Fleas are small (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long, agile, usually dark coloured, wingless insects with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their bodies are laterally compressed permitting easy movement through the hairs or feathers on the host’s body.
Signs of infestation:
Fleas are normally brought into the house via pets. You may notice that your pet is scratching itself more than usual. Watch out for insect bites around your own ankles. Look through your pet’s hair carefully for fleas and dirt, down to the skin level.
The largest ever recorded infestation of human fleas in the UK was found at a pig farm in 1986. It reportedly turned an area the size of a tennis court brown.
63 species of flea are found in the UK. About 10 of those could be found in homes.
Problems associated with Fleas:
Fleas can transmit disease; in this country it is very rare. Instead, the primary concern is the distress that flea bites cause to people and pets.