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The chicken BBQ was a popular eating venue at the Plainfield Farmers' Fair. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This boy was having fun with the Galaxy Slime project at the Slate Belt Y Summer Recreation at Weona Park in Pen Argyl Wednesday. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns.
Murgia of Bangor tries to beat a T'Wolve defender during their game Saturday at Bangor Memorial Park. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
These people visit the Pius X football stand at the OLMC Big Time celebration in Roseto. Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Pests your pets bring home
(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.Pet pests pose unique threats to both people and animals and can be brought inside on fur, skin and clothing. They can easily fall or jump from one surface to another or from an animal to its owner. They are difficult to spot, and they can be carriers of multiple diseases. The good news is they can often be prevented.
Fleas and ticks have unique adaptations that make them well suited to finding and feeding on pets. Animal fur is ideal for them to grab onto when pets walk through woods or grass. When dogs and cats come back inside, be sure to do a complete check to be sure no unwanted hitchhikers are coming in with them.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), pet pests can be more than just an itchy annoyance. Fleas can transfer tapeworms to your animal friends, cause flea allergy dermatitis, and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they’ve fed on an infected rodent. Ticks are not as noticeable as fleas, but they are known to carry very serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and can even cause “tick paralysis” in animals.
One of the easiest ways to do a pest check is by combing an animal’s hair/fur and using your hand to smooth fur along the body. Fleas can be seen in fur and along the skin’s surface and beware - they are fast movers and hard to catch. Ticks may feel like a scab or a larger protrusion if they’ve begun to engorge. Also, be on the lookout for skin irritations on your pet and excessive scratching, licking or nibbling, all of which are good indicators of fleas or ticks.
Facts about ticks
* Some tick species have preferred hosts. The American dog tick prefers to feed on domestic dogs and is one of the most common tick species brought into homes.
* Ticks are much easier to spot after a meal. Some species will grow almost four times in size.
* To find a host, ticks clasp onto shrubs or grass with their back legs and reach their front legs out to grab onto passing fur or clothing.
* Wherever they attach, ticks will crawl toward the head of their host. The skin around the neck and ears is thinner and these areas are hardest for animals to groom.
Important facts about fleas
* Fleas can jump up to 8 feet, which is 150 times their own height.
* Fleas typically remain on their host at all times. However, they are easily transferable to furniture or between animals.
* There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, but the cat flea accounts for the majority of infestations in the United States.
* Fleas infest many animals like rodents and raccoons, as well. If you suspect a rodent infestation, fleas may soon follow.
For more advice on protecting your pet from summer pests, consult your veterinarian and if you suspect you have an infestation of pet pests in the home, consult a pest professional to recommend the best treatment option. Find a local pest management company onPestWorld.org.
This woman had a winning bid at an auction Thursday at the Slate Belt Senior Center located inside the Blue Valley Farm Show. (More photos tomorrow) . Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Intersecting lines at the food stands made for a busy night at the Plainfield Farmers' Fair. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
These children work on the Galaxy Slime project at the Slate Belt Y Summer Recreation at Weona Park in Pen Argyl Wednesday. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns.
An Australian mum has created a range of gourmet food for dogs after having to come up with ideas to feed her own fussy pet.
Renee Kotis, of Darwin, was so tired of her cocker spaniel-poodle cross Max refusing to eat that she decided to take matters into her own hands.
She started experimenting with making doggie treats in her kitchen and has now produced a whole host of tasty treats for canines.
And the items - including domutts, woof burgers and can (ine) olli - have proven to be equally popular with dogs and owners alike.
Ms Kotis said: "It's been amazing how much pets have taken to them. Dogs are very pampered in Darwin and owners want the very best for their pooches."
She uses only dog-friendly ingredients such as carob, carrot, coconut, cream cheese and peanut butter.
"They are yummy dog and human-friendly ingredients, with no meat, baked in the oven and iced with cream cheese or yoghurt," she said.
"I've experimented a bit in the kitchen and, yes, I have sampled some myself and they are quite yummy I must say.
"The peanut butter is a particularly popular ingredient with dogs."
Avery Schiavone of Bangor shoots over a T'Wolve defender during their game Saturday at Bangor Memorial Park. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
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