How Long Do Fleas Live?

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Fleas can live as an adult for more than a year, and they can lay eggs within 30 days, as well. Find out how fleas can survive through the winter in pupae cases with help from a pest control operator in this free video on flea control and extermination.

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control and a lot of people wonder well how long can actually a flea live in my home, especially if I'm not there to feed it? And I mean by feeding it I mean by putting either a pet or myself in danger of having him feed on us. Well you know, fleas can live as an adult for over a year and every week or within 30 days, 7 to 30 days, they can lay a lot of different eggs. Fleas can live for up to a year without even having a blood meal inside the home, but what we don't think about are the flea pupa cases and that's the fleas that are waiting to hatch out into an adult. A lot of times people are selling their homes and they're away for the wintertime or something and when they come back, they say well no one's been in the home, there hasn't been any pets there but all the sudden within hours of them coming home, they get bitten by fleas. Well what happened? Well what it is is that the carbon dioxide that we breathe out actually starts the cycle of the flea from hatching from it's cocoon and once it hatches out, the first thing it wants to do is feed on either you or me so fleas live a long time even if you're not there in the home or your pet's not in the home. So make sure that you always apply a good residual product within the home to keep that flea population down while you're away so you don't come back to being bit. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida helping keep you and your home pest free.

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