Flea Treatment Review
It is common to come across homes and their surrounding environment having an infestation of
fleas. Once you notice an infestation of fleas within your home or environment it is important to make sure you
immediately take the necessary steps to eradicate them before they cause any havoc to your health and that of your
pets. This is because fleas are known as the cause of various illnesses to their hosts. These are both humans and
Out of the different types of fleas the most common one is the
Ctenocephalides felis felis. This is also known to infest cats. These fleas are able to spread at a very fast
rate due to the fact that they are normally present in all stages at a particular place. This plays a major
role in their continuity. Fleas go through 4 stages in their lives. The first stage is the egg, larva, pupa
and finally the adult stage. Out of all these stages the eggs make up about 34% while the adult make up the
least with only 1%.
Fleas can go through the four stages and reach adulthood within a short
period of about 12 days. When in the pupa stage they can go up to 174 days before maturing as long as they have the
right conditions which include temperature and humidity.
The eggs of a flea are quite noticeable as long as you know exactly how they look like. These
eggs are usually oval in shape and are pearly white in color. They are also quite non- sticky and measure about
0.5mm in length. After an egg has been hatched, it will take it anywhere between 1 to 10 days before they hatch.
This will also depend on whether or not they are in an environment with suitable conditions. As earlier stated this
includes both humidity and temperature levels.
The suitable environment is one which has a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius and humidity of
about 70 percentage. When these fleas move into the larvae stage they get become quite sticky for purposes of
pupating as opposed to in their egg stage when they are non- sticky. This stickiness helps to protect the cocoon as
it act as a carmoflauge while at the same time helps to guard it against being destroyed by insecticides. Pupation
stage may last anywhere between 5 to 9 days. Areas that have suitable conditions for the development of fleas are
either known as hot spots or source points.
Fleas in their pupa stage are what determine their survival. They are known to live for up to
140 days inside the cocoon within a suitable environment and way from any insecticides. The right temperatures as
well as carbon dioxide are some of the common stimuli known to push the pupa into adult stage. These fleas can then
live up to 62 days. However this will also depend on the suitability of the environment. It will immediately begin
to feed on the host and becomes a parasite.