In at least two counties, Bubonic plague carrying fleas have been found in Arizona.
The plague is the big pest control related topic this summer. First of all, this is not to scare Florida residents. Arizona is a long way away. This is, however, an opportunity to discuss a very serious disease. The plague is probably best know as the "Black Death" which swept over Europe back in the 1300 and 1400s. A third major outbreak occurred during the mid 19th century. Of course back in those days we didn't have the strong antibiotics like we do today. That's not to make light of the plague because it is still something that requires immediate hospitalization. The plague is caused by a bacteria rather than a virus. It's still considered very rare here in the states with only a handful of infections reported each year.
The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. The plague is spread to humans by animal or insect bites or stings. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpit, or neck. Others symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms could at first sound very close to influenza. One difference is that influenza is caused by a virus, not a bacteria. The plague is only one of many diseases that can be spread through fleas.
This little guy is a tick, not a flea. They are actually arachnids, not insects (they have eight legs as opposed to six). They can also spread many kinds of diseases to humans.
Are fleas bugging you in your home? It’s that time of the year. Meryl's Pest Control offer flea control. We love our pets, but sometimes our loyal and beloved dogs and cats fall victim to fleas and ticks. Whether you live near the woods or not, somehow these mega-pests find their way into your home. Let’s take for example a house with a well mowed lawn without even any trees, yet fleas have found their way into your yard and home, how did they get there? I actually had a situation exactly like this. The problem had actually started from a squirrel that had wandered onto the property either sick or injured. It had died on the property and laid there overnight until the next day. The yard had become infested with fleas a day or two later and of course their dogs were infected. It’s that easy. It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your house, fleas and ticks aren’t picky that way.