Building your animal’s immune system and keeping them healthy will help their resistance to fleas, ticks and other pests. The following is the life cycle of the flea so that you can see the importance of keeping your pet’s environment clean.
1) Adult fleas live about three to four months, laying eggs during this time that look like dandruff or salt crystals.
2) The Fleas eggs hatch out into larvae that can live in cracks and crevices, rugs, upholstery, blankets, and the like.
3) The tiny larvae cannot jump and can only travel approximately an inch. The larvae feed on dried blood called flea dirt that falls off of your pet along with eggs when your pet scratches or grooms themselves.
4) After one to two weeks the larvae go through a cocoon or pupa stage.
5) A week to two weeks later, the fleas hatch out and hop onto the nearest warm body for a meal of blood. And the whole process starts over again.
6) This cycle can take 2 to 20 weeks depending on the climate. In most locations during the summer flea season, the entire cycle can take only a couple of weeks.