If you own pets you are probably already familiar with fleas. They are common parasites that feed off of blood and their favorite hosts are usually our furry friends like cats and dogs. They can also end up on your property by hitching rides on rabbits, foxes, birds, rats, mice or any other long-haired animal. Fleas are wingless insects that are extremely agile and outstanding jumpers. In fact, fleas are one of the longest jumpers in relation to their size in the entire animal kingdom. This jumping ability
allows them to transfer from one host to another rather easily, including from pets to their humans. This is why flea control is necessary around homes.
Are fleas dangerous?
As parasites, the greatest concern about the presence of fleas in your home or business comes from their bites. Although these are not painful, they can result in an uncomfortable itch or rash. Your pets could also develop allergies to flea saliva.
Types of Fleas
The most common species of fleas are:
Cat flea – small, fat and brownish and prefer feline hosts, but can be found on some other hosts, as well. They cannot live entirely on human blood, so will often drop off of human hosts fairly quickly.
Dog flea – tiny insects, also with fat bodies, and are black in color. They have bristles that allow them to hang on to dog fur even when grooming is occurring.
Bird flea – also known as a hen flea. These prefer chickens and can infest an entire hen house very quickly.