Skip to main content

Homemade Flea Control

There is no such thing as homemade flea control. Not really. Except, if we mean vacuuming the carpet. That is part of flea control. That is to vacuum the carpet regularly in the area where our cat (with fleas) sleeps or indeed any other area where he or she sleeps. It might be a cat bed or a blanket or our own bed. All these areas should be hoovered and cleaned regularly but not excessively as part of homemade flea control.

While vacuuming picks up the fleas from the floor (fleas spend part of their life cycle off the animal and on the ground) there are only 2 safe ways to get the nasty little monsters off the cat and that is by flea combing or if there is an infestation a product like Front Line (drops that are placed on the back in between the shoulder blades). I would not use a stray that is sprayed onto the cat's coat. A cat will lick it off and ingest the stuff and the spray will contain some nasty chemical, no doubt.

Manual and laborious flea combing is the safest and cats like it anyway. It is a kind of proactive measure, really. It is sort of homemade too. Another proactive measure if we have lots of cats and a functional rather than "pretty" home might be Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. This is a natural and safe product too. It kills fleas by cutting their exterior skeleton and drying them out!

Some time ago I tried a device that emitted light and had some sort of sticky substance inside it but it didn't work. My cat had caught fleas from me. They were Italian fleas from Rome. I had fed a feral kitten at a restaurant and caught the fleas from her and imported them into England!

Some posts on fleas


Anonymous said…
Last summer, in august, my lovely cat Smoes suffered terribly from fleas for the 1st time in her 13 year old life. I started taking the usual flea prevention since april this year. Extra careful hoovering,more frequent hoovering (every day), putting anti-flea powder in the vacuum-cleaner, combing her fur almost every day, putting anti-flea drops between the shoulder blades. I was sure I was doing the right thing. However, my prevention measures didn't work. Perhaps the extreme hot summer had something to do with it. In despair Smoes and I visited the vet for help. In the waiting room was another catlady with the same problem. Apparently, the type of drops I had bought in the petshop didn't work for my cat, because of her size and weight. The vet gave me a specific type of drops for cats over 4 kilos. This specific type of drops also makes the fleas sterile. Within two weeks after using them Smoes and the house were free of fleas.
Flea control is something you're better off letting professionals do the work. DIY flea control is never going to be as thorough and effective.
I have to agree with you there. Handyman efforts in pest control only lead to headaches.

Popular posts from this blog

Cat Ear Mites

Brown gunge. Yes, I know this is a ferret! It does show the build up of dark brown to black ear wax caused by the presence of the cat ear mites in the outer ear canal. This parasite is not restricted to the domestic cat, which makes this photo valid and a useful illustration (I was unable to find a suitable photo of a cat with the condition). Photo Stacy Lynn Baum under a creative commons license. Ear mites (minute crab like creatures) are one of the causes of inflammation of the outer ear canal (scientific term for this inflammation is Otitis externa ). The outer ear canal is the tube that runs from outside to the ear drum (the pathway for the reception of sound), which can be seen when looking at the ear. Otitis externa affects humans and often swimmers as it is called "swimmer's ear" in humans. This YouTube video show ear mites under a microscope. They are not actually in the ear in this video. There are many possible causes of Otitis externa in c

Feline Mange

I'll write about three types of feline mange (a) feline scabies or head mange (b) demodectic mange and (c) sarcoptic mange. The source material is from Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - the best on the market . Generalised feline mange? Puerto Rico - Photo by Gotham City Lost And Found Feline Scabies - head mange Head mange or feline scabies, is a fairly rare condition in cats, which is caused by the Notoedres mite (head mite) that only reproduces on cats. The female mites burrow a few millimeters (that is a lot) into the skin around the head, and neck to lay eggs, which hatch and lay their own eggs. Their presence and activities causes intense itching that in turn causes the cat to scratch. The scratching will obviously be noticed and it will cause the skin to become red, scratched and worse infected. Symptoms: hair loss and scabs, thick wrinkled skin and grey/yellow crusts form plus the symptoms of scratching. Feline mange (head mange) is contagious and tr

Cat Anatomy

Cat Anatomy - Photo by Curious Expeditions . The picture above was taken at Wax Anatomical Models at La Specola in Florence, Italy. The photograph is published under a creative commons license kindly granted by the photographer. I am sorry if it is a bit gruesome. It is pretty well all I could find as an illustration that was licensed for publication. Cat Anatomy is a very wide ranging subject. The anatomy of a cat is very similar to human anatomy. If you were writing a biology book for students of biology you would go through every part of the a cat's anatomy in some detail. It would be similar to writing a book about the human anatomy. It would be a thick book and pretty boring for your average internet surfer. So, how do you limit such a big subject and make this post meaningful? The answer I think lies in doing two things: Having a quick general look at cat anatomy - an overview and; Focusing on the areas of cat anatomy that are particular to the cat and of parti