Flea

Flea

Flea-Siphonaptera

Color-Black, brown   /   Size-1-2mm   /   Shape-Oblong     /  Antenna-No  /  Flying-No

Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The flea is a blood feeder of great concern because many pass along diseases. Several major human diseases can be traced from dogs and rodents to humans, including plague, murine typhus, bartonellosis and tapeworms.  Possibly, because fleas can jump up to 150 times the length of their body, and are attracted to animals’ body heat, movement and the carbon dioxide that is exhaled, they are found on dogs, cats, skunks, rodents, and humans.   The adult flea feeds on blood while larvae feed on organic debris.  A pair of fleas in the Calgary area may produce more than 20 trillion offspring in a year.  Certainly a pest to be taken care of quickly and completely.