The Life Cycle of a flea

The flea life cycle has 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult flea. The entire cycle, from egg to adult flea, is complete in 12 – 22 days when temperature and humidity conditions are ideal, but more commonly takes 3 – 4 weeks.

Surprisingly, only approximately 5% of a flea infestation is made up of adult fleas on your pet, whereas 95% is in your home as eggs, larvae and pupae. This means that to prevent and control flea infestations, both ‘on animal’ AND environmental protection MUST be used.

Ask your vet about the most appropriate flea control for your pet, and spray your home (but NOT your pet) with R.I.P Fleas Extra. Remember that your pet picks up fleas from hatching pupae in the environment (either in the home or outside) – NOT generally from other pets.

Flea

Eggs

Larvae

Pupae