Fleas are highly specialized bloodsucking parasites belonging to the order of insects called Siphonaptera, which means “Wingless Siphon”. They have a formidable reputation of claiming more victims than all the wars ever fought, as a result of the “bubonic plague” they spread throughout the world by the 14th century causing the deaths of over 200 million people. Now, these insects are better known for their irritation and pest status worldwide.
Flea Facts & Information
- 5% of the fleas will be found on pets
- 10% flea cocoons found in carpet
- 35% flea larvae found in carpets
- 50% flea eggs found in carpet
Fleas have been around for millions of years, feeding on the blood of animals and humans. Fleas live on pets, mammals, pet bedding, in carpets, in sofas as well as other household and farm goods.
Whether it be animal or human when something warm moves by the pupae. They unzip the cocoons and jump on for the ride. All of this can happen in a short period of time.
- Fleas feed on blood and a flea can live without a blood meal for 100 days.
- A female flea has to have a blood meal to lay eggs.
- Eggs are laid within 36-48 hours of having the first blood meal.
- A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.