Flea Treatments in Dorset
Adult fleas are small wingless insects, they have flattened, red/brown backs, with backwardly directed spines and legs designed for jumping. All adult fleas are parasitic on warm-blooded animals. The females lay their eggs after feeding on the infested animal. Female fleas can live for up to two years, during which time they can lay up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs drop onto the floor and the animal's bedding. After several days the eggs will develop into larvae. When fully developed the adult waits until it detects the vibrations caused by a potential host. The complete life cycle takes about a month depending on temperature. Adult fleas feed on the blood of animals but human blood is just as good. The larval stages live in the nest of the host and feed on skin, feathers and, most importantly, the blood-rich faeces of the adult flea.