Fleas are small (1/8 inch-long), wingless insects that survive by feeding on animal or human blood. Adult fleas are brown to black in color, with strong jumping legs. Their bites can cause discomfort, itchiness, and irritation. There are more than 2,500 flea species worldwide, with more than 300 species occurring in the United States. However, of the many different fleas in the world, only a select few can affect people’s health.
Where are fleas found?
Fleas live in grassy, shady, moist areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with fleas. Many people get fleas in their own yard or neighborhood. The fleas below are found throughout the United States and may spread disease:
Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)
Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis)
Ground Squirrel Flea (Oropsylla montana)
Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla cheopis)
The Vector/Mosquito Control Program does NOT treat for fleas.