- Scientific name is: Pulex irritans
- Is found throughout the world except Antarctica
- Thought to have originated from South America where its hosts were guinea pigs.
- Grow up to four millimeters
- Dark brown in color
- Are compressed laterally to sneak through hairs easier and to lower visibility
Mannerisms of Human Fleas
- Feed off human blood, but will also seek out other mammals or birds for sustenance.
- Females lay four to six thousand eggs during their adult life cycle
- Eggs are laid onto the host, but may fall off and stay in the host’s bedding or territory.
- Live up to two to three months
- Can use back legs to jump onto the body of their host.
- Can be a carrier for the bacteria Yersinia pestis which is commonly known as Plague.
- Body shaving, medicated shampoos, and combing are effective means of flea pest control.
- Pets should be treated to prevent their infection and reinfection of their owners.
- Vacuuming furniture, carpets, and rugs also helps.