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Pest Library - Fleas

 

Fleas are small (1/16 to 1/8-inch (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long), agile, usually dark colored (for example, the reddish-brown of the cat flea), wingless insects with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts.

Their legs are long, the hind pair well adapted for jumping: a flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches (1.8 m) and horizontally up to 13 inches (3.3 m).[3] This is around 200 times their own body length, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size).

Fleas (Parasite) are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can cause medical problems including flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia, tapeworms, stomach flu.

Fleas can transmit murine typhus (endemic typhus) fever among animals and from animal to humans. Also, fleas can transmit bubonic plague and any other disease from human to rodent and from rodent to humans. Tapeworms normally infest in humans in severe cases.

 

 

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