Prevention is the key to flea control both inside and outside. On the inside it is very inexpensive and safe to use an insect growth regulator that prevents flea eggs and larvae from becoming adults. The best IGR (insect growth regulator) on the market is IG Regulator. One ounce of IG Regulator makes one gallon, is safe to spray on all carpets and furniture and lasts up to 6 months. Because it is an insect hormone, it has no effect on other animals such as mammals, reptiles or birds.
Two sprayings a year with IG Regulator will prevent a flea infestation from ever starting inside your house.
If you already have an infestation of fleas, then you must use an adulticide to get rid of fleas in the house, in the yard and on the pet.Precor 2000 Plus is a hand held fogger that contains both an adult flea killer and an IGR. Precor 2000 Plus is an excellent product to eliminate the fleas from a house. It is very safe and easy to use. One can will cover about 1,500 sq. ft.
If you want to use a concentrate then we recommend Suspend. This a very safe and effective synthetic pyrethroid that is labeled for complete coverage of the carpet.
Inside Flea Control
- A thorough cleaning of the house is your first order of business. This is a very important measure and should not be taken lightly. Start by taking all pet bedding and washing it in hot water or destroying it. Next, vacuum all carpeting and mop all wood or tile floors. It is particularly important to clean well in areas where pets sleep or rest, under furniture, in cracks and crevices and along walls. Don’t forget closets too. And remember, you can’t 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. All floors – including closet floors, should be cleared of boxes and other items.
- All pets* should be removed from the house and defleaed with one of our products or by your veterinarian. Fish tanks should be unplugged and covered with a wet towel.
- Treat all infested areas using a good adulticide like Suspend. Turn off the air conditioning and do not return for four hours. Any adulticide should kill the adult fleas for about 7 days. Retreatments will probably be needed to kill the adults as they emerge from the cocoon. To prevent future infestations apply IG Regulator inside twice a year, outside 3 times a year.
Outside Flea Control
Preventing fleas from ever populating is the best form of flea control outside just as it is inside. The best, safest and cheapest way to prevent fleas outside is to use IG Regulator. IG Regulator is an IGR (insect growth regulator). By using IG Regulator outside 3 times a year the flea eggs and flea larvae are unable to mature into adult biting fleas. A good time to use IG Regulator the first time is April Fool’s Day. Because IG Regulator is an insect hormone it has no effect on nontarget animals such as mammals, reptiles or birds. It can be used inside the home also.
So you did not spray IG Regulator early enough and now you have adult fleas. The following pointers will help you in getting rid of biting fleas in your yard.
- Use a hose end sprayer when using liquids. You need a lot of volume to saturate the soil and a hand held pump up sprayer is not adequate.
- If your area has had a dry spell saturate the ground with water 24 hours before spraying. This makes the flea pupae hatch into adults so the spray will kill them.
- Spray in the early morning or late evening for best results.
- During and after spraying keep pets and children off the sprayed area for about 2 hours.
- Respray in one week. Add IG Regulator with the adult flea spray for long term control.
- DeltaGard granules are a good alternative to a liquid spray. DeltaGard is a safe but effective synthetic pyrethroid that works very well in the control of fleas, ants and grubs.
Fleas – The Hard Facts
After a flea treatment, expect the following…
- Most adult fleas will die from the first treatment, but the problem is far from being over.
- Within a few days, new fleas will appear. This is due to hatching pupae. Since NO spray can kill pupae, you must wait until all the pupae hatch out. Expect to see fleas between 2 & 4 weeks after the initial treatment. This is normal and depends strictly on how many pupae you have in your home.
What can you do to speed up the process?
- Vacuum daily. This causes the pupae to hatch out faster.
- Understand. If you remove your pet from inside the home, the fleas will have no choice but to focus on YOU! It may sound cruel to keep your pet inside where you know it is getting fleas, but it’s either your or the pet and he is a lot easier to dip.