A reader recently reached out to us because of her two kittens. She suspects that they might be shedding flea eggs when they sit and lie down. The kittens used to sleep in her bedroom, but then she discovered tiny brown worms on her bed. The kittens haven’t been in her bedroom for a few days now. She washed her sheets and didn’t find any more of the small brown organisms, but has since discovered them on the floor under the bed. The kittens slept under her bed, so she thinks they might have shed some flea eggs under the bed, and the small brown worms might be flea larvae that have come from the kittens. She has also discovered some “strange worm-like things” on her sofa where she previously noticed tiny white eggs:
Our reader has been vacuuming the eggs up when she sees them, but the kittens continue to shed them throughout her home. She would like us to confirm that the creatures she has discovered are indeed flea larvae so that she can know how to proceed in dealing with them.
The specimen in this photograph is small, translucent, and has bristles on it. We are confident that this is indeed a flea larva. The presence of flea larvae is surely annoying, but luckily there are effective treatments for fleas. We encourage our reader to take her kittens to the vet as soon as possible to explore treatment options.
In the mean time, our reader can focus on cleaning and sanitation to keep the fleas at bay. She should clean pet bedding often, as well as the carpet the kittens spend time on. In addition, she can bathe her kittens in soapy water and comb their fur (cleaning the comb with soap or disinfectant as she works through their fur) thoroughly to eliminate fleas.
To wrap up, a reader wrote to us because she believes her kittens were shedding flea eggs and larvae around her house. We agree that this is occurring, and we encourage her to take the kittens to the vet to be treated.