The Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit contains all of the professional pest control products you need to treat for both fleas and ticks inside and outside your home, apartment, or office building. This kit contains both adulticides and Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) to provide quick knockdown of adult pests and to prevent the development of immature stages of ticks and fleas. The indoor products, PT Alpine Flea and Bed Bug Aerosol Spray and CimeXa dust, are ready to use, while the Cyzmic CS and Archer IGR are concentrates that will be diluted with water and applied with a pump sprayer.
The products in the Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit are effective for treating both fleas and ticks, however your applications will vary slightly depending on which pest you need to control. Regardless of whether you are treating for fleas, ticks or both, it is usually best to start by treating your pets with products designed for this purpose. A topical treatment such as ZoGuard Plus for Dogs and ZoGuard Plus for Cats offers monthly control of both fleas and ticks. You can view more information about which products are best for your dogs and cats on our Flea Treatment and Tick Treatment guides.
Before you apply any insecticides, it is important to inspect the treatment area to identify which pests are present and where you need to target your treatments. These areas may vary depending on whether you are treating for fleas or for ticks.
Outside, wear white socks with shoes while walking around moist, shady areas to help find fleas. To locate ticks, drag a white towel attached to a dowel or rod across the suspected areas to pick up insects.
How to Apply the Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit
STEP 1 - Natural and Non-Chemical Control Indoors
Before applying insecticides, you should practice non-chemical methods of control in the treatment areas, especially when eradicating fleas indoors.
*Wash or throw away pet bedding.
*Wash, discard, or dry clean area rugs.
*Vacuum or steam clean furniture where pets lay or rest.
*Thorough vacuuming is a crucial step of indoor flea control. Vacuum all floors, carpets, beneath furniture, and under cushions. Vacuuming not only picks up live fleas, flea dirt, and eggs, but it also provides the stimulation the pupae (immature fleas) need to exit their cocoons and to expose themselves to the insecticides that have been applied.
*It is important to discard vacuum bags or to empty bagless vacuum traps after each vacuuming so that adults or eggs do not escape from the vacuum cleaner and cause re-infestation.
*Vacuum every day or every other day for at least 14 days.
STEP 2 - SPRAY Indoors – PT Alpine Flea and Bed Bug Aerosol
PT Alpine Flea and Bed Bug Aerosol contains an adulticide and an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) in a ready-to-use aerosol with a non-drip application tip. The adulticide kills exposed adult insects, while the IGR prevents the maturation of immature stages of fleas and ticks to interrupt the breeding cycle for up to 7 months indoors. PT Alpine Flea and Bed Bug Aerosol has been granted with a reduced risk status by the EPA, meaning it is extremely safe to use inside the home.
*Always shake PT Alpine well before applying. If you fail to shake the can well, the product may drip, and you will need to clean the tip before applying.
*Hold can 2-3 feet from surfaces to be treated. Turn container upside down and point valve toward surface to be sprayed. Be sure to apply uniformly using a sweeping motion across carpets, rugs, flooring, floors, drapes and all surfaces of upholstered furniture including under cushions. Avoid over-wetting furniture and carpeting. A fine mist or spray applied uniformly is all that is necessary to kill fleas and ticks.
*For fleas, be sure to broadcast treat the entire treatment area, particularly on carpets and rugs.
*For tick control, focus on cracks and crevices where ticks may hide, such as along baseboards, around window frames and door frames, under and behind furniture, and in localized areas of the floor where ticks may be found.
*Ticks like to climb, so remember to treat under furniture legs or other spots where ticks may be able to climb up from the floor.
*Be sure to treat pet bedding as well. Allow treatment areas to dry before allowing pets to re-enter the area.
*Keep pets and children out of the treatment area until the application has dried, usually about an hour.
*Allow spray application to dry before applying CimeXa Dust.
*PT Alpine Flea and Bed Bug Aerosol should be stored with the cap on and out of direct sunlight. If properly stored (in a cool, dry area out of reach of children and pets), PT Alpine will have a shelf life of approximately 3 years.
