I have two cats who I care about a lot and spend a lot of time looking after. I regularly de-flea them and normally use Frontline to help kill any fleas that are on them. However the vet recommended to me that I also needed to spray my house with a flea insecticide as otherwise the flea eggs that had been laid in the carpets would come to life later in the year even if my cats no longer had any fleas on them. I therefore bought this Indorex House Flea spray from Amazon.
The flea spray comes in a white pressurised container with a spray nozzle. It costs about £9 for 500ml which I have found lasts a long time and covers 79 square metres. It is meant to kill adult fleas whilst also preventing the development of eggs and larvae. It also helps eliminate house dust mites.
To use the treatment you spray it around the house particularly in areas such as the edges of carpets and down the back of your sofa etc. I find that although it claims to be odourless it actually has quite a horrible chemical smell but this does go quickly. It also does not stain household surfaces so you can use it safely anywhere.
The treatment dries quickly and then hopefully does its job. Once I have used it I have never seen any fleas in my house so I guess that it is working OK. It is hard to know though what it would be like without using the treatment
Overall I would recommend this flea spray as it certainly gives peace of mind and seems to work in killing all the horrible fleas!
As I mentioned in my 'Bobs Not Your Uncle' review from a week or so ago, Arnold (my pet cat) had fleas about a year ago, and it wasn't a nice experience for us or for him.
After visiting the vet for a decent treatment to apply to Arnold, my vet asked me if I had any spray for the house, because it was likely that the fleas would be breeding and had laid eggs in there!
I had to admit that it was something that I hadn't considered at that point, so ended up buying his recommended spray off him - Virbac Indorex Spray.
I was horrified at the bill for the cat treatment, and the Indorex house spray! The Indorex alone was £16:99! I remember thinking, 'This stuff better work'!
So What is Indorex House Spray?
Indorex comes in a tall white can, which contains 500ml of household insecticide, formulated to kill fleas and dust mites, larvae and eggs which are present in the house. A five second spray will treat approx 1 square meter area for up to 12 months!
Fleas like to breed in warm dry areas, typically around carpets, stairs, rugs, blankets, tiles and skirting boards, so these are the areas to concentrate on when spraying the formulation.
The smell is very strong (a chemically kind of whiff), and so it is recommended that after spraying the house, that the area is left well ventilated, and I would personally leave the room for 15 minutes or so (taking your pet with you), to avoid breathing in too many fumes.
I used the whole can to totally cover all the required areas in my home, and so it cost me £16:99 to perform the procedure once!
As you would expect there are numerous warnings displayed on the can such as:
For Indoor Use Only,
Do not apply directly to animals.
Remove or cover fish tanks / bowls.
Wash hands before and after use.
Does it work?
We had spotted numerous little fleas around the skirting boards in our bedroom whilst we were applying this treatment, and happily within a few days they were all dead, and vacuumed away, and have not come back since!
I did re-spray all the above mentioned areas again about 4 months ago, just to make sure that the house stays clear, and it does also give the house a feel of freshness after the initial strong fumes begin to fade.
Overall it is a very effective product, which is very simple to apply around the house, leaving no visible stains or marks in the areas that it is applied to. It has a strong smell to it, but works very well in my experience.
The cost is high at £16:99, but the vets do (as always) tend to put a premium on their products, and I did only pay £12 for it from a pet store the last time I purchased it.
Whilst writing this review, I also noticed that Amazon are advertising the same 500ml can on the Dooyoo website for just £9:66!
It is a small price to pay for the piece of mind that this product gives!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2010
Along with my love of gadgets is also a love of (rather surprisingly) animals and pets. Having grown up around dogs, cats, rodents of different varieties, insects in tanks and many other critters, I can say that I have met the lovely blighter called the flea. Now that I live in my own place with my own plethora of animals, I had an outbreak of these little guys 3 months ago. I absolutely HATE them. Completely and utterly. It gets to me that they are jumping around and making the house their home, along with the skin on my animals (and me on occasion too, ew).
