What Do Fleas Look Like?

Adult fleas are approximately 2.5 mm long and are dark in color, ranging from brown to reddish brown. Fleas are wingless, although they are capable of jumping large distances from host to host as a result of their six long legs. Individual fleas are difficult to kill by hand and typically require chemical treatment.

Close-Up of a Flea
Close-Up of a Flea

The bodies of fleas are thin and flat, allowing for easy movement through an animal’s fur. Their bodies are also covered in hair that serves to root them to the host. Adults have mouthparts which are used to extract the host’s blood.

Fleas are commonly visible moving in infested pet’s fur. Their presence may be marked by reddened skin. If fleas are located on your pet, contact your veterinarian to discuss possible avenues of treatment. Your local pest control professionals should be contacted to discuss solutions and extermination options designed specifically for your indoor infestations.



Fleas Life Cycle

Signs of a Flea Infestation

Flea Bombs

Are Cat Fleas and Dog Fleas the Same?

Cat Fleas

Cat Flea Eggs

Cat Fleas on Humans

Dog Fleas

Flea Bites

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

Electronic Flea Collars

Flea Medicine

Sand Fleas