Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded
body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts
on cats, dogs and humans.
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Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They
infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their
powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches
Fleas usually remain on their warm-blooded hosts at all times. They
can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets, which can
transfer the fleas to new environments. They are often found
infesting opossums, raccoons, and skunks in urban settings.
Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague.
They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans
through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Alergy
Dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause
similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer
tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause
painful, itchy red bumps.
Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and
prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent
habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside,
bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian
annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is
important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents