What are they?
There are over 1,000 species of fleas
throughout the world, but approximately 50 -
60 in Britain. The Cat Flea is probably the
most widespread in Britain.
The Cat Flea is not known to be a disease
carrier, although the Dog Flea is a host of
Tapeworm. The Rat Flea or Oriental /
Tropical Rat Flea is infamous for spreading
the Bubonic Plague.
How do they live?
The Cat Flea will bite / feed on dogs and
humans as well as cats. The adult Fleas
invariably rest in and around its hosts
bedding and living area.
The whitish legless larvae feed on protein
rich debris, including the blood rich
excreta of adult fleas. The female Cat Flea
needs the blood of its host in order for it
to lay viable eggs. The larvae spin a silky
cocoon, which can remain dormant in
buildings for long periods of time, waiting
for a host before emerging possibly months
There can be a delay of several hours
between the initial bite, and a reaction to
Treatments must be thorough. The source of
the fleas must be identified and if a pet is
responsible, it must be treated with a
suitable veterinary product. Pet bedding
will either need cleaning or disposing and
infested areas should then be treated with a
residual insecticide, usually by spraying.
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