Fleas feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals

Fleas are a type of parasitic Insects that feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals.

When you have a flea issue you and your pets, are the host.

These insects range in size from 1/12 to 1/6 inch in length.  Their bodies are thin if viewed from the sides.Coated with microscopic hair and are compressed to allow for natural movement through the animal fur.

 

Fleas are wingless but very gifted jumping insects. This insect can jump 7 to 8 inches in the vertical direction and 14 to 16 inches in the horizontal direction. A skin effect to a flea bite appears as a slightly elevated and itchy red spot. Sometimes these sores bleed. This insect usually requires the warm and humid environment to grow.

 

Many people don’t realise they have a flea problem until they are away from their house for an extended period.

This is because the fleas get starved while the hosts are away, and they become highly active when the hosts return. People tend to think to put the pet outside will solve the flea problem, but that typically makes the insects turn to human hosts instead.

 

There are several types of insects, but the most common would be the cat flea, which also feeds on dogs and humans. This Insects attracted to body heat, movement, and exhaled carbon dioxide.

Flea species include:

 

Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)

Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)

Human flea (Pulex irritans)

Moorhen flea (Dasypsyllus gallinulae)

Northern rat flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus)

Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis)

There are more than 2000 species of flea insects worldwide

 

The eggs take about two days to two weeks to hatch.

Flea larvae are  3 to 5.2 mm long and are somewhat white. This larval stage lasts from four to 18 days, after which worms spin silken cocoons and enter the pupal stage. The pupal stage is of three days, or it can take one whole year.

 

Adult fleas are usually easy to locate, particularly if the homeowner and their pets return to the house after a long vacation. Or other absence during which the native flea adults were not able to take a stock meal.

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