Weekly family rail, with information on fleas, a review of “It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and more.

Tip of the Week

When fleas are spotted in the home, it's our pets that take the blame. But did you know that for every flea you see, there could be a much bigger problem hiding in the bedding, carpets, furniture and floorboards of your home? The truth is, flea eggs, maggot-like larvae and pupae represent 95 percent of a flea infestation, and they thrive not on your pet, but in the places your pet likes to snuggle - on the couch, under the porch, even in your bed.

Within as little as eight weeks, just two fleas can produce up to 2,000 eggs. Your pet shakes these tiny white specs off himself and into your home where they quickly develop into maggot-like larvae and spin silken cocoons, becoming pupae. In their pupae stage, fleas can lay dormant for up to a year waiting for the right conditions to hatch into adults. That means, as long as you have eggs, larvae and pupae hiding in your home, you're always at risk for a sudden, itchy infestation. Consider these uncomfortable facts from SentinelPet.com:

- The adult fleas a pet owner sees represent only 5 percent of the flea population. The other 95 percent - eggs, maggot-like larvae and pupae - hide in your home.

- A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day.

- Eggs hatch into maggot-like larvae in two to four days.

- Larvae are repelled by light and burrow into the fibers, cracks and crevasses of your home.

- In their cocoon stage, fleas can lie dormant in your home for up to a year.

- ARA

Family Movie Night

This month we’re highlighting the top family-friendly Halloween movies.

“It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Rated: G

Length: 25 minutes

Synopsis: This beloved classic is great for the whole family and produces more than few memorable moments (“I got a rock”).


Trailer provided by Video Detective

 

Book Report

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne

Ages: Young adult

Pages: 240

Synopsis: Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. - Random House Children's Books

Did You Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 kids age 12-17 take antidepressants.

GateHouse News Service