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Flea Control and How to Get Rid of Fleas


Fleas are parasites that feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals. Fleas prefer to feed on nonhumans. They will feed on humans when infestations are heavy or when other hosts are not available.

Fleas usually require warm and humid conditions to develop.
A flea can jump 7 to 8 inches vertically and 14 to 16 inches horizontally.

A skin reaction to a flea bite appears as a slightly raised and red itchy
Sometimes these sores bleed.

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Indoor Flea Combo Mix – Small Combines FenvaStar Eco Cap (8 oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (4 oz) for greater savings.

  • Flea Treatment In the House
  • Flea Treatment Outside
  • Treat Fleas on Pets

Due to the flea life cycle (complete metamorphosis) and feeding habits, many people don’t realize they have a flea problem until they are away from their house for an extended period. The flea problem is discovered when the food source (you and your pets) return. The fleas get hungry while the you are away. When you return, they become active because they are looking for food. People tend to think putting the pet outside will solve the flea problem, but that typically makes the fleas turn to human hosts instead.

  • When a flea infestation is discovered, putting the pet outside is not a solution. The hungry fleas will direct all of their attention to the human hosts.
  • The cat flea is the most common type of flea. It feeds on dogs and humans also.
  • Fleas are attracted to body head, movement, and exhaled carbon dioxide.

Flea Appearance
flea diagramThe average flea ranges in size from 1/12 to 1/6 inch long.
Fleas are very small and have no wings.
Their bodies are narrow if viewed from the sides.
Slender fleas can get into and move around in narrow areas.

Fleas Diet:

Adult fleas feed on blood and the larvae eat “flea diet” consisting of
dried blood.

Habits and Biology of Fleas:

Fleas go through a complete metamorphosis. There are four distinct stages:
eggs, larvae, pupae, and adult.
Flea eggs are laid on the host or are deposited on the floor or ground.

These eggs do not remain attached to the host but fall to the ground such as pet’s bedding or floor surface. They are often found in upholstery or pet’s bedding.

A female flea lays a few eggs every day until she has yielded up to 200 to 400 eggs.
These eggs develop into flea larvae within two days to several weeks,
depending on the temperature and humidity.
Flea larvae are active and look like maggots.
The larvae feed on organic debris, but particularly like to feed on feces of the adult fleas.
This “flea diet” contains undigested blood.
The flea larvae are hard to spot and are found deep in the carpets or the cracks and crevices of floors and upholstery.
They are very difficult to vacuum because they get entwined in the carpet

The pupae or cocoon stage are also hard to spot.
Under warm/moist conditions many adult fleas emerge from this protective cocoon within 7 to 14 days, longer under less favorable conditions.

Whenever you see adult fleas crawling on your pet,
it is only a symptom of a much larger problem.
Current studies indicate that adult fleas account for only 5%
of the total flea population.
Eggs account for 50%, larvae account for about 35%,
and the remaining 10% are the pupa cocoons. That means that for every
single adult flea living on your dog or cat, there are ten eggs, seven larvae, and two cocoons.

fleas on a dog

In the pet’s environment, these various life cycle stages occur, but concentrated in the areas that the pet spends most of its time, such as the pet’s bed area. Remember, when the adult flea lays an egg
on the pet,
it will fall off the hairs in just a few minutes onto areas the pet moves.

These flea eggs become very small larvae (worm-like). The larvae seek protection deep in carpet fibers, under cushions, and cracks and crevices. After the larvae stage, they move into the cocoon stage with pupae inside, which may remaim up to six weeks.

If the pet usually walks through certain paths (either indoors or outdoors),

there will also be a substantial amount of eggs scattered in those areas; similar to sowing seeds in a garden.

What this means is that environmental flea control must be spread over the pet’s entire environment,
focusing on the areas the pet spends the majority of its time. The sleeping areas and walking paths are the most important areas both indoors and outdoors.

Recommended Flea Control Treatment (Inside and Outside the House)

The best time to start a flea control program is in the late spring,
prior to an infestation,
since adult fleas comprise only 5% of the total flea population.
To contain an active flea infestation, fleas must be controlled at every stage.

