We’ve all heard the saying “If you see one flea, there’s a hundred more that you haven’t seen”. That’s why treatment should begin as soon as the first sighting and treatment should be repeated regularly. Delays in treating the infestation quickly may lead to a full infestation which carries the risk of flea-transmitted diseases.
Once the flea reaches adulthood, its primary goal is to find blood and then to reproduce. Adult fleas only have approximately one week to find food after they emerge. However; after they feed, they can survive two to three years between meals. Flea populations are evenly distributed, with about 50% eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupae, and 5% adults. Their total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions. Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life, allowing for phenomenal growth rates.
To effectively get rid of fleas and flea eggs, one should treat not only their animals but also the household and exterior regions to eliminate eggs from bedding, grass, floors, furniture and other areas. Treatment is most effective when done in stages to ensure each lifecycle is eliminated. At KingWood Pest we use products with insect growth regulators that not only ensure the death of the flea but also prevents the next life cycle from occurring. Protect your family and your pets by treating fleas the right way the first time.