The 10 Best Home Flea Sprays

Updated July 01, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Dogs and cats are great companions, but they can't help occasionally picking up some unwanted passengers. If you get that itchy feeling after your pet has ventured outdoors, try one of these home flea sprays. They come in safe, nontoxic, environmentally-friendly options, as well as traditional formulas for persistent infestations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best home flea spray on Amazon.

10. Adams Flea & Tick

Adams Flea & Tick can stop the invasion of most insects that hide in your carpet and rugs, including silverfish, spiders, earwigs and beetles. Be warned that it does require persistence and an ample amount of product to see results, though.
  • also effective on bed bugs
  • safe on most fabrics
  • bottle can leak at times
Brand Adams
Model 100525088
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Ortho Bed Bug and Flea Killer

Ortho Bed Bug and Flea Killer comes in a compact aerosol can that works quickly to cure your bug problem. It aims precisely to treat areas that are hard to reach and is small enough to pack in your suitcase for your next getaway.
  • offers control up for to two weeks
  • smell is not too strong
  • need to use a lot to work well
Brand Ortho
Model 0194410
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Wondercide Pet & Home Control

Wondercide Pet & Home Control is made from naturally-derived ingredients and gives off a refreshing lemongrass scent. This 100% biodegradable formula is safe to use around children and ideal for eco-conscious individuals who don't want to harm the planet.
  • does not attract dirt
  • won't hurt an animal if ingested
  • sprayer can get jammed
Brand Wondercide Natural Prod
Model pending
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. BioSpot Active Care

BioSpot Active Care kills all stages of fleas, including eggs and larvae, so it can prevent them from hatching in your home, garage or attic. It's safe to put on pet beds and upholstery, and to use together with other dog products during bath time.
  • kills ants and spiders effectively
  • won't discolor fabrics
  • expensive for only 24 fluid ounces
Brand Bio Spot
Model 100515488
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

6. Vet's Best Flea & Tick

Vet's Best Flea & Tick is an all-natural spray that uses a blend of peppermint oil and clove extract to kill fleas on contact. It also works to eliminate bad pet odors, like wet dog smell, and is safe to have around baby animals.
  • doubles as a mosquito spray
  • trigger is easy to depress
  • manufactured in the usa
Brand Vet's Best
Model 3165810348ONL
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Zoecon Precor 2000 Plus

Zoecon Precor 2000 Plus is a worthwhile investment if you want to gain back control of your home. It can cover 2,000 square feet with just one bottle and won't leave your home with an unbearable chemical smell, which is great for those with sinus or respiratory issues.
  • molecules sink deep into floors
  • sprays a fine mist
  • stops the breeding cycle
Brand Wellmark International
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Raid Killer Plus

Raid Killer Plus can be applied to virtually any surface in your home for total protection against those pesky pests. It's made from a non-staining formula, so it won't ruin your upholstery, and it has a wide nozzle that produces a large coverage zone.
  • made by a reputable company
  • works great on pet bedding
  • can even spray when upside down
Brand Raid
Model ASJ-018B
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. BASF Ultracide Professional

BASF Ultracide Professional is a preferred choice by experienced pest controllers because it is extremely potent. If you are dealing with a full-blown flea infestation and you want it handled in one day, this is the product for you.
  • detailed instructions
  • dries in 15 minutes
  • offers continuous control
Brand Manufacture: BASF
Model pending
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

2. Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea

Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea offers an affordable solution for getting rid of pests in and around your home for good. This one gallon miracle worker is perfect for treating bed frames or the perimeters of rooms, such as floorboards and baseboards.
  • kills bugs instantly on contact
  • nozzle allows for precise aiming
  • money-back guarantee
Brand Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Virbac Knockout

Virbac Knockout wipes out adult fleas and prevents infestations from recurring for up to seven months. It doesn't leave behind a sticky residue and won't damage wood floors, plus it is safe to use with common topical products like Frontline.
  • covers a 2100 sq ft home
  • used by many veterinarians
  • sinks deep into crevices and fabrics
Brand Virbac
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Choosing A Home Flea Spray

Almost every residence with a dog or cat who ventures outside will, at some point, become a residence that is home to fleas. These pesky insects thrive on every continent of the earth, including Antarctica, so it's little wonder that there are hordes of the unwanted parasites waiting to find their way onto your pet and into your home. And as fleas will gladly use a human as a host, even the home without pets can see itself infested.

