Cat Fleas

Cat Fleas (Ctenocephalides felis felis)

Biology & Habits

Length – 2mm

Colour – Redish brown

Shape – Flattened laterally with large jumping legs

Eggs – White and oval in shape, 0.5 mm

The female flea will lay several hundred eggs after mating and after having a blood meal. The eggs will then usually drop onto the floor, carpets, animal bedding and other resting sites where a cat is to be found. From the egg a small, white larva will emerge and will feed on organic debris found close to it.

The larvae, when mature are about 5 mm long and will spin a cocoon of silk. The pupa will develop into an adult flea when triggered by a stimulus such as vibration Then the adult emerges and will begin to feed on the cat. Although cat fleas prefer feeding on their preferred host, they will and frequently do feed on humans.

Life Cycle

Adults live for 4 – 25 days. Eggs are laid at a rate of 1 per hour. Full life cycle last between 30 and 75 days.

Treatment

Sapphire Pest Management can offer 2 options for treatment:
  • With chemicals
  • Chemical free

We understand that there are various reasons for the choice made by a customer, cost, insecticide free treatment, environmental, speed of eradication and we can accommodate all of these options.

Chemical free is the more expensive option but in most cases can solve a problem in one visit.

Please call for options and costs.

Pre-Treatment

  • We would ask that you vacuum as thoroughly as possible, discarding the vacuum bag and/or cleaning the vacuum afterwards.
  • Ensure that all clothing/bedding etc, has been bagged and sealed. we will advise on 2safe areas” and washing guidelines.
  • Ensure that floor areas are as clear as possible.

After-Treatment

Sapphire Pest Management will provide electric flea traps for the duration between treatments at a small returnable deposit. This is to aid monitoring and to help catch additional fleas that may be present in your home or business.

Customer Expectation
When a chemical treatment is carried out, it is still possible that hosts will still experience bites and see insects.
SPM will explain during consultation call.

Fleas