We as humans don’t meet that many fleas, but there are some of us that see the odd one and we need to ask what is that? Like the first time you saw a sand flea? That was quite an experience!
Human flea– This is the common type of flea that bites humans and pets. They like hot climates and high co2 levels. They reach sizes of 2-2,5mm, males can reach sizes of 3.2mm. Females have smaller head with an elongated backside.
Dog flea– The name says it all, commonly found on dogs they are much larger being up to 3,5mm in length with 8 pairs of teeth on their 6 legs. Like all fleas, they enjoy hot weather.
Cat Flea– Its main victim, cats, is named after this flea, like the dog flea. Dogs can also be affected by this species. Due to their strength and ability to jump long distances, cat fleas can jump from host to host within seconds. However, without a host, these fleas will die within hours.
Bird Flea– In addition to birds, the bird flea can be found on poultry, humans, and other animals. These fleas reach a length of 2.5mm and have strong teeth that allow them to penetrate the skin. Bird nests are a common habitat for these types of fleas. Humans might be their only option if they are unable to find birds nearby.
Sand Flea- Beaches and bodies of water are familiar places for sand fleas to attach to humans and dogs. Their appearance is like that of a crab or shrimp, and they are often mistaken for sea creatures. Approximately 1mm long, these fleas are the smallest type of flea. Since females lay their eggs under your skin, sand flea bites are more serious than other types of flea bites.
Sticktight Flea- It is common to find sticktight fleas on poultry, but they can also infect mammals and humans in addition to poultry. Their attachment to your skin is almost impossible to remove, making them the most dangerous type of flea. The head of the parasite is attached under the skin of the host. It can lead to several health problems.