February 21, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
Interesting and inexpensive remedies for fleas
The Westminster Kennel Club recently chose Uno, the 15-inch beagle, as best in show and he is a real cutie. Did you notice the failure to scratch? Not a single dog scratched even once during the whole show. You can bet those dogs don’t even know what a flea looks like.
Unfortunately, most pet owners are all too familiar with fleas and flea bites on our pets, ourselves and our guests. The Internet revealed some interesting and inexpensive remedies and some important “don’ts.”
Don’t use salt on carpets, especially if they’re expensive. The salt absorbs moisture and causes the carpet to rot.
Extensive and frequent vacuuming was recommended by everyone but don’t forget the vacuum bag. If the fleas are still alive when they go in they can get right back out. One person suggested putting about one-third of a new flea collar in the bag to kill the fleas inside.
One of my favorite treatments was moth flakes (moth balls in flake form) sprinkled over everything, left to work for a couple of hours, then thoroughly vacuumed up. The moth flakes kill any live ones in the bag too. Borax can be used the same way. Another person used boric acid sprinkled over everything. That’s less messy and safe for people and pets.
White attracts fleas as you well know if you’ve ever walked through an infested room with white socks on. Light and heat also draw the little pests. Put these together by putting soapy water in a shallow white dish under a desk lamp. Especially at night the light and heat attract the fleas to the dish. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water so the fleas jump in, sink and drown. It may not kill every one but it will definitely give you an indication of what size infestation you are facing and the ones it does catch are that many fewer.
Diatomaceous earth and nematodes are two organic ways to fight fleas in the yard.
In the meantime, bathe all the pets in Dawn dishwashing liquid followed up by FrontLine, Advantage or Revolution after waiting the prescribed time after the bath.
Good luck. If you’ve got an effective, cheap flea-fighting tactic we’d love to hear about it.
For an appointment at the Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196. For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else about the Humane Society call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - February 19, 1998
Star Student and Teacher
Paigelyn Hannah has been selected as Holly Springs High School’s Star Student for the class of 1998. She chose Annetta LeSueur, the senior English teacher, as her Star Teacher.
Watch it grow
In celebration of Arbor Day, kindergarten students at Marshall Academy planted a magnolia tree on the front lawn of the campus Thursday. Students can see the tree from their classroom windows, so they can watch the tree’s progress. Anna Roberts was the first student to place a shovelful of dirt around the tree. The magnolia was donated to the school by Anna’s grandparents, J.D. and Jane Roberts of Blue Springs.
Supervisors to open bids for jail construction Monday
Bids for construction of the new Marshall County Jail will be opened by the board of supervisors next Monday. Bids opened in January were close to $1 million higher than the $4.2 million the county raised for the project through a bond issue.
25 Years Ago - February 24, 1983
Surprise party honors Graham Millers’ 20th
The Mark Miller home was the scene of a delightful surprise supper party Friday evening, honoring Mark’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Graham Miller, on their 20th wedding anniversary. Donny, Joey and Mindy Miller were co-hosts with the Mark Millers. Guests arrived at 6:30 and the honorees were very much surprised to find their close friends there when they arrived at 7 p.m.
Joe Hurdle honored with dinner at “The Pines”
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurdle entertained with a beautiful buffet dinner on Sunday evening at their home, The Pines, complimenting Joe Hurdle, a judge at the National Field Trials in Grand Junction, Tenn. Among the 50 guests were friends of Mr. Hurdle from Tennessee, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Virginia and Florida, who were attending the trials.
M&F Bank announces new board members
Recently announced new members to the Merchants and Farmers Board of Trustees were Tom Hurdle, Sam Coopwood, Bart Tomlinson and David Bennett Sr. Board chair Lanier Robison Jr. made the announcement.
50 Years Ago - February 20, 1958
Soldier of the week
Soldier of the week honors were presented to Specialist Third Class William R. Fant Jr. at the National Guard Armory Monday night. Bobby Fant, 19, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Fant Sr. of Holly Springs. He finished high school at Holly High. Bobby’s civilian work in Holly Springs has been with the Holly Springs Gin and the ASC office.
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