ectoparasites and females require a blood meal to produce eggs. After feeding on a host, females can produce
about 30-50 eggs per day that fall off the animal and into carpeting or other
areas of the home or outside in areas where the animal frequents. Larvae feed on organic matter as well as
partially digested blood excreted by the adult fleas (yes, I mean poop). After fleas pupate, they usually hatch out of
the cocoon in about 2 weeks, but they can remain dormant for up to 5 months
waiting for a host.
|Flea breeding habitat...debris in a windowsill.|
It is also possible for new homeowners with no pets to have fleas. This usually results from previous owners having pets. Fleas can remain dormant for several months, but become active again when they sense vibrations of new hosts.