How To Get Rid Of Cat Fleas

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Fleas are a nuisance, but that’s not the only reason to take a flea infestation seriously: Fleas can transmit diseases and even cause tapeworms.Getting rid of your cat’s fleas means more than just getting rid of the fleas on your cat. You need to treat your cat’s interior surroundings (i.e. your home’s surfaces, nooks and crannies) and then you need to treat the source, which usually means your home’s surrounding yard.On your cat: Using a fine-toothed flea comb, give your cat a long and thorough brushing. In between strokes, dip the comb in a bowl of soapy water to kill the fleas and eggs. Keep combing until you’re no longer collecting any fleas or eggs. Shampoo your cat in warm water using any shampoo, whether or not it’s specially designed for flea control. Soap alone works as a highly effective flea insecticide.

In your house: When it comes to treating your home, soft surfaces are where fleas are most likely to lurk: bedding, linens, and upholstered furniture. Gather up any fabrics that can be put through the washer and dryer and run the cycles at their hottest settings. All other soft surfaces — carpets, mattresses, etc. — should be vacuumed thoroughly, and don’t forget to tackle corners and crevices with a handheld vacuum. Afterward, dispose of the vacuum bag outside of the house.Outside your house: Your last frontier is the yard surrounding your home, where your cat probably picked up the fleas in the first place. Concentrate on the foliage closest to the front and back doors. Keeping flora short and trimmed should cut down on flea-larvae harvesting; the extra sunlight exposure means less humidity, which is their preferred environment. Treat the yard with an outdoor flea treatment that is safe for cats.Following these steps thoroughly should preclude the need to hire a professional exterminator. Be diligent, and good luck!

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