Fleas are parasites that suck blood from pets and humans. Dog fleas can be a real nuisance and can cause many health related problems in humans and your dog. Controlling dog fleas is a two step process where you eliminate the dog fleas from your dog and do the same with the environment.
The life-cycle of the flea begins with an adult flea laying eggs on the skin of the dog. These eggs are very small, white in color and hatch within 14 to 28 days. They will fall off the dog and get into the environment whether it’s carpeting in the house or grass out in the yard.
The dog fleas eggs hatch into larva which feed on adult flea feces and other organic materials they find in their environment. They thrive in warm, dark areas such as in the carpet of outside in shady areas where the dogs like to lie.
Next they turn into flea pupae and wrap themselves in a sticky silk-like cocoon. They become adult dog fleas in 5 to 10 days. The adults do not come out of the pupae unless stimulated to do so by pressure, heat or carbon dioxide. An adult flea cannot live more than a couple of days without feeding on blood but can survive up to nine months in the pupae phase. During this time in the development cycle they resist insecticides. [Read more…]