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Recent Advancements in the Control of Cat Fleas

Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Insects 2020, 11(10), 668;
Received: 29 August 2020 / Revised: 25 September 2020 / Accepted: 26 September 2020 / Published: 29 September 2020
The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis felis is the most important pest of domesticated cats and dogs worldwide. This review covers the recent advancements in the control of cat fleas. Over the years, there has been an interest in using ecologically friendly approaches to control fleas. To date, no biological, natural, or cultural means have been discovered that mitigate flea infestations. The recent registration of novel topical and oral therapies promises a new revolution in the control of fleas and ticks and the diseases associated with them.
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ctenocephalides felis felis; isoxazolines; essential oils; insecticide resistance Ctenocephalides felis felis; isoxazolines; essential oils; insecticide resistance
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Rust, M.K. Recent Advancements in the Control of Cat Fleas. Insects 2020, 11, 668.

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