What Are Fleas

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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Fleas are the bane of most pet-owners’ existence and they are the most common parasite found on furry animals like dogs and cats. They bite humans too. They cause an itchy sensation and red spots on the areas where they bite.

What are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny insects without wings, and they simply crawl onto the bodies of animals, according to MedlinePlus. A single female insect can produce 20,000 fleas at a time. They suck the pet’s blood constantly, which makes them feel the itching sensation all the time. Some dogs are very sensitive to these bugs. The severe itching and scratching can often make them lose their hair. This scratching can leave sores on your pet’s body, which can then become very vulnerable to bacterial infections.

For pet owners, it becomes very difficult to see their pet experiencing the pain of fleas and feeling helpless to fix the problem. Once your dog is infected, it becomes very difficult to get rid of them. Like mentioned before, even a human can suffer from the bites; they usually bite around the ankles, feet, or lower legs. They can also cause allergic reactions in humans.

Since pets often roam around the entire house, it is almost impossible for fleas not to spread all over the house. You can get rid of them with the help of pesticides or use home remedies like dish soap, baking soda, among others.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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