Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html en-gb 30 Thu 18 Dec 2014 22:36:55 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html trogette http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=96#comment26 Borax isn't entirely harmless but is a naturally occuring mineral rather than a commercially produced product which appeals to some, it works by dehydrating the flea larvae. I need to chuck some down myself, but treating carpets does rather depend on the carpet being accessible and not covered in 4 children's accumulated tat, lol. Diatomaceous earth under the shed where the hedgehogs live might well help, but it's not easy to get hold of the right kind of stuff over here. Sun 10 Aug 2008 19:21:47 GMT+1 judihatter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=92#comment25 We had a problem with our indoor cats earlier this year. I used Advantage on the cats and Borax on the carpet. It seemed to work. I liked the Borax because you can just leave it in the carpet and hoover it up in a few days. Thu 07 Aug 2008 18:07:46 GMT+1 chrisboote http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=88#comment24 #22. youngerap wrote:If you want a true picture of parasite distribution for the UK, check out the Parliamentary Constituencies Map! Bravo sir or madam! But you now owe me one keyboard to replace the one I just sprayed orange juice all over 8-) Wed 06 Aug 2008 13:05:19 GMT+1 chrisboote http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=85#comment23 #8. JamieTaylorWC1 wrote:"Roll on Parliament reconvening..."No!For no man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session(Judge Gideon Tucker, 1866)andThis country has come to feel the same when the legislature is in session as we do when the baby gets hold of a hammer. It's just a question of how much damage he can do with it before you take it away from him(Will Rogers, 1930) Wed 06 Aug 2008 13:01:32 GMT+1 Frankinjax http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=81#comment22 I live in Florida, USA. Also known as the bug capitol of America. During the summer we have always had the attack of the fleas in July and August.To combat them we use a variety of means. One of the best is IGR or insect growth regualtor. It is a non-toxic simulated hormone that prevents fleas and roaches from reproduceing. No eggs-no fleas.In the house, after an initial cleanout, IGR is applied liberaly every 6 months. I also treat our carpets with a mix of diatomacious earth and boric acid powder. The combination is death to insects but harmless to mammals. If you need source information or other help email me at::: To prevent spammrs from picking up the address :::[Personal details removed by Moderator] Tue 05 Aug 2008 18:27:53 GMT+1 Alan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=77#comment21 #11If you want a true picture of parasite distribution for the UK, check out the Parliamentary Constituencies Map! Tue 05 Aug 2008 08:09:13 GMT+1 chowbelanna http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=74#comment20 I live near Perth and my dogs have never had fleas - lucky really as they are Chows and therefore severely allergic to flea bites. 2 of my cats have never had fleas but the 3rd gets them all the time, I suspect they are rabbit fleas as they don't bite us (so probably not cat fleas) and she seems to spend most of her time eating bunnies. They only infest the edges of the cat's ears and are very unsightly. I find regular use of Frontline keeps them under control. I'd like to see a map of rabbit flea distribution. Mon 04 Aug 2008 21:02:05 GMT+1 FleaCircusDirector http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=70#comment19 Jessica,the Hedgehog Flea (Archaeopsylla erinacei erinacei) is very common and can be found on nearly every hedgehog. According to Bob's Atlas it's been found on dogs, red fox, human and rabbit but these are very rare, particularly given the large number of these fleas (over 7000 were found on one poor hedgehog). Mon 04 Aug 2008 20:31:59 GMT+1 virtualfang http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=66#comment18 I never said that getting the cats in the pillow case was easy. With Chalky it was put several dry bits of catfood into the case and wait till he stuck his head inside. With Foozie you had to play the chase and trap in the bath room game though if you put any box down she would willingly climb inside That way you just put the pillowcase over the only way out.After bath please use moderately warm hair dryer and flea comb to get all the little buggers out and stop pussy getting a chill. I do agree with vet derm about spraying the carpets we use one from the vets that means no fleas ever. In the US we used a flea bomb but this required all occupants including birds and fish to be evacuated for several hours. Mon 04 Aug 2008 16:02:58 GMT+1 FleaCircusDirector http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=62#comment17 Dunky, yes you are correct, Bob does make the important note in his book that distribution of dots may be skewed by the distribution of flea researchers so lack of reported fleas does not necessarily mean that they are not there. The distribution of flea types is also dependant on the distribution of their hosts so perhaps Dundee and Perth also don't have many cat lovers?CarolineMB, Bob was recording for several years before he had help from Miriam Rothschild to setup the National recording scheme so he has been doing this for 1/2 century.Regards,Andy from the Flea Circus Research Library. Mon 04 Aug 2008 13:33:20 GMT+1 vetderm http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=59#comment16 Cat fleas will readily bite humans causing irritation and severe reactions in sensitised indivduals. They are also a vector for cat scratch fever (Bartonella). Flea allergic dermatitis is one of the most common and severe skin diseases of dogs and cats. Thanks to carpets and central heating, fleas are an all year round problem in the UK, albeit worse in the summer. Eggs and pupae may lie dormant for at least 12 months. Flea control is relatively straightforward using on-animal insecticides, such as Frontline, Advocate, Advantage, Practic, Promeris (all spot-on contact toxins), Stronghold (systemic spot-on) and Capstar (systemic tablet - very rapid action but short-lived), and an environmental spray containing an insecticide and insect growth hormone regulator (e.g. Indorex, Acclaim, Staykil). These products are all very safe for animals (except fish) and humans, but ask your vet how to use then safely and effectively. Mon 04 Aug 2008 12:38:59 GMT+1 stanilic http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=55#comment15 Thanks for the advice virtualfang but I can't see either of ours falling for the pillow-case treatment.Sam loves a good brushing as he is now middle aged and relaxed about it. He is also semi-longhaired so he has got used to it.The other one, well, she might have the odd flea but also there's no flies on her! Mon 04 Aug 2008 12:16:10 GMT+1 JessicaCook http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=51#comment14 Could part of the problem be that we have a family of hedgehogs living under the dogs shed? Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:54:31 GMT+1 MersonTuffers http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=48#comment13 Cheers for the pillowcase suggestion VirtualFang although I'd probably only get 2 out of 3 of the cats in the bath. My eldest (16) would probably have a heart attack so I won't try it on him.Already use Frontline but the downside is that the flea has to bite the animal for it to work. Have spent years trying to find something smelly enough to prevent the flea jumping on the cat in the first instance! No joy so far.... :-(And to those saying "oh, slow news day" - for some of us this has been informative so why not get off your high horses and into your deck chairs and chill out a bit. Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:40:32 GMT+1 NuclearChicken http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=44#comment12 JessicaCook: I hear shaving is very effective.Seriously, the treatments should be equally effective. Try treating your carpets. Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:26:58 GMT+1 virtualfang http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=40#comment11 marmite baby We were always warned in the 60's that the best time for fleas is straight after a long dry spell followed with a couple of thundery days and the blighters emerge. my american vet tells me eggs when laid can last up to ten years before hatching when the conditions are right, so yes it is possibleBy the time you work out your cat has fleas because you have been bitten, then its too late the cycle has begun. Flea collars are no good, neither is wet spraying them with junk bought from supermatkets too weak to be effective. To help stanilic and tuffers ; get the Frontline ready, put down their food and applying it on the back of the necks whilst eating, a doddle.Alternatively put said puss cat in pillow case with neck and head out only, and slowly immerse in bath of warm water, pillow case stops the little brute clawing you to death and also lets water in to drown the fleas. Even our most water fearing cat prefered the drowning game to the constant biting and then you only lose an old pillow case not half your arm Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:26:13 GMT+1 NuclearChicken http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=37#comment10 Will we be having more maps of parasite distribution tomorrow? How about a map of tick distribution? Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:25:13 GMT+1 JessicaCook http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=33#comment9 I have two springers -of which the smaller of the two is having big problems with fleas. Showering in flea shampoo and boiling their bedding every couple of days doesn't seem to help much.Should I be using cat flea spray rather than the doggie stuff??Does anyone have any suggestions that may help my girls!! Mon 04 Aug 2008 11:19:35 GMT+1 YoginiLondon http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=29#comment8 I feel really itchy now! Mon 04 Aug 2008 10:45:04 GMT+1 Jamie Taylor http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=25#comment7 I echo #7 - is this the 'silly season' or what? Roll on Parliament reconvening... Mon 04 Aug 2008 10:24:48 GMT+1 Alan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=22#comment6 Slow news day? Mon 04 Aug 2008 09:54:43 GMT+1 Marmitebaby http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=18#comment5 Do human fleas reproduce in May annually?How long do dog and cat fleas survive without a host?We definitley had an infestation this May and last May but not sure which type. Dog and cat died over 3 years ago. So how can we tell which type if all bite humans? Mon 04 Aug 2008 09:47:16 GMT+1 Dunky_R http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=14#comment4 What a good article and nice and accurate. I wonder if the cat flea distribution is not just related to the density of cats but of people as well? Dundee and Perth don't seem to appear but Aberdeen does. So does Inverness. Also looks like competitive exclusion by the Cat flea. Could you put up a map on the distribution of midges? Mon 04 Aug 2008 09:30:22 GMT+1 Caroline http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=11#comment3 Argh! If record keeping started in 1964 that is NOT almost half a century thankyouverymuch.I was born in 1964 - I have six years, SIX! to go before that milestone Mon 04 Aug 2008 09:24:49 GMT+1 MersonTuffers http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=7#comment2 This explains a LOT!!! I have three cats who all have either flea collars or get sprayed and STILL I am picking the little blighters off them!!I have sprayed the house 3 times already - with spray that's supposed to last up to a year!I am obviously fighting a losing battle..... Mon 04 Aug 2008 09:14:02 GMT+1 stanilic http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=3#comment1 The trouble with treating cat fleas is the tendency for the cat to flee when it sees you reach for the powder. Mon 04 Aug 2008 08:37:29 GMT+1 curlyscousedave http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/08/have_you_got_fleas.html?page=0#comment0 Is it jus me, or is anybody else feeling irrationally itchy? Mon 04 Aug 2008 08:25:39 GMT+1