Flea Facts Overview
Everybody knows fleas can be a nuisance, both to humans and their pets. But what are the common flea facts, and which of them are true?
First of all, fleas are one of the most common types of pest to trouble your pet. They are small, wingless and jumpy and feed exclusively on blood. While they can suck human blood, fleas usually nest on animals since their fur provides them with a comfy environment where they can reproduce out of sight. Naturally, a flea infestation means the situation is getting worse. Since fleas have a long, 4-stage life cycle, the problem first started at least a few weeks ago if you notice them frequently.
The standard scientific name for fleas is Siphonaptera
, which derives from the Greek words for “pipe” and “wingless”, which perfectly describes fleas. They have a tube-like sucking mouthpart, just like a bed bug, and they don’t have wings. Unfortunately, the lack of wings does not stop fleas from jumping spaces over 30 times their size when they need food.
The most ubiquitous type of flea to bother pets worldwide is the cat flea(Ctenocephalides felis
). Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t prefer just cats, but any furry, warm-blooded pets in general.