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Biology Of Fleas, Species Of Fleas, Fleas And Diseases

Fleas are about one thousand species of small insects in the order Siphonaptera, including several hundred species in North America. Adult fleas are external parasites (that is, ectoparasites) of mammals or birds, living on skin or in fur or feathers, and feeding on the blood of their hosts. Some fleas are serious parasites of birds or mammals, and may cause important damage to domestic animals, and sometimes great discomfort to humans. Some species of fleas are vectors of serious diseases of humans or other animals. Infestations of fleas often must be dealt with using topical applications of an insecticide.

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