flea-anatomyFleas are wingless insects that have mouth parts which are adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. They have long legs with their hind pair well adapted for jumping. A flea is able to jump vertically up to 18cm’s and horizontally up to 33cm’s. This makes the flea one of the best jumpers of known animals (relative to body size).

Fleas will feed of a number of warm blooded mammals such as humans, dogs and cats. With fleas feeding of a range of hosts, diseases are able to be transferred from one host to another. Fleas are well known for transmitting a variety of viral and bacterial diseases to humans and animals.

The bite of a flea can be extremely itchy and form small red bumps typically around your feet and lower legs.getting-rid-of-fleas

If you have a flea infestation call SWATAPEST today on 9277 0960 to arrange for your house to be treated.

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