While fleas are present in our area year-round and flea control is necessary year-round, the warmth of summer enables fleas to complete their reproductive cycle at a faster rate, often resulting in a population explosion.
How much do YOU know about these pesky parasites?
- True or False: The life cycle of a flea is just like a butterfly - Adult, Egg, Larvae, Pupae, Adult
- How long does it take for a flea egg to develop into an adult flea?
- 20 days
- 100 days
- 325 days
- All of the above
- How many eggs may a female flea lay on your pet each day?
- True or False: The most likely way for your pet to catch fleas is from another animal.
- True or False: When treating for fleas you just need to get rid of the fleas on the animal.
1. True. Eggs are laid on the pet and roll off into the environment to hatch into a larvae. The larvae can move a small distance in search of a dark, humid place where they spin a cocoon. After a variable period of lying dormant the young adult flea emerges from the cocoon. 2. (d) All of the above. The length of the flea life-cycle will depend on the temperature and the presence of a food source (your pet’s blood!). 3. (c) 40 4. False. A contaminated environment is the most likely place for your pet to pick up fleas. 5. False. The fleas on the animal only make up about 5% of the total flea life-cycle population, the remaining 95% being in the environment.