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Flea

The flea is the common name given to any small insects without wings, from Siphonaptera order. Fleas are extremely agile insects, but without wings. 

Details

Along with lice, bedbugs and ticks, fleas are categorized as the "vampires" of living world. Currently, there are about 2,000 species of fleas worldwide.

Features

  • Small parasitic insects.

  • Long limbs and hind adapted for jumping.

  • Length between 1.5 and 3.3 mm.

  • The female lodge about 700-800 eggs in series of several dozen. Eggs are deposited directly on the host - dogs, cats, mice, rats, poultry and even humans, which means that these generations are born live near a food source.

  • The body is hard, shiny and covered with many short hairs and spines directed backwards, which also helps to move to the body of the host.

  • Flea’s body is able to withstand high pressures, characteristic which is an adaptation to survive attempts to be removed by scratching or crushing.

  • Fleas lay white eggs, visible only with a magnifying glass.

  • Adult fleas diet consists exclusively of fresh blood, while the larvae feed on adult flea feces.

Behavior

Fleas are external parasites and cause unbearable itching, because they release toxic substances into the bloodstream of the victim. Fleas can cause allergies to sensitive individuals to their saliva and dermatitis, irritation or, in severe cases, even anemia, intestinal worms and other stomach affections. Body areas preferred by fleas to feed are, most often, ankles and feet.

Did you know...

  • A flea can jump, vertical, up to 18 cm and horizontally up to 33 cm? Thus, the flea is one of the best jumpers in the animal world (relative to body size) and is second after the jumper frog.

  • The female flea needs only a chink of 4 mm to lay their eggs?

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