You must have never noticed a flea closely. The different pictures and videos we posted in this section will help you to have an idea about how flea eggs, larvae, and adult fleas look like. From a closer look, you might solve your flea infestation problem rapidly.
If you have a serious flea infestation problem we suggest you go through our guide to kill fleas totally. But these pictures and videos will definitely help you to identify the pest, especially if it is a flea and get rid of it.
The commonest insect to invade in the skins of your furry friends is a flea. They are wingless parasites who live on the blood of pets. The furry epidermis of your pet allows them to hide and hang on to them. This is an enlarged picture of a common flea.
This is a picture of a common cat flea. They predominantly choose cats as hosts. But they can affect dogs and humans too.
A dog flea looks similar to a cat flea but they are slightly different. They transmit tapeworms and other infections to dogs and humans.
A female flea is bigger in size than the male flea. But there are more than 2500 species of fleas and the size varies. They generally range from 1.5 mm to 3.2 mm. The females have large abdomens. Although they are very minute, they can be seen in naked eyes.
Fleas look for warm-blooded animals as hosts from whom they can suck blood. A flea’s mouth has 3 needle-like structures. 2 of them pierce in the skin of the host while the other one sucks blood from the skin. Female fleas need a complete blood meal before laying eggs.
Fleas affect the furry spaces on a dog’s skin, which are mainly at the inner thighs and the belly. These places are not that exposed to light as they are covered areas.
Here also the cat fleas attack the furry areas on a cat’s skin which are not exposed to light. Places like armpits and groin are perfect for them. Fleas are capable to kill kittens as they are weaker than adults.
This is a close up picture of an adult flea. Take a look at the long legs of the adult flea. These legs help them to jump high and travel a distance. They don’t have wings. Their skin color is red, brown or black.
This is a time-lapse video made under the microscope for 5 days. This video actually gives you an idea of how flea eggs look like. Though not much movement is seen in the video.
The eggs hatch within 2 to 10 days and larvae come out. They look for dark areas and feed on dead larvae or adult flea faeces.
A cocoon or pupa is created around the larvae in which they stay till they become adult fleas. It may last from 1 to 3 weeks or even less if a host is sensed nearby.
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Fleas bite humans too. This may rise to itchy reactions but are not that serious as they are on children and pets.
This video gives you an idea of how much flea dirt is extracted from your pet with the help of a flea-comb. It also gives you knowledge of what the flea dirt looks like.
Kittens are tender and more delicate than adult cats and so they become easier hosts for fleas. Sometimes kittens die also due to too much suction of blood.
Just go through this video to see how fleas can affect your basements too.
Watch this video to see how desperate these pests are. They were supposed to attack your pets’ skin or maybe yours and now they are climbing your walls. IGR treatment is necessary.
This video gives a comparative analysis between ticks and fleas, their structural differences, habitats and the methods of removing them from the affected areas.
This video shows how a flea sucks blood from the hosts and how much blood it is capable of sucking.
The life cycle of a flea gives you an idea of why are they intruding in your life cycle. Watch the video carefully and decide at what level you should apply insecticides to get rid of them.
The different images and videos about fleas in this article give you an idea about your enemies and their strengths. But their weakness is hidden in the article too. All you need to do is to realize when and how to get rid of them and how quickly.
Now you cannot ignore them, since you know how they look like if you find them roaming around your home, especially near your pets. Eradicate fleas, whenever you see them. It may take some time but it is necessary.
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