How do fleas breed?

Do fleas have sex?  Do they do it “flea style”? Interestingly enough the answer varies depending on species and environmental conditions.  The “water flea”, for example, reproduces asexually under normal conditions, producing more and more females.  When conditions change due to overcrowding and limits on food supply, they begin to asexually produce males.  The males then “have sex” with the females.  The result are eggs encased with a protective coating designed to withstand the enviromental changes.    Full “university professor style” article here. 

 

The video below explains the flea life cycle and their crazy states of existence.

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How long can fleas live?

If you only had about 14 days from birth until death, what would you do with your time?   If you were a flea you’d be doing two things, eating (biting people and pets) and laying eggs.  A flea’s mission is life is to eat and reproduce, which is not unlike some humans I’ve encountered.  With a life span that short, they have nothing to lose, and will not hesitate to bite you without your permission.   The key is to create an environment very, very uninviting.  Use natural products in and around your house to make these little resilient bugs prefer to be somewhere else.  
  
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