Can you see fleas?


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People who are not vision impaired can see fleas if they show themselves. Fleas are fast and don't stay visible for long. Fleas are one-sixteenth to one-eighth of an inch long and hide in fur, and flea eggs are even smaller, about one-fiftieth of an inch, and harder to see.

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Pet owners who suspect their animal has fleas but who have not seen any should place a white piece of paper or a paper towel on the floor next to the animal. Combing through the pet's fur with a flea comb may lead to flecks falling onto the paper. If the specks turn a dark reddish brown when wet, they are the digested blood of flea feces and not just regular dirt, and the pet is infested with fleas.

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