Flea larvae, which are 1/4 of an inch long, are sometimes easier to find than the adult insects given their size, and the fact they are whitish in color and without legs.
Fleas belong to a grouping of insects called blood-feeders, meaning that their favored source of nutrients is animal or human blood. Flea bites can be painful and itchy, creating a specific nuisance for infested pets.
Flea’s Life Cycle
An adult female can lay 400-500 eggs in a lifetime, usually distributing 4 - 8 eggs at a time, after each blood meal. The eggs hatch in 1-12 days, releasing the legless flea larvae. These larvae are able to move using abdominal hooks, feeding on organic debris and the fecal blood of adult fleas.
Although commonly thought of in association with animals, fleas can be present in buildings that are pet-free. In these cases, initial fleas will have been brought in on human clothes or other items.
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