So, how far do fleas jump? We will be discussing the jumping capacity of this pest species and how high they scale.
This is an area we’ll be shedding more light on. Some readers may wonder how knowing the coverage or jumping distance of fleas helps with their control. There’s a connection!
Fleas are pesky insects that feed on blood and will create a lot of discomforts whenever they’re around.
What makes them even worse is the fact that they lay in wait for potential hosts and make a jump when an opportunity presents itself.
Fleas are better managed when their area of coverage in terms of jumping distance is known. Further details will be supplied as you read on.
Do You Have A Pet?
Pets are the primary targets of fleas. These are brought into the home and spread around. Pets such as dogs pick up fleas from the outdoors and bring them indoors. The primary attraction for fleas is the blood they feed on.
These pests need to be close to their hosts to ensure that the next meal is guaranteed.
How Fleas Spread
Unlike some blood-sucking pests with wings such as mosquitoes, fleas have none of such movement capabilities.
These creatures have flat bodies and powerful legs that spring them towards their targets or hosts. Fleas will readily jump onto animals and humans to feed on blood.
During a full-blown infestation, the ground zero or hot spot of their presence are areas where your pets sleep or rest. Such infestation continues as they lay their eggs and remain undisturbed.
The result of their presence is a distressed pet that scratches and bites on the skin.
This is likely to cause further irritations and spread of diseases through infection of exposed bite areas. Immediate extermination of fleas and treatment of bite or scratched areas are necessary for containing the problem.
Jump Distance Covered By Fleas
Fleas can easily launch themselves to cover relatively significant distances due to the presence of a strong back leg.
This is usually much longer than the others and springs it towards its prey. A flea can jump as much as 100 times its height to about 30 cm moving horizontally.
When jumping vertically, fleas can go as high as 8 inches or about 150 times their height. This is enough movement to reach a potential host that passes close by.
Possible hosts include humans, cats, and dogs. Although fleas will feed on human blood, humans are their least favorite hosts.
Using Jump Knowledge To Control Fleas
With the jumping distance and movement pattern of fleas now known, what follows next is to find ways to contain their spread. When your home is infested by fleas, these pests will hide in multiple locations.
One of their most favorite locations is around areas where they feed.
Fleas need hosts to feed. So, you’ll find them around living rooms and pet bedding. The warmth and access to food (blood) found indoors make such a location ideal breeding grounds for them.
Fleas may also lay an ambush waiting for a possible host to pass close by. These may be found around lawn areas as well as entryways. Now, such knowledge serves as the basis for action.
Fleas can be controlled through a variety of methods including natural and non-natural means such as the application of insecticides.
Flea Repelling Plants
Flea presence can be curtailed by planting certain plants known to have flea repellent properties.
These include pennyroyal, spearmint, chrysanthemums, and lavender.
An additional benefit of these plants is that they also repel other pest types.
All of these benefits are derived while improving the look of your surroundings. These plants derive their repellent properties from compounds, oils, and chemicals contained within them.
Such chemical and oil contents irritate fleas.
You can either have these plants potted or planted in beds or however you wish. The aim is to have them around your home to create an invincible barrier to fleas.
Rosemary comes in handy when dealing with flea infestation. As an organic flea treatment, it poses no risks to your pets and kids and can even be used for topical treatments on pets.
To use rosemary, it needs to be crushed into powder form.
To prepare this herbal flea treatment, you’ll need some peppermint, rue, wormwood, and fennel. These are all placed into a mortar and crushed or grounded using a mortar.
The contents are sprinkled onto flea-infested areas such as pet bedding, carpets, and furniture.
Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth has proven to be a great remedy for a variety of pest infestations including fleas. This fine powder is formed from fossilized remains of algae.
When applied onto flea-infested areas, pierces their undersides, leading to dehydration.
Application isn’t difficult at all as you only need to sprinkle a thin film across infested areas. This is left to sit for about two days before clearing the area of the powder and dead flea carcass using a vacuum cleaner.
Baking soda is another natural remedy that can be applied for flea control. This method is most effective when used with a vacuum cleaner.
Baking soda needs to be applied onto surfaces such as carpets and furniture and worked into the fibers using a brush or any other useful tool.
This is followed by vacuuming to pick up fleas and their eggs. You can repeat this process twice a week until there are clear results.
Citrus spray is known to be effective against flea presence.
To make a spray, get a pint of water and add thin slices of lemon, and boil. This solution isn’t used immediately but allowed to cool overnight before emptying into a spray bottle.
Now, you only need to spray the contents around infested areas. You mustn’t soak up such areas but only dampen them. This should be enough to rid your home of these jumpy and pesky creatures.
We’ve seen that a flea can jump as much as 8 inches or 150 times their height vertically and about 100 times their height horizontally. Also included are ways to contain or treat a flea infestation.