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There are many species of fleas but in New Zealand it is cat and dog fleas that cause most problems with cat fleas being the most common.
The main concern about fleas is usually the distress and discomfort that flea bites may cause you or your beloved pet.
Cat fleas are often unable to determine whether a host is suitable until it has been bitten. If it is deemed unsuitable, the flea soon drops off.
Adult Dog fleas feed on the blood of dogs and cats, and they occasionally bite humans.
It is a vector of the Dog Tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, which can also affect humans.
Bird fleas can multiply enormously in hen houses, breeders, batteries and other similar environments.