Get Rid of Fleas Inside The House

Inside your home prepare the floor surfaces by dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping all surfaces where pets have been frequently. Eggs are laid on the pet and drop off as it moves.
All affected pets should be treated and removed from the
premises for 4 to 6 hours.
Remove birds from the home if you are using liquid insecticides or aerosols.
Cover or remove fish, and turn off the tank pump.

You should keep covered shoes on until all treated areas have dried (4-6
We suggest using the liquid/IGR method or our recommended flea control aerosols on area on all floor surfaces, paying attention to where your pet spends its time. If your pet is on the couch, treat it as well (after testing a small inconspicuous spot for staining).

Two Methods:

  1. Liquid Residual Insecticides and IGR (Insect Growth Regulators) combinations: FenvaStar EcoCap or FenvaStar Plus are liquid insecticide residual treatments . Using a residual insecticide concentrate controls the adult flea and combining it with an insect
    growth regulators (IGR) such as Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR Insect Growth Regulator prevent the larvae from developing into the cocoon stage, stopping the cycle. This method lasts 4-6 months. It is important to stop the flea cycle which may take up to six weeks. You may apply Tekko Pro IGR by itself if you start before the cycle begins. Flea season starts in the spring time and lasts thru the fall months. Unfortunately, IGRs do not work well outside, since the sunshine will break it down.

    • If you have mainly carpets and rugs, use the FenvaStar Plus and Tekko IGR combination mixed with water in a pump sprayer (see mixture below).
    • If you have mainly hard floor surfaces, use the FenvaStar EcoCap and Tekko IGR combination mixed with water in a pump sprayer (see mixture below) The EcoCap formulation adhears better to hard surfaces than the FenvaStar Plus. You may also use our recommended flea control aerosols. However, if you have real hardwood floors, you may not want a water based product on your floors. If that is the case, choose Alpine Flea and Bedbug IGR Spray , FLEE Plus IGR Carpet Spray , or Pivot Ultra
      Flea Tick IGR Aerosol .
    • ( Recommended flea control aerosols may be used on all types of floor surfaces (except concrete), which most people choose for convenience.)
  2. Flea Control Aerosols: Alpine Flea and Bedbug IGR Spray , FLEE Plus IGR Carpet Spray , or Pivot Ultra
    Flea Tick IGR Aerosol a re perfect aerosol products for flea control because they have insecticides and IGRs combined with active ingredients to provide quick knockdowns.

    Pivot Ultra Flea/Tick IGR, FLEE Plus IGR, and PT Alpine Flea and Bedbug aerosols are our recommended aerosol products because they have a newer chemistry with better results than many of the current flea control aerosols on the market. Using an aerosol instead of a liquid insecticide/IGR combination is advantageous because you don’t have to mix anything in a pump sprayer. This method lasts 4-6 months.

Recommended flea control using growth inhibitors (IGRs) and liquid insecticides

Recommended IGRs:

Tekko IGR

tekko pro igr

Martin’s IGR

martin's igr

Precor IGR

precor igr

Recommended residual insecticides:


  1. Fenvastar Plus – 16 oz yields 20 gallons at the recommended concentration (good only on carpet and rugs; has an odor)
  2. FenvaStar EcoCap -8 oz yields 4 gallons, gallon yields 64 gallons at the recommended concentration (good on all floor surfaces: carpet, rugs and hard surfaces, has a low odor)

Mix the residual insecticide and growth inhibitor in a pressure lawn and garden sprayer according to directions.

For every 1,000 square feet of carpeted surface, mix:

