If you see even 1 flea on your pet, it is likely only a matter of time before the eggs begin hatching and you wind up with a flea infestation. The female flea lays her eggs on your pet after feeding on their blood. The eggs are laid in batches of 20 or so at a time and easily fall off landing in your pets surroundings (your house.) Areas where your pet sleeps and rests become the primary habitat for hatching fleas.
One female flea can lay more then 5,000 eggs in her lifetime, she can live longer then a year. The adult flea can live several months without feeding on a host. Fleas can also overwinter in places like summer cottages while in their larval stage until they are "awoken" by vibration, sound or heat emerging as an adult seeking a host. Once a flea or fleas have been detected there are many more waiting to emerge. Treatment in the earliest stages can help avoid an infestation.
Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only exclusive companion animal veterinary association.