Recent Advancements in the Control of Cat Fleas
Avanços recentes no controle de pulgas em gatos
Michael K Rust
With the advent of imidacloprid and fipronil spot-on treatments and the oral ingestion
of lufenuron, the strategies and methods to control cat fleas dramatically changed during the last
25 years. New innovations and new chemistries have highlighted this progress. Control strategies are
no longer based on the tripartite approach of treating the pet, the indoor environment, and outdoors.
The ability of modern therapies to break the cat flea life cycle and prevent reproduction has allowed
for the stand-alone treatments that are applied or given to the pet. In doing so, we have not only
controlled the cat flea, but we have prevented or reduced the impact of many of the diseases associated
with ectoparasites and endoparasites of cats and dogs. This review provides an update of newer and
non-conventional approaches to control cat fleas.
Keywords: Ctenocephalides felis felis; isoxazolines; essential oils; insecticide resistance