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Best Home Flea Treatments for 2022

When your pet has fleas, treating them with appropriate medication isn’t enough. Flea eggs and larvae will still be found on soft surfaces such as their bed, your carpets and sofa, and in the car if you take them on trips. But they can fall off your pet pretty much anywhere they have been.

Without getting rid of the eggs, larvae and pupae, your pet will never be free. Did you know that a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs every single day? And that research shows they can stay as pupae for up to one year?

Even if you use spot-on treatments, tablets and any other help you can get from the vets, fleas will be laying eggs in your home ready to continue plaguing your pet.

You may also find that you are being bitten and are at your wit’s end, especially if your pet is near the sofa or sleeps near your bed. So to fully remove fleas in your home, you need to be armed with a vacuum cleaner and some of the products below.

We have reviewed the best home flea treatments so you can put a stop to fleas once and for all.

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    Our Top Picks

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    Virbac Indorex Defence Flea Spray
    • Top seller
    • Relatively short time wait after use
    • Really easy to use
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    Vetkem Acclaim Household Flea Spray
    • Vet approved
    • Easy to use
    • Also kills dust mites
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    Beaphar Household Flea Powder
    • Good for deep-pile carpet areas
    • No airborne particles
    • Targetted results
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    Best Home Flea Sprays, Foggers and Powders Reviewed

    1.
    Virbac Indorex Defence Flea Spray

    The bestselling home flea treatment available, with a host of glowing 5* reviews and success stories from users.

    It is a veterinary-approved flea spray that kills fleas at all stages of their life cycle. After application, it will also prevent the development of flea eggs and larvae for up to 12 months. This is perfect for anyone who wants a quick end to their plague.

    Indorex spray will also kill house dust mites for up to two months after application. These are common allergens for dogs (and humans) in the home and can cause further itching and irritation.

    Just spray Virbac Indorex directly onto carpets, rugs and other hard and soft areas where fleas could be, and close off and ventilate the room for around an hour. It is odourless, however, so if you find it impossible to do this, the product is still safe to use. Perfect if you want to avoid flea bombs and other potentially messy products which leave your home unable to be used.

    Several people have called this spray the best around, and we also found the Virbac Indorex spray to not only be one of the easiest to use, but also one of the best at actually eradicating the full problem, In our experience, the smell wasn’t overpowering and soon disappeared. It also worked to stop the problem within a few days.

    Features

    • Top seller
    • Relatively short time wait after use
    • Really easy to use

    Specifications

    • Type: Aerosol Spray
    • Capacity: 500ml
    • Dimensions Covered: 79 sq metres

    2.
    Vetkem Acclaim Household Flea Spray

    This spray kills adult fleas on contact and prevents eggs and larvae from growing into adults.

    Upon application, it can last up to 12 months, and you can also repeat the application after 7 days to double-check the issue has gone. Perfect if your cat or dog is outdoors and you’re concerned about more being brought in.

    One bottle covers an average four-bedroom house, spraying all affected surfaces for around 13 seconds for the most effective solution. Just spray, leave the room for around half an hour and then ventilate. Ensure all pets are out of the room as it is strong.

    Reviewers say that they always have a can to hand and reapply every six months, which we would also recommend. Acclaim will also kill house-dust mites, ants, cockroaches, ticks, earwigs, silverfish, other bristletails, centipedes, beetles and spiders, leaving your home entirely pest-free.

    We found the smell to be quite potent when compared to Indorex, like a fly spray, but it soon disappeared after being left for half an hour.

    Features

    • Vet approved
    • Easy to use
    • Also kills dust mites

    Specifications

    • Type: Aerosol Spray
    • Capacity: 500ml
    • Dimensions Covered: 80 sq metres

    3.
    Beaphar Household Flea Powder

    If potentially airborne sprays and foggers are not suitable as you or your pet have respiratory issues, a powder could work.

    The sprinkle-on formula acts as a carpet cleaner, being left to work its way in before needing to be vacuumed. It kills fleas and larvae and also absorbs pet odours to leave your room and furnishings smelling pleasant which is an added bonus.

    It should mostly be used on rugs and carpets, so can be used alongside sprays if you need to also tackle curtains, beds or sofas. Don’t use on wet areas, and preferably leave for up to an hour so it has time to work deep into the carpet pile.

    You should use it alongside on-pet flea treatments, but it can be used regularly if you have multiple pets and want to double-check that your home is completely pest-free. Perfect for monthly application if your vacuum cleaner can handle it.

