Fleas are a rare insect in the Animal Crossing series series that can be found from spring to early winter. If sold, fleas are worth 70 bells, no matter which villager played host to them, and likely a reference to the fact that they are despised (in the same way Cockroaches only sell for 5 bells). They appear as a dark brown, bouncing speck on a random villager, and they can be caught by hitting the villager with a net.
If a flea is present, it also changes the villager's catchphrase, usually related to something about them itching, among these catchphrases there is "itchy", "eek", "scritchy" or "gross".
Once the flea has been caught, the villager that played host to it will give a response, usually one of denial, shock, or gratitude, which corresponds to their personality. Snooty villagers will be horrified, and will ask you to keep it a secret, while on the other hand, lazy villagers will not be shocked or embarrased, and will be happy to be free from the feeling.
Fleas make a silent bouncing noise. When caught are surrounded by a red ring and a pointing hand to make it easier to see, much like the mosquito. Players cannot play host to fleas themselves.
Donating to the MuseumEdit
In Animal Forest e+Edit
On donation the flea appears in the middle of the museum where it hops along the floor.
In Wild WorldEdit
Blathers, the curator of the museum, will unwillingly accept fleas for exhibition. Here, he speaks of the flea;
"Heed my words, (Player name)! Bathe often! Wash yourself thoroughly! And shampoo regularly! Allow yourself to become filthy, and fleas move in! Blech! The very IDEA... Now I feel itchy."
The flea can be found hopping around the first room after donation, but is usually near the pond. In the museum, the flea takes on a more redish color, though when you catch it it appears as black.
In City FolkEdit
Again, Blathers will express his disgust at the flea in City Folk;
"Hoo now, have you ever had a chance to look at a flea up close and personal? They're utterly noisome! Especially vulgar are their flattened bodies, which allow them to wriggle into all sorts of places. Oh, mercy, I may need to sit on the floor for a moment. All this talk of fleas makes me feel rather woozy."
Once donated, fleas appear as a barely-visible speck, bouncing around on the path on the central terrace in the insect exhibit.
When the playerhas caught the flea, they can find information about the insect in the bug menu. Below is the information regarding the flea:
Animal Forest e+Edit
| ''The female flea lays up to 20 eggs a day, and is usually larger than the male. Gross!"|
| ''Females can lay up to 20 eggs a day and are usually bigger than the males."|
The human flea, Pulex irritans, is a widespread species of flea that is thought to have originated from South America. Despite the name, they are found on all manner of birds and mammals, including dogs, pigs, chickens, monkeys and even some species of bat. They have, through evolution, lost their wings and have instead developed, long, powerful legs that can be used to jump incredible heights- roughly 200 times their body length.
Fleas feed on blood. After feeding, females lay eggs on the skin or hair of the host animal. A single flea can have over 500 offspring in its lifetime, which live in the host's bedding feeding on dust and dried blood excreted by their parents after feeding.
If you are using the Speed cheats in Wild World, when you swing your net while running, you will always catch a flea.