Latin NameCtenocephalides
Description:Fleas are wingless, external parasites. They live off the blood of mammals and birds.
ColorFleas are dark brown, black or deep reddish-brown.
Habitat: Once a flea reaches adulthood, it lives to find blood and reproduce.
Life Cycle:Adult fleas usually live 2 to 3 months. Fleas start out hatching from an egg, progressing on to the larva and pupa stages and finally growing into an adult.
Type of Damage:Flea bites can remain itchy and red for many weeks. On animals, it can lead to hair loss due to their frequent scratching and biting. Fleas can also serve as a vector of disease. They can carry these diseases to humans: cat-scratch fever, typhus and the plague.