Types of fleas

  • Human flea
  • Cat flea
  • Dog flea
  • Rat flea
  • Chicken flea
  • Sand flea
  • Springtail flea
  • Sticktight flea

How fast do they spread?

On average, a female flea lays up to 25 eggs per day. The new eggs will reach adulthood in 20 to 26 days. Within a month, she will have thousands of descendants.

If a dog acquires 5 female fleas, and 25% of the eggs survive, within a month the infestation would grow to over 4,000 fleas.

Diseases carried

Fleas carry a large number of diseases.

Humans usually get typhus from a flea bite. Signs of typhus include headache, fever, nausea, and body aches.

Mycoplasma haemofelis is a parasitic bacterial disease that is transmitted to cats through flea bites. It causes fever and anemia in cats.

Pets can get tapeworms by swallowing infected adult fleas, which happens when animals groom themselves.

Did you know?

  • A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal.
  • The female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
  • The female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily.
  • A flea can jump up to 8 inches high, and up to 30 000 times without stopping.
  • Pets with fleas may develop anemia, tapeworms or intense bouts of itching.
  • Fleas can pull 160,000 times their own weight, which is equivalent to a human pulling 2,679 double-decker buses.
  • The average flea is 2mm to 3mm long and weighs about 0.03g.
  • Fleas can be frozen for up to a year and then revive them.
  • The world’s biggest flea is the beaver flea, and is about 11mm long.
  • The lifespan of a flea can be as short as 14 days or as long as 12 months.
  • Female fleas are larger than male fleas.

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