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THE FLEA dun dun dun. I thought I would start off The Mummy Toolbox #catweek2015 with the archenemy of cats (and other furry friends) everywhere. These “not-so-fun” flea facts are everything you need to know about the little bloodsuckers!
- The Flea lifecycle is: egg, larva, pupa and adult
- A group of fleas is called a swarm
- Evidence of fleas have been found as far back as 200 million years
- The ultimate adapters – there are fleas that can survive in freezing climates (yes penguins can get fleas too!)
- Fleas can remain in their pupa stage for up to 12 months until optimum conditions are found
- Vibrations, warmth, carbon dioxide and moisture cause flea eggs to hatch – get the hoover out guys!
- They can jump to approximately 150 times their own height !
- They feed on blood and are therefore a parasite
- In most species of flea the female is larger than the male
- A female can only lay eggs after its first meal
- Adult fleas must feed within 7 days or they die
- Flea larva do not eat blood – they feed on skin and hair (because they weren’t nasty enough already)
- The game “tiddlywinks” translates as “the game of the flea” in around 15 languages – now you know where the jumping idea came from
- They have flat bodies
- They can carry human diseases by biting infected rats and then biting humans
- Fleas can be frozen for up to a year and revive themselves
- Most flea eggs, larvae and pupae don’t live on pets, they live in beds, rugs, carpets and sofas