Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd.
© Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. 1956 | Emergency call : 902 - 678-2731  |     cvet@eastlink.ca  |     sitemap
Fleas & Flea Control

Fleas are wingless insects, usually dark in color,

with tube like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the

blood of their hosts.  Their legs are long and well

adapted for jumping. The flea is one of the best

jumpers of all known animals.

The flea body is hard, polished, and covered with many hairs and short spines which assist it’s movements on the host.  The tough body is able to withstand great pressure.  Even hard squeezing between the fingers is normally insufficient to kill a flea. Fleas lay tiny white oval-shaped eggs.  The larva is small, pale, has bristles covering its worm-like body, lacks eyes, and has mouthparts adapted to chewing.  The larvae feed on various organic matter, especially the feces of mature fleas.  The adult flea’s diet consists solely of fresh blood. Fleas have four life cycles beginning when the female lays eggs after feeding.  Eggs are laid in batches of up to 20, usually on the host itself, which means that the eggs can easily roll onto the ground.   Because of this, areas where the host rests and sleeps become one of the primary habitats of eggs and developing fleas.  The eggs take between two days to two weeks to hatch. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd carries products developed for protecting your pets from fleas as well as products for the treatment of existing fleas.  Our staff is a wonderful source of information when you are trying to select the best flea management product for your pets.
Flea larvae emerge from the egg to feed on any available organic material such as dead insects, flea feces and vegetable matter.  They avoid sunlight, keeping to dark places like sand, cracks, crevices and bedding. Adult fleas remain resting until they receive a signal that a host is near – vibrations, heat and carbon dioxide are stimuli indicating the probable presence of a host.  Fleas have been known to over-winter in the larval and pupal stages. Once the flea reaches adulthood, its primary goal is to find blood and reproduce.  Adult fleas only have about a week to find food once they emerge.  Their total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions.  Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life.
© Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. 1956 | Emergency call : 902 - 678-2731  |  cvet@eastlink.ca  |  sitemap
Fleas & Flea Control
Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd.

Fleas are wingless insects, usually dark in color, with

tube like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the

blood of their hosts.  Their legs are long and well

adapted for jumping. The flea is one of the best jumpers of all known animals.

The flea body is hard, polished, and covered with many hairs and short spines which assist it’s movements on the host.  The tough body is able to withstand great pressure.  Even hard squeezing between the fingers is normally insufficient to kill a flea. Fleas lay tiny white oval-shaped eggs.  The larva is small, pale, has bristles covering its worm-like body, lacks eyes, and has mouthparts adapted to chewing.  The larvae feed on various organic matter, especially the feces of mature fleas.  The adult flea’s diet consists solely of fresh blood. Fleas have four life cycles beginning when the female lays eggs after feeding.  Eggs are laid in batches of up to 20, usually on the host itself, which means that the eggs can easily roll onto the ground.   Because of this, areas where the host rests and sleeps become one of the primary habitats of eggs and developing fleas.  The eggs take between two days to two weeks to hatch. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd carries products developed for protecting your pets from fleas as well as products for the treatment of existing fleas.  Our staff is a wonderful source of information when you are trying to select the best flea management product for your pets.
Back to the Top Back to the Top
Fleas & Flea Control
Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd.

Fleas are wingless insects, usually dark in

color, with tube like mouth-parts adapted to

feeding on the blood of their hosts.  Their

legs are long and well adapted for jumping.

The flea is one of the best jumpers of all

known animals.

The flea body is hard, polished, and covered with many hairs and short spines which assist it’s movements on the host.  The tough body is able to withstand great pressure.  Even hard squeezing between the fingers is normally insufficient to kill a flea. Fleas lay tiny white oval- shaped eggs.  The larva is small, pale, has bristles covering its worm-like body, lacks eyes, and has mouthparts adapted to chewing.  The larvae feed on various organic matter, especially the feces of mature fleas.  The adult flea’s diet consists solely of fresh blood. Fleas have four life cycles beginning when the female lays eggs after feeding.  Eggs are laid in batches of up to 20, usually on the host itself, which means that the eggs can easily roll onto the ground.   Because of this, areas where the host rests and sleeps become one of the primary habitats of eggs and developing fleas.  The eggs take between two days to two weeks to hatch. Cornwallis Veterinarians Ltd carries products developed for protecting your pets from fleas as well as products for the treatment of existing fleas.  Our staff is a wonderful source of information when you are trying to select the best flea management product for your pets.