By finding out more about the cat flea, researchers could maybe identify better pest control measures.
Tungiasis, a disease caused by fleas, is neglected and needs action in sub-Saharan Africa.
Everywhere humans go, we take our pets. Fleas are along for the ride, spreading everything from typhus to bubonic plague.
You can get out from behind the sofa, reports of an invasion of mutant insects are exaggerated.
Fleas have lived with people for as long as people have lived with pets.