What? No Pets? Might you still need Indoor Flea Control?
Structures with pets sometimes become infested with fleas, even when there are no pets you may have fleas. Visitors who have fleas at home may drop by and leave fleas behind when they say goodbye. Guests may bring their pets to your house and unknowingly leave a few fleas behind when they leave. It’s actually very easy for pests to travel between houses. They are very good hitchhikers. Other animals such as bats, roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, and wild dogs and cats commonly nest in structures and may be the source of a flea infestation. An experienced pest control & wildlife control company can treat for fleas and seal openings through which wildlife may enter your home.
Indoor Flea Control the Preparation
Prior to treating your home for interior flea control all carpeting, flooring, upholstery, and mattresses should be thoroughly vacuumed. Use a clean vacuüm cleaner bag to get the best suction. Dispose of the bag by sealing it tightly in a heavy plastic trash bag and placing it in a trash can outside of the house. For extra control, place an “over-the-counter-flea-collar” inside the vacuüm bag to kill any live fleas caught in the bag.
Prior to performing your treatment, all bedding should be washed in detergent and the hottest water the fabrics can tolerate. Clothing, throw-rugs, and other textiles on or close to the floors should also be washed or dry-cleaned. Any pet bedding should be included in indoor flea eradication treatments. Since you will need to be out of your home for a few hours after the flea treatment we recommend you use this time to take these items to a Laundromat for cleaning.
When doing indoor flea control always make sure the floor, furnishing, and trim are as accessible as possible. This may mean placing smaller pieces of furniture on top of larger pieces.
In doing an indoor flea eradication treatment in all cases when a pet is present in the home the pet should receive a flea treatment by a veterinarian of other qualified animal health professional. This treatment should be performed at the same time as the treatment. Your veterinarian may also wish to prescribe one of several long-term flea control medications for your pet.
Before indoor flea eradication can be done the homeowner must pick up loose items off the flooring as if they were prepping for a carpet cleaning. It will be necessary for everyone to remain out of the home during the treatment, except the applicator, and for 2 hours afterward, (until the product is dry). Again, we recommend this time be used to take larger items to the Laundromat for cleaning.
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Indoor Flea Control Treatment
Don’t be discouraged! The preparation for indoor flea eradication is a lot more involved than the treatment itself.
Insecticide Application – Once fleas become established in a home, insecticides are almost always needed to control them. Always read and follow label directions on the insecticide container. Other than the person performing the application, people and pets should be out of the house during treatment. People and pets should also remain off treated surfaces until the spray has dried. This may take several hours, depending on carpet type, ventilation and method of application. Opening windows and running the fan or air conditioner after treatment will enhance drying and reduce odor.
Many different products are available for indoor flea control. The most effective formulations contain both an adulticide (e.g., permethrin) effective against the biting adult stage, and an insect growth regulator (methoprene or pyriproxyfen), necessary to provide long-term suppression of the eggs, larvae, and pupae. Pet owners will need to carefully read the “active ingredients” panel on the product label to determine if these ingredients are present. Examples include;
- Ultracide Flea Spray (Aerosol formulation)
- Precor Plus 2000 (Aerosol formulation)
- Evergreen Pyrethrum (Liquid Concentrate)
- Archer IGR (Liquid IGR additive)
When doing indoor flea treatments, most homeowners will find aerosol formulations easier to apply than liquids.Moreover, aerosol products which can be dispensed by hand — and thus directed under and behind beds, furniture, etc. — tend to be more effective than “foggers” or “bug bombs” which are indiscriminately set off in the center of a room. It is essential that the application is thorough and includes all likely areas of flea development. Carpets throw rugs, under and behind beds and furniture, and beneath cushions on which pets sleep should all be treated. Pay particular attention to areas where pets spend time or sleep, as these will be the areas where most flea eggs, larvae, and pupae will be concentrated. For example, if the family cat sleeps within a closet, or hides under the bed, these areas must be treated or the problem will continue. Hardwood and tile floors generally do not need treatment but should be thoroughly vacuumed.
Expect to see some fleas for 2 weeks or longer following indoor flea eradication. Provided all infested areas were treated initially, these “survivors” are probably newly emerged adults which have not yet succumbed to the insecticide. Instead of retreating the premises immediately, continue to vacuüm. As noted earlier, vacuuming stimulates the insecticide-resistant pupae to hatch, bringing the newly emerged adults into contact with the insecticide sooner. Flea traps, such as those utilizing a light and glue board to attract and capture adult fleas, can be helpful but will not eliminate a flea infestation unless used in combination with other methods. If adult fleas continue to be seen beyond 2-4 weeks, re-treatment of the premises (and pet) may be necessary.
CONTRIBUTION: by Mike Potter, Extension Entomologist
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
Ready Let’s Treat
We are going to apply my favorite indoor flea control product. I selected the indoor flea eradication treatment, PT Ultracide aerosol product because this product was created just for flea control and it already has an IGR. It’s easy to use and doesn’t take special application equipment. PT Ultracide Flea Spray with IGR product label (click on and read the label) You can read it now or before you use the product, but you must read it. It contains the effective ingredients mentioned by Dr. Potter and our pest control department has had extreme success with it in homes throughout the southern states. Let’s get started. Each 20-oz. can covers 2,625 SQ. ft. This treatment should be done twice with the second treatment being done 7-20 days after the first treatment. This should catch any that were missed during the first treatment. Should any fleas survive the population will grow fast and you’ll have fleas again, so be through?
Use PT ULTRACIDE at the rate of 20 oz. for up to 2,625 SQ. ft.
- Carpeted areas may be vacuumed before treatment and after treatment has dried.
- Treat infested areas or areas which could be infested;
- these include rugs,
- upholstered furniture,
- pet beds and
- pet resting areas.
- Hold can at arm’s length and direct spray toward the area to be treated.
- Use a sweeping motion to apply product and back away from treated area while holding the can 36 inches away from the surface being treated.
- An area of 80 – 100 SQ. ft. can be treated in about 10 seconds with PT ULTRACIDE.
- When treating upholstered furniture,
- treat under cushions and
- areas where flea development occurs.
- Cover aquariums and
- fish bowls and
- remove birds from an area before treating.
Treated areas should be vacated during application except for applicator, DO NOT PERMIT HUMANS OR PETS TO CONTACT TREATED SURFACES UNTIL THE SPRAY HAS DRIED. Do not treat pets with this product.
NOTICE: PT ULTRACIDE has been tested on several types of carpet, fabric, and other household furnishings without adverse effects. In a few instances, waxed surfaces have been whitened or dulled. Holding the can 36 inches away from the target surface normally prevents any whitening from occurring. Because of the wide variety of floor types and finishes, treat a small inconspicuous area before treating the entire area. Avoid contact with antique finishes.
I recommend repeating this treatment 7-20 days after your first Indoor Flea Control treatment.
The Pet Treatment
Don’t forget to treat your pet. While you are waiting for your carpet , floors, and furniture to dry you can treat your pet gently with Petcor Spray. It comes in a Windex-type spray bottle and you simply point and pull the trigger. You may work Petcor into your pet’s fur gently with gloved hand. It’s safe for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. Let dry and return home if the Ultracide is dry by now. Make sure everything is dry before allowing anyone to enter, especially Fido or Morris.
*Your home is now due for one more treatment in 7-10 days. Fleas are persistent so please do the last treatment. Don’t miss any areas.
This indoor flea control treatment will not work outdoors,that’s another story.
Have a great day! Take a break. You’re done.