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Fleas can create issues with itching, hair loss, redness and open or scabbed sores, and

can be responsible for tapeworms or life threatening anemia.

​They multiply rapidly and build tolerance to


The way to control or even combat this problem is to understand the enemy.

Fleas like warmth and humidity.

The life cycle of the flea

Adult fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day.

(These eggs stick to the hair and when the pet sheds, the eggs get spread in your home)  

The eggs are not susceptible to insecticides.

The eggs hatch in 2 - 10 days.

They transform to the Larvae Stage

They like carpets, bedding and hardwood floors.

The larvae are susceptible to insecticides and growth regulators.

Larvae become a cocoon in 12 days.

The cocoon stage is the most resistant.

Then from cocoon to pupa.

The next chance to interrupt the life cycle is when they are adult fleas.

The pupa typically takes 9 days to mature, however they can remain in the pupa stage for months at a time.

Hatching is stimulated by heat, vibration and increased carbon dioxide.

( That is the family arriving home after vacation, to find a flea infestation)

This entire cycle can be completed in as little as 2 1/2 weeks.


To break this cycle

You need to treat the environment.


Vacuum the floors several times a week.

Empty the vacuum bag after each vacuuming.

(The vacuum removes many flea eggs, larvae and pupae. The vibrations from the vacuum stimulate hatching in any remaining eggs, these adult fleas can now be treated with insecticides.)

Home Depot and Lowe's carry products like Hot Shot bedbug and flea killer.

Spray the house (under beds, skirting boards) twice at two week intervals.

​Wash all pet bedding.

Pet Treatment

Bring you pet in for a flea bath.

We use Davis Flea and Tick Shampoo.

This is one of the most effective flea treatments I have come across. 

It cleans and conditions, while leaving the coat shinny and smelling fresh.

Do not apply topical flea control for 24 to 48 hours.  The oil in the coat needs to replenish to aid in dispersal of the product.

Information published by groomer to groomer