The mere thought of fleas will make your skin crawl. If you have dealt with a flea infestation, you might better understand this. And if you have never faced this problem, you are lucky; pray that they stay off. Fleas are the worst nightmare situation you can ever have to deal with in your pets. If as much as one female flea lands on your dog, it is enough to send you into a panic in a bid to manage it before it becomes a huge crisis. Flea eggs keep multiplying by the day, and upon maturity, you are bound to have a situation that can be considered a terrible epidemic!
Flea Eggs Appearance on Dogs
Flea eggs are quite tiny and may not be very visible to the naked eye while on the dog’s skin. But they are quite distinct by their shape and color; you can actually see them if you know what to look out for.
Do not confuse flea eggs and flea dirt. Usually, if you look under your dog’s fur, you will see some black or brownish stuff that looks almost like soil; this is flea dirt. If you put some of this in water, the water will turn pink-ish or red-ish because flea dirt contains some blood in it.
Flea eggs, on the other hand, are white-ish, or a light grey, or off beige, although most of them are a pearly bright white. They are better visible with a dark background to them, like a black piece of cloth, for example. While flea dirt may be a little sticky to the skin, flea eggs are loose and can fall off with a bit of trigger. Flea eggs also have a distinct oval shape, especially if seen under the microscope.
It is easy to know whether your dog has flea eggs. The easiest way is to first place a black towel or piece of cloth under the dog, whether the dog is standing, sitting, or lying down. Next, pet the dog’s underbelly a little bit more vigorously than usual. The flea eggs should fall onto the towel below easily as they are not sticky.
This non-sticky feature is the reason fleas spread fast; their smooth surface has them sliding through your dog’s fur on to the carpet and on to anything that can hold them in place. Seeing that flea bites are incredibly itchy, anytime your dog scratches the itch, many flea eggs drop on the carpet, couch, or wherever the dog is, and the spreading continues.
Flea dirt can be seen clearly on the skin of your dog, regardless of its color. Flea eggs, on the other hand, may be a bit hard to see because they are white. However, if your dog is colored, it might be easy to spot the egg on the dog’s fur.
Fleas thrive in a warm environment that is not very moist; think within the folds of your carpet or under the fur of your pet. They are more rampant during the warm season because of this. An adult female flea lays up to eight eggs after every meal; multiple times each day. The eggs then hatch into maturity after twelve days. The normal growth process of the larva to pupa and adult fleas can take several months. That is why it is safe to combat fleas at the egg stage as opposed to after they have fully matured into fleas.
Important Note: if you need to treat fleas in your home, you will have to do more than treat the dog. As mentioned earlier, the dog scratches some of these eggs and fleas, leaving them all over the place. Apart from cleaning and treating your dog of fleas, you will also need to manage your dog’s kennel, cage, and any other areas that could harbor these harmful pests. This will take some time, but will eventually clear out the fleas. Having cleaned your home and ensured that the fleas are under control, it is now time to introduce your dog to a flea collar. The use of dog flea collars to keep off the pests has proved to be more effective after you have had the fleas under control. You can our review on dog flea collars over at this post here.