Massive Flea Numbers

April 26, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Take a look at these incredible numbers. During its peak reproduction stage, the most common flea on dogs and cats can lay 40-50 eggs per day. The most common flea on dogs and cats is the cat flea.
Each female flea can reproduce for over 100 days.

The Animal HealthCare Center reports that during their reproductive lifetime, a female flea can lay about 2,000 eggs. The site also says that just 10 reproducing female fleas can generate a massive family tree of over a quarter million fleas in a month’s time.

The majority of the time, the eggs are laid and gather in the spots where your pet sleeps or rests on a regular basis. In addition to the obvious problem of itching and scratching, some pets can have a more severe allergic reaction to flea bites. Scratching these sores can in turn cause them to bleed or become infected. Fleas have also been linked to anemia (loss of too much blood) and tapeworm infection.

The best way to eliminate fleas is to use effective flea control on your pet and possibly in your home environment.

Source: Rust M, Dryden, M. The biology, ecology, and management of the cat flea. Annual Review of Entomology. 42: 451-473.

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