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** Can Fleas Live on People? **

By Debbie Hadley, About.com Guide

"Fleas have laterally flattened bodies to help them move through fur."

Fleas have laterally flattened bodies to help them move through fur, and
backward facing hairs that enable them to cling to furry bodies.

Photo: World Health Organization
*Question: *Can Fleas Live on People?
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If you've ever had flea bites, you've probably wondered whether fleas can
live on people. The good news is fleas don't live on people (literally on
our bodies), with very few exceptions. Human fleas (/Pulex irritans/)
prefer to feed on humans or pigs, but these parasites are very uncommon in
homes and more often associated with wildlife.

The fleas that invade our homes and feed on our pets are almost always cat
fleas, /Ctenocephalides felis/. Despite their name, cat fleas are just as
likely to feed on Fido as they are on your cat. And while they don't
usually live on non-furry hosts like humans, they can and do bite people.

Less often, dog fleas (/Ctenocephalides canis/) infest homes. Dog fleas
aren't picky parasites, either, and will gladly draw blood from your cat.

In either case - cat fleas or dog fleas - the adult fleas are built for
hiding in fur. Their laterally flattened bodies help them navigate between
pieces of fur or hair. Backwards-facing spines on their bodies help them
cling to Fido's fur when he's on the move. Our relatively hairless bodies
don't make great hiding places for fleas, and it's much harder for them to
hang on to our


Source: insects.about.com/od/fleas/f/can-fleas-live-on-people.htm

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