  • 2.Cover fish aquariums and pets’ food and water dishes before spraying and remove pets. Keep all people off the treated wet surface. Restrict these areas until the floor surfaces dry.
  • 2.0 oz – FenvaStar Eco Cap + 1 oz of your choice of an IGR (Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR or Precor) + 1 gallon of water (Recommended for concrete surfaces, carpets, rugs, and hard floor surfaces)
  • 0.83 oz.- FenvaStar Plus +. 1 oz of your choice of IGR (Tekko Pro IGR or Martin’s IGR or Precor) + 1 gallon of water (Recommended for rugs and carpets)
  • Recommended rates above are for maximum strength and effectiveness.
  • NOTE: For hardwood or tile, these formulations will cover 1,500 sq, however the FenvaStar Plus doesn’t work as well as the FenvaStar EcoCap on hard floor surfaces.
  • Use all mixed solution the same day you mix it, because it does not store well.
  • Expect to continue seeing fleas the first month. These are pupa that continue to emerge. Results from the growth inhibitor cannot be judged for about four -six weeks after initial treatment. Re-treatment with the residual insecticide will probably be necessary during the first 30 days.
  • The IGR will last on average about 4 months, and can last 6 to 7 months.

Indoor Flea Kits

indoor aerosol kit

Indoor Aerosol Flea Kit Combines (2) PT Alpine Flea and Bedbug Aerosols + D’Limononene Shampoo + Martin’s Flee Plus IGR for your pets. Will work on all floor surfaces and does not require mixing.

(May not be shipped by express due to aerosols)

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Indoor Flea Combo Mix -Small -Combines FenvaStar Eco Cap (8 oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (4 oz) for greater savings.

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large flea kig

Indoor Flea Combo Mix-Large -Combines FenvaStar Plus (16oz) and Tekko Pro IGR (16 oz) for greater savings.

(May be shipped by express UPS)

Indoor and Outdoor Flea Kit and Outdoor Flea Kit

The Indoor/Outdoor kit contains everything you need for both inside and outside use (Pivot Ultra Aerosol, Bifen IT and Tekko Pro IGR) The Outdoor Kit contains Bifen IT and Tekko Pro

Review this Flea Kit Chart if you need assistance picking a kit.

outdoor flea kit

Outdoor Flea Kit

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Indoor and Outdoor Flea Kit

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Aerosols : Best Choice for Hard Surfaces Inside (May be used on carpets and rugs)

Pivot Ultra Aerosols , or Alpine Flea Aerosol s are the best choices for hard floor surfaces, such as laminate, tile, and hardwood flooring ( and may be used on carpets or rugs). Aerosols do not work as well on concrete surfaces.These aerosols adhere to the surface more readily than other liquid insecticides.

They contain the IGRs and adult insecticides in one formultation, no mixing needed. They have a slight odor. In most cases, you will need to spray twice. The first time to get the flea cycle cut and kill adult fleas and the second time in about 10-14 days as you wait for the complete cycle to stop and you need immediate relief (fleas are still emerging from the cocoon stages).


Outside Treatments: Exterior Flea and Tick Control: Granules and Liquid Concentrates

Treating for Fleas On Your Pet

If possible,consult your vet about the health and skin condition of
pet prior to treatment.
Begin flea control on the pet by using a mild shampoo and a sponge-type
flea dip, flea spray, or flea shampoo.

Recommended Pet Products

  • Flee Trigger Spray -Same active ingredient as Frontline’s Fipronil, but in a spray form
  • Petcor Flea Spray : Kills fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes and prevents further infestations for up to 63 days. May be used on dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
  • Davis D’Limonene Shampoo : Davis’s D’ Limonene Shampoo contains 5% D’ Limonene ( an orange peel extract) to provide an insecticide-free, all natural shampoo that may be used on puppies, kittens, dogs and cats (over 12 weeks old).
  • Pure Planet Natural Flea and Tick Spray On Shampoo : Contains all natural ingredients to kill fleas and ticks
  • Invade Bio Zap : Contains enzymes to break down and eliminate bad
    odors caused from urine, feces,
    vomit or decaying organic matter environmentally friendly in a ready
    to use formula.

Q: I sprayed for fleas last week and now they are back. Why didn’t the spray work?

A: Even sprays that contain insecticides and growth
inhibitors have difficulty penetrating the pupae cocoon. Flea larva that
have entered a cocoon state will require follow up applications of the
insecticides after they hatch. This is usually a 3 or 4 week process.

