HUMAN FLEA (pictured in blue above)
"There are over 1,600 species and subspecies of fleas that inhabit the earth’s diverse environment. Many of these fleas are parasites in the insect order Siphonaptera. Pulex irritans, also called the human flea, is not often seen in contemporary living quarters, but in the past this flea came in contact with all classes of people. Human blood is the preferred food of Pulex irritans, but it will feed on other mammals. Today, this species is most often found on pigs. Individuals that work with swine are some of the most likely people to become infested. In societies where personal hygiene is important, infestations by human fleas are not as common. Human fleas were extremely common before the development of modern standards in both hygiene and laundering. Most fleas, during that time, were found in a person’s bedding. In an attempt to decrease infestation, the Chinese placed warmed flea traps made of ivory or bamboo between the sheets before going to bed at night. During the Renaissance period, ladies frequently wore fur collars, called cravats, to catch the pestering fleas. The cravat could then be removed and shaken out to decrease the chance of coming in contact with any fleas." SOURCE:http://course1.winona.edu
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