STEP 3 - DUST - CimeXa Insecticide Dust
CimeXa Insecticide Dust contains 100% natural silica gel that dries up fleas that come into contact with the dust. You can apply the dust directly from the container, or you can use a hand duster such as a B&G Bulb Duster to apply the dust evenly and into fine cracks and crevices. Be sure spray applications are dry before using insecticide dust.
*For flea control, apply dust lightly and evenly as a broadcast over carpets and rugs, along baseboards, and under cushions or pet bedding.
*Dust applied to carpets and rugs should be brushed in using a stiff carpet brush or broom. This allows the very fine particles to work down into the nap of the carpeting where flea eggs and pupae hide. Once the product is brushed into carpeting, regular vacuuming will not disturb it.
*For tick control, concentrate dust applications to cracks and crevices where ticks are likely to hide, such as under baseboards, under and behind furniture, and along door frames and window frames.
*Use a damp paper towel to wipe up excess dust.
*Dust does not need to be reapplied unless disturbed or removed, or if it becomes wet.
*Store CimeXa Dust in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children and pets.
*For both fleas and ticks, start with areas where pets and wild animals may frequent, particularly shady areas where they like to rest.
*Remove yard debris such as leaves and grass clippings so that your application will reach the ground instead of just the foliage on top of it.
*Be sure to check under porches or decks, around outbuildings like sheds, and along fence lines.
*Mowing and trimming overgrown shrubs or trees will help to eliminate areas where fleas and ticks like to breed.
*Avoid over-watering lawns: fleas will thrive in moist areas.
STEP 5 - SPRAY - Cyzmic CS and Archer IGR
Both the Cyzmic CS and the Archer IGR are water-based concentrates that you should dilute with water only. Wear gloves when mixing and handling pesticides, such as Nitrile Chemical Resistant Gloves.
*To mix the Archer IGR, shake the container well before diluting. You will use 8-16 mL of Archer IGR per gallon of water, or per 1,000 sq. ft. if a higher volume of water is needed for adequate coverage.
*Use the lower rate for prevention or for low-level infestations. Use the higher rate for heavy infestations.
*Fill sprayer tank 1/3 - 1/2 with clean warm water.
*Add the recommended amount of Archer IGR, then close the lid and shake the sprayer to begin mixing.
*Add the desired amount of Archer IGR to the tank. Use 1 oz. of Archer IGR concentrate per gallon of water or per 1,500 square feet of area.
*At the 24ml per gallon rate, mix in the Cyzmic CS with the Archer IGR.
*To measure the Archer IGR, first shake the bottle well. Then squeeze the bottle to fill the small reservoir with the desire amount of concentrate. Unscrew only the cap on the small reservoir side to pour out the pre-measured concentrate.
*Shake, agitate, or stir tank mixture again, then add the remaining volume of water. Agitate tank mixture again before application, or if spraying is interrupted.
*For tick treatments, treat the entire outdoor lawn and ornamentals (flowering plants) where ticks have been found. For ornamental plants, try to treat the entire plant, including the undersides of the leaves. You may want to use a higher volume of water to get more thorough coverage.
*Also treat around rock or brick retaining walls, along pathways, on and around piles of yard debris or other dense foliage, and anywhere pets or wild animals may spend time.
*For flea treatments, concentrate your spraying on areas where animals spend the most time and where dense vegetation is found, such as under decks, in shady areas such as under trees, and where yard debris may build up.
*Fleas cannot develop on hard surfaces such as driveways or in open, sunny areas, so you do not need to treat these areas for fleas.
*You may also apply the Cyzmic/Archer solution as a perimeter treatment around the foundation of the structure, creating a band 2-3 feet up onto the structure and 2-3 feet out in the surrounding yard.
*Keep pets and children out of the treatment area until the application has dried, usually about an hour.
*Try to mix only enough solution to use at the time of application. Diluted concentrates will break down and may damage spray equipment. Always rinse spray equipment and allow to dry thoroughly after use.
