There’s no such thing as a few fleas. If you see one or two fleas, there could be hundreds more you don’t see. To stop a flea infestation before it starts, you’ll need to follow the steps to kill fleas and their eggs.
Those steps can include Ortho Home Defense MAX Bedbug, Flea, and Tick Killer, which is formulated to rid your home of fleas. But does Ortho Home Defense kill fleas? In short, Ortho Home Defense will kill fleas as well as other types of insects such as ants and roaches.
Does Ortho Home Defense Kill Flea Eggs?
Killing adult fleas is half the battle. To rid your home of fleas, you have to also kill flea eggs and flea larvae. Ortho Home Defense and Ortho Home Defense MAX Bedbug, Flea, and Tick Killer are both formulated to kill flea eggs as well as their larvae.
How Can I Get Rid of Fleas?
Having fleas in your home is not only impacting your pets’ health but also your own. To rid your home of fleas so you and your pets can be comfortable, you must be thorough and follow each of these steps carefully.
Make Your Pet Flea-Free
The first step in ridding your home of fleas is to evict them from your cat or dog. Most flea infestations start with a family pet who brought fleas in after going outside for a walk or playing in the backyard.
Talk with your veterinarian about flea treatments that will rid your pet of fleas and keep them away. If one family pet has fleas, assume the others do, too, and get them treated for fleas. Check them regularly for any new fleas and use a flea comb to catch any new fleas early.
Treat Your Home for Fleas
While you’re evicting fleas from your dog or cat, make sure to treat places where they sleep and relax. Discard pet beds, as they may be full of fleas and flea larvae, or treat them with Ortho Home Defense MAX Bedbug, Flea, and Tick Killer. Seal old plush pet toys in a plastic bag and discard them.
Since fleas like to hide around baseboards, spray Ortho Home Defense around baseboards and thresholds as well as around furniture such as chairs, bed frames, and sofas.
After treating your home with Ortho Home Defense or Ortho Home Defense MAX Bedbug, Flea and Tick Killer and allowing the spray to dry, vacuum thoroughly to remove dead fleas, flea larvae, flecks of blood, and flea feces. Make sure to vacuum under furniture, along baseboards, and in corners.
A crucial step is removing the vacuum bag afterward, sealing it in a plastic bag, and throwing it away. Otherwise, any wily fleas who were captured alive will escape from the vacuum. If you have a bagless vacuum, empty its contents, seal the dirt in a plastic bag, and discard. Be sure to wash the vacuum’s dirt container to remove any flea larvae.
Repeat this process daily until you don’t see any more fleas. Continue to inspect your home for signs of fleas, repeating treatments and vacuuming as needed.
Kick Fleas Out of Your Yard
If you have fleas in your backyard, then it is only a matter of time before your pets bring fleas back into your home. The good news is that Ortho Bugclear Lawn Insect Killer will kill fleas in your yard. Ortho Bugclear granules kill fleas on contact and provide three months of protection.
Spray Ortho Home Defense Insect Killer for Indoors and Perimeters around doors and windows for added protection.
Ortho Home Defense FAQs
You may still wonder if Ortho Home Defense kills fleas and how to use Ortho to rid your home of fleas. These frequently asked questions may give you the information you need.
Does Ortho Home Defense kill flea eggs and flea larvae?
Ortho Home Defense is formulated to kill flea eggs and flea larvae. This prevents the re-emergence of fleas after the first treatment.
Why do I need to repeat treatments?
If Ortho Home Defense does kill fleas, why is there a need to repeat treatments in your home? The reason why repeat treatments are necessary is that fleas will re-emerge after that first treatment. Flea eggs will hatch, and flea larvae will grow to adulthood.
While Ortho Home Defense is effective at killing fleas, there will be a few larvae and eggs that survive. The way to kill those remaining fleas is to hit them with another treatment followed by a thorough vacuuming.
You’ll also need to treat your yard for fleas every three months and watch your pets for any signs of fleas. If you can keep fleas from coming inside with your pets, then you are far less likely to have another flea infestation.
Is Ortho Home Defense safe to use around pets?
Ortho Home Defense is safe for humans and pets, but both you and your fur babies should stay away from sprayed areas until Ortho Home Defense dries, which usually takes about six hours. Vent areas that have been sprayed if possible.
Can Ortho Home Defense be used on pets?
Ortho Home Defense is not designed to be used on pets. You can treat their bedding, washing it thoroughly after the Ortho Home Defense has been allowed to dry. Only use products to treat your pets for fleas that are designed to be used on animals and that your veterinarian recommends.
Does Home Defense Kill fleas?
Inside and out, Ortho Home Defense and related Ortho products kill fleas as well as their eggs and larvae. By following a three-pronged approach of making your pet, home, and yard flea-free, you can evict fleas from your life and keep them away.
Conclusion for Does Ortho Home Defense Kill Fleas?
Ortho Home Defense is an essential tool in ridding your home and yard of fleas. Does Ortho Home Defense kill fleas? The answer is a definite yes, and Ortho will also kill flea eggs and flea larvae. Repeat treatments will keep them away.
Dr. Sabrina Kong graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in England in 2016 and has been working at a small animal clinic in Northern California since then. She grew up in the Bay Area and got her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through a program at the University of Tennessee.
When she isn’t in the clinic taking care of her four-legged patients, she enjoys traveling and trying new foods with her friends and her three-legged dog, Apollo. She adopted Apollo from her clinic when he was a puppy with numerous health issues. Dr. Kong truly cares about taking care of animals.