Facts About Fleas

Fleas are nasty little blood-suckers that many dog and cat owners are forced to deal with, especially in the spring and summer months. Banfield Pet Hospital recently released a list of interesting, although somewhat disturbing, flea facts that I wanted to share with you:

  • Fleas can live in your home, in your carpeting or in your lawn — for several months without food — just waiting to jump onto their next victim.
  • Fleas can jump three feet high.
  • One female flea can lay as many as 10,000 eggs.
  • Fleas not only cause discomfort by biting, but they can transmit diseases like tapeworm and one bite can cause severe allergic problems.
  • The largest recorded flea measured 12mm in length — almost 1/2-inch!
  • Fleas consume 15 times their weight in blood each day. That is like a 140-pound woman eating 8,400 burgers in one day!
  • Fleas are the number one cause of allergies in cats and dogs.

Have you had to deal with a flea infestation? Tell us the story!

About Heather @FamilyAndFur

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Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue. Google+

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