Professor Daisy Discusses the Sneaky, Sneaky Life of the Flea

Hello, class! Today I would like to talk about a yucky subject:  fleas.  Even though fleas are not a pleasant topic, if you want to get rid of fleas, you must understand their sneaky tactics.

Professor Daisy talks about fleas

The first devious tactic of fleas: even indoor cats can get them! Fleas can hitch a ride into your home on your mom or dad’s shoes, socks or pant legs.  They can also get into your home through an open door or window, and because they are tiny, you cannot even arrest them for trespassing!

Even indoor cats can get fleas

You might think that the only problem is the fleas you see running through your fur, but you would be incorrect. Those tricky fleas spend only about 5% of their life-cycle as adult fleas actually on us.  By the time you see fleas, there are already flea eggs, flea larvae and flea pupae in your home.  AAAIIEEEEE!

If you see fleas, flea eggs, larvae and pupae are already in your home

Fleas lay eggs on us, and the eggs drop off into carpeting and on our bedding… every place we go! The eggs then turn into flea larvae.  Then the larvae turn into pupae, and here is the really tricky part: the cocoon is resistant to insecticides.  This means that even if you treat your home with a spray or fogger, the cocoon survives.

Only about 5% of the flea life cycle is spent as an adult flea on your pet

If you don’t treat your home, those dastardly fleas will hatch and then jump right back on you!

If you don't treat fleas in your home, they can jump back on your pet

To best control fleas, we should use a flea prevention product every month.  Use a room spray or fogger to get rid of those pests in your home.  Then, re-spray your home in 2-3 weeks to catch the real sneaky ones hatching from the cocoon.  Fleas are sneaky, but we can outsmart them!

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  1. I remember having that problem with my indoor-outdoor girl Robin years ago. Until the advent of quality flea meds (not those products from big box stores) from the Vet’s office specifically for cats, Robin’s life was miserable and we too had to deal with a constant round of flea festation.

    The right medicine for the problem bought at quality pet stores on-line or in town and at the vet office is the best solution. You get what you pay for— and the flea collars, discount flea preparations never work and make the animal sick too many times.

  2. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

    You are so right!

  3. Eeew! Fleas are very tricky! Thanks for the great info, Professor Daisy 🙂

  4. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Glad to be of help, Terrie!

  5. The publicist said she had fleas from cats once and she swears she will never go through that again!

  6. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Pricilla, fleas are no fun, that’s for sure!

  7. Thanks for the helpful information. Here in the UK, I have Advocat and this has proved very effective so far. Also mum says that some cats are more prone to fleas than others, and even the climate weather can affect how prevalent they are.

  8. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Kizzie, I think Advocate in the UK is the same as the Advantage Multi we have here. It’s a great choice, since you are also protected from heartworms!

  9. The cheapest and best way to treat your home for fleas is a 50/50 mixture of table salt and baking soda on all your carpets. Sprinkle it all over and leave it sit for 24-48 hours. The salt will dry up the eggs and larvae in your carpets (be sure to move all your furniture and sprinkle underneath, especially in the little “divets” where the legs sit on the rug). After you’ve let the mixture sit, vacuum it up and empty the vacuum bag. Repeat this once a week for 3 weeks. You can use Borax instead of baking soda, but the baking soda isn’t harmful to your pets.

    To pre-treat your pets before applying your flea meds (Frontline, Advantix, etc) wash them in Dawn dishwashing soap. Use a heavy amount and suds it up really well. Let it sit on your pet for as long as possible before rinsing. The Dawn will suffocate any live fleas. Towel dry your pet and then apply the flea meds.

  10. Daisy thank you for those frightening flea facts!
    Those little devils are tricky!

  11. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I hope none of my friends ever have to battle fleas!

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Some excellent suggestions.

  13. I do getted fleas sometimes but then She getted stuff from we vet and He maked the house all stinky with He bug killer stuff and then we do not had fleas any more!

    Fleas is BAD cuz He and She do not liked we to be in they bed with they if we do had to scratch and scratch! He do kicked we out!

  14. How very smart you are Professor Daisy! Thanks you fur the infurmashun!

  15. I am a purebred, indoor-only kitty and I was SHOCKED once when my human took me in for a check up and the vet found two fleas on me! So I got treated for them right away. I blame the dog.

  16. Great visuals! Good job

  17. love love love – these are the BEST graphics!

  18. Daisy the Curly CatAugust 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you! It is important for a professor to have good visual aids!

  19. I once owned a cat many years ago that got lost outside when I moved from Brooklyn to Staten Island and reappeared a few days later. This cat brought back fleas into my ground floor apt. w/wooden floors. Within the a few days I had so many thousands of bites from my toes on up my legs that I got a temperature of 106 degrees and liquid filled boils on my toes and could not put on sneakers.I was hospitalized for 2 weeks on IV fluids and medication for itching. I NEVER want to go though that ever again. It was horrible and disgusting. I have pictures that will amaze you how many bites I got. In one square inch there must’ve been 250 bites. No exaggeration. I had scabs that were SO itchy after I left hospital. I kept scratching and the scabs would come off and new ones would form. Not something to fool around with.
    I own a large long haired German Shepherd now. She is five and never ever had a flea on her until I drove across country to Georgia to stay with a friend. He has three dogs not on any treatment that are rescues. They constantly itch. I have been on him to treat them but he won’t spend the money. I bought one month for each and 4 foggers. Carpet powder for the one room w/carpet and took my dog to vet as she is on Frontline Plus but still got fleas anyway. She was switched to Tritak and I have been aggressively trying to take care of the infestation but it cannot be handles unless a full program to eradicate is followed. Sorrry to say when I bring it up I am chastised as he thinks I am telling him he is a terrible pet owner and he gets mad. Takes it personally. As soon as I have enough money I must get the heck out of here before I end up in hospital again.

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