Facts About Fleas

The more information you know about fleas the better equipped you will be to identify fleas and get rid of fleas.   Here are some interesting flea facts you may not have been aware of.

Facts About Fleas

facts about fleas

  • Fleas need a host to survive.  They live by drinking the blood of their host.  The host can be a human, a bird, a reptile, or a mammal.
  • The average female flea will lay up to two thousand eggs before she dies.  That is a lot of fleas!
  • This is the life cycle of a flea: the egg stage, the larva stage, the pupa stage, and then the adult stage where they can bite.
  • Contrary to popular belief, fleas don’t just die if they don’t have blood to drink for a while.  They can actually live over three months without a meal.
  • Each day, female fleas drink the equivalent of fifteen times her own body weight in blood.  You read that correctly, that’s each and every day.
  • Special tools called flea combs are available to search your animals and pets for fleas.
  • There are over two thousand different kinds of fleas.
  • The most common type of flea is the cat flea.
  • Fleas are incredible jumpers.  They can jump eight inches high which is one hundred and fifty times its own height.  That would be the equivalent of a human jumping 900 feet in the air.
  • Pet owners should take flea bites seriously.  Pets who have fleas can get tapeworms, anemia and severe itching.

Update:  here is even more flea information.

Fleas Facts

  • Fleas are actually insects.
  • Fleas have been around for over one hundred million years on this planet.
  • Female fleas are almost always larger than male fleas.
  • Adult fleas only make up a small percentage of the total flea population in an infestation.  So if you see adult fleas you probably have a much bigger problem than you expect and you should get flea treatment right away.
  • The first time a female flea gets a blood meal it triggers her to lay eggs within two days.
  • Female fleas lay eggs on the host but some of the eggs can fall off the host and cause the infestation to consume a larger area.
  • When a flea advances to the pupa stage it only has one week to find a blood meal before it dies.  After it finds the first blood meal it can survive up to 100 days without the next blood meal.

I hope you’ve found these flea facts interesting.  If you know of more facts about fleas that we failed to mention please send them to us to include on the site.