I try to keep on top of treating all my animals but they do often socialise with other animals outside and I believe some stray cats to be the culprit. Along with myself being a bit late on the mark for treatment. So I got my usual Frontline for the animals and got them treated first and foremost. My animals have to come first.
I then went to the vet and was recommended this spray for my house. I bought 2 because my place is fully carpeted and so would need more as it soaks in. I read the instructions, hoovered my place first and then got to spraying. The smell was not pleasant but with a flea spray, I didn't really expect it to be. It is quite a powerful smell so make sure you ventilate the area afterwards. You will definitely need to!
I sprayed my carpets, furniture and my mattress. I used up both cans even though I had finished after 1 and a half. I hate the thought of those bugs roaming around my house so I wanted to make sure they were gone. It has now been 3 months and I haven't caught sight of any more. Much to my relief!
This product is easy to use and I had no problems with it other than it having a very strong smell. Because of that, make sure none of your animals are in the room when you spray it, they wouldn't thank you for it! At around £10 it isn't the cheapest but I would pay twice that to get rid of the little bugs!
Of my three pet cats, one is very much an indoor cat while the other two have taken to going out on a much more regular basis than they used to. I treat them at regular intervals with Frontline for any fleas they may pick up on their travels, but from experience am well aware that this is certainly not a fool-proof method and the pesky little jumpers can sometimes overcome the flea medication and end up in my home.
I am not terribly loyal to any one flea spray, although since discovering Indorex I haven't bought anything else as it is not only extremely effective but also reasonably priced. A 500ml spray will cost a shade under £10, which is on a par with other variants available in pet shops and occasionally in supermarkets.
500ml promises to provide you with enough spray to 'coat' a three bedroom semi, I live in a three bedroom bungalow and found the can held an adequate amount to spray each room thoroughly and leave me with some of the spray to top up a few weeks later.
The first impressive thing regarding this spray is the fact that it's odourless, when first sprayed it has a very slight metallic smell but this disappears within seconds - to be frank, I'm not entirely sure whether it was the spray which emitted this metallic odour or not as nobody I have spoken to regarding it has ever noticed this.
It's extremely simple to use, the spray comes out in a wide fine arc so it really is simply a case of standing back and rotating yourself so that the whole room is covered. It dampens fabrics slightly when first sprayed, no more than spraying with Febreze though and soft furnishings are dry again within a couple of minutes. A good example of this is that I sprayed my living room first and by the time I had gone around the rest of my bungalow the spray had dried completely when I got back into the first room. There has been absolutely no staining on any fabrics, although I did notice a slight rise in the level of dust around my rooms for the first day or two after using the spray.
Not only will Indorex kill live adult fleas, it also acts to prevent their eggs developing and has the same effect on dust mites. I suffer with severe asthma and allergies so it was the dust mite claim which initially led me to purchase this spray in place of one which was already in my Amazon basket. Of course, unless you have vision to match that of a microscope you will never be able to tell whether it has had any effect on dust mites or not - but I trust that this excellent product has been well tested and personally believe the claims it makes.
I can tell you I haven't seen hide or hair of a flea since using this spray some three months ago and I honestly do think it's doing it's job well. I shall obviously continue using Frontline to give my cats the very best level of protection I can, but Indorex is a fabulous solution to any fleas which may make their way past other methods.
A female flea can live in a home with pets for up to eight months, producing around 20 eggs per day. That's roughly 600 in her lifetime, and as the eggs or pupae do not rely on blood as part of their diet they can survive long enough to create an infestation. To keep your pets and home free of fleas you really do need something which can tackle those eggs - in much the same way as you would deal with your child if they have headlice; killing the actual lice is simply slowing down the infestation as the missed eggs will eventually hatch and then you are back to square one.
This spray for me is the ideal solution. It is designed so that it can be sprayed from pretty much any angle so is ideal for getting around the edges of your skirting board and into and warm nooks and crannies where theoretically a flea could have laid her eggs - and believe me, that could be quite literally anywhere. Obviously the first place you should start is with the place your pet sleeps, this is easier if you have a dog as they tend to sleep in the same places around the home - although with cats the obvious place to spray first is their bed and then any places you have noticed where they tend to park themselves for their hourly nap.
