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Here we go again. This time it’s Edmund Stammers who disagrees with me. I welcome those disputing my blog posts but please be ready to back up your opinion with substantive facts. My creative pest control blog posts and dialogue are spawned from the industry’s most respected reference book. Pretty civil discussion, but again, I’m right, you’re wrong. Mr. Stammers asserted “any entomologist worth his/her salt” would disagree that humans can contract tapeworm from swallowing a flea. Not sure sure if there’s a more celebrated entomologist on planet earth than Dr. Nancy Hinkle, but I’m certain Mr. Stammers credentials don’t come close to matching those of Dr. Nancy Hinkle, Ph.D. and the author of the material I referenced. She’s arguably the most renowned entomologist in the World.  Here is the discussion generated by my blog post from two days ago about the same subject.

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Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

This past summer a customer of ours in Lake Wylie, South Carolina had us come out to her home to perform a flea treatment in her yard for a moderately heavy infestation of fleas. The fleas were everywhere in the yard area. Their lot is nestled on a wooded lot in River Hills on a cove partially overlooking the lake. There is abundant wildlife including racoons and opossums that frequent her yard. Additionally there are squirrels and feral cats that roam her property. She has no pets.

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The lady’s child had contracted tapeworms (flat segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals and grow up to 50 feet long) she was curious as to whether her little girls exposure to the fleas or flea bites may have been causative of the tapeworms. Tapeworms are commonly contracted by humans through consumption of undercooked beef or raw fish. According to the mother, this little girl had not eaten any undercooked fish or beef.  After researching the internet, I found this dialogue where someone asks if you can contract tapeworms by accidentally swallowing a flea. Yahoo Answers.Com. This place made me embarrassed to have my computer plugged in to a telephone line. A sorry collection of slope-browed bottom feeders, all gathering to vomit their two cents worth oblivious to the fact they haven’t a clue. I almost chimed in but didn’t really want to interact with these people more than humanly possible, as I felt it would only increase the revulsion I had for these mouth breathing tools to the point where I actually vomited onto my keyboard. See the stupidity below for yourselves….

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After losing a few IQ points from the likes of Pelle K, who claims to be a Doctor, I decided to to a little more research to see if anything more substantial could be found on this issue. Unbelievable, but after reading through the Ectoparasite section of pest control‘s most revered reference book, “Mallis Handbook of Pest Control”, there it was in the first paragraph on page 519. “Flea larvae consume tapeworm eggs and tapeworm development occurs within the flea. If a tapeworm-containing flea is consumed by a dog or a cat during grooming, the tapeworm breaks out of the flea in the animal’s gut and attaches to the intestinal wall. Similarly, humans can be infested by inadvertently swallowing fleas, as might happen with small children.”

So, the answer is obviously yes! It is a most definite possibility that this little girl accidentally swallowed a flea while playing in the yard and contracted tapeworm.

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Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest