Flea Order Siphonaptera
APPEARANCE:
Black to brownish-black, about 2mm to 1.5mm long; six legs, with many bristles on body and legs; flattened body.

HABITS:
Found on cats and dogs year-round, but most common during warm and humid weather; readily attack and feed on humans; can jump as much as 350mm.

DIET:
Blood

REPRODUCTION:
Female can lay about 25 eggs a day, and up to 800 eggs during her lifetime; fleas undergo complete metamorphosis, usually in 14 to 90 days.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Carrier of many diseases; adults can live one to two months without feeding.


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