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Understanding the

cycle of Fleas in

Dogs and Cats

The Life Cycle of Fleas

Understanding the life cycle of the flea is necessary in order to control it.

The flea has several stages to its life cycle. Adult fleas spend most of their time on the dog or cat - they must be dislodged to leave since they will not do so voluntarily.

Despite this, when the flea population on the dog becomes excessive humans tend to be an acceptable alternative to the flea.

The average life span of an adult flea is probably about 6 weeks - but fleas can live as long as a year under certain conditions.

A female flea can lay 20 to 28 eggs a day. She may lay several hundred eggs over her life span. These eggs fall off the pet and develop where they land.

They are small and can even develop in the cracks in wood floors or other small crevices. A larvae hatches from the flea egg. It takes as few as 9 days to as long as 200 days to go through its growth stages.

At this time it forms a pupae and waits for the right time to hatch. Fleas prefer temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees and humidity of 75 to 85 per cent.

This range determines the period of time that fleas are a problem in your particular area. For some areas of the country, this is all year. In others, the flea season is relatively short.

It is estimated that for every adult flea found on the pet, there are about 10 developing fleas in the pet's environment.

Fleas have four stages of development: egg, larval, pupal and adult. The life cycle varies depending on the flea species, temperature, humidity and the availability of food. The optimum development period from egg to adult is two to three weeks; however, when conditions do not favor rapid development the cycle may take several months.


Egg Stage

After each blood meal, female fleas lay four to eight smooth, round, light-coloured, sticky eggs. Eggs laid on a host can easily fall or be brushed off. High concentrations are usually present in pet bedding, boxes or kennels.


Larval Stage

Eggs hatch into very small, hairy, wormlike larvae that are whitish with brownish heads. The larvae are about 1.5 mm long and may grow to 5 mm. During this time they avoid light and are sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature.

Flea larvae feed on organic debris, their own cast skins and on dried blood present in the excrement of adult fleas. Larvae can survive for up to 200 days in unfavorable conditions and can travel distances of up to 30 cm per minute. Flea larvae will coil around the nearest object, often carpet fibres, in order to avoid the suction of a vacuum.


Pupal Stage

In the third stage of development, flea larvae spin silken cocoons covered with particles of dust, fibres, sand and organic debris. Within this cocoon, the larvae metamorphose in the shape of adult fleas. They are white in color at the onset and change to brown before emerging.


Adult Stage

Adult fleas are small, dark brown or reddish brown insects ranging in length from 1 to 4 mm. Their bodies are flattened from side to side allowing them to move easily through hair or fur.

Although they are wingless, their stout hind legs are well adapted for jumping. Fleas can jump a maximum distance of 20 cm vertically and 41 cm horizontally. Their comb-like, spiny legs make it difficult to detach fleas from a host.

Adult fleas may remain in the pupal chamber for several months until favorable conditions, such as increased temperature and carbon dioxide concentrations, favor their emergence. Vibrations indicating the presence of a host also stimulate their emergence. This explains why fleas in unoccupied homes become active as soon as humans or pets re-enter.

How to control Fleas

As part of an over all flea control plan, we highly recommend getting your pet on an all natural premium food and daily supplement.


It's because poor quality foods do not provide the necessary nutrients that are required to develop strong immune systems.

A high quality food will give your pet the right nutrition it needs to build strong healthy cells and a strong immune system.

Tippy and Alfred's Flea Story

The winter before we started eating the Life's Abundance food and taking the Daily Supplement, we had a lot of fleas.

Our human friends set off bombs and vacuumed the carpets all the time trying to get rid of those darn pesky creatures. Plus they had us on this really toxic stuff called Advantage. Man was it worked for a little while but never got rid of the fleas, they always came back.

And all Dave did was gripe about how expensive it was.

It was embarrassing for them because when company would come over, fleas would jump up on their legs.

Dave & Jan's social life wasn't too pleasant at that time.

The next fall, they put us on the food and Daily Supplement. That winter, Dave & Jan did not set off one single flea bomb and did not use the Advantage.

There simply wasn't a flea problem!

That totally amazed our human friends so they asked Dr. Jane Bicks why this happened.

She said the Life's Abundance food and Daily Supplement gave us the nutrition we needed to build a strong, healthy immune system and because our systems were now a lot actually repelled the fleas!

Whatever happened...we just know it worked!

so do your precious furry friend a big favor and try the Daily Nutritional System out....

You've got nothing to lose....except those darn pesky fleas.......

     Tippy & Alfred's Favorite Dining Experience here

Here's one of Alfred's furry friends Begging for more of the Life's Abundance Premium Cat Food & Supplement!

Does your dog or cat ask for it's food like this?

If not, then if it was on the Life's Abundance food & supplements,
your pet could act like this at feeding time!!!

The best thing you can do to help your pet live the Longest and
Healthiest Life possible is provide them with a quality Premium food.

You'll feel great by providing your pet with the best....they deserve it!

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