Fleas are tiny dark brown parasitic insects that infest the coat and skin of pets. They can jump up to 150 times their own length, which allows them to roam between animals and the surrounding environment.
How do pets get fleas?
Flea eggs can remain inactive for long periods of time. They can remain inactive your garden, furniture and carpet, until they can jump onto an animal.
How do you know if you pet has fleas?
When your pet gets very irritated and seems to scratch a lot, this is the first sign of flea infestation. When you get a closer look on your pet, you could find adult fleas in the coat or on the skin. You could also find some small black grit in the coat or on the skin, these are flea dirt. The flea dirt is the digested dried blood from the fleas.
Lifecycle of fleas
Fleas breed extremely fast. They live in the environment and their lifecycle can last up to six months. The fleas that you can find on your pet only represent 5-10% of the fleas in the environment. The remaining 90-95% remained in the egg and larval stages that found in your carpets, household furniture, bedding and garden.
It is much easier to prevent your pet from getting fleas than eliminate them when you saw it. We see more fleas on the pets in summer due to the warm weather. However, we use heaters in winter times, this also provides a warm environment for flea development.
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