pests

Fleas

Fleas

Fleas are insects approximately 1.5 to 3.3 mm long. They are agile, usually dark colored, wingless insects with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their the hind legs are long and well adapted for jumping: a flea can jump vertically up to 18cm and horizontally up to 33 cm. This is around 200 times their body length.

Location in Australia

Fleas are located in all states around Australia.

Location in Home

Fleas are tricky to find around the home due to both their size and their maneuverability. They are quick and extremely adaptive, so they can be at many points around the home without the owner even knowing. If pets are present, they are a good warning sign of an infestation.

What time of Year it’s found

Fleas are found all year round.

Food

Adults feed on blood and the larvae eat "flea diet" consisting of dried blood.

Why it’s a pest

Being a parasitic insect means that fleas aren’t just attracted to your pets, but also to other mammals as well, including you. They latch on to the host with a drilling tool as there mouth and begin to ingest blood from the victim. Irritating red marks are left on the victim and a itchy sensation occurs. They also can cause pets do scratch themselves unconsciously to the point of skin deterioration.

Prevention

The flea is an extremely adaptable insect and with this capability, it makes prevention rather hard. Check pets on a regular basis for any signs of infestation. Also, check yourself regularly because some bites might not be felt.