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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!

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
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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