- Fleas at a glance
- They are so small, it is difficult to see some characteristics
used to describe them.
- Fleas don’t fly — in fact, they have no wings.
- They range from reddish brown to black.
- They have piercing, sucking mouths through which they obtain
blood “meals,” mostly from animals.
- Larvae are tiny, hairy and wormlike with a distinct, brownish
head, but no eyes or legs.
- Flea bites consist of a small, central red spot surrounded by a
red halo, usually without excessive swelling. They usually cause
minor itching but may become increasingly irritating to people with
sensitive or reactive skin.
- Some people and pets suffer from flea bite allergic dermatitis,
characterized by intense itching, hair loss, reddening of the skin
and secondary infection. Just one bite may initiate an allergic
reaction, and itching may persist up to five days after the bite. —
Source: Delk Pest Control
Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 6:08 am, Thu Oct 21, 2010.
Fleas have invaded Victor School. Students from one classroom
were moved to another room last Friday after fleas were discovered
there, school Principal Allison Gerrity said. The students are
still relocated this week — until after the carpets are
deep-cleaned either today or Friday, Gerrity said.
Gerrity, who is principal at Houston School in Acampo as well as
Victor School, said that two children from Victor School had been
sent home, one from an infestation in September and one from this
Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:08 am.