Fleas are common pests that we are all familiar with. Our dogs and cats can bring these insects into our homes where they lay eggs in the cracks and crevices and multiply quickly. Sure you can use flea shampoos, flea collars, or flea drops; however, if any family members or animals are allergic, you may want to have the house treated in conjunction with using drops.
Fleas go through four life phases from egg, larva, pupa, to adult. The cycle begins when females lay eggs after feeding. In order to reproduce, the adult flea must be able to feed on blood. 20 or so eggs are laid each time, usually on the animal, meaning the eggs can fall off onto the ground. TIP; The area your animal sleeps in is likely the primary location of any eggs or developing fleas.
Adult fleas may live for up to one year without feeding. They can remain fully developed inside the pupal cocoon for a long time until a blood source shows up. Here’s an interesting fact; in approx. 30 days, 10 female fleas within the proper conditions have the ability to multiply to over a quarter million different life stages. If they are hungry and multiplying after a dormant period, you may begin to see flea bites on your animals and potentially yourself! Not only are they a nuisance, but they can cause medical problems.
Wikipedia: These can include flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), secondary skin irritations and, in extreme cases, anemia, tapeworms, and/or stomach flu. Fleas can transmit murine typhus (endemic typhus) fever among animals and from animal to humans. Also, fleas can transmit bubonic plague and any other disease from human to rodent and from rodent to humans. Tapeworms normally infest in humans in severe cases. Although bites are rarely felt, it is the resulting irritation caused by the flea salivary….SEE MORE