Of the approximate 60 species of fleas in the United Kingdom, cat and dog fleas (Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis) are the most common flea species encountered. Fleas are ectoparasites, meaning that they feed on the outside of the host’s body. The adult flea is 2mm in length, is laterally flattened and mahogany in colour. The flattened body allows this insect species to live amongst the fur of the animal.
These insects can spread a number of diseases to humans and your pets. The first signs are generally itchy bites to the ankles and pets scratching and clawing themselves more than usual.