Flea Life Cycle Explained: How Long Do Fleas Live?

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The Flea Life Cycle





If an adult flea becomes separated from its host and source of food, it will only live a few days. However, immature stages of the flea life cycle will live in the carpet for much longer than this.

How long is the flea life cycle?

Breaking the flea life cycle

Step 1: Treating your pet

Step 2: Treating your home

Step 3: Wait them out

Step 4: Speed them along as much as possible

Regular using an effective anti-parasite product on your pet is a key when dealing with fleas. Breaks in treatment could be just the time those fleas need to take hold...!

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Rebecca is a companion animal vet who has always had a passion for writing and client communication. Since her graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2009, she has gained a wealth of experience in first opinion small animal practice, in both clinical and managerial roles. She currently works in the South West and deals with a variety of routine and emergency appointments, but particularly enjoys medicine cases. Outside of work and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her bouncy flat-coated retriever George!

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