Fleas can be very frustrating for anyone to deal with, especially if there is a fairly large infestation in your home or on your pets. These stubborn pests seem to find their way into many places that seem impossible to reach without flight! Sometimes they can even get up onto tables, chairs, beds and other horrible places. How is this possible? Lets take a moment to look at the facts!
While fleas cannot fly, they have an amazing ability to jump large distances with relative ease. In fact, fleas can jump approximately 4-5 feet upwards! Many wonder how it’s possible for such a small pest to be able to accomplish such an amazing feat of acrobatics. Their secret lies in their strong legs and another very important element. Fleas are equipped with something called Resilin. This protein has very similar properties as rubber and it gives the flea a sort of springboard (once its compressed) that launches it forward (or upwards) when it wants to reach certain places in your home. During its airborne assault, it can land on your pets or you, looking for fresh blood (yikes).
Do Fleas Fly on Humans and Are You at Risk?
Fleas can pose a serious health risk to your pets. However, contrary to popular belief, people can get fleas as well! In fact, while your pets may be responsible for bringing fleas into your home, either from other animals or from your garden, their owners are often the ones that suffer. A few days ago my cat had a flea problem and after I got rid of them, I thought I had won the war.
However, upon waking up the next morning, I found a few fleas in the bedroom and after careful inspection, those damn fleas had jumped onto my husband! While it was simple enough to kill them, I thought it was interesting that people can get fleas just as easily as pets! In fact, to answer the question in the previous paragraph, humans are a favorite when it comes to personal transport for fleas. Just think of yourself as a personal driver for the flea, only you just don’t know about it!
Flea Control on Pets – Are Your Dogs and Cats Safe?
Unfortunately, one of the frustrating things that most pet owners have to deal with is fleas. Fleas have the ability to multiply very quickly and can be very hard to get rid of. In my personal experience, dogs seem to be the most vulnerable to flea infestations so if you see one of them scratching, take immediate action to ensure that they are not brought into your home. Just like humans, fleas use dogs and other pets as their own personal transport to get to other areas in your home and garden. If you are thinking of using a insecticide collar for your pets, please keep in mind that although they work, flea collars are toxic and should be used with care.
Do You or Your Pets Have Fleas? Solutions That Work!
Since people can get fleas from their pets, its in your best interests to get rid of the flea problem as soon as possible. The good news is that there are a few methods that really work! However, before you go about trying to kill them, you need to know how to identify a flea. Many have asked “are fleas black or brown” and based on experience, they are usually a combination of yellow, black and brown. They are about 2mm in size in your pets fur. You may find that they try and hop away when inspecting your pet so preferably do this outside. Since they are so small, you may also need a strong torch and someone to help you investigate this properly. Don’t forget to check your furniture! For more information, check this article from Ianrpubs. Once you have confirmed that its fleas and not ticks, simply follow the steps below:
- Mix a small amount of rosemary oil and warm water and give your pet a daily bath for about a week.
- Another good method is to use standard yeast and rub it onto your pets skin a couple times a day for a week.
- Lastly, if you have had limited success with those natural methods (I recommend you try them first), use a flea spot treatment from Advantage or Frontline. If you have young cats or dogs, make sure you get the correct one for their age group otherwise the results can be fairly disastrous. Also try and purchase something that has IGR (insect growth regulator) compounds as this kills the flea larvae, eggs and other underdeveloped fleas that often escape the regular cleansing of your home. Do dog fleas fly? Nope, as mentioned, even pet fleas are flightless bugs.
Frequently Asked Questions by Our Readers
Q: Do fleas die in winter?
A: While fleas can die from extreme cold. Unless you live in subzero temperatures, fleas will not die! To be honest, if you do live in these conditions, your pets wouldn’t have fleas in the first place!
Q: Is prescription medication required for flea bite hypersensitivity?
A: In most cases, this is not needed unless you have a severe reaction (such as a flea bite rash). If in doubt, ask a registered health practitioner for advice or search The Bug Squad for more facts about fleas that will be of use to your specific condition.
Q: Do Fleas Fly Or Crawl?
A: Neither really, they are land based and get around by jumping onto their next target.
Q: If fleas cannot fly, can ticks fly?
A: No, these insects are also unable to fly to their feeding grounds.
Q: I notice a number of small insects fly around by home that look like fleas flying, are you 100% sure they cant?
A: Yes, I am sure! You may have a fruit fly problem. If this is the case, you can learn how to get rid of fruit flies fast by reading my guide.
In conclusion, fleas do not fly but they are known to use other forms of transport such as pets and humans to get around. Additionally, despite various opinions, humans can get fleas and they can often leave rather nasty red marks on your skin. However, the good news is that these pests can be removed and while I always recommend natural methods, using a flea poison can also yield effective results. If you have a severe flea problem in your carpets, bedding, couches, etc. you can also call in an exterminator. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section below!