Cat Fleas

Cat Fleas

Cat Fleas

Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are small and externally parasitic insects, meaning they spend their life feeding on the outside of their host. They primarily feed on the blood of cats, hence the name, cat flea. However, they are not limited to cats. Cat fleas are also commonly found on dogs. They can also bite humans, however they cannot survive with human blood and therefore will not infest humans but merely cause irritation and become a nuisance. Transfer between host to host for cat fleas are very low and most cat fleas will spend their entire lifespan on their host.

Although cat fleas and many other fleas are found all over the world, cat fleas can most commonly be found on both the fur of cats and dogs in North America, particularly in the United States.  They are probably the common pet flea that you may be seeing in your home.

A few reasons why fleas are difficult to control is because they are so small and because of their reproduction trends.  Although flea eggs are produced in the fur, they might roll out or be brushed out of the fur into any surrounding that the host travels to.  For instance, when your pet cat sleeps on the couch or anywhere elsewhere, the eggs may roll off into the carpet area and hatch in those environments.  Larvae does not require blood to survive because they feed off of dried flea excrement and skin flakes from the cat or dog that has built up in the resting areas.


Damage of Cat Fleas
Cat fleas on dogs and cats may cause little to no harm.  However, if your pet is allergic to the bacteria in the saliva that is transmitted from fleas, they may have irritation or may become dehydrated.  Also, they are capable of transmitting diseases from their host to people when they bite a human.

Like most other species of fleas, cat fleas are flattened from side to side.  Cat fleas have a smooth covering and backward, hook-like spines off their hind legs that make it easy to maneuver through the fur of dogs and cats.  They have something called ocelli (dark and flattened bristles) around their mouth which cannot be found on all fleas and make it very useful when a person may want to identify the type of flea.

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Date: Wednesday, 13. January 2010 13:23
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  1. 1

    my cat has fleas

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    Ok…let’s start with inspections.
    Fleas will infest everywhere in the home.
    Check under carpets, crack and crevices of the floor, upholstery,
    garages, furniture, under the bed, corners, closets, kennels, crawl spaces, under steps…you get the idea.
    Look for the fleas just about anywhere. You can use a white sheet of paper to look for them.
    Just place a white paper on areas you think you have flea infestation.

    To treat the fleas, start with your pet.
    Petcor Flea Spray is a good product
    that you can use on your pet. Treat your pet after giving him / her a good shower with flea shampoo.
    It will kill adult fleas, but not the eggs or larvae. Spray lightly, and give an even cover on the hair coat,
    while ruffling the coat for better penetration. Then, dampen a cloth with Petcor Flea Spray rub it into the face. Avoid spraying on rectum and the genitals.
    Also, treat your cat’s bedding area with the product as well.

    Next, treat the outside. We recommend that you use Masterline Bifenthrin or Bifen IT mixed with Precor IGR and water.
    You’ll need to use Chapin 1 Gallon Sprayer to apply the mixture.
    Use this mixture on hard surfaces, cracks and crevices, around the door / window frames, any entry point to crawl space,
    and from the wall to 3 ft out around the skirting of your home.

    Furthermore, use granules for your yard. We recommend Bifen Granule or Talstar EZ.

    Afterward, you need to treat indoor. You can use the same Masterline Bifenthrin or Bifen IT and Precor IGR mixture with water.
    After applying the mixture, let it sit until the mixture is completely dried. Once it is dried, it will leave residues that will continuously provide contact kill of the fleas up to three months.

    You can find more informations on How to Get Rid of Fleas

    Best luck to you.

  3. 3

    We have had a well known professional pest control company treat our home twice for fleas (we have 3 indoor cats who have NEVER been outside). We have also treated them as prescribed with Frontline while the house was under going treatment. And, we used Zodiac weekly on the animals (after spraying, we wrapped the cats in a towel for 10 minutes). We still have fleas. Please help.

  4. 4

    I cannot tell what products your professonals used.
    But it could be that the fleas are coming in from the outside (and yes! They do come in from the outside)
    And if the professionals did not use the insect growth regulator,
    it could be at the current infestation is the 2nd generation.

    I would recommend that you use Petcor Flea Spray on your pets and their bedding areas.
    Furthermore, you would want to treat your yard. I recommend you use Bifen Granule or Talstar EZ.

    In case you want to treat your home again at a later time,
    You can use Masterline Bifenthrin or Bifen IT mixed with Precor IGR and water.
    You might want to use a Chapin 1 Gallon Sprayer with it.

    If you prefer to use foggers, you can use Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray and / or Precor Plus Fogger.

    For more information, please read How to Get Rid of Fleas.

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