Nipping the Cat Flea Problem
Homeowners are sometimes stunned to find a cat flea problem in their home. They often primp their feline friends more than they primp themselves and yet, the cat starts scratching, meowing and snarling like a crazed wild animal. Worse yet is what can happen to homeowners who don’t even have cats and find strange, flattish bugs hopping around on their dog, bedding, carpet or even their own skin. Cat fleas aren’t partial to taking a nip out of a pet kitty, making prevention one of the most valuable methods of cat flea control
Control the Itching
Cat fleas can be an itchy annoyance, but they can also be the source of disease for some animals as well as humans. There have even been cases where animals have been near death with dehydration, thanks to extensive flea bites. Adequate pest control to prevent cat fleas begins with the vacuum. While certainly someone or some animal carried cat fleas into the home, the problem isn’t really the one or two fleas that made its way indoors. Instead, the problem is the 4-8 eggs each adult female cat flea deposits under the skin of its host. Eventually the cat flea eggs will fall into the bedding, carpet or upholstery of a home. When these flea eggs hatch, they will look for another blood host and suddenly, the flea population has exploded at a rate that is hard to keep up with. Some of the following cat flea pest control tips can help a homeowner stay on top of his or her flea population and eliminate it before it explodes:
- Check your cat for fleas regularly. Make a routine of it, like when you are putting the leash on or brushing him or her.
- If your cat has been outside of the home around an unfamiliar area, then thoroughly check him or her upon return. This can include areas such as the veterinarian’s office, the kennel or even the home of a friend who was watching your pet while you were out of town.
- Regularly wash pet bedding, even if it is outdoors.
- Cat fleas like to hop on small animals too, such as non-pet rodents that have a way of making it into a home. Rats, bats and mice can carry their share of cat fleas. Any area these pests may have visited in your home can be subject to a flea egg.
While it is nearly impossible to control the access of fleas to your home, it is
possible to minimize their ability to easily reproduce. Catching a flea hopping on your pet, clothing or furniture is only the start of the problem. Tracking down every possible area where eggs could be hiding out is where the real pest control work begins.
Tips for Prevention
Cat fleas like a nice, dry environment that doesn’t get too cold. This makes heading indoors a great place to set up camp for cat fleas. For homeowners that would like to do everything possible to prevent cat fleas from invading their homes, there are few tips that can help:
- Don’t choose a home on a greenbelt. Homes near an outdoor, wooded area tend to be more prone to cat fleas. This is largely because most furry animals, including opossums and rabbits, are susceptible to cat flea infestations.
- Buy a good vacuum. One of the best cat flea pest control methods is vacuuming, which removes the flea eggs embedded in carpeting and upholstery.
- If you own pets, stock up on the supplies BEFORE there is a problem. Many cat flea control products are intended for preventative use. There are flea colors, sprays and powders designed specifically for pets that can help to repel the nippy little pests before they ever step foot into your home.
Preventing cat fleas is something that is far easier to manage than controlling a population that has made its way into your home. The minute a flea has been spotted on your pet, there is a strong chance that there are more to follow -- and many more that are embedded throughout a home. By adequately cleaning, applying flea extermination products and inspecting regularly, homeowners can help to control and prevent a cat flea infestation.