Do Flea Powders Work?
Flea powders are considerably less expensive than the popular spot-on products. In addition, they are highly multifunctional and can be used on pets, carpet, bedding, furniture and even in your yard to prevent flea infestation. However, do flea powders work?
Effective flea control requires a broad strategy of protecting your pet, home and yard. In our opinion, flea powders are much more effective for the home and yard than for use directly on your pets.
Therefore, rather than considering flea powders as an alternative to flea drops, you should consider using them in combination. Utilize products like flea drops, flea tablets, flea collars, etc to protect your pet and then use flea powders for your home and yard.
When selecting a flea powder for your home, you want to make sure you pick one that is natural and completely safe for your pets and children. Any flea powder that requires pets to be away while the powder is on should be avoided. Instead, we recommend products like Sentry Natural Defense Flea Carpet Powder, NaturVet Herbal Flea Powder or Only Natural Pet All-In-One Flea Powder that contain natural ingredients that are both safe and effective.
Once you’ve selected a safe flea powder for your home, spread it around and let it stay in the carpet for at least one hour before vacuuming. If the infestation is really bad, consider keeping it in the carpet for 24 hours. When fighting an infestation, it is important to vacuum for fleas more frequently than you normally would.
If your pets spend time outdoors, we highly recommend treating your yard with a special flea powder called diatomaceous earth, which is basically pulverized sea-shells. This powder is inexpensive and highly effective at killing fleas in your yard. It is conveniently available in up to 50 lb bags and completely safe to use.
Do flea powders work? We say yes, but recommend them for use in your home and yard rather than directly on your pets. Combining natural flea powders with preventatives for your pets can be a highly effective strategy for controlling fleas.