Cat Fleas

What do cat fleas look like?

Cat fleas are parasitic pests that are so small they are sometimes mistaken for a fleck of dirt. Adults grow to be between 1.5 to 3.2 millimeters in length. Their hard, flat bodies are dark reddish-brown, and they are wingless. Fleas have 6 legs that are long and powerful. Their legs allow them to jump quickly onto a new host or out of the way of danger. Fleas have a remarkable 8-inch vertical jump.

Where are cat fleas found?

Fleas are found living outside in wooded, grass, and dirt areas and are usually brought onto properties by wild animals. Fleas are often introduced to Iowa & Illinois homes by pets like dogs and cats, but people can also bring them inside if the fleas happen to jump onto their shoes or clothing. Fleas can also be introduced into homes on used furniture and rugs. Once inside, they spend most of their time living on a host, but fleas and their eggs can also be found on rugs, upholstered furniture, bedding, in the cracks of wooden floors, and behind baseboards. Inside homes and other buildings they reproduce year-round. Outside, they generally only breed during the warmer weather months when the temperature and humidity are high enough for proper development.


Contact Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators! We Are Ready to Help

A member of our team will be in touch shortly to confirm your contact details or address questions you may have.

What do cat fleas eat?

Cat fleas feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals such as cats, dogs, people, rodents, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and other wild animals. As cat fleas feed they can transmit some pretty serious diseases and parasites, including murine typhus, the rare bubonic plague, and tapeworms. Their saliva can create an allergic skin reaction causing dermatitis on pets and people, and in the case of a very large infestation they can cause pets and other animals to become anemic.

DIY cat flea prevention and control tips

The following tips can help to prevent fleas from getting into your home or business and becoming problematic for you, your family, your pets, and your customers:

Pets living in your home should be treated with a flea preventative under the guidance of their veterinarian.

Pet bedding should be regularly washed.

If possible keep pets off upholstered furniture and beds.

Regularly vacuum carpets, furniture, wash floors, and launder bedding.

Do not feed wild animals in order to limit their numbers on your property.

Try not to purchase used furniture and rugs. If you do, make sure to thoroughly vacuum and clean the items before bringing them inside.

Professional cat flea control

If you’re experiencing a flea problem, contact us today to learn more about our flea control options. Please note that while we are performing a treatment, it is imperative that you work with your vet to put your pets on a treatment plan.


Why Choose Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators?

  • A Category of One
    There are plenty of pest control companies out there, but there is only one pest eliminator. We don't want to control the pests in your home or business, we want them gone forever. Call us today to get rid of your pest problem for the last time!
  • Guaranteed Service
    Our local, family-owned pest control company is committed to friendly service, effective solutions, and 100% customer satisfaction! If you need pest control in Central Illinois and the Quad Cities, we are ready to help!
  • Effective Solutions
    For over 95 years, Quik-Kill has been perfecting our craft and developing our skills to deliver the best results! Our services include residential pest control, rodent control, mosquito control, and more!
  • Sudden Service
    We understand how important dependable service is to you, and we make every effort to respond to your pest problems quickly! How soon can your tech come out? Contact us to get started!

Connect with Us Request a Free Estimate

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please lookup your address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.
  • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
    "Wonderful People"
    Always come in a timely manor, and quick response when I’ve had problems. Bianca and Rob are awesome, and take care of any issues!
    - Louie H.
    "No More Bugs!"
    We’ve dealt with Orkin and they were inefficient, unresponsive, and lacked good customer service. Jeff is thorough, polite, and punctual. We also like that they can check for bed bugs.
    - Jeff S.
    "5 Stars"
    Our Quick Kill representative is awesome. He knows what he is doing in his job and is always on time and professional!
    - Brock E.
    "Very thorough"
    Had an exceptional experience with, Mark from Quik-Kill. I hate crawly things. He came out and inspected inside and outside. He found the ant problem and more.
    - Betty F.
    "My service guy is Scott and he has been great!"
    Been using these guys for a couple years now and am very satisfied with their work. Nice people and all my bug problems are gone! Would definitely recommend quik kill to anyone having bug/pest issues!
    - Nick G.
FREE Inspection
Where We Service