What Do Fleas Look Like?
Fleas look like small insects with six legs, antennae, and tiny bodies. Fleas are roughly between 1 – 3mm in length. They are a dark reddish-brown color and have strong mouths that they use to pierce through the skin. While fleas are small, they are visible to humans. However, they are also great at hiding! Their flat bodies allow them to move through hair easily and help them blend in with their surroundings. Since fleas are darker in color, it’s easier to spot them on light-colored fur or carpets.
You might mistake ticks for fleas. While the two are very different, it can be hard to tell them apart since they are both so tiny. Click here for more information about the differences between fleas and ticks!
What are Fleas?
Fleas are insects that feed on animal and even human blood. While they don’t prefer human blood, they will feed on any available host in severe infestations. Fleas are a health concern for humans and animals as they can carry parasites and diseases. You would typically find fleas on domestic animals such as dogs and cats. Livestock, rodents, and other wild animals may also host fleas.
What Do Fleas Look Like On Pets
If you’re asking the question, “What do fleas look like on my pets?”, here are a few ways to spot them from a distance.
You see your cat or dog scratching, licking, or biting their fur. If you see your pet biting at its fur or scratching, fleas may be the cause. Fleas can cause sharp pain when they initially bite your pet. Fleas leave behind a substance that’s irritating and causes your pets to scratch. You might also notice hair loss, scabbing, and visible red irritation.
You can see “flea dirt” left behind. Flea dirt looks like pepper flakes that can spot your pet’s skin. You might also find it where your pet hangs out. It could be left behind on their bedding, in their favorite spot on the couch, or on your carpet.
What Do Flea Eggs Look Like?
A common approach to controlling fleas is to eliminate their eggs. For more information about pest control for fleas, please visit our flea control page. It’s not an easy task to spot flea eggs because they are very small. A close look shows that they are a white color and have an oval shape, and they might resemble dandruff. Over time, their color changes from translucent to a solid white.
Fleas can develop within 14 days or over several months. When there is an adequate blood source, adult females can lay 35 or more eggs each day. Eggs can hatch within two days or less in warm places with high humidity. However, in colder areas, the hatching process is much slower. The eggs can wait for several weeks to hatch while they wait for the right conditions.
Where Would You Find Flea Eggs?
Adult fleas will lay their eggs on the skin of their host. Once they lay their eggs, they can move, slide, or fall into other places. For example, flea eggs could slip from your pet to your carpet. You can use anti-flea shampoo for pets and anti-flea sprays for your carpets, blankets, and bedding to prevent fleas from laying eggs or their eggs from hatching.
What Do Flea Bites Look Like?
When fleas bite, it leaves a red bump on your skin with a halo around the area. They look similar to mosquito bites, though you typically find them on feet and lower legs. Flea bites are itchy for humans and pets alike. Some people could be allergic or more sensitive to flea bites.