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How to use a household flea spray

Blog Home Nov 24, 2020

So, you’ve found fleas on your pet? 

Bad news: they’re also likely to be in your home. 

The good news is that the combination of your gold-standard, Itch Flea treatment and a household flea spray should get rid of those pesky critters in no time.

Using a household flea spray as a one-off will kill adult fleas that are in your home.

It will also prevent any new fleas from hatching for up to 12 months. 

Don’t forget, once you’ve finished annihilating the adult fleas in your home, you need to stay up-to-date up with your monthly Itch Flea treatment to keep your home and your pet flea-free forever. 


When do you need to use a household flea spray?

Getting rid of fleas can be really tough.

Sometimes in severe infestations, we need to reach for the big guns, in the form of a household flea spray.  

Why is that? Well, did you know, only 5% of adult fleas live on your pet?

The other 95% of the flea life cycle is in your pet’s environment, ie your home.

This includes the eggs, the larvae, the pupae and the newly hatched fleas. 

They could be in your carpets, or your curtains, or your sofa, or your bed – anywhere which is warm, dark and cosy. 


How does a household flea spray work?

Household flea sprays work by killing adult fleas when and where you spray directly – rather than waiting for each flea to come into contact with a product on your pet – so they work much quicker. 

Once you’ve sprayed your house, the flea spray will continue to kill adult fleas for up to 8 weeks, and it also works on dust mites, too. 


Preparing your home to be sprayed…

In order to prepare your house to be sprayed, we would advise that you hoover it daily.

The vibrations from the hoover will help to encourage any dormant pupae to hatch, and then you can kill the newly emerged fleas.

When you’re going to spray a room, you should close all the doors and windows. 

Any pets should be removed from the area to be treated, and this includes birds, fish, insects and reptiles, as the spray may be toxic to them. 

The spray is highly flammable, so do not use it near any naked flames, and if you’re going to spray on a sofa or some soft furnishings, you should always test an inconspicuous area first. 

How to use household flea spray…

When you use your household spray, you should shake the can. 

Hold it upside down, and spray at a distance of about 50cm from the area you are treating. 

You should spray directly onto carpet, floorboards and the areas that fleas like to live, like behind radiators.

You don’t need to overdo it. A five-second burst should cover about 1msq. 


After you’ve used household flea spray…

After you’ve treated a room, you should leave it for 30 minutes and let the spray dry. 

After this time, you can come in and open the windows and doors for at least an hour.

You need to make sure that you continue your vacuuming for at least seven days, and always ensure that you empty your hoover as we don’t want any fleas living in there!

How often should I use a household flea spray?

Although household flea sprays are entirely safe, it’s not ideal to be spraying chemicals in your home more often than is necessary. 

The use of a household flea spray should be reserved for cases of severe flea infestations.

Use it alongside your first treatment of Itch Flea to annihilate fleas inside the home.

Once you’ve sprayed with a household flea spray, you shouldn’t need to repeat this for up to 12 months.

But just remember to regularly apply your monthly Itch Flea treatment to prevent reinfestations. 


Got a question? We’re all ears

The Itch customer service team are fully clued up on everything to do with fleas and the household flea spray. 

So if you have any questions for us before spraying your home, just give them a call.