Flea Control: Kill Flea Eggs, Larvae
Kill flea eggs and larvae in carpets with special flea pest control products
which target fleas in their immature stages. The
best and safest flea management program is one that prevents an infestation of
adult biting fleas. Adult fleas - in an
infested carpet or rug - make up about two percent of total fleas in carpeted
homes. Approximately eighty percent of the flea population in your home
are in two immature stages: flea eggs and flea
There are four stages in the flea life cycle: egg, larva,
pupae and adult.
Fleas in their adult stage usually have to be killed with an insecticide (Suspend
SC, Dragnet, etc.) but the majority of immature
pests can be controlled with the use of special flea pest control
products. The two most popular products for killing flea eggs and larvae
are Flea Stoppers boric acid and an IGR spray. An IGR (insect growth
regulator) can be used alone for the prevention of a flea outbreak or can be
mixed with an insecticide when spraying for severe indoor flea problems.
The flea pupae are protected by their cocoons; insecticides and insect growth
regulators rarely penetrate and kill this stage of the flea. Demize
EC is a liquid concentrate that is labeled for killing all four stages.
The Best Flea Control is Flea Prevention!
Once fleas have infested your carpets and furniture, more drastic
measures have to be taken to control the pests. Use either an IGR or Flea
Stoppers in your home to prevent flea infestations indoors.
Summary of Flea Prevention Products: Flea
Stoppers IGR Spray
This is an amazing product that gives a full year of protection from flea
infestations. Not only does Flea Stoppers
kill immature fleas for a full year but it also carries a one year guarantee
from the manufacturer. (see Flea
When you use Flea Stoppers, do not expect to see immediate reduction of any
adult fleas that may be present - the product just does not work that way.
The tiny boric acid granules become imbedded in carpet fibers where they kill
immature fleas by what is called desiccant action. This simply means that
eggs and larvae dry out and die. By killing these two stages of the flea,
the life cycle is broken and any adult fleas that enter the treated areas can
lay all the eggs they wish; the eggs never reach adulthood. For more
information, see the Flea Stoppers page.
Insect growth regulators (IGR) are liquids that are
mixed with water and sprayed on floors, furniture indoors. Precor
and Nylar are two different IGR concentrates.
Precor (containing Methoprene) is available in
liquid concentrates (box of 10 vials and pint)
as well as aerosol form. The aerosol is not merely an IGR; it also
contains insecticides formulated to help kill adult fleas that may be
present. This aerosol (Precor 2000 Plus) is
the product of choice for homes that contain no carpet.
Nylar is an IGR that became popular when it was introduced because of two
special properties that set it apart from Methoprene: Nylar can be used outdoors
and it can be used for fleas and roaches.
Methoprene does not work on roaches. Nylar is available under the
professional product called Archer. It is also
available in smaller containers, sold under the names of Flea
Fix and IG Regulator.
See Nylar information page for more details.
Other pest control resources:
Pest Control Pest
Control Supplies Pests IPM
Indoor Flea Pest
Flea Pest Control