Adult fleas are parasites of warm-blooded animals such as cats, dogs, and humans. Fleas go through complete metamorphosis, meaning they have an egg, a larva, a pupa, and an adult stage. Under most situations, fleas will complete their life cycle within three to five weeks.
The female flea will lay 4 to 6 eggs after each blood meal and can usually lay several hundred during her lifetime. The light colored eggs are deposited while on the host, but they fall off the animal and are frequently found in the host’s bedding, carpets, sofas, and crevices in the floor. The eggs normally hatch between 1 and 10 days, depending on temperature and humidity, while most hatch within 36 hours.
Flea larvae are slender, white, legless and between 1/10 and 1/5 inch long. They are free living and feed on debris found in their environment. The larval stage usually lasts between 5 and … Read Full Post »