As pet owners, we often hear about the resilience of fleas and how challenging they can be to eliminate once they infest our furry friends and homes. One common question that arises is whether fleas can survive in water. Let’s delve into this topic to better understand these pesky parasites and how we can protect our pets.

The Resilience of Fleas

Fleas (scientifically known as Ctenocephalides felis) are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They are notorious for their agility and ability to reproduce rapidly. Adult fleas typically live on their hosts, but they can also survive in the environment, especially in places where pets frequent.

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Can Fleas Survive in Water?

The short answer is yes, fleas can survive in water, but not indefinitely. Flea larvae and pupae can endure in moist environments, including water, for varying periods. However, adult fleas are relatively more resilient due to their hard exoskeletons and waxy coating, which can help them resist drowning for up to 24 hours or longer in some cases.

When a flea encounters water, it can jump out and escape. However, prolonged submersion or consistent exposure to water can eventually drown fleas, especially if they are unable to reach dry land or a host for an extended period.

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Understanding Flea Prevention

Preventing flea infestations is crucial for the health and comfort of our pets. Apart from causing itching and discomfort, fleas can transmit diseases and parasites like tapeworms. Thankfully, there are effective preventatives available, such as Bravecto Flea and Tick Chewables.

Bravecto is a trusted name in flea and tick control, known for its long-lasting protection with just one chew every 12 weeks. It not only kills existing fleas but also prevents new infestations, giving your pet continuous relief and reducing the risk of diseases spread by fleas.

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Tips for Flea Prevention:

    1. Regular Treatments: Administer Bravecto Chewables as directed by your veterinarian to ensure continuous protection.
    2. Environmental Control: Vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly, wash pet bedding frequently, and treat outdoor areas where pets spend time.
    3. Pet Grooming: Regular grooming can help you spot fleas early and reduce the chances of infestation.
    4. Consult Your Vet: Your veterinarian can recommend the best flea prevention plan tailored to your pet’s needs.


While fleas can survive in water for a time, especially in their larval and pupal stages, their resilience underscores the importance of consistent and effective flea prevention measures. Bravecto Chewables provide a convenient solution to protect your pet from fleas and ticks, ensuring they stay healthy and happy year-round.

For pickup or more information on Bravecto Flea and Tick Chewables give us a call at (509) 663-0973. To purchase them conveniently straight to your door, visit  our Online Pharmacy. Take proactive steps to safeguard your pet and your home from fleas—it’s a decision both you and your furry companion will appreciate.

Remember, a flea-free pet is a happier pet!

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