Types of Fleas
There are basically 5 different types of fleas that exist in this world and each differ by the host that
they live on.
As such, we have the cat flea, dog flea, rat flea, hen flea and lastly the human flea. Of these, the most
commonly seen is the cat flea.
All fleas are wingless, bloodsucking parasites. Most are small and have flattened bodies, which helps them
to move among the hair of their host. Most have tiny or no eyes, short antennae and their entire body is covered
with a series of bristles and combs which help them to cling on to their host. Fleas have no wings, but they get
around pretty well by jumping with their powerful legs.
Picture of Flea
Fleas are somewhat difficult to see due to their size. Here are a few pictures of fleas under a microscope at
10-50 times enlargement.
How many types of fleas are there?
There is an estimated 2,500 species of fleas existing in this world and each of these are specific
to the animals it lives on. For example, there is the chicken fleas which reside mainly in chickens, the
cat fleas are found mostly on cats but they could also infest dogs as well, the rat fleas on rats and the human
fleas on humain like ourselves.
Of all these different types of fleas, the dominant one and the one creating the most problem is
the cat flea. The cat fleas are found in both cats and dogs and this is the one that pet owners have to deal with
all the time. The cat flea also is capable of infesting and feeding on a range of domesticated animals. Common
hosts include chickens and livestock, especially calves and pigs.