- Size: Fleas are small, wingless and about 2.5 mm long.
- Color: Their bodies are shiny and reddish brown in color, covered with microscopic hair and are compressed to allow for easy movement through animal fur.
- No wings: Fleas do not have wings, although they are capable of jumping long distances.
- Legs: The legs are equipped with setae that grip hair and feathers. It keeps the flea from falling off it’s host
Most fleas are restricted to their host and the host nest. Such as, gardens pet beds, and animal pens.
Adults require a blood meal to activate sperm and egg production, so, that makes you an important host.
Fleas are significant vectors of diseases in humans and in pets. They spread plague and typhus and have also been cited in spreading tularemia (rabbit fever)., and cat scratch fever. Fleas spread the disease by a simple bite or the feces contact into open wound in the skin. The flea bites can lead to excessive scratching which can lead to a secondary infection on top of the one you received from the flea.
How Did I Get Fleas?
Most like you get fleas from your dog or cat. They can collect fleas from the outside and then live in their fur. Fleas can fall from the dog and then infest their bed or the carpet in your home. It is important to see a veterinarian on a regular basis. Getting a flea treatment for your home will not help if you haven’t taken your pet to the veterinarian.