Q:

Do fleas drown?

A:

Drowning is used as one of many natural methods to control fleas on pets. The process is typically accomplished by submerging fleas that have been removed from the fur into a bowl of soapy water.

According to findings uncovered by forensic entomologist Dorothy Gennard, fleas must be fully submerged for 24 hours in order to drown. Fleas that are submerged for up to 12 hours appear to be dead, but they revive approximately one hour after being removed from the water. Fleas that are submerged in water for 18 to 20 hours revive in approximately four to five hours after being removed from the water. Using soap when drown fleas helps to kill them faster because it removes the integumental waxes that coats their bodies, causing them to die from dehydration.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What does the plecostomus eat?

    A:

    The plecostomus, more commonly known as the suckermouth catfish, is omnivorous and feeds on algae, blood worms, aquatic plants and small crustaceans such as brine shrimp. In captivity it can be fed a diet of pellets, spirulina flakes or algae wafers.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the main features of mammals?

    A:

    Mammals are distinguished from other animals by having mammary glands and complex hair follicles, and by the structure of their skulls, which feature highly modified jaw bones. Mammals are also warm-blooded and have a number of adaptations to allow for high metabolism.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between a lizard and a salamander?

    A:

    The difference between a lizard and a salamander is that a lizard is a reptile and a salamander is an amphibian. Reptiles live solely on land, while amphibians spend part of their time in the water. Hence amphibians need to be near a source of water while reptiles don't.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What animals live in the emergent layer?

    A:

    Animals that live in the emergent layer include harpy eagles, sparrowhawks, pygmy gliders, lesser dawn bats and vampire bats. Orangutans and gibbons also make their home in the rainforest's emergent layer.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore