Flea populations, once established, can be tricky to control. Many pet owners make mistakes when attempting to control fleas because they only use one method of flea control. Check out these five facts about fleas!
• Female fleas can lay up to 18 groups of eggs on the host after a blood meal.
• Some species of fleas can deposit up to 25 eggs per day and 1,000 in a lifetime.
• The spherical or oval shape of the eggs allows them to drop off of the host, where they roll into cracks and crevices on the floor or in the pet’s bedding.
• Eggs are white and ½-inch in diameter.
• Eggs hatch in two to 21 days.
Fleas pass through a life cycle consisting of egg, pupa, and adult stages. Completion of the life cycle varies from two weeks to eight months depending on the species, temperature, humidity, and food source. Adult fleas can jump but usually don’t travel far without a host, hitchhiking on a passing animal.
Because fleas can live in many different areas, it will take more than one method to effectively control flea populations. Not only should the pet be treated, but the carpet, sofa, bedding areas, and outside premises should also be treated as well. There are many good products for controlling fleas including topical products, sprays, and collars. Look for a product that contains an IGR (insect growth regulator) that prevents fleas from hatching. There are new generations of flea and tick collars, like those from Seresto, that provide active prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks for up to eight months.
Your local Stockdale’s has an arsenal of products to treat your pets plus all your indoor and outdoor spaces.