Cat flea, a tiny little pest that measures at 1 to 2 mm in length, is usually brown to black in color. Its extremely flat body makes it incredibly hard to spot in a cat’s fur coat. Such flea is host to domestic cats and kittens. The female of the species will lay her eggs on the host, and these eggs will then be transferred from the host to the surrounding environment. The flea has three pairs of legs that are designed for jumping from one cat to another or even to a human being. Cat Flea is renowned for its jumping ability; therefore, the first sign of a bad infestation indoors will always manifest as a bite on a person’s leg within the region of the ankle.
4 Steps to Solve Your Flea Issues, and 2 Steps for the Professionals
- First, all cats and kittens in your home should be treated for fleas by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
- Warmly wash all beddings, fabric fittings, cushion covers and curtains thoroughly. Vacuum the mattresses, sofa sets, cushions and all fabric furnitures, particularly under the cushions and the crevices where the eggs might be.
- Vacuum all carpets on a daily basis, and remember to dispose of used vacuum bags.
- Steam-clean carpeting and fabric fittings. This will eliminate any remaining eggs laid by the fleas.
- It is necessary to put all your fabric furnitures, such as sofas, armchairs and footstools, in direct sunlight for at least 2 to 3 hours in that the extreme heat from the rays can kill them.
- Hire a professional pest controller to treat the indoor areas. At any rate, please note that this step should be accompanied with all the other steps stated above. The flea treatment should be done after the other steps have been carried out.