Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Got Fleas? What To Do.

Once you have come to the conclusion that your cat in fact has fleas, what do you do? The most important thing you can do is take immediate action. Once the fleas are in your home, they will live in your furniture,  your carpet, and your bed. Did you know that fleas can live in your carpet for months before becoming an adult? This means that without taking proper action, you could have a problem for a long time. We know how nasty these pests are and for the comfort of you and the sake of your cat, we must do everything that we can to get the situation under control. Knowing all the facts will help you fight this battle.

The first thing you need to do is quarantine your pet, and clean everything your animal has come in contact with. This will remove as many eggs as possible. All bedding, clothing, rugs, etc. should be washed with soapy water. The soapy water will kill the eggs, larvae, adults, and pupae.

Vacuum absolutely everything. Furniture, cracks in floors, behind doors, and anywhere else that dust collects. This will kill most of the eggs, but larvae latches on to the carpet and some will stick around. After vacuuming, seal the bag in a plastic bag immediately. You can put this bag in the freezer to kill any fleas. It is a good idea to vacuum a few times each week until you have the problem under control. New fleas may pop up after your first couple vacuums, and you want to make sure you are getting them as well.

The remaining larvae can be dealt with by having your carpet steam cleaned. The steam will kill every stage of a flea except eggs. If you have someone come in professionally, be sure to warn them about the flea infestation and remember to remove infested animals if still in the home.

You can purchase fleas sprays for your house, furniture, and bed. Make sure that these sprays contain IGRs to ensure that it is working effectively. IGRs, or Internal Growth Regulators, will kill pupae, larvae, and eggs from becoming adult fleas.

Here is a picture of the flea life cycle:
cat flea cycle

Different stages of fleas require different treatments. Make sure you get them all!