Learn more about parasites that can infest pets: life cycle, consequence of infestation and prevention.


Ticks are the main arthropod disease vector in Europe


Fleas are well-known parasites but flea control remains complex


Lice generally cause squamous dermatosis

sarcoptic mites

Sarcoptic mites can cause intense pruritus which can be transmitted to humans

otodectic mites

These mites are always localised to the pet’s ears

demodex mites

Demodex mites are present on the skin of all mammals. In dogs their proliferation may lead to a severe disease.

cheyletiella mites

Cheyletiellosis or walking dandruff is a contagious disease

trombicula mites

Only the larva of the chigger mite is a parasite. It infests pets and humans in early autumn.

dermanyssus and ornithonyssus

These mites parasitise mainly birds


Sandflies are little mosquito-like insects and are the biological vector of Leishmaniosis


These can be responsible for the transmission of severe diseases

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Learn more about parasites

The threat of arthropod parasites for human and animal health is increasingly recognized world wide. The hazard of these insects or acarids is linked to both the direct lesions

they generate as well as their ability to transmit diseases.

How does the model work ?

FleaTickRisk is a unique and dynamic model encompassing an ongoing collaboration between researchers. The maps generated allow visualisation of the risk of infestation by ticks and fleas.

Content for professionals

The site is a tool dedicated to professionals to assist them with predicting and managing the risk posed by ectoparasites and the diseases they transmit.