  • Flea Appearance
  • Flea Diet
  • Flea Biology and Habits


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Inside Flea Control – Aerosols

(Contains Insecticides and IGRs combined)

(Works on all interior floor surfaces)

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Flea Kits

(For greater savings)

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Inside Flea Control-Liquid Residual Concentrates


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Inside Flea Control-Liquid IGRs

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Exterior Flea Control

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How to Get Rid of Fleas

Flea Treatment Guide

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The Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Fleas

Learn How To Kill Fleas In & Around Your Home

Eliminating a flea infestation will mean treating all places that can be infested, including your pet, your home and your yard. Failing to treat all of the areas will likely lead to treatment failure. We recommend starting with your pets and then treating the home and yard. The treatments should be done around the same time for the best results.

Treatment Area

How to Get Rid of Fleas On Dogs, Cats, & Pets

Flea Treatment For Pets

Getting rid of fleas will usually start with pets that live in the home or on your property. As you begin the pet flea control process it is important to take your pets species, age and health into consideration. Always read the product label of the flea treatment to be sure you can use it on your pet. There are three main treatment options for your pets:

  • Flea drops
  • Flea sprays for pets
  • Flea baths

The best flea treatment for dogs , (or cats ) depends on the animal, but will usually include the use of at least one of these three options.


Flea Bath

Flea Bath For Dogs, Cats, & Pets

A flea bath is the most popular and fastest working flea treatment for pets. A bath with medicated shampoo will offer immediate kill of the biting fleas and is the recommended first course of action for pets that are badly infested. Be sure to read the product label of the shampoo you use as many have species or age restrictions that must be followed to insure your pets safety.

The downside to using flea shampoos is that most cats and many dogs do not like to get bathed and can become stressed out during bath time. It is also important to note that most flea shampoos only offer an immediate contact kill to the fleas present on the animal at the time of the bath but will not stop the animal from becoming reinfested.


Flea Drops

Flea Drops For Dogs, Cats, & Pets

Spot-on products or flea drops are a popular choice because they are quick and convenient to use, and they do not cause much stress or disruption to pets. Most spot-on products offer one product for cats and another for dogs and they cannot be used on animals younger than 12 weeks old.

It is very important that you get the product directly on the animals skin for it to work properly. Most Spot-on treatments direct the user to part the pets hair between the shoulder blades and squeeze out the entire contents directly onto the skin. Applying the product between the animals shoulder blades will usually stop the animal from licking the application spot.

Fleas will start to die within 24 hours of the flea drop application. Please note that you may continue to see adult fleas if the animal wanders into an infested part of your yard or home. The adult fleas will be killed after ingesting the spot-on product on the animal. Most spot-on treatments should be re-applied every 4-6 weeks to maintain control.

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Use a Flea Spray For Dogs, Cats, & Other Pets

There are many flea sprays on the market to help eliminate fleas on your pets. Most sprays offer a quick kill of the biting adults and short term protection against reinfestation. Like most other flea treatments, it is important to read thoroughly the spray label before application to check for species and age restrictions.

Pet flea sprays come in both aerosol cans and squirt bottles. Flea sprays are typically fast to apply but most do have a strong odor which some pet owners may find offensive. The odor typically disappears within a few hours.

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Learn How to Get Rid of Fleas In the House

Indoor Home Flea Treatment Steps

Treating your home for fleas is an important part of a flea control program , especially if you have pets that have been infested. Making sure you treat all of the areas where your pet has spent time resting, playing or grooming will be crucial to your success. Flea elimination indoors can take 2-8 weeks depending on the level of infestation. Indoor flea control will require you to use a mix of insecticides and also mechanical control methods.


Natural Flea Control Options

Non-Chemical Treatment Methods

  • Wash or throw away all pet bedding.
  • Wash, steam treat, or throw away all area rugs
  • Vacuum or steam treat any furniture where your pets spend time
  • Vacuuming is a very important component of a flea control program. You should thoroughly vacuum the entire home prior to flea insecticide applications and you should continue to vacuum once every other day for at least 14 days. Vacuuming pulls fleas and eggs to the surface and also provides the stimulation the pupa (immature flea) need to exit their cocoons and expose themselves to the insecticides that have been applied.

