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Integrated Flea Control

Every summer, many dog and cat owners in Nebraska are plagued by serious and persistent flea infestations. Sometimes even petless families have to deal with fleas after a visit to the pet store or after the kids have played with a neighborhood dog or cat.  Flea bites can be mistaken for a rash; each bite has a small red spot in the center surrounded by a red halo. And unlike some other insect bites, there is not much swelling associated with flea bites.

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Flea control and treating the home

Insecticidal Shampoos/Powders

  • Flea shampoos contain insecticides that vary in their effectiveness. The goal is to remove the fleas that are present on the animal at the time of shampooing.  To be effective, the shampoo must stay on the animal for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. Only use a product on an animal for which it is labeled. A natural insecticide that is fairly effective D-limonene, a volatile oil from citrus fruits.  These safe shampoos are good on kittens and puppies and for homes with infants.
  • Powders are effective insecticides and easy to apply.  Shake a small amount of powder onto the skin around the tail, rear legs, stomach and around the neck.  Apply powders in a well-ventilated area. If you have respiratory problems, do not apply this powder, use another type of product on your animal.
  • Sprays: Sprays should be applied one or twice weekly.  It is not necessary to soak the animal. Hit the tail base, the rear aspect of both hind legs, the stomach, and around the base of the neck.
  • Flea Collars: According to Consumer Reports, August 1991, flea collars aren’t effective and are probably a waste of money.  Ultrasonic flea collars are absolutely worthless because they do not work.

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Interview with Dr. Powers

Meet… Helen T. Powers, DVM

Dr. Powers is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, with a practice in Northern California. With a special interest in feline dermatology, Dr. Powers says that she is inspired in her work by the two cats who share her home, Pedro and Cheetah. Read More

Heuristic Inquiries in the PARHOST1

The PARHOST1 system permits analysing large amounts of data, in particular distribution patterns of the world’s flea fauna represented by 2000 species. The PARHOST1 system permits analysing distribution patterns and parasite-host relations of separate flea taxa and their interaction in various aspects. Read More