Fleas have been around for millions of years and can live for about 100 days! Here's more interesting facts about fleas.
- Fleas do not fly. They jump from one place to another.
- A pair of fleas can produce 2,000 offspring in their lifetime.
- The Flea life cycle is similar to the butterfly life cycle. Female Fleas lay eggs that turn in to grub-like larvae. The larvae then develop into pupae and settle inside a cocoon. They wait for a host to start their life and suck blood.
- In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets, 10 percent flea cocoons in the carpets, 35 percent flea larvae and 50 percent flea eggs, again in the carpets.
- When something warm moves by the pupae, they unzip the cocoon and jump on the animal or human body. All this happens in three seconds and the flea can jump as high as four feet.
- A flea can jump up to 8 inches high. That is 150 times its own height. If you could do this, you'd be able to leap over even tall skyscrapers.
- It is important to get rid of fleas by simple methods as these insects cause serious diseases in humans and pets.
General Manager - Staff Entomologist