Take a closer look... Flea eggs could be in your home
THEY’RE tiny, they’re fast, they’re professional jumpers and they’re keen to suck your pet’s blood… fleas are parasites that can live anywhere where there are pets and other animals.
A female flea can start laying eggs 24 hours after hopping onto your pet and finding a mate, and these eggs then roll off your pet’s coat and spread across all corners of your home, where they lie ready and waiting to hatch out leading to a flea population explosion.
What you might find…
If you were able to whip out a microscope and take a closer look at your home you might be surprised at what you could see. You could spot many flea eggs, which are tiny pearly white ovals, out of which flea larvae will hatch a few days after they have been laid.
These flea larvae look like tiny maggots and they hate the light so will crawl away to hide in the darkest crevices of your home, burrowing into your carpets and the cracks in flooring, hiding under cushions and sofas, feeding and growing until they take the next step towards becoming a flea.
Unseen, in the dark corners of your home, flea larvae start to spin a silk-like protective cocoon (pupa) around themselves. A fully developed flea will then emerge from the cocoon several weeks or months later (depending on the environmental conditions) and they will greedily gobble up their first meal – jumping onto your pet and biting them to feed on their blood – and the cycle starts again!
Flea infestations often go undetected for weeks or months in the home and during that time the flea egg population is quickly and quietly building up and up, so much so that 95% of a flea problem is found within the home itself.
A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day – that’s 50 eggs that could be dropped around your home, in your carpet, sofa, pet’s bed and even your own bed if your pet covets your duvet! These 50 eggs can become 1,000 in as little as three weeks so you could find yourself snuggling up with some creepy critters as well as your furry friend.
FRONTLINE ® Plus
Therefore, it’s important to treat your dogs and cats regularly with FRONTLINE Plus to both kill fleas and prevent any flea eggs from hatching out. In this way you stop the flea lifecycle in its tracks as the eggs cannot develop into new fleas.
Most flea products only kill fleas living on the pet. However FRONTLINE Plus tackles fleas and their eggs.
Using FRONTLINE Plus every four weeks helps protect dogs from fleas and ticks, PLUS it stops flea eggs from hatching and larvae from developing in your home, giving you peace of mind that you’re not sharing your home with unwanted hitchhikers of the parasitic kind.
Here are our tips to help keep your home flea-free all year round:
1. Treat all cats and dogs in your household with FRONTLINE® Plus regularly.
2. Vacuum your home regularly, particularly places where your pet likes to spend time (flea hot-spots) as well as underneath furniture. Flea larvae like to hide away from light.
3. If you think you may already have a flea infestation in your home, use FRONTLINE® Homegard household spray, to spray on your soft-upholstered furniture, your carpets and flooring, pet bedding and surrounding areas, including your car!
4. Wash all pet bedding at 60°C and your own if your pet sleeps on your bed.
5. Comb your pet regularly. This is great for bonding and it will help you keep an eye out for any signs of fleas.
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