Flea’s thrive in warm, moist environments and climates. (spring and fall)
Flea’s have four main stages in their life cycle
- ADULT: female flea’s can lay up to 50 eggs per day 500-600 eggs over a several month period.
- EGG: Which can rest in carpet, bedding, floorboards and soil. This egg can take up to three weeks to hatch depending on the environmental conditions. Then becoming larva.
- LARVA: Survive by eating debris found in carpet, bedding, and soil. Depending on the amount of food present and environmental condition the larva stage can last 5-18 days (even longer in some cases) spinning into a silky cocoon and becoming pupa.
- PUPA: The last stage before we are back to adult. The adult flea can emerge from the larva cocoon as early as 3-5 days, or remain in the cocoon for a year or more, waiting for the right time to emerge. Stimuli such as warm ambient temperatures, high humidity, or vibrations and carbon dioxide emitted from a passing animal will cause the flea to emerge from the cocoon faster.
The entire life cycle is variable. As mentioned in the life stages the cycle can be as short as 2 weeks or as long as 2 years. When the weather turns damp and warm….. Be prepared… That is a perfect time for them to emerge!!!!!
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