Up Close Video of the Flea Life Cycle
Fleas have four life cycle stages including egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Adult fleas can lay more than 2,000 eggs, and the cycle can completed in warm temperatures in as few as 12 to 15 days.
Eggs are laid in batches, usually on your dog or cat, but generally roll onto pet bedding or the ground nearby. Flea larvae then emerge from the eggs anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks later. The larvae then pupate and weave a silken cocoon in which they can lay and rest up to a year or emerge as adult fleas in as little as a week. At this point the cycle repeats itself.
The video below gives you an up close view of all four stages of a fleas life. If you own a dog or cat, you don’t want to ever get into a situation where you have a flea infestation. It is important to prevent fleas before the cycle starts because once it does it is very difficult to stop.