What is the flea life cycle and why is it important to know this for treatment? - Haines Road Animal Hospital

That's a great question. Knowing the flea life cycle is essential because the fleas you and I see are only one to five percent of the whole flea community’s population. 95% are immature fleas that reside in your house, in areas like the carpet, bedding, things like that. So it's important to know that because not only do we need to treat the animal for at least three months while the immature population matures, but we also need to do a thorough cleaning of your house to get rid of that 95% of the community.

What is the flea life cycle and why is it important to know this for treatment? - Advanced Animal Care

Fleas go through stages. Many times what you see is the adult flea on your pet, but what they'll do is once they take a blood meal, they'll get off of your pet and into the environment. So whether that be in your carpet, couch, bedspread, or your pillows, they'll then lay their eggs. And then those eggs will go through a period of time. And then when the temperature and humidity and the light and everything like that is right, those eggs will hatch and develop into a pupal or a larval stage, and then they'll grow into the adult flea. And so what we want to make sure is that we're targeting the whole life cycle to get rid of those fleas.