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Interactive Lifecycle of Flea

Flea Products Not Working?

When it seems that fleas just won’t die, you may think your flea-control product isn’t working. To safeguard your pet, you need to control fleas on your pet and in your pet’s environment at every stage of the flea life cycle.

Flea Life Cycle
Fleas develop from egg to adult in as little as 3–4 weeks, or up to 3 months depending on temperature and humidity.
In 5–11 days, the larvae develop into pupae, encased in a sticky cocoon. Flea pupae develop into adult fleas in as little as 5 days, but can stay dormant for up to 6 months. Adult fleas emerge and find a host, where they live, eat, lay eggs, and die. Fleas lay eggs in your pet’s hair. The eggs fall wherever your pet rests and hatch in 1–10 days. Problem: Some flea products kill the adult fleas on your pets today — but what about all the eggs waiting to hatch?

Solution: Ask your veterinarian for a comprehensive flea product that attacks fleas at every stage of the life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Problem: The sticky cocoon protects the developing flea.

Solution: Vacuum, steam clean, and launder carpet, upholstery, and bedding often to kill as many pupae as you can. If your lawn is infested, treat it, too. Even if your pet looks flea-free, keep using a comprehensive flea product to kill new adults that hop onto your pet and prevent their offspring from developing.
Problem: When your indoor cat is flea-free for weeks then suddenly infested again, you can suspect that a person or another pet has brought flea “hitchhikers” into the house.

Solution: Continuous use of a comprehensive flea product takes care of the invaders.
Problem: A flea can live 100 days and lay up to 50 eggs per day. In flea-ridden areas, pets are under constant attack.

Solution: Ask your veterinarian about integrated flea control. Besides frequent housecleaning, you may need to treat flea-friendly areas of your yard. And, of course, use a flea control product that attacks fleas at every stage of their life cycle.

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