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Q: What is A Sand Flea?

January 30, 2009 | By Renee M. | 9 answers | Expired: 1992 days ago

Renee M.

I read where someone in the Dallas area said they had a lot of "Sand Fleas" up there. Just curious as to what that was, never heard of them.

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Kelly
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Feb 13, 2009

I don't think there are sand fleas here in the Dallas area. We aren't anywhere near an ocean or beach & that's their natural habitat. Sand fleas are actually tiny little crustaceans that lays its eggs in rotting seaweed & eats the seaweed & little sea creatures. They live in the sand & are active during warm weather. They move with the ocean waters & follow the warm water during colder weather. They don't bite, they sting & they usually attack in swarms & because they are in the sand, the stings are usually concentrated around the ankles & feet. They leave welts that cause pain & itching.

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Stevecat511
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Feb 01, 2009

I believe they are little crustaceans that live in the sand. A lot of people did away with using sand in sandboxes because their children were being bit by them!

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Heatherzopff
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Jan 31, 2009

those are at the beach,unless you are refering to what i call "stick fleas" that are tiny little flea like things that usually youll find on a cat/dogs ears. they group together and are nasty little suckers. they dont really jump off like fleas do though. i just searched online and they are called sticktight fleas.

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Jbobstep
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Jan 31, 2009

The area of Dallas we lived in had very sandy soil and you could just walk outside and fleas would jump on you. It was so irritating. Don't know if they are different than other fleas but do know they lived in the sand.

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daryl b.
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Jan 31, 2009

in nj they are little crustations theat borough into the sand about one and 1/2 inches long and look like an odd little crab

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Kristin C.
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Jan 30, 2009

Not too sure what the difference between a "sand flea" vs regular flea would be. But we DO have fleas up here that is for sure! (I am in the DFW area). Seems to be much worse when it is wet and then humid. We got hit bad in the fall of 2007, fought it for months and seem to have basically won the battle. Boy are we not getting behind on Frontline though and we treat the carpet and house regularly so that the INDOOR cats don't pick them up aain! That was a nighmare (see picture of bathing the cats) hehe

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Starling
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Jan 30, 2009

I don't think they are actual "fleas"
they are just called that because of their apperance and habit of hopping around. They are actually just tiny little crustaceans!

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Crystal G.
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Jan 30, 2009

Not sure how they could have sand fleas in Dallas. The only Sand Fleas I know are a crustacean found on the beach. They can bite but are relative harmless. When the waves wash up you can watch them burrowing into the sand.

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Starling
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Jan 30, 2009

I've seen them, but honestly don't really know anything about it.

Creepy little buggars!

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