Cat and dog fleas are very similar in appearance. They are small. wingless insects between 1.5 to 5mm long with piercing sucking mouth parts. they are dark coloured and have very narrow oval bodies with well developed legs which allow them to be great jumpers. Their bodies are covered backward projecting spines that help them move between the hairs on the host animal. The female cat flea's head is twice as long as it is wide. both cat and dog fleas have a row of very heavy spines on the front of the head (genal comb) and the back part of the first body segment (pronotal comb)
Cat and dog flea larvae are approximately 6mm long when fully developed and look much like fly maggots/ They have 13 body segments, are a dirty white colour with backward projecting hairs on each body segment. They also have a pair of hook-like appendages on the last abdominal segment.
Cat and dog fleas go through complete metamorphosis. The female lay four to eight eggs after each blood meal. The eggs fall off the host animal and hatch in about 10 days. The larvae feed on dried blood, bits of faeces and other types of food materials. When mature they spin silken cocoons within which they pupate.
the pupal stage can last from 7 days to a year. The adult flea will often stay within the cocoon until vibrations stimulate them to emerge. The adult fleas feed on blood with their piercing sucking mouthparts, but will readily feed on humans.
The form of treatment is likely to be an insecticide spray.
Immediately Prior To Treatment You Must:
- Vacuum floors and furniture, including cracks and crevices, especially where pets are likely to have been then throw away the vacuum bag or empty it into a refuse bin.
- Remove equipment/toys etc. from the floor and disconnect electrical equipment.
- Ensure that adults who suffer from asthma, animals, fish and children are not in the property at the time of the treatment.
- Treat any cats and dogs for fleas and wash their bedding in hot water or destroy it.
- Ensure that all foodstuffs or sensitive materials are put away
- Ensure that children do not crawl over treated floors without washing their hands afterwards or lick treated surfaces.
- Do not vacuum for up to 10 - 14 days after treatment.
- Keep children, pets, asthma suffers out of the treated area until the treatment is dry (normally a few hours).
- Domestic property for treatment purposes will include all domestic living accommodation and garages but will not include residential homes, any accommodation used for commercial purposes, or outbuildings used for animals/birds.