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By David Loneragan | Dated April 9, 2015
Fleas are small, dark brown insects that are parasites. They infest the skin and coat of dogs and cats. Fleas are a real pest to dogs in Australia, causing them constant itchiness, hair loss and irritation. Getting a flea problem under control on your dog can also be a real pest to pet owners!
It all starts with a few adult fleas jumping on to your dog, be it at the park, on a bushwalk or even in your own garden. From here the lifecycle of the flea begins and they can breed at an enormous rate.
Before you know it you have an infestation that is hard to control!
Under the right temperature conditions the flea lifecycle from egg to adult is shorter (2-3 weeks).
This is during spring and summer when it is warmer. During winter, the immature egg and larval stages can lie dormant in the environment for up to 6 months. Then when the temperature warms up, they all complete their life cycle and mature into adults, causing a sudden explosion of adult fleas and a massive infestation in your home!
Today, with more in home heating the flea cycle often just continues all year round.
There are different options for flea treatment in dogs which are very effective. Some products treatthe adult fleas on the dog and some treat the environment. As 95% of the flea population (and problem) is in the dog’s environment, to properly treat a flea infestation it is necessary to treat both the dog and the environment.
Year round use of flea treatment and prevention is recommended to keep fleas under control. All pets in the household must be treated.