Fleas are small insects that live in humans. They are wingless and dark colored. They have a tube-like mouth, which is used for sucking blood. Their legs are long, with their hind legs being the longest and enabling them to jump. Knowing how to identify a flea is essential to prevent the infestation. The best way to detect a flea is to observe where it hides. You can also apply a spot-on flea solution.
Fleas are dark brown or black in colour. They lack claws and are mostly hairless. They have thin, oval bodies with few hairs. Fleas have strong hind legs that make them excellent crawlers. Often, these insects are found on sandy beaches and in bare skin.
Flea eggs are less than half a millimetre long and are oval in shape. When viewed under a microscope, they look similar to rice grains. Flea eggs generally stay on a single host throughout their life cycle. Adult fleas do not move far in search of a new host.
Adult fleas are brown, reddish or black. They have strong legs and can jump up to 12 inches in a single leap. Female fleas lay up to fifty eggs daily. Fleas can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions. They can also transmit diseases through cuts and anemia. So, it’s important to know what fleas look like so you can treat them appropriately.