The life cycle of a flea

Taking the time to understand the life cycle of a flea could help prevent a possible infestation.

If your dog isn't protected by products like Hartz® Ultraguard Plus ® flea and tick collar, the likelihood of him picking up fleas and bringing them into your home is high. Taking the time to understand the life cycle of a flea could help prevent a possible infestation.

The life cycle of a flea consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. A female flea will begin laying eggs soon after she has fed off of your dog's blood. She can lay up to 40 eggs per day, usually in bunches of 20, according to PetMD. Most of these eggs will fall off of your dog and scatter around your home. The source reported that these eggs are 50 percent responsible for causing an infestation. This is why it's important to thoroughly vacuum and clean your house as soon as you suspect your dog may have fleas.

Fleas then move into the larva stage, where they resemble small maggots, said Pet Education. Next is the pupa stage. During the pupa stage, the growing pest protects itself in a cocoon until it is ready to emerge as an adult flea. Cocoons are usually located in small crevices around the house and are often sticky and covered in dirt. Adult fleas begin seeking a host just a few hours after they hatch, perpetuating the cycle.

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