Pet pests pose unique threats to both people and pets as they are easily transferable, difficult to spot and carriers of multiple diseases. While fleas are primarily an itchy annoyance, they can cause flea allergy dermatitis, transfer tapeworms and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they’ve fed on an infected rodent.
A few interesting facts about fleas:
- Good vertical – Fleas can jump up to eight feet, which is 150 times their own height.
- Here to stay – Unlike other pests, fleas typically remain on their host at all times. However, they are easily transferable to furniture or between animals.
- Black sheep of the family – There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, but one species – the cat flea – accounts for the majority of infestations in the United States.
- Don’t blame the dog – Fleas infest many animals like rodents and raccoons as well. If you suspect a rodent infestation, fleas may soon follow.