    Because it should probably be used alongside sprays as it will only cover low areas, we can’t say how effective it would be by itself, but it was easy to use and good to try alongside other products for peace of mind.

    Features

    • Good for deep-pile carpet areas
    • No airborne particles
    • Targetted results

    Specifications

    • Type: Powder
    • Capacity: 300ml
    • Dimensions Covered: 10 sq metres

    4.
    Johnsons 4Fleas Room Flea Fogger

    When you are facing quite a serious infestation and the only way forward is to spray the entire room from top to bottom, a flea fogger may be the best option so you’re not standing manually spraying for ages.

    4Fleas can protect the room for seven months after application, ensuring no eggs or larvae develop into adult fleas and that pupae will die once hatched. It contains an insect growth regulator (IGR), a substance that stops the life cycle of an insect.

    You simply place it into the room on a raised area, press it until it locks and then leave, closing doors and windows behind you. You can open any interior cupboard doors for full treatment and it’ll also reach corners and behind furniture, which makes it better for full coverage than sprays.

    It will only treat exposed surfaces though, so under furniture will need to be tackled manually with sprays. Leave the fogger to work for two hours and then air the room for a further 30 minutes.

    The mist shouldn’t stain any soft furnishings, and it can be repeated with a second application the next day if the issue seems to be very severe. We found it easy to use, although very strong smelling and hazardous for pets so you will have to ensure they stay away.

    Features

    • Complete room treatment
    • Also kills ants, cockroaches and earwigs

    Specifications

    • Type: Fogger
    • Capacity: 2 x 100ml
    • Dimensions Covered: 35 sq metres

    5.
    ARDAP Fogger Flea Fumigator

    Able to tackle any flies, bugs and insects such as fleas, ticks, and mites that may be bothering you and your pet.

    It contains permethrin, which quickly and reliably kills the vermin, and pyriproxyfen, which breaks the biological development cycle of the insects. This means that fleas of all life stages are eradicated.

    Your home is protected for around six months. The can is emptied within a few minutes of activation, so it gets to work quickly. One can of fogger covers 30m2, so there is enough in this package to do two rooms. The fog is thick and musty so visibly emits product, so it is easy to check when it has all settled.

    However, we did find that this took longer than the recommended 12 hours, so it is an effective product if you can keep the room free for around 12 hours to be safe, before vacuuming.

    Features

    • Covers a good-sized area
    • Nice smell left behind after ventilating

    Specifications

    • Type: Fogger
    • Capacity: 2 x 100ml
    • Dimensions Covered: 30 sq metres

    6.
    CritterKill Professional Strength Flea Smoke Bomb

    A form of fogger, flea bombs are often more on the professional scale versus spray foggers – for those who really have tried everything else.

    This one contains 15 grams of Permethrin, which is a very high dose compared to other options on the market. Flea bomb usage should not be taken lightly as it can rule the use of your room out for a really long time, and this CritterKill was previously only for professional controlled use – so you know it is strong stuff.

    The smoke will kill most insects on contact, and rooms must be left untouched for at least four hours (although they recommend much longer). You can repeat as necessary in two or four-week cycles to remove any recently hatched fleas which were at the pupae stage previously.

    It is good when used alongside sprays beforehand, which can offer more targetted results on areas where your pet may favour such as the sofa or around their bed. Also bear in mind that they will set off any smoke alarms so disable these first. Place on a fire-safe surface.

    We found the smell to linger for quite a while after the room was safe to use again, so it did need airing. Ensure you have the time to use it. Reviews also state that it worked best on minor early-stages infestations, alongside other products. Don’t use it on its own for serious infestations.

    Features

    • Available in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 packs
    • Strongest on market
    • Doesn’t leave behind ash or residue

    Specifications

    • Type: Flea Bomb
    • Capacity: 15g
    • Dimensions Covered: 50 sq metres

    7.
    Vet's Best Flea Tick and Mite Flea Treatment Spray

    This spray can be used both in your home and on a dog’s coat (although we don’t recommend the latter due to lack of effectiveness and the residue). Despite not being safe for use on cats, it is still safe to use on home furnishings.

    But it is natural, which may be vital for you if you don’t like to use harsh chemicals or have an aversion to ingredients commonly used. It’s a trigger spray too, so can eliminate the risk of airborne particles by offering more targetted liquid spraying.

    It contains Margosa, Citronella, Eucalyptus and Peppermint. These all have their own job and can repel fleas as they don’t like the smells, so is a bit more humane.

