An adult female will feed on the host for around one week, then drop off the host and find a secluded place for egg development. As adults, both males and females will attach to hosts and feed, although the males only feed for short periods. The overall cycle can be completed in just over two months, but frequently will take longer if there are few hosts available or in cold temperatures.
Ticks are notoriously long-lived and can live as long as three to five months in each stage without feeding. In Florida, the cycle can occur year-round both inside houses and in outside kennels and dog runs. Within the infestation is discovered and addressed, the easier it will be to control. Monitoring and grooming dogs, particularly upon return from kennels or locations where other dogs are present, is the best way to detect infestations early.