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Cat Flea Pest Control

Key features


The cat flea is small at around 2 mm long, reddish brown in colour and is flattened laterally, a feature which enables it to move easily amongst the hair of the vertebrate host.

The most distinctive features of the cat flea are the large jumping legs and the row of black non-sensory spines on the front margin of the head and on the rear of the first thoracic segment. These bristles or combs are a diagnostic feature of the cat flea.

The eyes are apparent as are the antennae, and the mouth parts, adapted for piercing and sucking, are typically seen projecting downwards from the head


Biology


After mating, the female flea lays several hundred eggs in batches after each blood meal in the cats fur, bedding, resting site and in areas where the cat is to be found. The eggs are small (0.5mm) white and oval in shape.

From the egg emerges the larval stage which is again white in colour, legless but covered in large bristles. The larvae are not blood suckers but feed on general organic debris which is to be found in the lair of the cat. When mature, the flea larva is about 5 mm long and it spins a cocoon of silk which very quickly gets covered in a large amount of dust and debris.

The pupa develops within the silken cocoon and when triggered by suitable stimuli such as vibration, the adults emerge to feed on the cat.


Distribution

Worldwide.


Significance


Although the cat and dog are the preferred hosts for cat fleas, they are capable of feeding on humans, and frequently do.

The distress caused by the bites can be considerable in cats and humans. C. felis felis is an intermediate host for the cestode tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, which normally develops in the digestive tract of dogs, cats and some wild carnivores, but also occurs in man and particularly young children.

Vibration is a trigger for the adults to emerge from the pupa, mentioned above, frequently means that humans who go into empty premises where cats had previously been “in residence” suffer high level of attack.


Flea Control


Please Call East Lancashire Pest Control on 0800 023 6116 for a free visit and quote.

Before treatment

The animal should be treated with a flea product bought from pet shop, supermarket or vet

Ensure pets are out of the home and don’t have access until treatment has dried.

Wash bedding this includes pet bedding and blankets at 60 deg C

Remove clothes Shoes and clutter from floor and furniture

A good vacuum, this includes pet bedding, carpet even the edge of carpet

Empty vacuum in a outside bin

Cover or store away toothbrush, food, cutlery

Cover fish tank with cling film and a sheet and also turn pump off


After treatment

Stay out of property for at least 4 hours this also includes pets and don't turn on fish pump on until the 4 hours is up

Wash all surfaces in bathroom and kitchen before use

Wear shoes, slippers etc for a few days after treatment

After 5 days thoroughly vacuum carpets, soft furnishings your pets bed and everywhere your pet sleeps and rests, empty vacuum in a outside bin after every use and repeat this every other day for two week, PLEASE NOTE fleas can be seen up to 2 weeks after treatment