Females can produce 30-50 eggs a day, which fall from the host and collect in random areas. This is how the spread rapidly increases since the fleas hatch in roughly two weeks but can remain dormant for up to five months. A lot of the blood that females consume is converted to feces, which appear as fine, reddish/black dust. These excretions are the main consumption of flea larvae (yuck!).
When fleas have fed on rodents, they may transfer diseases including plague and murine typhus. Thankfully, cat fleas do not carry the plague, but still avoid wild animals including rabbits, squirrels, rats, and prairie dogs which can carry infected fleas.
There is a multitude of ways that fleas can enter your home. One of those ways is through local wildlife. There may be unwelcome house guests living in your attic or crawl spaces! If you notice wildlife traffic near or in your home, be sure to trap or prevent those animals from entering your property. This will decrease the chances of fleas entering your home.
If you do find an unwelcome animal inside your home, discover how they entered so you can prevent intrusions in the future. You’ll want to eliminate wildlife traffic before cleaning and managing fleas in your home.
Here are several ways that you can manage fleas in your home:
- Thoroughly clean and sanitize your home
- Wipe down all surfaces
- Vacuum floors and furniture
- Remove the vacuum bag and discard it outside your home in a garbage can
- Wash bedding and furniture covers in hot, soapy water
Unfortunately, your loveable pets can be a big reason that fleas exist in your dwelling since they are carriers. If you notice that your furry friends have fleas, be sure to bathe, brush, and treat them with appropriate products.
Grooming with a flea comb is very effective at removing adult fleas burrowed in fur. Comb paying special attention around the neck, face, and in front of the tail, dipping the comb in soap or an alcohol solution that will kill the fleas. Regular baths are worth the work in preventing the existence of these pests as well.
Treat the areas where your pets spend more time, focusing on sanitizing and washing those spots in and around your home. Be sure to wash your pet’s bedding in hot water as well, just as you would with bedding and furniture coverings.
Before using a flea product on or near your pet, check with your vet to make sure it’s safe. You’ll want to sanitize your pet’s bedding and regular areas the same time you treat and clean your pets, this will limit the spread of fleas dramatically.