|Purred: Mon Sep 3, '12 9:53pm PST |
|This is Delyte. Fleas can live for 6 mos without a feed. Their eggs can live as long as the humidity and temps are the same as most houses. Some of the powders that you spray around can linger and get on your cats' paws and into them; ditto for any treatments that you put on the cat's fur.
We used to have a doggie who spent time outside. The best things we found were the doggie equivalent of Frontline, meds that you rub on the skin. It turns the cats into no-go zones for fleas and kills any that might be on them. The second thing we did was to get everyone out of the house and set off bug bombs. You have to be out of the house for about 4 hours and then air the house out thoroughly before you let the cats in. All food must be covered or put in cabinet or fridge before the bug bomb, and all eating surfaces must be wiped down after. It is a big chore but it really works and also works on ants, cockroaches and any other pests. [We also found that it drove a colony of termites in the floorboards out, but they don't say that it does that.] The alternative is to get a professional service do it for you, which is expensive but easier on you.
Those must have been some pretty ravenous fleas since they don't usually like to latch on to people for that long.
If you live in a house where you open the door and it is ground level or just one step up, the fleas can come into the house by themselves. We had that problem once with indoor cats. Spray your threshold and door with flea spray to discourage that.
Good luck! I know they say all living things have a role to play in the world, but I have trouble thinking that fleas should be here. There must be something that eats fleas but we've never figured out what it is.
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