Fleas and Ticks: Your Pet’s Seasonal Nemesis

fleas and ticks on puppyWhile most dogs and cats have had an occasional flea jump on for a quick bite to eat and then jump off. But, when the  jumps off onto the living room rug, things get nasty. People who’ve had a flea infestation in their home say it’s one of the worst things they’ve ever experienced. It’s not even about fleas biting your pet or even you. It’s a numbers game…

One pregnant flea can lay 50 eggs a day which hatch into almost invisible larvae in a few days. Five to 15 days later the larvae spin cocoons and pupate. Pupae can exist for anywhere from 3 days to over a year. Adult fleas emerge when temperatures and humidity are optimum, or when a passing animal or human wafts an enticing whiff of carbon dioxide their way. They then jump on the hapless dog, cat, or tennis shoe, start sucking blood, and the fun begins all over again. Continue…