flea spray efficacy, ACCLAIM or INDOREX (or other)

edited 30 August 2011 at 2:08PM in Pets & Pet Care
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greggy209greggy209 Forumite
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edited 30 August 2011 at 2:08PM in Pets & Pet Care
we have been using acclaim flea spray to combat our flea infestation

i applied it once, it seemed very effective and i left it for 2 days and then hoovered

they immediately came back, i understand all about the life cycle of the flea and realize why this happened. i know that the acclaim kills the adult fleas, eggs and larvae but not the pupae because nothing does, i know the pupae must hatch into adults for the acclaim to kill them

i applied it again and have not hoovered since, for weeks i guess

we were under the impression that the acclaim killed fleas for a year but now have been told that it regulates insect growth for a year but only kills the adults for 6 weeks: damn

after further research i have read that indorex spray kills adults for a whole year as well as having the insect growth regulator but have also read that it only kills adults for 2 months. i don't know which is correct, does anyone here?

if it doesn't kill the adult fleas for a year then we will continue with acclaim as it has been ok and a can goes much further than indorex does apparently but if indorex or another product kills the adults for a year it would maybe be worth it

everyone seems to recommend acclaim, including our vet but it's hard to find totally accurate information

does anyone know if indorex or another spray kills adult fleas for a whole year (rather than just regulating insect growth for a year which acclaim also claims to do) or if it kills the adult fleas for 2 months or so, similar to the 6 weeks that the acclaim does?

again, many thanks for any good advice

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  • There are 3 products in most decent household flea sprays - permethrin, tetramethrin & methoprene. Permethrin & Tetramethrin kill adult fleas quite happily but only for 1 -2 months. Methoprene sits in the environment and stops the fleas development cycle. In terms of ingredients, these are the most up-to-date and are found in Indorex, Acclaim & RIP Fleas. All these 3 are effective if used properly but you may need some advice.

    You should vacuum the whole house and wash any bedding that can be put in the machine. You should then carefully spray the entire house but take care to remember under the bed, back of the telly, under the sofa etc, places where fleas can get to but humans don't always think about. You should then vacuum every day for 1 week to stimulate the pupae. If you are thorough (and it isn't always easy) then Acclaim or Indorex should work. I am not aware of anything better available at the moment.
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    I can only say that I used Acclaim with success, the year before last -the offending cat left a couple of months later and I havent had a problem with fleas since.
  • snowman2 wrote: »
    There are 3 products in most decent household flea sprays - permethrin, tetramethrin & methoprene. Permethrin & Tetramethrin kill adult fleas quite happily but only for 1 -2 months. Methoprene sits in the environment and stops the fleas development cycle. In terms of ingredients, these are the most up-to-date and are found in Indorex, Acclaim & RIP Fleas. All these 3 are effective if used properly but you may need some advice.

    You should vacuum the whole house and wash any bedding that can be put in the machine. You should then carefully spray the entire house but take care to remember under the bed, back of the telly, under the sofa etc, places where fleas can get to but humans don't always think about. You should then vacuum every day for 1 week to stimulate the pupae. If you are thorough (and it isn't always easy) then Acclaim or Indorex should work. I am not aware of anything better available at the moment.
    thank you very much
  • suki1964suki1964 Forumite
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    I have only used the Indorex - with complete success

    You do need to work systematically through the house. I started in the bedrooms and worked down. Not only did I move out beds and spray underneath - I sprayed skirting as well. In the bathroom I spayed between the the floorboards and skirting making sure I got the back of the loo. down the stairs making sure each step got done. Moved out the stuff in the downstairs coat cupboard and done that - EVERYWHERE - not just carpeted rooms. The living room furniture was moved where it could be and the units that couldnt be moved were sprayed behind the best I could.

    All the dog bedding and our bedding when through the hot wash

    I had a dyson at the time and I emptied that daily as well - tying the bag and giving that a wee blast as well ( over kill but it all helped)

    Once you have done that and you have treated your pet according to your vets instructions you SHOULD be flea clear within a few days. I know I stopped seeing them hoping about in a couple of days

    As far as I know then chemicals in the spay then treat your house for up to a year, stopping the fleas from reproducing but your pets will need monthly treatment to stop them bringing in the adults. Once again - seek treatment/advice from your vet - OTC products for use on animals rarely work
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