Facts about fleas

Learn more about fleas and how to prevent infestations.

Facts About Fleas

The facts about fleas

  • A flea starts feeding on blood within 5 minutes

    When a flea jumps onto a pet, it will start feeding within 5 minutes and may suck blood for up to 2½ hours.

  • A single flea lays 40 to 50 eggs a day

    Each female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day. That's up to 2,000 in a lifetime, infesting your home and your pet's environment.

  • An adult flea can live for 2 months

    A single flea can live on a pet for almost 2 months providing ongoing irritation.

  • Fleas are stubborn and hard to remove

    Flea larvae burrow deep into bedding and carpet - thorough, regular vacuuming and cleaning of pet’s bedding is recommended.

  • 8 weeks or more to remove flea populations in the environment

    Once a flea infestation has been established it can take up to 8 or more weeks to eradicate it.

Tips for preventing fleas

  • If you've had a flea infestation in your home, you'll never want to have one again.

    To stop repeat infestations, you need to break the flea life cycle once and for all.

  • Use Bravecto

    Bravecto provides long-lasting protection against fleas and kills newly emerged adult fleas before they lay eggs.

  • Target flea hideouts

    Wash all your pet’s bedding at a high temperature. Vacuum your carpets and furniture to remove eggs, larvae and pupae that may be present and discard the vacuum cleaner bag.

Identifying fleas

The world is host to over 2,000 species of flea, and they’re a problem almost everywhere. Most common is Ctenocephalides felis the "cat flea". Despite its name, the cat flea affects both dogs and cats, and wildlife such as possums - and can be unpleasant for pet owners, too. Most pets will pick up fleas often throughout their lifetime. Even pets that never go outdoors are at risk from fleas that can find their way into their home.


Life cycle of a flea

Click through all stages of the Flea life cycle to learn more.

How to check for fleas

  • Step 1

    Regularly checking for fleas should be part of routine pet care.

  • Step 2

    Try parting the coat near the base of the tail using your hands or a flea comb and look for movement. Most fleas grow to about the size of a pinhead and will move or jump when disturbed.

  • Step 3

    Even if you don’t see any fleas, have a look for dark, pepper-like particles on the surface of your pet’s skin and coat. These may be ‘flea dirt’, which are flea droppings.

  • Step 4

    You can easily confirm this by dabbing some of this material with a wet paper towel or cotton ball. If you see dark reddish brown or orange swirls, this is flea dirt and confirms that the pet has fleas. If you suspect fleas are present, talk to your vet about treatment with Bravecto.

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