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Feral Cats & Fleas in Tampa Bay & Other Towns

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Feral, or stray cats are a huge problem in the Tampa Bay and surrounding towns. Most of these are unwanted pets that were never spayed, neutered or tagged and just let go by irresponsible owners. Some are multi-generational feral cats that have been living on their own.

Feral cats can become a huge nuisance since a lot of people feed them. They also feed on wildlife. Populations get large and with them come fleas and decimation of native birds and wildlife.

Feral cats normally have fleas, so if you come into contact with one or have one living near your house, you will probably be exposed to them. Any of your own pets, cats or dogs, will probably catch fleas, spread fleas into your home and you too may even be bitten. Even worse yet is that feral cats may carry Feline HIV, Feline Leukemia and Rabies.

Cat Flea Life Cycle

Female fleas lay eggs in the fur of the animal they live on. Some of them fall onto the ground. Eggs hatch into larva that feed on dead skin, adult flea excrement and other organic material. Larva hatch as adult fleas which jump onto any passing animal or human. They will use the passerby as a host. Although you can't get a flea infestation yourself, a flea may hitch a ride on you and then make the switch to your dog or cat.

Controlling Fleas from Feral Cats

To eliminate fleas, both the host animal and the premises must be treated. If you have a feral cat living at or near your home you must either get rid of it or treat for fleas.

Did you know that Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay has an effective treatment program to treat your property for fleas.

Our licensed and trained technicians will conduct a comprehensive inspection to assess your situation. Once the scope of your flea problem is known, we will develop a targeted plan of attack for the specific areas of your yard where fleas harbor and breed like brush and wood piles, tall grass, and under decks. It’s important that adult fleas do not reproduce. Our treatment will focus on eradicating them and stopping them from spreading.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay today to arrange your flea service. Mosquito Squad can be reached via email at tampabay@mosquitosquad.com or 813-502-0505. You will be happy you did as you will be able to enjoy your yard free from fleas.