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Understanding the Flea & Tick Life Cycle

Fleas
Fleas don't just make your cat or dog itchy. They keep biting and hurting again and again. Pet owners often don’t even know that their pet has a flea problem until it gets severe. Understanding the flea life cycle is important when you are trying to rid them from your pet and home.
Flea Life Cycle

Ticks

When an infected parasite (such as a tick, flea or mosquito) bites and feeds on the blood of a pet, it can pass diseases from itself to the new host. Ticks are especially competent at passing disease because they feed on several hosts, molt through different life stages, require large blood meals, and feed for long periods of time.  They are more than just an unsettling nuisance; they are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis.

tick life cycle

 

 

1. Grace SF. Fleas. In: Norsworthy GD, Crystal MA, Grace SF, et al., eds. (2006). The Feline Patient. 3rd ed. Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing; 106-107.

2. Dryden MW, Payne P, Zurek L. (2003). Pests That Affect Human Health: Fleas Infesting Pets and Homes. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. MF-760.

Bayer Products

  • Seresto® for large dogs packaging

    Seresto® for dogs

    An easy-to-use, odorless, non-greasy collar that kills and repels fleas and ticks for 8 months.

    Seresto® for dogs

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS
    CHEWING LICE
    CHEWING LICE

  • Advantage® II for small cats packaging

    Advantage® II for cats

    A monthly topical application that kills fleas that can cause painful bites.

    Advantage® II for cats

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS

  • Advantage Carpet Upholstery Spot Spray

    Advantage® Carpet & Upholstery Spot Spray

    Help control an infestation in your home by killing fleas, brown dog ticks, dust mites and bed bugs.

    Not for use on pets. Use as directed.

    Advantage® Carpet & Upholstery Spot Spray

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    BROWN DOG TICKS
    BROWN DOG TICKS
    DUST MITES
    DUST MITES
    BED BUGS
    BED BUGS