Is this a flea?
Common signs of a flea infestation
The most commonly used identifying characteristic of a flea is the whisker-like spines on and around the head. They also have a very slender proboscis, or beak that extends forward during a blood meal.
If an animal in your house is frequently itching, or you see blackish specks in your pets’ bedding, this may be flea eggs or dried blood from fleas. To test, don a pair of white cotton socks pulled up to your calves and walk around the house by shuffling your feet. Inspect the socks for fleas that have latched on.
If you or another person is getting flea bites, this suggests that your home is supporting the development of flea larvae, meaning new adult fleas can then infest your pets. This means that treating your animal alone is not enough, you will have to treat the entire house.
Flea bites on humans are most commonly seen on the ankles and lower half of the legs.