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Fleas (Ctenocephalides fellis/canis)

Flea

Size

Fleas are tiny in size not exceeding 2 mm.

Colour

This insect is reddish-brown in colour.

Description

Fleas are insects with a very rapid life cycle consisting of four stages: egg, larva, cocoon and adult.

The eggs and larvae are white and adult fleas are dark and have an elongated shape.

Diet

Fleas feed only on blood. Two days after its first meal on blood an adult female can lay an average of 20-30 eggs per day over a period of two months.

Habitat

Fleas hide in the fur of animals and in human scalp, and do not leave once they have installed themselves.

Consequences / Dangers

In humans, flea bites will often cause unpleasant itching which may lead to infection. They can also transmit viruses that can cause fevers. In instances where the the infestation is significant, it may cause anaemia. The dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) may carry tapeworm.

Prevention

There are some habits to adopt to remedy a flea invasion problem.

So consult an extermination specialist by checking out our prevention guide below.

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