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Indoor Flea Control Solutions

Treating the Pet

First step for control is to eliminate the breeding site. According to one flea research expert, the Cat Flea adult is "a permanent ecto-parasite on pets", meaning it does not jump on and off the pet, but stays on board, hidden in the dense fur. It only gets off as an adult flea if it is forced off by your brushing or the dog's chewing.

There are many materials now available to use on the pet, and the best ones (Petcor) will affect not only the adult fleas, but also the eggs that they lay. These contain a growth regulator that kills the eggs that come in contact with the chemical. This same chemical can be applied to your carpets and furniture and it keeps the flea larvae ever from becoming biting adults. There also are several brands of "drops" (Demise Spot On) that can go on the pet, placed in the fur behind the back of the head, and these kill the flea adults over a 3 to 4 week period. There is, of course, also regular bathing of the pets, possibly with a flea shampoo that can definitely kill fleas that are present.

"Ultrasonic" flea collars,that claim to set up "flea free" zones around your pets do not work in any way, shape or form. Dozens of studies around the world at several universities (including U of Florida) have come to that same conclusion.

Treating the home

Step two, if your home has reached the point where the flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are widespread in the carpet, you need to treat all those areas with a properly labeled product (Ultracide, Precor 2000, Precor fogger, Flea Control Kit). We have materials that are excellent, odorless, and of extremely low hazard when used correctly.

Since flea eggs and larvae can be just about anywhere in the home that the pets go, your goal will be to apply the spray to all those susceptible areas. If there are certain places that the dog or cat likes to hide or rest, I can guarantee that fleas have been laying eggs in that area, or “hot spot” and a chemical treatment in that area is a must. You want to ensure, though, that you DO NOT SPRAY any clothing, children's toys, or any other personal materials. Use common sense when treating, and realize that fleas are not breeding in shoes, board games and other areas where pets never go.

  • Pick up everything on the floor, including under beds and inside closets

  • Flip up the bed blankets so the area below is readily accessible

  • Tie back floor length drapes so the edges of walls are accessible

  • Pull out sofas and chairs and pick up the debris, and vacuum that area thoroughly

  • Remove all pet dishes from floors

  • Cover fish tanks and turn off the air supply during the application

  • Vacuum every square inch of carpet as thoroughly as you can.
    That bears repeating - VACUUM every square inch of carpet as thoroughly as you can. This will not only straighten up the fibers of the carpet to facilitate the action of the spray, but it also is the physical movement and contact that will cause many of the flea pupae to hatch to adult fleas, and get them past the difficult stage.

  • Try to spray every inch of carpet and furniture and hardwood floors that is possible…even under beds and under sofas and chairs. Spray the pet bedding and “runs” that the pest uses in the house. Allow the chemical (Ultracide, Precor 2000, Flea Control Kit) to dry before walking on it, and try to walk backwards when applying, so you don’t walk through the spray.

If chemical odor is a concern there are excellent products that do not smell. Believe it or not, there is a large percentage of homeowners who are NOT satisfied if they cannot smell something, thinking that pesticides must stink if they are going to work. The times have changed, though, and odors were usually associated with the oil and kerosene solutions that are not used anymore.

After the Treatment

First, do NOT go back into the home if the carpets are still damp. You want to wait till the spray is dry, so that it does not contact your skin, and once it is dry it adheres very, very tightly to the carpet fibers. You can check this by placing a tissue paper on the carpet and stepping on it lightly with your shoe. If it shows a wet spot then you need to leave again for another hour or two. Opening windows and turning up heaters prior to the application, if possible, will speed up drying time.

    The second important step is to vacuum again, every day if at all possible. This is not going to remove any flea chemicals, but will once again cause flea pupae to hatch to adults. The chemical cannot kill the pupa, as it is hidden within its cocoon, but the adult fleas that emerge can be killed by the freshly placed spray, even after it is dry. You should dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag after vacuuming so that flea eggs that have been sucked inside do not hatch within the vacuum cleaner and become another problem.

    The third thing you need to do is to please be patient. It takes about 3 weeks for fleas to complete their life cycle, from egg to adult. You still will see occasional fleas for the next two to four weeks, until they are all emerged from their pupae. You can speed up this process by vacuuming regularly, but adding more chemical applications on top of what is already there

    Outdoor

    Fleas prefer to live in cool, shaded areas close to moisture, which outdoors would include under shrubs, trees, bare areas of ground, etc. Normally fleas don’t live in open sunny grassy areas. A good form of attack for outdoor fleas control is to perform a thorough spraying, with plenty of water, with a chemical such as Talstar PL Granule or Talstar One Insecticide or Dragnet. These products are also very effective against killing ticks, ants, roaches, spiders and most common bugs. Thouroghly spray the areas where where pets run, sleep and rest. Pay close attention to areas in and around dog houses.

