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This page provides a quick summary of flea eggs, in the form of a FAQ. Click on the answers for detailed information, including citations.
What do flea eggs look like?
Flea eggs look like grain of salt. They’re a rounded oval shape, off-white, and measure 0.5 by 0.3 mm.
Are flea eggs hard?
No. The eggs have a soft, flexible chorion (shell).
Do fleas reproduce asexually?
No. But unmated females can lay non-viable eggs.
Where do fleas lay eggs?
Eggs are laid on the host, but they aren’t sticky and fall off within a few hours.
Where do flea eggs incubate?
The eggs fall into the environment anywhere infested animals have access. In homes, they accumulate where pets frequently rest, sleep, and feed. Most immature fleas develop within carpeting.
Do flea eggs go dormant
No. Only cocooned adults can enter into a dormant-like state.
What percent of infestations are eggs?
Eggs make up 50-57% of flea infestations.
Do all of the eggs hatch?
No. Many of the eggs will be non-viable, which other flea larvae may then consume.
Does vacuuming kill flea eggs?
Vacuuming can remove 32-90% of flea eggs from carpets. 100% of the removed eggs will be killed in the process.
What’s the best way to kill flea eggs?
Please see our page on How to get rid of fleas for control information. Effective techniques to kill eggs include vacuuming, laundering, and using insect growth regulators.
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