The Ultimate Flea Quiz
by Staff
With millions of pets in the world, there seems to be no shortage of fleas. Fleas can carry serious diseases that can infect humans and they have no regard for the health of their unwilling hosts. Do you know enough about fleas to get rid of them when you have an infestation? Take our quiz to learn more about the flea.

On average, how long can an adult flea go without a snack of a host’s blood?

  • about a month
  • about two months
  • about three months

How long can flea pupae remain in their cocoons waiting for a host to show up?

  • about six months
  • about 10 months
  • about one year

What are ectoparasites?

  • parasites that live outside a body
  • parasites that live inside a body
  • parasites that require blood in order to reproduce

What is an example of a plant that is a parasite?

  • kudzu
  • mistletoe
  • Venus fly trap

Are there any parasites that live in symbiosis with their hosts?

  • Parasites do not help their hosts in any way so the relationship is not symbiotic.
  • A majority of parasites harm their host even to the point of being responsible for their death.
  • Both of the above statements are true.

What is the common name given to hard plates on the exterior of many insects for the sake of protection?

  • armories
  • sclerites
  • claddiers

Besides the sclerites, what is distinctive of a flea’s body?

  • Fleas are completely smooth which makes them hard to catch.
  • Fleas have tiny very hard pinpoints covering their bodies, which helps to hold fleas on their host.
  • Fleas have tiny rear pointing hairs covering their bodies, which makes them difficult to dislodge.

A flea uses its back legs for jumping. How many joints are in each of the flea’s back legs?

  • several
  • three
  • two

If a human could jump in the same proportion as a flea, how far could a human jump?

  • 220 feet vertically or 430 feet horizontally
  • 250 feet vertically or 450 feet horizontally
  • 300 feet vertically or 500 feet horizontally

In a population of fleas, in a home for example, how many of the fleas are eggs?

  • In a population of fleas, about 50 percent are eggs at any give time.
  • In a population of fleas, about 35 percent are eggs at any give time.
  • In a population of fleas, about 20 percent are eggs at any give time.

Once a female flea has taken blood from a host, how many eggs can she lay at a time?

  • 50
  • 30
  • 20

What happens to the eggs that a female flea lays while she is on an animal?

  • Flea eggs stick to the hairs on the flea’s host until they hatch into larvae.
  • Flea eggs are smooth so that they fall off the host as it moves around.
  • Flea eggs are not laid on their host, the female flea drops off the host to lay eggs in a crack or in the soil.

What are the black specks that you see on an animal that is infested with fleas?

  • The black flecks you see on an infested animal are flea eggs.
  • The black flecks you see on an infested animal are scabs that the animal is scratching off the bites.
  • The black flecks you see on an infested animal are dried blood and flea droppings.

How many days of ideal temperature and moisture does it take a flea egg to hatch?

  • seven days
  • twelve days
  • fourteen days

What do flea larvae eat while they are developing enough to become pupae?

  • blood and discarded cocoons
  • bits of hair and crumbs
  • skin cells and flea droppings

What is one internal parasite whose eggs fleas feed on and with which they can infect their hosts?

  • tapeworm
  • ringworm
  • roundworm

What is one serious disease that fleas act as a vector (a carrier) to transfer the disease to humans?

  • malaria
  • bubonic plague
  • cholera

How is a murine typhus infection typically transferred from a flea to their human host?

  • Murine typhus is transferred by flea saliva introduced through an infected flea biting a victim.
  • Murine typhus is transferred by flea when a human victim inhales dry defecation from infected fleas.
  • Murine typhus is transferred by flea waste as a human victim scratches the waste into a bite.

When treating a flea infestation, what should you do to rid the area of all fleas successfully?

  • Always treat your animals and their environment at the same time.
  • Always repeat all treatments within two weeks to kill hatching eggs.
  • Always have carpets deep-steam cleaned after your treat your pets.

What items or strategies have been proven ineffective at ridding or controlling pet flea infestations?

  • flea collars and ultrasonic collars
  • feeding brewers yeast, garlic or vitamins
  • none of the above