Fleas

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Fleas-order siphonaptera

There are perhaps up to 60 species of flea that live in Britain, including human flea, cat flea ,dog flea, bird flea, rabbit flea. All adult fleas are external parasites of warm- blooded animals and birds. Fleas can be vectors of disease or may transmit parasitic worms. The tropical rat flea is infamous for having spread the bubonic plague throughout Europe and  Britain twice over the past few hundred years. The more common flea that you would find that your pets have brought into the house would be the;

  • Cat Flea(Ctenocephalides Felis)-2mm in length, dark mahogany in colour and has strong back legs for jumping. They adults live on the fur of the host feeding on its blood. The female will lay up to 1000 eggs in her  lifetime and these are laid in batches on the host after a blood meal usually dropping on to the floor or the bedding of the host after a few days. The larvae are up to 5mm in length and are fully grown in a few weeks. Once they pupate normal emergence is in 2-4 weeks in response to vibration. Can be delayed up to several months if not stimulated. This can be seen when the new occupiers of a house  move in to a property that has been vacant for months only to find that their vibrations have stimulated the flea pupae and they all hatch out!

Cat flea bites are almost invariably around the lower portion of the leg, usually around the ankles. Frequent flea bites up higher would usually indicate human fleas, especially if they were concentrated around the waist area.

  • Dog Flea(ctenocephalides canis) Is much the same in physical appearance and has the same habits as the cat flea but is much less common in the UK.

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