Fleas & Ticks
Brown Dog Tick
Brown Dog Ticks are usually about 1/8" in length but can enlarge to about ½" when engorged with blood. They are red-brown in color and are slightly longer than other tick species. As their name implies, brown dog ticks prefer to feed on the blood of canines. They are also known to bite and feed upon humans and other animal hosts.
Approximately the size of a sesame seed, a female adult Deer Tick measures between 1/6" and 1/8" long. The males are smaller. These ticks are often mistaken for Brown Dog Ticks. These ticks are orange-brown in color but may change to be rust or brown-red in hue following feeding. The body becomes engorged after a meal and may expand considerably. Regardless, the Deer Tick's body is approximately half as large as that of the common American Dog Tick. Deer Ticks prefer to dwell in wet, bushy areas. They are found on leaves and plant life along paths frequented by their hosts. When hosts brush against these plants, Deer Ticks grab their fur or clothing.
This is the most commonly found flea. Cat Fleas develop through the egg, larval and pupal stages before emerging as adults. This process can be complete in 30 days, although environmental conditions may cause the development cycle of the cat flea to stretch over one year. Females can produce one egg an hour. Eggs are oval-shaped and usually fall from the host animal's fur to the ground, remaining there until they hatch into larvae. Larvae then become pupae and eventually mature into adult Cat Fleas. Adult Cat Fleas live on their hosts, consuming their blood in order to reproduce. While their bites cause little damage in small numbers, cat fleas can transmit Murine Typhus (A mild form of a disease transmitted from rats to humans by fleas. Symptoms are fever, headache, and muscular pain.) to humans. Cat Fleas are also intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm.