ORDER of FLEAS
Siphonaptera, order of fleas:
Species? Twenty-five hundred of these.
Each selects its key host,
Feeds and breeds, then can boast,
"We bring itch, infestation, disease."
Ectoparasites, sure to displease.
THE CAT FLEA
C. felis, its species, the cat flea:
Former tenant's dog Will
Wore a flea-collar; still,
His tormentors remain as our flat flea.
Infestations with C. lectularius.
There's a recent resurgence
(They resist most detergents;
On vacation you're heading?
Of this blood-sucking bedthug nefarious.
Authors' Note: Details of the legend: The protagonist needed some vacation following a busy time of downsizing and changing residences. A few days prior to taking off on Snowbird flight 203, it became obvious that a domestic infestation of bedbugs, presumably acquired during the household move, had pre-empted his search for a subtropical respite.
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