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Outdoor survival and development of immature cat fleas (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) in Florida.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10083759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In north-central Florida, cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis felis Bouché, larvae survived outdoors year round. Their survival was greatest (up to 84.6%) outdoors in the fall, from September to November, when both temperatures and relative humidities were moderate. Female cat fleas developed faster than males. Development times for flea larvae were shortest (20-24 d) in June and July. From January to March, flea larval mortality was highest (91.7-100%) and development times the longest (36-50 d) outdoors. This was the result of low temperatures and low relative humidities associated with the passage of cold fronts during this time of year. Flea larvae survived light frosts in protected microhabitats such as inside a doghouse and under a mobile home.
W H Kern; D L Richman; P G Koehler; R J Brenner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical entomology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0022-2585     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Med. Entomol.     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-04-13     Completed Date:  1999-04-13     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375400     Medline TA:  J Med Entomol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville 32611, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fleas / physiology*

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