Ah, springtime! The days are longer and the weather is turning warmer. What a great time to spend outside with your pet. But waiting outside is also a pest that can bring misery to you dog or cat and can be a nuisance to pet owners if they infest your home. The flea.
The most common flea your pet encounters is the cat flea.Don’t be fooled by the name, this flea is not exclusive to cats. it infests both cats and dogs.
A single female can lay several dozen eggs per day for three months or more. Eggs laid on the host animal can fall off and hatch about anywhere the host animal has been. The eggs can hatch within 1 to 6 days. Newly emerged larva can burrow deep into carpet fibers in your home. The larva undergo two molts over 5 to 11 days. The larva then progress to the pupal stage that lasts about 7-14 days. When the adult flea emerges they begin feeding once they find a host. They can begin mating within hours of emerging as an adult, continuing the life cycle.
The best way to keep fleas out of your home is by taking preventive measures before an infestation occurs. Talk to your veterinarian about having your pet treated before flea season is in full swing.
If, unfortunately, your home does get infested with fleas, give our offices a call and we will work together with you to eliminate this pesky problem.