Fleas

 

Fleas are commonly carried into your home after infesting the fur of

animals which have been outdoors. Once inside, fleas continue to lay eggs

and reproduce leading to bites which result in swollen, itchy marks on the

skin. Fleas also transmit several diseases and can cause allergic

reactions. Although it’s not nearly as prevalent as it once was,

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the Bubonic Plague. Fleas also

spread the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans via infected rats,

and Flea saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis in pets and their

excrement can cause allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also spread

tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why active flea control is

an important component of pet care.

Aliases 

  • Cat Fleas
  • Dog Fleas
  • Siphonaptera
  • Oriental Rat Fleas
  • Human Fleas

Description

  • Size: Typically 1/8th of an inch long
  • Color: Generally black, but the fancier ones can be a Reddish-Brown

Characteristics

  • Fleas will usually move into your home via your pet. If you see your cat or dog scratching themselves more than usual, it could be the first sign of a flea infestation
  • Flea bites can leave itchy, red irritating bumps on humans and can jump up to six inches, so no one is safe from these blood sucking parasites
  • They’ve been known to spread ringworm to dogs and cats, so watch out for small, moving bugs on your animals.

The Crimes

  • Infestation
  • Feeding on Human & Pet Blood
  • Spreading Disease
  • Causing Itchy, Painful Red Welts
  • Aggravated Allergy Causation