Inside Flea Control

Last updatedLast updated: July 13, 2022
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Preparing Your Home For Flea Elimination

The first step in preparing your home for flea elimination is a thorough cleaning of the residence.  This step is very important and if taken lightly, flea control will be poor or non-existent.  Start by taking all pet bedding and washing them in hot water or destroying them.  Next, vacuum all carpeting and mop all non-carpeted flooring such as wood or tile.  It is particularly important to clean well in areas where pets sleep or rest, under furniture, in cracks and crevices and along walls.  Do not forget closets.  And remember, you cannot always see fleas–particularly eggs and larvae–so be thorough.

It is important to clean or vacuum furniture–especially between and under cushions, a favorite hiding place for larvae.  After vacuuming, empty contents of vacuum cleaner into an airtight plastic bag.  Immediately dispose of this bag outdoors, or burn the bag.  All floors–including closet floors, should be cleared of boxes and other items.

Pets, Fish

All pets should be removed from the house and de-fleaed with one of our products or by your veterinarian.  Fish tanks should be unplugged and covered with a wet towel.  Be sure that air pumps are not left uncovered or on the floor.   Remove all water and food dishes, and also pet toys from the floor and other areas that are to be treated.

Killing Fleas
Choose Products

For inside control of fleas we recommend using a good adulticide (such as Permethrin SFR or Onslaught) and an IGR (insect growth regulator) such as NylarNyGuard or Precor.  Our Indoor Flea Kit contains Permethrin SFR and an IGR.  Ordering and pricing information for insecticides, IGR and Indoor Flea Kit  is at the end of this article.  Another popular option is to use Precor 2000, a large aerosol containing Permethrin and Precor which can be used indoors for flooring and furniture.

Treat all infested areas including furniture and flooring beneath furniture.  All floors, carpeting, baseboards and furniture that are not affected by water should be sprayed.  Turn off the air conditioning and leave the premises for four hours.  Make sure that all treated areas are dry before allowing people and pets to return.  After proper application (always follow label instructions) and  thorough drying, all treated areas will be safe for people of all ages and pets.

Any professional adulticide (such as Onslaught or Permethrin SFR) should kill the adult fleas for at least 10 days.  Using an IGR (Precor, Archer, IG Regulator is your key for successful treatment and long term control.   Remember that the adulticide kills adult fleas, leaving over 80% of the flea population unharmed.  Precor, Nylar, Archer or IG Regulator stunts the growth of all eggs and larvae, preventing them from maturing into jumping, biting and (most important) reproducing adults.

For flea prevention, spray Precor IGR, Archer IGR or IG Regulator in your home 3 to 4 times a year.   This will take care of any eggs or larvae that are in your home or brought into the house by pets, children and adults, for at least three months.

Permethrin SFR is available in a quart of concentrate.  Indoors, 1 to 1.5 ounces per gallon of order is all you will need.
Can also be used to get rid of fleas outdoors, using a hose-end sprayer.
Permethrin SFR and proper sprayer are both included in our Outdoor Flea Kit.
You can also order Permethrin SFR  in our money-saving Indoor Flea Kit.

Order Permethrin SFR

IG Regulator (same as Archer) is available in a 1 ounce and 4 ounce bottle.  Archer is available in a pint container.  Nylar is the active ingredient in Flea Fix, IG Regulator and Archer.  One ounce is recommended for each 1,000 square feet of living area.   Archer, Nylar and Precor are designed to be tank mixed with an adulticide (insecticide) such as Onslaught and Permethrin SFR.

Choosing Products

You will need two items: an insecticide and an IGR.  To order an item, select its information page.
Insecticide:

  • Permethrin SFR  — Low odor, synthetic pyrethrin material; active ingredient is Permethrin.  Each quart will make 20 to 30 gallons.
  • Onslaught — Low odor micro encapsulated for longer control.

IGRs:

  • NyGuard IGR Concentrate (Nylar)
  • Precor (cannot be shipped to Alaska) — One ounce per gallon treats 1,000 to 1,500 square feet.  Available in Pint container and box of 10/ 1 ounce vials; active ingredient is Methoprene.
  • IG Regulator ( cannot be shipped to California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,  South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming ) — Active ingredient is Nylar.  One ounce of concentrate will treat 1,000 to 1,500 square feet.  Available in 1 ounce and 4 ounce containers.
  • Indoor Flea Kit

IGR

Spray IGR On:

  • April Fools Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Halloween

This will give you continuous flea protection in your home.  For more information, go to our Indoor Flea Control article or call us toll free:

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