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#167099 - 06/16/08 01:23 PM flea's?  
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I know this may sound silly, But hubby was asking me since dogs & cats get fleas...can birds? WOuld the dog & cat fleas invade the nirdies also?

I honestly never reallyt hought about it. We treat the animals, but now he has me curious!


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#167101 - 06/16/08 02:30 PM Re: flea's? [Re: mandymmr]  
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Yes they can. Besides treating the dogs and cats, be sure to treat the yard.

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what happens when they ge4t fleas what o ya do? I probably won't have this problem, since I don't have dogs or cats, and cant' where I live so I don't see a future with them. but what do ya do I assume you can't use the flea powder on them.


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#167155 - 06/17/08 04:18 AM Re: flea's? [Re: mandymmr]  
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Fleas can be a problem but not for your bird.

http://www.parrotchronicles.com/departments/fleas_askdrharris.htm

#167170 - 06/17/08 02:19 PM Re: flea's? [Re: Charlie]  
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We have had a few issues with minor flea's but that was because the weather got warmer than usual and I didn't do their frontline in time. But EVERY time I find a flea and put their meds on (Frontline) that takes care of the situation. You don't need to powder, bomb you house. The dogs and cats just simply running around will eliminate the fleas. The vet swears by it and so do I! Works every time. Then you don't have to worry about those terrible bombs etc.

I was just curious about birds. Glad to hear they can't get them if I am not on the ball with our crazy Indiana weather!!

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#167175 - 06/17/08 03:36 PM Re: flea's? [Re: mandymmr]  
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be sure to get your yard sprayed for fleas. My mom does, she has 5 dogs so its a life saver.


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#167302 - 06/18/08 05:43 PM Re: flea's? [Re: Ketrel]  
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You could move to Utah, we don't have any fleas here.

#167305 - 06/18/08 05:56 PM Re: flea's? [Re: Lakotajo2]  
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Originally Posted By: Lakotajo2
You could move to Utah, we don't have any fleas here.


Now why doesn't Utah have fleas? California does etc! That is crazy!


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#167306 - 06/18/08 06:18 PM Re: flea's? [Re: mandymmr]  
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No fleas up north either. It's probably because the winters are too cold so the eggs in the grass don't hatch. You can get them in your house, but if you treat your furry animals when you move up, they're never a problem.

Down south (southwest of BC) they are a terrible problem. Too warm in the winter to kill everything off.


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#167318 - 06/18/08 07:39 PM Re: flea's? [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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wow good to know!


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#167346 - 06/19/08 12:30 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Ketrel]  
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Actually I don't think it is the cold that kills them. My mom lives in South Dakota and it gets WAY colder there than it does here. I am wondering if it is too dry perhaps? Maybe the desert can't sustain the fleas. I am not sure, I just know that we don't miss them!

#167347 - 06/19/08 12:48 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Lakotajo2]  
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Believe me it isn't the cold that kills them...We have fleas in Canada and it gets awfully cold here. wink


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#167360 - 06/19/08 03:50 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Janny]  
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I'm IN Canada!!! When I lived up north and in the kootenays there were none. Everyone said that's because the winters killed off whatever eggs there were (-20 during the snap) and down on the south coast (vancouver) the fleas have gangs, parties, social clubs and higher learning institutions and the weather never gets below about -7.

If not the cold, then what?


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#167373 - 06/19/08 05:05 AM Re: flea's? [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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Well, I'm in Wisconsin and I've heard occasionally of someone's dog having a few fleas,but I've had dogs my entire life and never seen one. They're VERY rare around here, I always thought it was due to the cold also Spinny. It also gets VERY humid here,so I don't think it's the dryness either though. Things that make you go hmmm . . .


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#167377 - 06/19/08 05:13 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Cassie's_girl]  
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I really have no clue...I know my dogs haven't had fleas but people around have had fleas on their dogs.I have also been on a farm where the fleas were all over a dog and they were very hard to treat because of the huge area.Luckily none got on me to take home to mine.WHEW!

I think I was told by our vet once that they can endure the cold temperature as long as they have a warm host.


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#167386 - 06/19/08 05:36 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Janny]  
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I got curious and googled it, this was the only helpful thing I could really find:

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Preferred Climate
Fleas thrive in moist, warm climates, which explains their prevalence in coastal and warm and humid areas during the spring and summer. In homes where fleas went untreated during the peak months of the year, fleas are able to continue through their life cycle to the point of the pupael stage. Here they will remain dormant until the humidity rises. Come spring, the untreated home will be inundated by a new generation of fleas.



I hope I never DO have a problem with them, they sound like a nightmare to get rid of eek !


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#167389 - 06/19/08 06:03 AM Re: flea's? [Re: Cassie's_girl]  
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They ARE!!!! I once lived in a house (many years ago, and not for long)where you could HEAR them jumping off the table, the floor... it was sooo horrible! You could feel them biting you and jumping off of you.

Ever since I've vowed to live in a flea free home


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#167407 - 06/19/08 12:55 PM Re: flea's? [Re: spinnyspoo]  
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Many years ago as a teenager I lived with my family in Newport RI. When they were building the Newport Bridge they trucked in tons and tons of sand which they had dredged from an area on the island. We were only about a half mile from the begining of the ramps to the new road and a mile maybe from the bridge itself. Well everyone got infested with sand fleas. It was so bad that the state issued foggers for everyones homes. The fleas were everywhere home, school, church and stores. There wasn't a bug spray out there that would keep these nasty buggers off of you. Everyone in my neighborhood looked like they had the Chickenpox from so many bites. Have you ever seen a sand flea? They're larger than animal fleas and a little lighter in color. And they pack a wallop of a bite. Needless to say I hate the devils and do everything I can to keep my home flea free. I like the new drops for the dogs backs. They really seem to do a good job.
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#167411 - 06/19/08 01:46 PM Re: flea's? [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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WOW too bad they don't make frontline for humans! Then all those sand fleas buggers would Die, die, die, die!!! LOL


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#235993 - 07/31/11 02:44 PM Re: flea's? [Re: mandymmr]  
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Hey Charlie, that link has since been removed about fleas and birds. I'm curious too since our yard seems to be infested even though my hubby sprayed it a few weeks ago. My dogs are not in the house but I have had 2 fleas on ME! I just put some bio spot on the dogs but would like confirmation that my cockatoos are safe.
Thanks! smile

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