The Life Cycle of Fleas and How to Break it

Flea and tick prevention is a must to keep your dog healthy and happy. Fleas can make your pet’s life an absolute misery with constant itching and scratching. They are also known to cause flea allergy dermatitis, skin infections and hot spots. There has been a significant rise in tick infestation in pets in the UK recently. Many varieties of ticks carry serious diseases, including Lyme. For the first time.Vets have identified an outbreak of deadly Babesiosis in the UK. When it comes to trying to completely eliminate fleas from your dog, it is very important to understand the life cycle of fleas and also eliminate them from your home. There are four stages in the life cycle of fleas: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The total cycle can take between two weeks and many months depending on the humidity and temperature. Flea populations are normally composed of about 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae, and 5% adults. The eggs are laid by a female adult after feeding on your dog, and they can lay up to twenty eggs twice every day. As your dog moves around the eggs will drop off and become established in areas of your home. Eggs can hatch into larvae after just two days, and they will feed on organic matter in your home before cocooning as pupae. These pupae can then hibernate for several months or even years until the conditions are just right for hatching. Once hatched adult fleas must feed on blood within a few hours, and they then become fertile after only a few days and begin breeding. As adult fleas account for around 5% of the total flea population it is fair to say that the others are resident in your home somewhere, so take action today!

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