/ Rope fleas

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mathematically safe - on 11 Feb 2014
Me and my mate climbed something recently and there were loads of stray cats at the top. One of them got a bit close to the coiled rope and got us thinking about fleas. Can a rope catch/harbour fleas? Has anyone ever had a flea infested rope?

At home I keep the cat well away from all the climbing gear but the above situation was pretty unavoidable - stray cats everywhere.
SouthernSteve on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Fleas are attracted by CO2 and warmth and vibration.
Fleas do not leave an animal (except for rabbit fleas, of the common ones, which may pick a more attractive host such as a pregnant doe)
Flea are caught by contact with environments where infested animals spend time, not be meeting infected animals.

Your rope is safe.
Dave Perry - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Haven't you anything else to worry about?
Enty - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Classic!

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alooker - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Was this route in Spain?!
yesbutnobutyesbut - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

I hope you've never put your rope on your bed!
mathematically safe - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to SouthernSteve:

Cheers lads - thought it was a bit far fetched, and not my rope anyway so wasn't worried. Just seeing if anyone had any stories really.
mathematically safe - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to alooker:

Yes - Costa Blanca (Diebro UBSA). It was like a zoo on top
Choss on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Camping Below chudleigh north face years ago, at dusk Dozens and i Mean Dozens of cats Surrounding our tent every night. Quite creepy really.
alooker - on 11 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Crazy isn't it, try spilling your packet of spicy nuts that you've been looking forward to on the top of the penon. Like a carpet of cats.
rocky57 - on 12 Feb 2014
In reply to alooker:
> (In reply to mathematically safe)
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> Crazy isn't it, try spilling your packet of spicy nuts that you've been looking forward to on the top of the penon. Like a carpet of cats.

I've often got to the top of a climb and spilt the contents of my nut bag onto a rock.
jkarran - on 12 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

> Can a rope catch/harbour fleas? Has anyone ever had a flea infested rope?

What would they feed on? Your rope could harbor fleas in much the same way anything could but not for very long.

jk
ceri - on 12 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

I guess if the cats sat on the rope, the fleas could lay eggs on it. 90% of any flea population is eggs and larvae and there live in the environment...
The Pylon King on 12 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:
This is the weirdest thread ive seen on here. Well done!
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Troy Tempest - on 12 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

It's ropemites you want to worry about, not fleas. A friend came back from Northern India and his backpack was infested with them, they love synthetic fibres. Did you see the pitch at Murrayfield at the weekend? Yep. Imagine that's your climbing rope.
jj0076 - on 13 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

I've found that most fleas tend to carry their own ropes so they're very unlikely to be interested in yours.
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Al Evans on 13 Feb 2014
In reply to mathematically safe:

Top of the Penon, I have more cat pictures too. My daughter who is a vet nurse reported no sign of fleas.
http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=230981

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