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3 Surprising Facts About Fleas and Ticks

by Sam Salvati - 8/13/19

Most pet owners know fleas and ticks for their microscopic size and painful bite. However, these little critters are more complex than you may think. Here are 3 facts about fleas and ticks you may not have known.

They Can Survive Nearly Anywhere

Fleas and ticks can survive through nearly any living conditions. One tick species can live strictly indoors for their entire life whereas another can live through even the harshest of winters. Fleas can inhabit many different hosts and are able to find their ideal warm and humid conditions easily.

The impressive survivability of these bugs is what has made figuring out how to get rid of fleas and ticks so difficult.

They've Lived for Millions of Years

The adaptability of fleas and ticks has enabled these critters to exist and thrive dating back to when dinosaurs inhabited the Earth.

Despite our perception of their simple existence, fleas and ticks have had the ability to adapt and survive far longer than humans have been around.

They Can Be a Serious Health Threat

Tick and flea bites can carry more than just an itch or irritation - sometimes, these insects can carry bacteria, viruses, or parasites that are life-threatening to your pets. The bites of ticks and fleas on dogs and cats can sometimes require veterinary assistance.

If you notice any tick or flea bite symptoms, you may want to visit your veterinary clinic.

These critters may be small to the eye, but they are potentially quite dangerous if their bite is left untreated.

Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.

References

  1. https://evolution-institute.org/prehistoric-flea-provides-connection-between-earliest-and-modern-speci/
  2. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/fleas-and-ticks