*Store concentrates in temperate areas out of direct sunlight and out of reach of children and pets.
STEP 6 - REPEAT!
*Fleas and ticks reproduce quickly and prolifically, so repeat treatments are almost always necessary to completely eradicate any infestations.
*Repeat spray applications every 14 days until there are no more signs of pests.
*Plan to allow 2-8 weeks for complete eradication of fleas or ticks.
*Apply outdoor sprays every 30 days for prevention of flea and tick infestations.
*Remember that pets may bring in new adult fleas and ticks from outside, so continue the treatment of pets and outdoor areas as needed.
*Consider mowing grass 24 hours after applying outdoor sprays to stimulate flea pupae so they will be exposed to the pesticides.
*Both Cyzmic CS and Archer IGR will aid in the prevention and control of many common pests, such as ants and cockroaches. See the Cyzmic CS label and Archer IGR label for additional instructions.
Ordered this for a flea infestation that was inside and outside the duplex my son and I moved into. I would never know fleas were even there because apparently, they don't bite me. But my poor 5 year old was bitten up COMPLETELY in two incidents. I spent lots of money on cans of store-bought spray (the "R" stuff...) and foggers and it did help a little but didn't eradicate the problem. Decided to try some professional products before hiring an exterminator. I spent almost 2 hours in the backyard spraying every inch and nook and cranny. I then sprayed every inch of the indoor carpet with the Nyguard. Have not seen a flea (or any bug for that matter...) in weeks! I ordered 2 more cans of the Nyguard to have on hand just in case. The Nyguard ROCKS! The smell is clean and fresh. I can't speak to the powder product as I did not use it...but at least I have it should anything else pop up. *Although this kit says it includes Archer IGR....my kit came with Tekko Pro. It worked but it costs a little less than the Archer product and it would have been nice to know they were going to switch it out. Just saying...
What is your best product for both inside and outside for fleas? Do have three young children and two dogs.
Our Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Control Kit would be the best for treating fleas inside and outside of the home. All of the products should be applied when the children and pets are not in the area until the surfaces are completely dry and then they return. You should treat once every two weeks for flea treatments. Vacuum daily inside (even on hard surface floors) and mow lawn 1-2 days prior to first application.
What are the best products to use for flea control?
I need to find a DIY flea control that will kill & keep killing fleas, but not harm my little kids, cats, dogs, or birds. The fleas we have are pyrethrum-resistant and don't even stay away when I use daily CapStar treatments plus heavy doses of permethrin livestock-dip. They just won't stay away, they keep re-infesting our lawn, home, and animals.
We have put together kits for your convenience. The Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit has everything you will need to do a complete treatment for fleas indoors and outdoors. It is recommended that you keep your pets and children out of the area until the product has dried completely. Once it has dried, it is safe for them to return to the area. Be sure to do treatments every 14 days. Indoors, you will need to vacuum daily in between treatments.
How long does the Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit last, and how many times would you have to use it through the year?
I have inside and outside dogs, and I am having serious flea troubles. Nothing seems to help. I need to know how long this helps and for how long.
Indoor applications of the Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit would need to be made every 14 days until complete eradication. Be sure to vacuum before the application and every day after that, as well as getting your pets treated the same day of the application. Outdoor treatments can be repeated on a monthly basis. How long this kit lasts will depend on the total treatment area that you have to treat. Each can of NyGuard Plus will treat up to 2,000 square feet. The Temprid SC and Archer IGR will treat at least 4,000 square feet outdoors.
What is best flea treatment for a home with ONLY tiled floors; NO carpeting?
We do have indoor cats so I need something safe as well. Also, something to treat our yard as we have a screened in porch that fleas keep inhabiting. Thanks.
We recommend the Outdoor/Indoor Flea and Tick Kit. When treating for fleas they will not normally be in areas where there is no carpeting as they have no areas to hide, harbor or lay eggs. You will need to wipe up the flim the PT Alpine left on the tile floor with a mop or soapy water and a towel to reduce the risk of slipping. Please let us know if you have any other questions.