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Do Fleas Bite?



Fleas DO bite.

Fleas are parasitic insects that feed on blood for survival.  Fleas will find nearly any warm-blooded animal a suitable host.  Adult fleas will attach themselves to the host and bite through the host’s skin using their piercing, sucking mouthparts to extract blood.

What Does a Flea Look Like?

Fleas are tiny wingless insects, usually smaller than one-twelfth of an inch.  They have six legs with flat bodies and are usually brown or black.

Favorite Flea Hosts

Interestingly, According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, fleas are not a problem for monkeys, apes, and ungulates such as the horse though they are warm-blooded. The favorite flea host is the rodent family that includes rats, mice, and squirrels.



“Fleas.” Pesticide Safety Education Program. Michigan State University, n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2011.

“flea (insect) — Britannica Online Encyclopedia.” Encyclopedia – Britannica Online Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. topic/209867/flea

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