There are four stages in the life cycle of a flea: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the environmental temperature and humidity levels, the total life cycle will take anywhere from a couple weeks to many months.
Fido and Fluffy are scratching again, but you don’t have to douse your pet with poison nor do you have to apply flea and tick remedies when they are not needed. Here are some natural solutions to both repel and kill these pesky critters, along with a flea and tick map to guide you in knowing when to bring out the guns.
Fleas are very active insects, feeding on blood from dogs and people. They jump onto passing animals and burrow down into the fur to the skin, where they stay well hidden while biting and ingesting blood. This is irritating to the animal, and to humans as well, as the bites can be cause severe itching and inflammation.
Tick paralysis, or tick-bite paralysis, is caused by a potent toxin that is released through the saliva of certain species of female tick and which is injected into the blood of a cat as the tick infests the cat's skin. The toxin directly affects the nervous system, leading to a group of nervous symptoms in the affected animal.