Combat

Insect Guide

Your Go-To Guide for Other Household Pests

Fleas

Three Cat Fleas

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Combat Insect Guide Flea Map

Most Common Types

 

The cat flea is the most common flea encountered by people in North America; however, the dog, human, and sticktight fleas are also found.

 

What They Look Like

 

Fleas are small, wingless, and about 1/12 to 1/6 of an inch long. Their bodies are flat and often covered in hair, which allows them to root to the host. 

 

Where They Live

 

Fleas can live indoor or outdoor in temperate climates; however, since they tend to live in homes, they can be found in any climate.  

 

Where They Nest

 

In your home they can live in carpet, furniture, hardwood floors and even in tile and concrete. Fleas are a parasite, and can attach to various hosts including dogs, cats, humans, chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice and other domesticated or wild animals.

 

Steps to Prevent

 

To prevent fleas, make sure to vacuum, sweep and mop thoroughly and regularly. Be sure your floors are constantly clear of debris and wash sheets and linens often. It’s also a good idea to examine your pets daily for fleas. Catching fleas early will minimize the damage to your pets and home.

 

Are They Harmful?

 

Yes, pets suffering from flea bites scratch themselves incessantly. Fleas also feed on humans and some people exhibit flea allergies. Fleas may also carry human diseases such as Typhus and Tularemia.