Flea Tick

Written by Beth Hrusch
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The Facts about Fleas and Ticks

Flea tick prevention is as important for pet owners as it is for their pets. Both fleas and ticks carry diseases and worms, and if left untreated may cause serious health problems for animals and anyone living with them. Fleas can find many ways of entering the home, even if the animal does not spend much time outside.

Flea larvae can also survive in dormancy for quite a long time. The life cycle of fleas and ticks lasts between three to six weeks, from egg to larvae to adult. In order to get rid of them, one must break this cycle.

Flea Tick Life Cycle

Fleas begin the cycle by laying eggs on the pet or in its surroundings. Eggs hatch into larvae after 2-12 days. Larvae spin cocoons in which they live for a few days to several weeks. During this cocoon stage they are very difficult to kill. Ticks go through the egg-larval stage, then develop into nymphs which must find a host to feed on in order to become ticks. With both fleas and ticks, repeated treatment is necessary to ensure that all stages are eradicated.

Treatment of Infestation

Several products are available for the treatment of flea and tick infestation. Advantage is a brand-name insecticide and repellant that works by disrupting a flea's nervous system. Frontline contains fipronil, which interrupts nerve transmissions. For ticks, collars can be effective. These products are available at most pet supply stores. Whatever method you choose, flea tick treatment is important for you and your pet.

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