A good home flea spray can not only kill the living fleas that are plaguing your residence and its occupants, but can also help to disrupt the life cycle of the insects, destroying larvae and eggs that would soon enough perpetuate the infestation. When choosing which flea spray will best serve your needs, there is one major factor to consider first: will this product be applied directly to pets who are actively suffering from fleas, or is its primary purpose to treat the upholstery, carpets, linens, and other surfaces and items in the home?

If your pets are covered in fleas, they need to be treated for the insects or the infestation won't subside. Look for a flea spray that is safe to use on an animal and make sure to consider factors specific to your pet, as not all sprays may be safe for all animals, even if they are generally suitable in that capacity. Consider, for example, a dog's age; many sprays are not safe for use on younger puppies and may also be advised against for older dogs. Also take into account any medications a pet uses (or non medicated health issues they deal with) and discuss these with a veterinarian before commencing a flea treatment regimen. And even if a given flea spray seems perfectly safe for one pet, if that animal might come into contact with other dogs or cats living in the home, you must account for the health and condition of the party not receiving direct treatment.

For mitigating a flea infestation that is spread about the house, when possible get dogs, cats, and even children out of the residence for a day or two. That will allow you to use the most potent (but potentially hazardous) flea sprays without concern for pet or human health. If you can't clear the home, consider treating the space room by room.

There are also various flea sprays that are safe for use around pets and people if not for direct application to an animal's coat. These sprays may require liberal application due to their reduced potency, but they prove lethally effective on fleas nonetheless.

Ultimately, the best way to deal with a flea infestation is to never let one take hold in the first place. Many home flea sprays are rated to prevent fleas from inhabiting an area for approximately seven months. Thus with a bi-annual prophylactic treatment of your residence you should be able to prevent these insects from ever causing issues in the first place.

Other Tips For Dealing With Fleas

If your home has been infested with fleas, a home flea spray is the best weapon you will have in your arsenal when it comes to fighting back against the pests. But it is not the only proverbial arrow in the quiver. Another of your greatest assets is a washing machine. To fully knock out an infestation, it's a good idea to wash everything you can -- from towels to linens to clothing to smaller area carpets -- in hot and soapy water.

For carpets that are too large (or delicate) to wash or for wall to wall rugs, run the vacuum over the surface myriad times, and then make sure to place the used vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag. (Adding some flea spray into the bag won't hurt, either.) After vacuuming is the time to apply flea spray, as it's unlikely that even a powerful vacuum cleaner will remove every insect, larva, and egg.

When possible, you can also use the cold to your advantage in the fight against fleas. Fleas die quickly when temperatures drop to near freezing, so if you can leave your home quite cold for a period of time, it can eradicate flea populations potentially without the need for chemicals. Temperatures in the 30s Fahrenheit can interrupt the life cycle of fleas. If you can leave your home for a few days vacation and the cold won't damage any of your possessions, it is a clean and safe approach.

Even if you have applied a topical flea spray to your pet's coat, it may behoove you and bring relief to the animal to also give oral flea medication. Ironically, a flea's attraction to your pet can be the insect's own downfall: once your dog or cat has been given a topical and/or oral treatment, they become a lethal host. A flea will still pounce on and might even bite the treated pet, but in doing to they will seal their own death warrant.

A Few Words On Fleas

Flea species can be traces back many millions of years, with their earliest ancestors likely inhabiting the world at the same time as many types of dinosaur. They are highly adaptable survivors, a fact that anyone who has intimate experience with a flea will surely lament.

Many varieties of flea lay more than fifty eggs per day and may lay several thousand eggs during their average two to three month lifespan. With ample access to food -- which is to say a mammal's blood -- a flea may even live longer, with lifespans of more than a year noted on occasion.

The flea's remarkable ability to propagate itself is just one of the reasons they are so successful a parasite. The other primary reason is the wingless insect's impressive jumping ability. Most fleas can easily jump around a foot in distance. This may sound unremarkable until a basis of comparison is offered: could a human leap the same distance, it would constitute a jump nearly the length of a football field.

Beyond mammals, some fleas will also latch onto birds. A few varieties are even known to bite other larger insects.

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Last updated on July 01, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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