I posted this last year and want to repost it because it is very important you check the qualifications of any exterminator you hire for any purpose. This fellow kills prairie dogs because he stupidly believes they are dangerous. I got an email from someone about an article I wrote about prairie dogs. It looks like he is in the business of destroying them because he is not knowledgeable. This is his email, and my response is below.
I just read your article and I’m pretty amazed you tell people prairie dogs don’t carry disease? It’s obvious you have an agenda and just aren’t a serious person. We have known for decades their fleas carry the plague and have recently shut down how many sites trying to prevent their spread.
Come on dude.
You are very misinformed about prairie dogs and the plague. We have about 107 species of fleas in NM and about a third of them are known vectors of the plague. They will get on almost all animals. The species that carry the plague will get mostly on squirrels, rodents, rabbits and occasionally prairie dogs. Almost all the animals carrying fleas are immune to the disease. There is one exception and that is prairie dogs. If prairie dogs are bitten by fleas with the plague, the prairie dogs will die. If there is as prairie dog colony that is active, they do not have any fleas that carry the plague. If a colony is mostly dead, then they were infested with plague carrying fleas. Killing colonies of prairie dogs because they are a health hazard is nonsense and the people that do that have no idea what they are doing.
Where did I get this information? From a peer reviewed scientific document entitled, “Fleas and Lice of Mammals in New Mexico”, which was published in 2004 by the United States Department of Agriculture. Who wrote this scientific paper? I DID. There is another paper with information in it as well, entitled “New Records for Fleas (Siphonaptera) from New Mexico with notes on plague-carrying species”. It is a scientific paper published in the Southwestern Naturalist in 2001. Who wrote this paper? I DID.