Flea is the bracket name for a total of 2500 species which are members of the order with Latin name, Siphonaptera. They are wingless parasitic insects that live on mammals or birds. The variety of species include the human flea (Pulex irritans) and the very common dog fleas (Tenocephalides canis).
Other species of fleas are as follows:
- Human fleas- attach to and suck blood from humans and pigs.
- Chigoe fleas- these are sand fleas which also feed on humans. They are found on tropical beaches.
- Oriental rat fleas- these fleas live on roof rats. They suck rat blood and transmit a variety of diseases causing microorganisms. These include the bacterium, Yersinia pestis which caused the bubonic plague.
Fleas are vectors for many diseases causing organisms. Due to this, they transmit a wide range of diseases including which are mostly present in North America. Some are :
- Bubonic Plague
- Murine Typhus
Pesticides: Pesticides are a good way to control fleas, but there is a need to be careful of the pesticide product one chooses. It is important to ensure that the product is labelled for fleas control. Follow the Manufacturer or Doctor’s direction. You should also get into some protective gear before applying the product to stay on the safe side. Ensure you keep the pesticide products in a safe place, after use.
Clean Environment: Vacuum surfaces, furniture, rugs etc and dispose of the bag immediately. Wash all beddings in contact with fleas in hot water, and dry in a hot drier. Also, remove debris from the environment.