Fleas are tiny insects. They just grow up to the size of a tip of a Ball pen; they vary in colour from light brown to black. They Move by jumping from one place to Another With their long modified legs, as they are wingless.
They’re also challenging to get rid of without a pesticide treatment. Fleas have thin, flat bodies and their hard shells mean you often need to squeeze them between fingernails or two solid surfaces to kill them. Even then, where there is one, many usually follow.
Fleas have more than 2000 species worldwide. Some of the most commonly found are Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Human flea (Pulex irritans)
Moorhen flea (Dasypsyllus gallinules).
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.
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 have a particular type of lifecycle, having stages Named Egg, Larvae, Pupae, Adult Flea.
The life cycle begins when the female gives eggs after feeding. Eggs in batches, usually on the host itself; the eggs can easily roll onto the ground. Because of this, spaces where the host rests and sleep, one of the primary homes of eggs and growing fleas. The eggs take about two days to two weeks to hatch.
Flea larvae feed on any possible organic material such as vegetable matter, dead insects, and faeces. They are blind and avoid direct sunlight, likes dark places such as crevices, sand, cracks, and bedding.
If the food is adequate, larvae pupate and weave silken cocoons within 1–2 weeks. After one more week or two, the adult fleas are fully developed and ready to emerge.
They may remain resting during this time until they receive a sign that a host is near -heat, vibrations (including sound), and carbon dioxide are all stimuli indicating the likely presence of a host.
Once the flea becomes an adult, its primary goal is to find blood and then to reproduce.Its total life span can be one and one-half years in ideal conditions. Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life, allowing for phenomenal growth rates.