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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 LIFE CYCLE OF A FLEA double click to change this header text! The flea lays its EGGS on the hosts skin. The eggs are white and not sticky. Fleas can produce up to 50 eggs per day. Some of the eggs on the host fall off and stay in the hosts ENVIRONMENT where they hatch. The eggs both on the host and in the environment hatch and become larvae. This usually happens between one to twelve days. The LARVAE still on the host eventually fall off. They then crawl away and shelter themselves in cool, dark areas like cracks in the floor, carpet or under furniture. Flea larvae resemble maggots; they are white but gradually darken as they mature. Their sources of food are faeces from adult fleas and dander (dead skin flakes from animals). The larva moults twice then spins a cocoon and becomes a pupa. PUPAE in our environment are difficult to spot because they are sticky and are often covered in dirt. Most importantly, pupae can lie dormant for months without feeding, waiting for the right conditions and the presence of a host, for them to emerge. Their ideal conditions are: body warmth, movement in their environment, and humidity. Once they sense a host, the ADULT FLEAS will hatch from their cocoon. Adult fleas are wingless, have flat bodies and long legs which help them jump great distances. They attach themselves to a host to feed on the hosts blood and find mates. Females can breed and start laying eggs as soon as 48 hours after they feed.
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