Cat Flea Control
Fleas are one of the more problematic biting insects. Not only do their bite bites hurt and itch, but they’re also potentially dangerous. Cat fleas can transmit several diseases such as plague and murine typhus through their bites. These troubling fleas are found throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
Adult cat fleas are 1/8 inch long. The bodies are laterally flattened and wingless. They’re typically brownish-black or black, but they may appear reddish-black when they’re full of blood.
They also have piercing–sucking mouthparts and readily jump when attempting to reach a host animal. The larvae are whitish, slender, eyeless, legless, and measure about 1/4 inch long when mature.
You can have cat fleas in your building even if you don’t have a pet. These fleas can jump about 6 inches vertically, and often hitch rides on shoes, socks, and trousers. Cat fleas also frequently end up in buildings when the other pests they’re riding on sneak inside. If a raccoon, opossum, fox, coyote, ferret, groundhog, squirrel, or rat comes near your building, their fleas might too.
Fleas are typically found around the areas where animals live, including along their usual avenues of travel. Most larvae are found in similar places, Larvae are especially common in areas with high moisture because they require it to survive and grow. Pupae are found in the same environments as larvae. Outdoors, fleas only breed in shaded areas beneath vegetation, decks, and similar covered settings.
CAT FLEA CONTROL AND PREVENTION
One of the best ways to control cat fleas is to control and exclude wild animals. Prevent animals from entering your home or business. Pay special attention to secluded or vulnerable areas. Don’t let cats enter crawl spaces or slip under decks, for instance. Take appropriate steps to pest-proof your pet before you take them outside. Preventing your pets from getting cat fleas is the best way to keep the fleas out of your home.
If your pet does happen to get fleas, treat them immediately before they spread. Consider taking your pet to a professional vet to get as thorough a treatment plan as possible. Better safe than sorry!
First, we’ll ask you to vacuum the interior of your home as thoroughly as possible. Then, a Plunkett’s Pest Control technician will thoroughly apply an appropriately-labeled residual insecticide and insect growth regulator (IGR). We apply this specialized residue to carpeting, non-staining floors, and upholstered furniture. You and your pets will have to stay out of your home until the residue dries.
We suggest you ventilate your home as soon as you get back inside. You should also vacuum several times, especially during the first 7-10 days. Vacuuming and ventilation won’t negatively affect the treatment itself. You should have your pets professionally treated for fleas at the same time we’re treating your residence. That way, you can be sure you don’t end up bringing fleas right back in after you’ve just kicked them out! Your professional pest control technician may perform spot treatment outside, just to make triple sure your infestation stays gone.
Have any other questions about preventing and treating cat fleas? No problem! Plunkett’s is always ready to help, just give us a call.