Are Cat Fleas Because Of A Dirty House?
My kitten had fleas, and I was given advocate by my vet to put on her and some spray for the house to kill any fleas. I am now worried sick that my house is dirty and I have sprayed from top to bottom. The fleas seemed to have gone but she is left with flea dirt in her fur which I am brushing out. Is it the cause of a dirty house and when can she have a flea collar?
These tiny insects are mainly just a nuisance – they generally cause a lot of itching and scratching. They may also cause some discomfort due to possible allergic flea bite dermatitis. Fleas will also bite people if pets are not available, and can rapidly infest your home. They leave behind flea "dirt" (digested blood) which looks and feels like pepper. Fleas are not a result of a dirty home – anyone or anything can introduce fleas to your pet or your home. A flea collar can be provided at any time and will usually begin killing fleas as soon as it is first worn.
You can de-flea your home using a combination of flea foggers and a premise spray. We recommend products containing Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s). Use foggers one to a room. IGR foggers kill not only the adult fleas, but also prevent the larval stages from developing. If the foggers do not control larvae or if you have a heavy infestation in your home, you will need to re-fog in 2-3 weeks. Please read and follow the label carefully when using foggers. Vacuum floors, furniture, drapes, and baseboards before fogging. You may either dispose of the vacuum bag immediately, or place insecticide treated cotton balls, or a flea collar inside the bag to kill any pre-adult fleas. Do not vacuum for two days following the fogging. The suction will remove the residual chemical, and interrupt prolonged action against flea larvae.
Use a premise spray under large pieces of furniture and in out of the way places before to fogging. Foggers do not go under and around objects. If you are experiencing a heavy flea infestation, you can use a premise spray in-between fogging to control population growth. Do not vacuum for 10 days following the use of an IGR fogger. Do not allow your pets to come into contact with wet premise spray.