Fleas (aka Ectoparasites)
This a parasite that lives on the outside of its host. They live by consuming blood from their hosts and have been associated with carrying diseases.
Fleas lack wings, but they have strong claws preventing them from being dislodged, mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood, and have hind legs extremely well adapted for jumping which allow them to leap a distance of some 50 times their body length.
Flea larvae emerge from the eggs to feed on any available organic material such as dead insects, feces, conspecific eggs, and vegetable matter. Once the flea reaches adulthood, its primary goal is to find blood and then to reproduce.
Flea bites can cause an itching sensation that can last up to several weeks and also cause infection or a skin disease.
Fleas can be extremely harmful for you and your pets if not prevented or treated quickly.
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