Fleas are parasites that feed on any warm blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pets and wild animals such as opossums, raccoons, skunks and rats. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as eight inches vertically and sixteen inches horizontally. They usually remain on their warm blooded hosts at all times, however they also can be found on shoes, pant legs, and blankets. Fleas are the most common transmitters of the rare Bubonic Plague as well as Tyfus. Their saliva can cause serious allergy dermatitus in pets and their debris can cause allergic reactions in humans.
Some hints toward controlling fleas are, treat both your pet and his surroundings, vacume daily, wash bedding and other articles pets come into contact with weekly, hang pet bedding in the sun, comb your pet with a flea comb regularly and dip the comb in soapy water, and bath your pet regularly with nontoxic shampoo. If this dosn't work then contact a professional as they have more effective methods.