    If you want a product you can use outside on plants and patio areas for full flea coverage this could be ideal, as it won’t harm your plants or other wildlife.

    Do bear in mind that compared to other products on the list, however, it isn’t going to be as effective as aerosols or foggers containing chemicals when we are talking about getting rid of infestations. Use it more as a preventative measure to prevent fleas landing on carpets.

    Features

    • No chemicals
    • Also protects against mites and ticks

    Specifications

    • Type: Trigger Spray
    • Capacity: 500ml
    • Dimensions Covered: N/A

    8.
    Zero In Flea Killer

    A bit of a rogue product on the list. Not a spray, bomb or fogger like the others, but rather a natural, electronic pet mimic (which is more sensible than it sounds).

    Chemical-free, odourless and safe to use around children and pets (so you don’t have to cut off the room), it attracts fleas via a 7W heat lamp. Fleas love warmth, which is why they prefer your pet’s soft fur to your bare skin.

    This heat lures them in, where they become trapped on the sticky disc at the base. For the best results, it should be used near an area which your pet frequents such as close to their bed.

    Each disc lasts for a few weeks, but regular changing offers the most effective results. It comes with three discs and there are further refills available, so you can use them all year round and not just for temporary measures. If used 24/7, it could also act as a first-step sign to the presence of fleas on your pet before the itching starts.

    It isn’t going to tackle room-wide problems but can keep fleas away from pet beds and other areas which you are finding hard to continually wash. Bulbs will last for around three months with constant use, which should be long enough to tackle any issues.

    Bear in mind it is mains-operated so will cost a bit of money to run and isn’t good for pets who chew wires. However, if the hack regarding washing up liquid and a candle in your room appeals to you, but you are concerned about fire hazards, it is a safer version.

    Features

    • Poison-free
    • No need to close off the room
    • Can be used year-round

    Specifications

    • Type: Electronic
    • Capacity: 3 Discs
    • Dimensions Covered: 10 sq metres

    9.
    Strikeback Flea Killing Spray

    This trigger spray is part of the Strikeback range, which gives long-lasting results and is suitable and approved to use in the workplace and other sensitive places.

    It keeps working up to 12 weeks after application and could be better than an aerosol spray for anyone concerned about airborne particles or who has respiratory issues, as the particles are more liquid so less likely to hang about in the air.

    Just keep everything well ventilated, and be aware to keep cats well away as it contains cypermethrin which is toxic to cats. We found it to be effective at killing fleas but it didn’t seem to quite get all of them, so we’d say it is best used as a regular preventative rather than to tackle an infestation.

    The smell is also highly potent and lingers a bit due to being a spray rather than an aerosol.

    Features

    • Safe to use in sensitive areas
    • Large bottle

    Specifications

    • Type: Trigger Spray
    • Capacity: 1L
    • Dimensions Covered: Various

    Buying Guide

    How we chose the best home flea treatments

    Fleas are unpleasant for pets and humans and can, unfortunately, have a relatively long life cycle. Therefore, finding a product that really works is vital.

    Experience with fleas can differ from person to person. Some may have very bad infestations and others could be able to nip the issue in the bud early on. Therefore, taking on board a range of people’s experiences was vital. We spent hours researching and eliminating products that just don’t cut it.

    The team here at Petz also have experience using flea products. We looked for products that are effective first and foremost, but also are good value for money, can be applied to large areas and are easy to use.

    Types of home flea treatments

    There are various forms of home flea treatments, and you may find that some suit lifestyles or levels of severity better than others:

    Sprays

    Perhaps the most widely available form, and the one which is least likely to disrupt your home life too much. They come in aerosol or 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, for instance spraying directly onto bedding and carpets.

    Fogger Sprays

    Also known as ‘fogging’. You leave these in a room, press the trigger until it clicks, leave the room and then the droplets that are released disperse 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 humans and animals, so they are for serious cases. It is what a pest controller would use first.

    Flea Bombs

    A type of fogger, that you use as a candle as opposed to spraying. This releases smoke, which may be better for some people who can’t have liquid particles around or are worried about staining from liquids.

    Electronic Devices

    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 in addition to other protections. They give out heat and light to attract the fleas, which then stick to pads that they can’t jump off. Good as a signal to find out if your pet has fleas.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Can home flea repellents get rid of fleas?

    Yes, but they can’t work alone – you also need to ensure your pet is directly protected, and that the home is kept vacuumed and clean. However, they do a great job at tackling any fleas that are not on your pet.

