather a bunch of information (from reputable sources) for you to use in case you need it. So instead of remaking the wheel here, I will be linking to other good sources of information for you to check out.
Mike Merchant's post on Zika virus & NEW PUBLICATIONS FOR TEXANS!
Mike Merchant's post on do-it-yourself thermal fogging for mosquitoes
AgriLife's Mosquitoes of Texas page
City of Austin Vector Control- "The Rodent and Vector Control program assists individual property owners with eradicating mosquitoes and rodents on their property."
Williamson County Mosquito Control District
Hays County Mosquito Surveillance
Texas Mosquito Control Association
TMCA's list of organized mosquito control districts in Texas
West Nile Virus
Texas Department of State Health Services information
West Nile Virus