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Indoor and Outdoor Flea & Tick Control Products
Selection Guide


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
Adult fleas spend most of their time on an animal, but flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are most often found in the environment, especially in carpeting, rugs, and under the edges of furniture. Because of this, when you are trying to get a flea infestation under control, it is not enough just to treat your dog. It is essential to treat your dog's environment also, which includes his bed, kennel, and any other areas of the house your dog frequents. The following Selection Guide is an overview of products designed to help control flea or tick problems both inside and outside of your home. These products will work to control many different types of insect problems, but should never be used directly on pets.

Indoor Flea and Tick Control

In the house, vacuum thoroughly to remove eggs, larvae and pupae, especially below drapes and under furniture edges. Vacuum high traffic areas daily, other areas weekly. When you are through, enclose your vacuum bag in a plastic bag and discard it immediately. Do not place flea collars into vaccum bags, as dangerous fumes could result. Choose carpet sprays or foggers that kill ticks and adult fleas and also contain an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Adams Carpet Spray kills ticks and adult fleas, and keeps flea eggs and larvae from developing for up to 210 days. Don't forget your pet's bedding. A flea and tick fogger offers the convenience of automatic treatment. Follow label directions, cover fish tanks, remove any birds or other pets, and leave the area until 30 minutes following the end of the treatment. The Adams Room Fogger with Sykillstop™ treats up to 6,000 square feet at one time. It kills ticks, adult fleas, roaches, ants and spiders, and kills flea larvae for up to 210 days.

Zodiac carpet and upholstery products help rid fleas inside your home. Zodiac FleaTrol Carpet Powder treats 400 square feet, kills ticks and adult fleas and protects against pre-adult fleas for up to 12 months. Pleasant citrus scent. Zodiac FleaTrol Carpet and Upholstery Pump Spray treats 300 square feet, kills ticks and adult fleas and prevents immature fleas from developing for up to 7 months. Not recommended for households with cats. Zodiac FleaTrol Carpet and Upholstery Aerosol treats 2,000 square feet, kills ticks and adult fleas and prevents immature fleas from developing for up to 7 months. No lingering odor. Not recommended for households with cats.

Outdoor Flea and Tick Control

Many wild animals carry fleas - including coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and rabbits. Even if your dog does not come into direct contact with these animals, he can pick up fleas they've recently left behind. Adams Lawn Spray is designed for outdoor use and comes with a hose-end sprayer to attach to a garden hose. It treats up to 6,000 square feet and kills fleas, ticks, and fire ants.

Please see our Comparison Chart of Inside and Outside Flea Control Products to choose the product that will work best for you.

 

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