    An insect growth regulator, added to you spray, will cause the immature fleas to die and will prevent eggs from hatching and completing their life cycle. By combining the 2 forms of chemical you will achieve a complete control system that attacks adults, immature fleas and prevents the existing eggs from hatching. Talstar PL Granule or Talstar One Insecticide or Dragnet need to be mixed with Precor (IGR). Talstar PL Granule or Talstar One Insecticide and Dragnet will kill the adult fleas and Precor will control the immature fleas and stop the egg hatching process.

    Product List

      

    Guide to using products contained in

    Flea control kits

    Talstar PL

    Apply the Talstar granules @ a rate of 2# per 1000 sq. ft. of yard. This will control fleas

    for 4-6 months outdoors. This is a great way to treat your yard for ants, grubs, fleas and

    ticks for the whole season.

    Tengard

    Spray the Tengard @ a rate of 1 oz per 1000 sq. ft in sufficient water for a good

    knockdown of the biting adult fleas. Best to apply using a hose end sprayer , fleas

    cannot survive in direct sun areas so concentrate your efforts on covering shady and

    moist areas. Areas where your animals are resting, under sheds, homes, etc.

    The Tengard also has a flea dip rate on the label for dogs. Please follow directions

    accordingly.

    Petcor Pet Spray

    Contains natural pyrethrins to immediately kill adult fleas.

    Precor IGR, an Insect Growth Regulator that kills flea eggs for 63 days after

    application.

    An effective addition to a flea control Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

    strategy.

    Approved for use on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

    Convenient - after you deliver it as part of your service, customers simply apply

    Petcor by spraying as needed.

    How It Works

    The mobility of dogs and cats makes it difficult to treat all potential areas of flea

    infestation. So, it's important to consider a flea control formulation that goes where they

    do - especially one that targets pre-adult fleas, the source of reinfestations. Petcor® Flea

    Spray contains Precor® IGR, an Insect Growth Regulator that targets flea eggs on the

    animal by sterilizing them.

    Application Sites

    Coat of dogs, cats, puppies or kittens

    Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray

    Target Pests = fleas, ticks, ants, cockroaches

    Precor 2000® Plus Premise Spray is a premise spray that packs a fast adulticide punch

    with two adulticides, Phenothrin and Permethrin, along with the lasting effects of Precor

    IGR.

    Covers 2,000 square feet.

    Fine mist, low odor formula that dries without leaving a residue.

    Water-based for better coverage.

    Heavier-than-air molecules go deep into the base of carpets and upholstery to

    control flea larvae.

    The best way to rid households of fleas and reduce callbacks.

    How It Works

    Precor 2000 Plus Premise Spray contains Permethrin and Phenothrin to kill adult fleas

    fast. It also contains Precor IGR to prevent reinfestation for up to seven months. Precor

    IGR penetrates deep into the base of carpet and upholstery fibers, where pre-adult fleas

    live. Precor IGR targets fleas in the egg and larval stages of development, preventing

    them from producing new infestations of breeding, biting adults. Ultimately, that means

    more satisfied customers - and fewer costly callbacks.

    Application Sites

    Homes

    Garages

    Kennels

    Carpets and rugs

    Wood flooring and tile

    Drapery

    Furniture and cushions

    Pet sleeping and bedding areas

    Suspend

    Suspend is an excellent product to kill adult fleas found in and on carpeting and

    furniture. It also can be used to treat any crack and crevice that may be

    harboring larvae and adults.

    Suspend should be combined with an insect growth regulator such as Precor to

    provide the best control. Pay particular attention to areas where the host animal

    spends their time wither resting or traveling. These areas will harbor the majority

    of the larvae and pupae and should be treated with 8.5 fl oz of finished spray per

    100sq feet.

    However, the best results are obtained if 17 fl oz of finished spray (0.015%) is

    applied to the same 100 sq ft.

    Remain away from carpet until completely dried.

    Precor Insect Growth Regulator

    This product should be added to the suspend water misture, 1 ounce bottle per

    gallon.

    This is key to long term flea control

    Stops their life cycle in its tracks

    Ultracide

    Use Ultracide at the rate of 20 oz for up to 2,625 sq ft (10 oz for up to 1,300 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,

    carpets, upholstered furniture, pet beds and pet resting areas.

    Hold can at arms 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 approximately 10 seconds with

    Ultracide. When treating upholstered furniture, treat under cushions and areas

    where flea development occurs.

    Cover aquariums and fish bowls and remove birds from area prior to treating.

    Treated areas should be vacated during application.

    TO CONTROL TICKS AND FLEAS: Old bedding should be removed and replaced with

    fresh, clean bedding after treatment. Pets should be treated with a registered product

    for flea and tickcontrol in conjunction with this product.