Fleas have a complex life cycle consisting of four stages. To control fleas in your pet and in your home, you must attack each of these stages, and make sure you eliminate the problem of infestation.


Fleas are known for their jumping abilities. Adult fleas prefer to live in the animal and their diet consists of the blood of the host animal. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, this means that you can count on 500-600 eggs in a matter of a few months.


Flea eggs are not sticky as are other parasites. Usually they fall from the animal to the carpets, beds, floor and earth. The egg takes to incubate between two days and a few weeks, depending on the environmental conditions.


In the larva stage, fleas feed on the feces of adult fleas (usually dried blood), as well as other organic elements found in carpets, bedding, soil and soil. Depending on the amount of food, and the environmental conditions, the larva stage may last for at least 5 to 18 days, even longer in some cases. Then, the larva is wrapped in a cocoon which pupates later.


This is the last stage before becoming an adult. The adult flea can emerge from its cocoon as early as three days after wrapping or it can remain in its cocoon for a year or more, waiting for the best time to emerge.


A common mistake when using products to control fleas is to think that «more is better.»

More is NOT better when it comes to chemicals or medications. It is important to follow the instructions on the package when using non-prescription products and medications. Only buy products that clearly express on their label what kind of animal it is, so you can make sure you get the one you need for your pet (cat, dog, etc.). Cats, in particular, are very sensitive to drugs and chemicals, so be sure to read the directions well.

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