Find out some facts about fleas and ticks!
The facts about ticks and fleas
- A flea starts feeding on blood within 5 minutes
When a flea jumps onto a pet, it will start feeding within 5 minutes and may suck blood for up to 2½ hours.
- A single flea lays 40 to 50 eggs a day
Each female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day.
That’s up to 2,000 in a lifetime, infesting your home and your dog’s environment.
- An adult flea can live for 2 months
A single flea can live on a dog for almost 2 months providing ongoing irritation.
- Fleas are stubborn and hard to remove
Flea larvae burrow deep into bedding and carpet – thorough, regular vacuuming and cleaning of pet’s bedding is recommended.
- 8 weeks or more to remove flea populations in the environment
- Once a flea infestation has been established it can take up to 8 or more weeks to eradicate it.
- Paralysis Tick – most dangerous tick
The single most dangerous tick for dogs in Australia is the paralysis tick.
- 3,000 eggs at a time
A single female paralysis tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.
- They are related to spiders
A tick is a small blood-sucking parasite that is related to spiders.
- They can potentially kill dogs
After attaching and feeding, a paralysis tick starts producing a potent toxin that affects the dog’s central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis and possible death.