Flea infestation can be such a pain. And in most cases, no matter how much you wash your carpets and vacuum every nook and cranny of your home, you will eventually need the intervention of chemicals and other products to wipe out such pests once and for all.
Taking Care of the Source of Fleas
This is a safe, spot-on kind of flea treatment. It takes a while distribute throughout the body though. It clocks in at 24 hours compared to Imidacloprid’s 12. What’s good about this though is that its effects can last for an entire month before reapplication is necessary. An example tradename for this treatment is the “Frontline”. This is one of the more popular products in the UK.
This product is a favorite among many vets for treating flea infestations in canines and felines. It comes in an oral tablet that can be administered to your pet(s), and it starts killing off fleas in less than hour after the dosage. However, it’s a short-lasting product, so it has given to your pet daily to keep its effects ongoing. What many pet owners usually do is does their pets one or two times to deal with sizeable infestations, after which they follow up with other monthly flea control products. Johnsons Veterinary Products 4Fleas contains Nitenpyram
This is a spot-on treatment that’s applied on pet skin. It’s rather fast-acting, as it can distribute throughout your cat’s or dog’s body in as little as 12 hours. It’s very safe to use though, and it’s incredibly effective for wiping out massive infestations. An example of this chemical’s tradename is: “Advantage for Dogs and Cats” (manufactured by Bayer), which is safe for puppies and kittens over 6 weeks old’, in addition to being usable for ferrets and rabbits. If you are looking for something we recommend as an effective treatment, this is one of the fastest and simplest solutions. If your dog licks the area where this is applied then it will experience excessive drooling, this is something to be aware of.
Clearing the Home of Fleas
Flea Sprays and Rinses – Tradenames for these products include, but are not limited to: “Troy IGR”, “Di-Flea Flea and Tick Rinse and Yard Spray”, “Malaban Wash Concentrate”, “Exelpet Fleaban Yard and Kennel Concentrate”, “Pyretroy”, and “Malatroy” to name a few. These are organophosphate- or pyrethrin-based products designed as fine sprays or for washing flea-infested surfaces and other hideouts where flea larva might seek refuge in.
Flea Foggers and Flea Bombs – Tradenames for these products include, but are not limited to: “Zodiac Flea Proof Insecticidal Mist” and “Fido’s Flea bomb Insecticidal Fogger”. These are methoprene-S and permethrin products that have been designed to spread flea control insecticide in a fine fog across a wide area in order to coat all possible surfaces that may have flea infestations.
Flea Powders – Tradenames for these products include, but are not limited to: “Fido’s Fre-Itch CPP Flea Powder”, “Exelpet Pyrethrin Flea Control Powder for Cats and Dogs”, “Skatta-7 Tick Flea Louse Powder”, and “Fido’s Fre-Itch Flea Powder” to name a few. These powders are pyrethrin- or carbaryl-based powders that can be dusted on surfaces where larval and adult fleas may hide out. Some types can be used directly on pets, in addition to non-animal areas like furniture and beddings.
Such products can be bought online or in pet stores. Some pest control companies even offer them for sale. These chemicals can be a really big help to your efforts of ridding your home of pesky fleas.
Jane Kelly MCRS