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50 Fast, Flea Facts! Check out this selection of our favourite quick Flea Facts! How big can fleas get? See our picture!

  • Fact.... 1 - Fleas have been used in warfare by the Japanese to spread fleas (dropping them like bombs from planes)
  • 2 - The human flea can spread Murine typhus and tapeworm
  • 3 - Fleas on your puppy or kitten are a great threat and can cause anemia
  • 4 - The Black Rat Flea ('Xenopsylla cheopis') played a big part in transmitting the Black Death plague to humans
  • 5 - The common game, tiddlywinks apparently translates as ‘the game of the flea’ in over ten European Countries
  • 6 - Garlic and vinegar are both said to repel fleas
  • 7 - The female adult is said to be able to produce up to 950 eggs in its lifetime
  • 8 - The sand flea is a crustacean but looks like an insect
  • 9 - A way to distinguish a flea bite from other insect bites is there will be a single piercing (as opposed to two) for each mark
  • 10 - The rabbit flea is more likely to mate when around a pregnant female rabbit or new born bunny
  • 11 - Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of their host
  • 12 - There are four stages to a flea’s life cycle - Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult
  • 13 - Fleas range in size from as little as 2mm up to a whopping 1.4cm! See our picture below of a sand flea found in the UK!
  • 14 - There are over 2300 different species of flea
  • 15 - Fleas have no wings, they jump around
  • 16 - Fleas can be both light and dark brown
  • 17 - Fleas can jump 150 x their own body length!
  • 18 - Most female fleas are large than the male
  • 19 - The human flea is mostly found on pigs!
  • 20 - Flea populations in the home are usually made up of 5% adult, 10% pupae, 35% larvae, 50% Eggs

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largest sand flea - southern England

  • 21 - Fleas can jump 80 x their own body height
  • 22 - Fleas can carry diseases such as the plague
  • 23 - Fleas can feed off humans and animals
  • 24 - Fleas eggs are just about visible to the human eye as small white objects
  • 25 - In 2010, many areas around the globe recorded the highest levels of fleas for almost a decade
  • 26 - Garlic can make your pets body odor less attractive to fleas
  • 27 - Humans could suffer a fever, headache and nausea as a result of flea bites
  • 28 - Rabbit Flea is the common name for 'Spilopsyllus cuniculi'
  • 29 - During the Egg stage, the Female Adult flea will lay up to 45 eggs a day
  • 30 - Many flea products contain harmful chemicals and could be fatally toxic to kittens
  • 31 - One natural thing that will help your pets repel fleas is a healthy nutritional diet
  • 32 - As the climate plays such a huge part in whether fleas thrive, the warmer areas have a more consistent battle for 12 months of the year
  • 33 - A flea trap is a device constructed to attract and kill fleas
  • 34 - Scratching flea bites can lead to secondary infections
  • 35 - The human flea is the common name for 'Pulex irritans'
  • 36 - Flea Larvae look like little worms
  • 37 - Fleas are a global pest
  • 38 - Fleas are very robust and resilient insects
  • 39 - Fleas can carry typhus


  • 40 - The cat flea is the common name for 'Ctenocephalides felis'
  • 41 - Calamine lotion (or any other anti-itch cream) is good to apply for the relief of minor skin rashes and irritation as a result of flea bites
  • 42 - Homemade flea sprays could comprise of eucalyptus, rosewood, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, cedar, citrus or lemongrass
  • 43 - When fleas feed on the blood of our pets, they leave excretions behind them
  • 44 - Sand fleas are most active at dusk and dawn
  • 45 - Flea drops dissolve into the skin and cover the whole surface of your pet within 24 hours
  • 46 - There are a number of plants linked with repelling fleas such as lavender, mint, eucalyptus and rosemary
  • 47 - The dog flea and cat flea are probably more likely to be found in your home (if you have pets) rather than the human flea, unless perhaps you’re a pig farmer!
  • 48 - Flea Bombs can help eradicate fleas
  • 49 - Flea bites are often found in clusters, round the ankles and legs - see our flea bite page for examples!
  • 50 - The most common treatments for rabbit fleas are powders, combing and sprays.

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