How to Identify Fleas

Flea Pictures and Facts

Characteristics

  • length - adult fleas are approximately 2.5 mm long

  • color - dark in color, ranging from brown to reddish brown

  • body - thin & flat with hair

  • mouthparts - adults have mouthparts which are used to extract the host's blood

  • legs - six long legs

  • no wings - fleas are wingless

  • jump - capable of jumping large distances from host to host

Individual fleas are difficult to kill by hand and typically require chemical treatment.

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.

Fleas are commonly visible moving in infested pet's fur. Their presence may be marked by reddened skin.

Pictures of Fleas

Below are photos and images of fleas:

Flea After Feeding

Dog Flea

Your local pest control professionals should be contacted to discuss solutions and extermination options designed specifically for your indoor infestations.

Resources

Flea Home Protection

Sand Fleas

Do Dogs & Cats Get the Same Kind of Fleas?

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Bed

Can Fleas Fly?

Can People Get Fleas from Cats?

Flea Bite Facts & Information

Do Home Flea Treatments Work?

Flea Diseases

Fleas in Carpets and Rugs

How to Detect Signs of a Flea Infestation

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