Correct. Fleas will only go for warm blooded prey. And not all kinds of warm blooded animals. If you sprinkled a bunch of fleas on a tarantula they would not see the tarantula as anything more than substrate and would jump off in search of real food. And if by some misguided miracle a flea tried to feed off a tarantula they'd immediately run into problems. The exoskeleton is not something they're equipped to bite through - that takes specialized mouth parts that fleas don't have. And if by another miracle they managed to bite through the exoskeleton they would not recognize the tarantula's hemolymph as a blood meal - it's quite different than mammal blood.I would have thought that fleas, being a parasite that lives on Mammals, wouldn't be able to survive on T's.. different blood and all that.
I can easily picture that. About every python cage I've seen gets messy and slightly damp in short order - providing an excellent place for fleas to lay eggs. Add the fact that most python cages are in some manner heated and you've got (from the flea's point of view) a simulated warm-blooded animal. No, they won't feed on the python - but the warmth of the cage plus the moisture will at least draw fleas. Shell No-Pest strips could be useful in a situation like this. (But don't use them around tarantulas.)They can get in the cages easy... my buddy had a python and his cat had fleas and they repoduced like mad in the cage.
I use the frontline on the dog every 6 weeks havent seen a flea on him all year. I woundnt bomb unless the house is got a lot of fleas.If you are just know seeing them its probably not nessesary to bomb. I also have a shop vac and put flea powder in the bottom put a damp rag over the exhaust and use that instead of the regular vacumm every few weeks.We went to Oklahoma this summer and had a friend feed our 2 cats. When we got home, both were completely eaten up with fleas. The fleas were in the carpet so much that our biggest cat, Ozma, would run through a room or jump on the furniture to avoid the carpet. I immediately sought the net and found some Frontline spray on ebay for a good price, ordered it on Saturday and it arrived on Monday. Sprayed the cats down as soon as it arrived and locked them in the bathroom until they dried. We also moved their food and water location, but we didn't do anything else. No bombs, no carpet powder, just the Frontline spray and it was loads cheaper than anything else.(in the long run) The fleas cannot live off of you and they will die if they are on/ try to get on the cat. Their life cycle is fairly short, so vacume often, like multiple times a day and the fleas will be gone in a week or so.
We do not handle often and wash our hands before we do so, which makes the worry of harming them with the Frontline basically nil.
This is what you want to do! I was a vet tech for years, and saw so many people waste money on all kinds of treatments that didn't work.My cat got fleas this year and it was awful!Go to the vet and get Advantage.it works awesome and in under 24 hours almost all fleas were off the cat.
I use the topical on my cats, they have access to the room my spiders are in, but only when I am in it. As long as your hands are washed and the animals aren't near the tarantulas before the product is totally dry and absorbed into their system (24hrs) then you are safe. Even then, the animal would have to have direct contact with the tarantula to be a concern.I don't trust using topical treatments around tarantulas. That's why I suggest the oral meds. It's what I will use if I ever need to.