August 12, 2022

AUG 12, ecto-parasites: cat fleas

THE CAT FLEA (Ctenocephalides felis)

C. felis, its species, the cat flea:

Rented carpeted condo? Yes, that flea.

Former tenant's dog Will

Wore a flea-collar; still,

His tormentors remain as our flat flea.

 Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022

Authors' Note: (tee-no-seh-FA-li-deez FEE-luhs)
As discussed in our previous verse on fleas, our voracious protagonist, Ctenocephalides felis, is the chief ectoparasite inflicting misery on canines in North America. Unfortunately, its life-cycle — egg, larva, pupa, adult (the hopping wingless blood-sucker), can result in its persistence for up to a year in a warm environment, like the carpet in your rented flat (apartment). In the absence of its usual victims, the flea will consider humans as a predation target of secondary interest. Another piece of bad news is that, through longstanding attempts at control, the species is becoming resistant to insecticides.

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