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The bane of pets and humans alike, fleas are hopping all over San Diego again as the summer progresses. This year is predicted to be worse than usual because of our greater-than-average precipitation last season, and because of the predicted higher-than-average summer temperatures and humidity. Fleas were even more troublesome in San Diego County's past than they are today. Soldiers on the Portola expedition over two centuries ago named a deserted Indian village in today's North County "Rancheria de las Pulgas"; and the problem of pulgas ("fleas") in the dusty streets and dwelling places of southern California were commonly mentioned in 19th-century journals and diaries. The place-names Las Pulgas Canyon and Las Pulgas Road in Camp Pendleton are reminders of a timeless torment.

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shizzyfinn July 29, 2009 @ 2:11 p.m.

Growing up, I had a friend who had a number of dogs and cats, and a house overrun by fleas. He wanted to do his school science project on the best way to kill fleas - whether it was tearing them in half, drowning them in soapy water, spraying them with Raid, et cetera. The school said no, reasoning that his proposed project represented cruelty to animals.


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