San Diego is known for its idyllic weather. More than 30 million visitors (edited) flock here annually. And spend over $80 billion.
Guess who else likes San Diego? The flea. Basically, any season is flea season for us, with a peak from July to October.
Based on fossil evidence, fleas date back 100 million years which means a tyrannasauras rex or a triceratops might have been bothered by the biting, blood-sucking insects.
A female flea begins laying eggs 36-48 hours following her first blood meal. Then she drinks 15 times her body weight in blood each day. She can lay 2,000 eggs during her two-to-three-month lifetime.
There are over 2,000 species of fleas, but the cat flea (which infests both dogs and cats) doesn't like freezing temperatures. Which is why they love San Diego. The cat flea is mostly likely the flea bugging your pet.
In general, a flea jumps 150 times its length which is like me jumping 813 feet.
A flea has two eyes, but only sees bright light. Flea larvae are blind.
Fleas can smell exhaled carbon dioxide. This helps them find hosts.
Flea-ridden rats are responsible for the Black Plague of the Middle Ages.
Writing this post made me itchy.
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