Types Of Home Flea Eradicator
There are various ways in which you can get home flea treatments, which may suit some lifestyles or levels of severity best:
Perhaps the most widely available form, and the one which is least likely to disrupt your home life too much. They come in aerosol and trigger options and can be sprayed anywhere that is needed as and when needed. Sprays usually kill fleas at all life stages and can be used as often as needed. They’re best for targetted action as opposed to a room-wide solution
Also known as ‘fogging’. You leave these in a room, press the trigger until it clicks, leave the room and then what is released disperses throughout the closed area. They offer more coverage than other forms, getting to where you can’t, but are inconvenient as the room is often out of bounds for a few hours for human and animals, so they are for the most serious cases usually. It is what a pest controller would use first
A form of fogger, except you light it like a candle as opposed to spraying with it. This releases smoke, which may be better for some people who can’t have liquid particles around
Usually seen as the least effective option, but can be good to leave by a small area your pet regularly frequents such as a bed. They give out heat and light to attract the fleas, which then stick to pads which they can’t jump off. Good as a signal to if your pet has fleas
Killing vs Repelling
What do you want to achieve? Flea treatment can do one of two things – kill the fleas at all life stages, or repel them from going on certain areas.
If your issue isn’t severe, repelling them could do the trick and vacuuming or steaming them could tackle the issue. But serious cases will likely need something stronger to ensure they all disappear.
Fleas aren’t anyone’s favourite animal, but you may still be against killing them.
Natural vs Synthetic
Natural flea repellents and products are often not recommended as they aren’t as effective and often repel as opposed to killing.
Synthetic sprays are best, but the obvious risk of chemicals is present and you may wish to avoid them. Always look at ingredients lists and educate yourself before jumping in. Pyrethrin is very potent,
Natural options can be better for anyone with breathing issues, or anyone with elderly pets or children.
Cypermethrin and Cats
This is an ingredient found in a lot of the above insecticides. It is a synthetic pyrethroid which acts as a neurotoxin on insects.
It is very toxic to cats, who cannot tolerate the therapeutic doses made for dogs. UGT1A6 is the enzyme responsible for metabolising the ingredient, and exposure to cypermethrin causes a deficiency in it.
It remains much longer in cat organs compared to dogs and can be fatal in larger doses, so if you have cats, increase the recommended wait times before you allow them into the room. You may also want to fully vacuum or steam/wash appropriate surfaces after the use of the insecticides.
The pyrethroid also has shown a toxic effect on rats and other small animals, so do the same with these. Lastly, it is highly toxic to aquatic mammals, so remove fish tanks before using flea sprays.
If you are worried about these issues, opt for a treatment which doesn’t contain the ingredient, but when used safely and following strict guidelines, it shouldn’t have a negative effect on animals.