City of Canton treats flea invasion

CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – People in a Canton neighborhood are fighting a flea battle.

Officials say they believe it is because of stray animals in the area.

At first, they thought this was an isolated incident.  They learned later that was not the case.

Public Works Director Terrance Sanders visited the Presidential Hills subdivision a few weeks ago.

“I didn’t think it was that serious at the time,” said Sanders.

He wasn’t expecting this…

“And when I visited one of the affected streets, the fleas got all over my clothes,” said Sanders.

Fleas are terrorizing the neighborhood.

Sanders says he believes it is because of the amount of stray dogs and cats.

Dr. Blake Layton, an Entomologist at Mississippi State University, says fleas usually stick around and breed where untreated animals are.

Now, Canton is taking care of the problem by spraying high dosages of insecticides in area.

He also recommends people to wash their clothes thoroughly.

“Fleas cannot survive in water like mosquitoes who bread in water so we are asking all residents to wash any type of clothes linen that you may have in your home,” said Sanders.

Sanders says it will take a couple of days for the fleas to be gone but he is asking people to be patient.

There were also questions about the stray animals in that area.

WJTV contacted animal control, which is also the Canton Police Department; we were told the person who is over that department will be in Wednesday, October 26, 2016.



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