Cathy from Thomasville writes
We would recommend our Indoor Flea Kit. The products in the 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 which pest you are treating for, it is usually best to start treatment 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.
How to Apply the Indoor Flea and Tick Kit
STEP 1 - Natural and Non-Chemical Control
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, in particular. 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 adult pests 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 – 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 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 have 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 application. 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 the surface to be sprayed. Be sure to apply uniformly using a sweeping motion over 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 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 Indoors - 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 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.
STEP 4 - 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.
*Remember that pets may bring in new adult fleas and ticks from outside, so continue the treatment of pets and outdoor areas as needed.
Answer last updated on: 07/16/2019