    Did you know that only 5% of fleas are actually on your pet at any one time? The other 95% are on soft furnishings, just jumping onto your pet temporarily to feed. Fleas will also only die if they bite your pet and ingest the product in their blood but can live for up to two weeks without a meal. Eggs and larvae can also only be killed by home sprays and foggers.

    Treat your pet effectively using a cat flea treatment or dog flea treatment, wash soft furnishings on a very high heat and regularly vacuum and steam carpets and surfaces which you cannot wash.

    Vacuuming is vital as no insecticide can kill off fleas at the pupae stage (you must wait until they hatch), so hoovering regularly over the course of seven days should get all last traces remaining. You may also wish to reapply repellents after this time.

    Before applying any of the above, you should remove all washable surfaces like cushion covers and bedding and wash on high heat for the best results.

    Ensure your pet is protected with topical or tablet treatments before releasing them back into the room. Read our guide on how to rid your home completely of fleas.

    Which flea repellent is best for me?

    In the vast majority of cases, sprays that can be used directly on surfaces are best and should be where you start the fight. Fleas are not airborne creatures, so while they are designed to disperse droplets, airborne foggers can be a step too far in most cases.

    But if your infection is severe, you may need a fogger or smoke bomb to clear all areas, such as high up on curtains, just as a precaution.

    How long does it take to get rid of fleas?

    In simple terms, you have to be patient. Maybe not what you want to hear if you’re being bitten every night, but patience is key to eradicating the issue.

    Because fleas can’t be killed in their pupae life stage, they must become adults before the treatment will work on them. This can take anywhere from a few days to months, so while most products will still work for up to 12 months, you may need to reapply regularly and simply wait. However, you should see a definite improvement within a week or so.

    When should I use flea repellants in the home?

    Home flea repellants should be used when you are sure or suspect there are fleas in your home, such as clues from your pet or if you are being bitten.

    A flea spray can also be used as a preventative measure every so often, such as monthly at the same time as the reapplication of spot-on topical treatments for your pet. Summer is a particularly vital time to protect your home when the weather is hotter and fleas are more prominent in the heat. This is particularly relevant if you take your dog on walks in the grass or your cat is outdoors.

    However, fleas can also thrive in winter inside your home, as you will be using central heating and blankets to create a warm environment for yourself. Unfortunately, fleas also thrive in the warmth.

    You need to pick a good day where you can leave the house for a few hours and also leave windows and doors open after about an hour to air the room and free it of any leftover smell or airborne chemical particles.

    Fleas can still come into your home even if your pet is protected. For some pets which use topical treatments, they can carry the fleas but it is only when the flea bites that they die. This can mean that fleas come into the home, and end up in your carpet where they lay eggs and begin a life cycle.

    Where should I apply flea home treatment?

    If using an aerosol or trigger spray, some important areas to cover are:

    • Carpets
    • Rugs
    • Curtains
    • Sofas and chairs
    • Cushions
    • Skirting boards and other areas which contact the above
    • Around door frames
    • Underneath furniture
    • Outside areas (like outbuildings, patios and decking, especially in warmer months)

    As with any product, do check that it is suitable to use on all of the above before using. You may need to use a few different products to cover the whole house.

    Can I use flea repellents on my mattress?

    Does Fido also sleep on your bed? You’re probably waking up with chewed ankles in the morning.

    Not all of the treatments above can be used on mattresses or dog beds. Some flea treatments contain insecticides that cannot have contact with skin or be breathed in huge amounts.

    As mattresses and some dog beds can’t be washed, this repellent can’t be gotten rid of so could cause some issues. Try to buy a natural repellent if using somewhere like this, and choose steaming and vacuuming. Or, opt for one which is safe if it comes into contact with skin.

    Are home flea treatments safe for animals?

    Permethrin is an ingredient found in a lot of the above insecticides. It is a synthetic pyrethroid that acts as a neurotoxin on insects.

    It is very toxic to cats, who cannot tolerate the therapeutic doses made for dogs. 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.

    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 that doesn’t contain the ingredient, but when used safely and following strict guidelines, it shouldn’t have a negative effect on animals. Always air a room fully after application.

    Natural vs Synthetic flea treatments – which is best?

    Natural flea repellents and products are often not recommended as they aren’t as effective and often just repel as opposed to killing the fleas.

    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.

    As they are the only real effective solution, however, you must apply the spray when you know you can air the room and not use it for a few hours after application.

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