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Fleas on Cats and Other FAQ’s About Fleas

How do cats get fleas?

The most common way for cats to get fleas in when they are outdoors.  Fleas can enter your yard in a number of ways including other dogs and cats, rodents, squirrels, raccoons, and possums.  If your cat is an indoors only, the cat can still get fleas from other pets in the home.

Once fleas are detected on your cat, flea treatment of both the home and yard as well as the cat is necessary.

What color are fleas?

Adult fleas are reddish brown in color.  Sometimes fleas may appear almost black after they have eaten a blood meal.  Flea dirt on pets also is dark brown to black.  Flea eggs, on the other hand, are a translucent off-white color.

Does bleach kill fleas?

Bleach will kill fleas when sprayed directly on them.  Unfortunately, bleach does not have much of a residual action.  Meaning fleas that aren’t sprayed directly will likely not be killed.  The challenge with killing all fleas in a home is to be able to disrupt their ability to breed.  Flea infestations can quickly grow out of control if flea eggs and new hatching fleas aren’t killed also.

Black specks on dog skin not fleas?

Flea dirt, which can look like black dirt on dogs skin, is common during the spring and summer months when fleas are most active.  If you notice black specks on your dog’s skin, thoroughly inspect your pet and home for signs of fleas.

If there are no signs of fleas, the black specks on your dogs skin could be a sign of a yeast infection or some type of other medical issue that may require a trip to the veterinarian.

What do fleas eat?

Fleas, like ticks, feed on or eat the blood of their host animals.  Fleas prefer to feed on animals such as dogs, cats, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and possums.  Fleas can bite and feed on humans too.  So fleas will eat anything that offers them a blood meal.

While fleas can go a long period of time between meals, female fleas require a blood meal before depositing eggs.

How long will fleas live in a house without pets?

Fleas can live for a while in a house without pets.  Adult fleas can live up to two weeks without feeding on a host.  Fleas preferred hosts include dogs, cats, and all types of wildlife.

If fleas are infesting a home with pets, it is often necessary to treat pets for fleas at the same times as the house is treated.

Can fleas live in carpet?

While adult fleas prefer to live on the host they feed on, fleas do live in carpet.  Especially, immature fleas and flea eggs.  Fleas can live up to 3 to 4 months in carpet without feeding.

Following treatment of your home and pets for fleas, frequent vacuuming will help remove flea eggs before they hatch.

Dog has fleas and sleeps in my bed?

What to do if dog has fleas and sleeps in my bed?  Fleas commonly infest a home by hitching a ride on pets.  Another way is through wildlife that may be sleeping under or around your home.  Once fleas are inside a home, they can multiply quickly as new fleas hatch.

Flea treatments involve several steps which should be completed at the same time: first, have a veterinarian complete a flea treatment on all pets.  Second, treat both the inside and outside of the home with insecticides and insect growth regulators.  Finally, frequently vacuum the home to remove flea eggs and new hatching fleas.

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Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Pharmacist and Synergy² Pest owner, Barry Pitts, is a long-time Madison, MS resident with a passion for applying advanced scientific pest principles to pest control services in the Jackson metro area.  Combining exceptional customer service with cutting-edge pest control technology allows Synergy² to provide residents of the Jackson metro area with the highest levels of pest control available today.

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