If the cat is still around, spray it with special insecticide
available from vets (we used to use Nuvan Top) and let the cat
loose around the house. It's harder if the cat isn't around
any longer. Fleas will wait for a cat for some weeks, but
eventually will try any host, including humans, when no cat
shows up. (Dog fleas are less host specific, and will bite
on humans even when dogs are available.) It's quite common to
find people start getting bitten a couple of weeks after a cat
ceases to occupy a house. With no cat, it's mainly down to
thorough cleaning to catch all the eggs. Insecticide won't
help much, except to kill those currently in the flea stage;
it is ineffective against the eggs. I think I read egg
hatching is triggered by vibration (assumed host nearby).
Hi there, you will need to check if they are cat fleas or bed bugs! Bed
bugs have an odour about them and when humans are bitten there is normally
marks of blood on the bedding - if this is the case - Environmental Health
(local Council) or destroy mattress. If it is cat fleas they are small and
jump very quickly - can jump up to 6ft high.
Cat Fleas can lie dormant for up to 2 years - cat or no cat. Central
heating encourages the hatching of the eggs which can be deposited along the
edges of skirting boards, in fabrics, dusty corners etc. Thorough cleaning
will not eradicate the eggs, the house needs to be treated with a household
insecticide only available from the vet or online supplier.. There is
INDOREX which prevents flea infestation for 12 months and kills adult fleas
up to 2 months. If you can get ACCLAIM (which I use) the smell is much more
tolerable and just as effective and doesn't damage fabrics. There is also
STAYKILL but the smell gets your throat quite badly. If the cat is around
it needs to be treated with a suitable flea treatment, there is Advantage
which is a small ampoule which you squeeze the contents onto the skin at the
back of the cats neck. There is frontline which also comes as a foam and a
product called Program which you put into the cats food. Most of these have
to be repeated monthly to continue protection. I believe there may also be a
6mth injection available. The secret is to break the flea cycle - kill the
fleas on the cat and the eggs they lay, they then can't reproduce so
eventually they are eradicated. Cat Collars are no use - they only kill
fills around the neck and ears. If you do have a hoover I would suggest
putting a cat collar inside it to kills any fleas or eggs in there.
Thoroughly hoover the mattress and apply the spray. Also think about
settee - hoover, spray fabrics, materials need to be washed on a 60 degree -
40 will not kill eggs. If anyone is getting bitten try Piriton as it is an
anti-histamine. If someone has a high histamine count they are more likely
to get bitten - that's why some do get bit and some don't.
Here are some links
some very useful info
Hope this helps. Good luck.
My solution to cat flea infestation was unorthodox but it worked. As a
student, 20 odd years ago I lived in a grubby smelly flat infested with
fleas. I did not however want to swap flea bites for neurological and
immunological damage caused by pesticides. I collected every plate, pan,
cup and bowl that I could find in the flat and filled it with water. I
placed them on the floor all around the flat, the majority of them around my
bed. Then I switched the light off and went to bed. The next morning I
counted over 40 fleas drowned or struggling in the water. The second night
it was down to about 15. After a week there were none. I am not an expert in
flea biology, but I doubt if I killed them all, so I still wonder what
happened to the last half dozen or so survivors.
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