Fleas ID.

Main Flea Species

I. Cat flea

Scientific Name: Ctenocephalides felis (Bouche).

Family: Pulicidae


II. Dog flea

Scientific Name: Ctenocephalides canis (Curtis).

Family: Pulicidae


II. Human flea

Scientific Name: Pulex irritans (Linnaeus).

Family: Pulicidae


II. Oriental Rat flea

Scientific Name: Xenopsylla cheopis (Rothschild).

Family: Pulicidae


General Biology: These tiny tormentor insect reproduce at astounding rates, laying several hundred eggs which hatch and mature in less that two weeks, each new flea ready to reproduce hundreds more.


Public health significance:

Fleas have been troubling mankind and animals for thousands of years. They enter your house on pets and lay their eggs in carpeting, bedding, and upholstered furniture. Since they must feed on blood to survive, hungry fleas can make life miserable for you and your pets, causing itching and swelling wherever they bite.