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Facts About Fleas
How Do you Know If You Have Fleas?
Identifying a flea infestation can often be simple.First, observe your pets behavior. Look for excessive scratching. Secondly, examine his or her fur. Infested animals have reddened skin and may lose hair. The hind quarters of dogs and the head and neck of cats are most commonly targeted.
If insects can be seen visibly moving between hairs, or if red and black droppings are present on your pets skin, contact your veterinarian to discuss flea treatment options.
Why Should You Be Worried?
Fleas have a complete life cycle including an egg, three larval stages, a pupal stage, and an adult (male or female) stage. Eggs take one to12 days to hatch; larvae require one to two weeks to develop through their three stages; and pupae usually need four to 14 days to develop into adults. Under harsh conditions, the pupae can go into a diapause state and require nearly a whole year to complete development.