If you notice fleas or pulgas on your untreated pet, it strongly indicates that many more are hiding nearby. These adult fleas feed on your pet's blood and lay eggs at an astonishing rate, sometimes up to 50 per day. These tiny eggs resemble sand grains and easily detach from your pet, finding their way into your home. The eggs hatch into tiny flea larvae within one to twelve days, typically measuring around half a centimeter. These elusive larvae seek refuge in dark, hidden places such as carpets, furniture crevices, and floorboard cracks. After a couple of weeks, the larvae encase themselves in protective cocoons, which are sticky and resistant to regular vacuuming. The cocoon provides a haven for the pupa to develop until it emerges as an adult flea, waiting for a suitable host (pet or human) to appear nearby. Once it finds a host, the flea feeds on blood and, within just 24 hours, starts laying eggs, thus initiating a new cycle of infestation.
To effectively control fleas in your home and on your pet, here are the key steps you need to take, including how to kill fleas in your home:
- • Killing adult fleas on your pet within 24 hours using a product like FRONTLINE® Spot On or FRONTLINE® Plus is essential so the fleas don’t get to lay eggs, as home remedies for fleas and ticks are not as effective.
- • New fleas always hatch out and may land on your pet. Breaking this cycle is possible if fleas are killed within 24 hours.
- • FRONTLINE® Plus has active Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) technology that stops newly-laid flea eggs from hatching and larvae from developing in your home.
- • Regular treatment is essential to address flea home infestation effectively. It can take up to three months to bring this under control and intercept all the flea life stages in your home.
- • It’s much better to take preventive measures regularly all year round than risk an infestation that will be a problem to manage.
Remember, there is an effective remedy for dog fleas and ticks – FRONTLINE®. Find FRONTLINE® Plus for dogs and FRONTLINE® Plus for cats at vet clinics and pet supply stores.