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Use a Concentrated Flea Spray

Apply Flea Spray Around the Home

There are a variety of flea spray concentrates to choose from and they come in several different formulations including liquid insecticides, aerosol insecticides and flea dusts or powders . We recommend using at least 2 products to control fleas; an insecticide and an insect growth regulator. You can usually find an insecticide and an insect growth regulator together in an aerosol flea product. The addition of a dust to your flea treatment program can help eliminate fleas more quickly and help prevent re-infestations. has put together an Indoor only Flea Kit and also an Indoor/Outdoor Flea Kit to help make product selection easy. If you decide not to purchase one of the kits it is very important that you select products that can be sprayed in multiple flea infested areas for flea control indoors.

Fleas in Carpet:

  • Spray the entire carpet, rugs, and pet resting areas with a product that is labeled to be sprayed for flea control indoors.
  • Allow the treated areas to dry completely before resuming use of the area.
  • After all areas are dry, apply a very light dusting of a flea dust to carpets, rugs, pet resting areas and along baseboards. We recommend using a hand duster to help make an even application. You can use a broom to help "sweep" the dust into the nap of the carpet. Once the product is pushed into the carpet, regular vacuuming will not disturb it.
  • After 14 days, you should reapply the aerosol or liquid products to the carpets, rugs and pets resting areas to control any newly emerging immature fleas
  • Severely infested areas may require a 3rd or even a 4th treatment in 14 day intervals.
Pro Tip

Though it is a natural response to avoid the infested areas you should resist this impulse. Flea larva and pupa need stimulation from vacuuming, walking over infested areas and body heat to become active and expose themselves to the products you have used. Avoiding an infested area or leaving the area vacant will only prolong the infestation.

Flea foggers and bombs should only be used when the area does not contain furniture, stored boxes and other obstacles. Flea foggers will not be able to get under and around these objects and will leave many areas untreated.

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Treatment Area

How to Get Rid of Fleas In the Yard

Outdoor Flea Treatment Steps

Common infested areas will include:

The ground under decks and trees
Leaf or other yard debris piles
And areas where dense shrubbery exists

Open sunny areas, along with dry, dusty or hard surfaces, like patios and driveways, have little need for spraying. Fleas tend to not develop in these areas.

Spray the infested areas with the insecticide and insect growth regulator solution. Use a hand pump sprayer or back pack sprayer, depending on the size of your property.

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A complete yard flea treatment will include treating those outdoor areas that may also be infested with fleas. When you begin the outdoor flea control process you must consider not only those areas where your pet spends time resting, playing or walking, but also those places where wild or stray animals may spend time.

In the outdoor flea treatment process it is recommended that you use two products together to get the expected results, a liquid insecticide to kill exposed fleas and an insect growth regulator to stop immature fleas from reaching sexual maturity. We have put together an Outdoor Flea kit to make picking the right products easy for you.


Remove Yard Debris

Leaf and yard debris should be removed prior to treatment so that the spray can get down to the grass and soil level where fleas are developing.

You will need to apply a liquid concentrate flea insecticide on the infested areas you found in the inspection . These areas could include under decks, under trees, in places where leaves or other yard debris accumulates or areas where dense shrubbery exists. There is little need to spray open, sunny areas, dry and dusty areas or hard surfaces such as patios or driveways as fleas will not be able to develop in those areas.

Thoroughly spray the infested areas with the insecticide and an insect growth regulator for fleas solution using a hand pump sprayer or back pack sprayer .

Pro Tip

Mowing your grass 24 hours after applying the insecticide can help stimulate the immature stages of fleas to become active which will expose them to the products you have applied.

Keeping your lawn too moist can help a flea population grow very fast. Reduce moisture by not over watering, keeping your grass short and cutting back trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight to reach the ground.

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Repeat Treatment Every 14 Days

Flea treatments do not work overnight. Over the next couple of weeks you should start to see a reduction in the flea population. We recommend a repeat treatment after 14 days to help get rid of any of the stragglers that may have been missed with the first treatment. Severe infestations may require 3 or 4 treatments in 14 day intervals. If wild animals venture on to your property they can re-infest the treated areas. If you know wild animals frequently visit your property, monthly preventative insecticide treatments should be applied throughout the flea season to prevent infestation.

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