Fleas need blood to survive, so they usually attach themselves to hairy mammals as a host—namely your cat. Fleas can’t fly, but they are capable of leaping great distances—which is most likely how they got on your cat. They enter the home while attached to your cat, but tend to jump from host to host—like other pets, mice or even people. It’s important to deal with flea infestation quickly, before it gets out of hand. If and when they lay eggs, they will hatch in your rugs, carpet, upholstery and/or cracks in the floor. This will put you in a position where you may need professional help that can cost more money than you’re willing to payout. So before that happens, lets look into some preventative measures.
Give Your Cat A Bath And Comb It’s Fur
Your pet is usually the one that brings fleas into your home, so it’s best to keep your pet clean and well groomed to halt infestation from the start.
What You’ll Need:
• Flea Comb (Amazon)
• Flea Controlling Shampoo (Amazon)
• Respirator (Amazon)
• Goggles (Amazon)
• Gloves (Amazon)
• Vacuum (Amazon)
Here’s How To Care For Your Cat:
• Using a flea comb, comb your pet, focusing on the neck and tail
• Rinse the comb in soap and water after each stroke to kill the fleas
• Soak him/her in the tub or hose your pet down
• Using a flea controlling shampoo, lather your pet’s fur really good
• Let the shampoo sit for a few minutes
• Afterwards rinse the shampoo off
• Do this regularly every spring, summer and fall
Vacuum On A Regular Basis
Fleas and eggs can hide out any place. So in order to stay ahead of infestation, vacuum at least four times a week. Use a good model that will vacuum fleas and eggs from those hard to reach places—furniture, window seals, base boards and the rooms you most often occupy. When you’re done vacuuming, take the bag from the vacuum, tie it really good and remove it from your home.
Wash Your Clothing, Rugs, Drapes And Bedding
Fleas will instantly die once you put it through a wash and dryer cycle. Wash anything that can fit in a washing/dryer machine using the hottest/highest settings and clean everything else by hand.
Infestations can last for a very long time if you do not properly remove fleas, eggs and larvae. If you are still having a problem with infestation, try a pyrethrin-based pesticide with a regulator for insect growth like Onslaught or Ultracide. Before using insecticide make sure everyone leaves your home. Use a respirator, gloves, goggles and long sleeves when applying the insecticide. Apply with a light mist on furniture, walls, floors and all other surfaces of the house. Before letting people back in the house, let the dust/mist settle. After 48 hours, vacuum. Apply a light dusting to the garden, shrubs, bushes and wooded area near your home; spray the area around the doors and windows. Also, spray your cat with flea repellent regularly.
If applied I have no doubt that these tips will help you significantly improve, if not totally eliminate your flea problem. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section. Thanks for reading.