Indorex is completely non-toxic in relation to humans and household pets, so it's just the fleas which suffer - and rightly so! I have noticed my smaller cat tends to have a sneezing fit if she is around as I am doing the actual spraying, for this reason I tend to wait until she has gone out although I am sure it's a reaction to the actual physical spraying sensation as opposed to any of the ingredients within the spray.
This spray claims to keep your home flea and dust mite free for a full twelve months, and I have no reason to doubt this. I do top up occasionally, but this is purely to ensure the dust mite level is brought down as far as possible as this is one thing which will leave me wheezing as and when my asthma begins to play up.
I completely recommend Indorex for anyone who has pets, whether you are in the midst of a full scale flea invasion or simply want to ensure that the little blighters never get a hold over your soft furnishings - after all, who wants to share their home with pests?
Having a dog its a fact of life that every now and then there is a flea invation - I used to think that if a house had fleas it was dirty - then I got a pet and quickly realised how shallow I was!
Indorex House Flea Spray
The flea spray comes in a 500ml can and is labelled "Household insecticide for the control of fleas. Active against adult fleas, larvae and eggs." This sized can is not enough to do our whole house (which is recommended if the pet uses the whole house), we needed two cans - this did all the carpets, curtains, cushions and bedding. You need to treat the offending animal for fleas at the same time to stop the cycle but do not treat with this spray - it is for the house only and will make your pet very ill if used on it.
First you need to remove all animals from the room and do not let them back in again for at least an hour after using. I was advised to even remove my fish tank but as it is huge I covered it with a bin bag, switched the air pump off and hoped for the best. I am pleased to say that worked and no fish died.
It is recommended that you hoover before using to disturb the creatures (makes me itch just thinking about it!!), then holding the can 50cm away from the surface you are treating spray in for around 5 seconds in each area. It is then advisable to leave the room being treated as the spray smells awful, It is a very overpowering chemical smell and not pleasant at all. On return hoover again to get rid of dead fleas and then empty the hoover bag in case there are any live ones in there too (common sense really but I must admit that I wouldnt have thought of it until the pet shop told me!)
Does it work?
Not for me it didnt. Admittedly there were a lot less living fleas around but it didnt kill them all. I was quite dissapointed to be honest.
I would recommend this as a prevention rather than a cure and for a cure I would recommend using a flea bomb - they are much more fun to use and do the job properly.
Around £10 - 12 depending on where you buy.
I have used this for years as a prevention rather than a cure for fleas. I discovered Indorex about 8 years ago when we had a flea episode, but at that time you could onlybuy it from the Vets and it was about £18 a can! Thank goodnes it has come down in price and is more readily available- I paid £10.50 last year from the local petshop.
I use Indorex at the end of the summer just to kill any eggs that may have gone into the carpet. I have a cat and dog and use Frontline (which I heartily recommend!) but this doesnt stop the animals getting fleas it stops them being able to breed so that they die, and I am always worried about the odd egg escaping my ministrations! Once the house starts to heat up in the autum with fires and central heating being used, this makes a lovley environment for fleas to breed in! So the moral of the story is to stop/prevent a situation before it arises and Indorex is an effective solution.
Thsi is a household spray which needs to be used in every room- ven hard surface floors. Pets bedding should be washed before treating. Make sure you cover all nooks and crannies and dont forget the stairs!
I cover my tropical aquaruim with a heavy cloth before I spray as this is an insecticide and could kill them. Make sure all pets are out of the house (and any kids that are knocking around!!) and make sure that all windows etc are closed. Go and sit in the garden for an hour with a book and a drink! I always leave it longer than suggested on the can (30 mins) as I like to be extra sure!
When you go back in to the house (leave the animals outside for a little longer) open all the windows and then vacuum like mad to get rid of dead fleas/eggs. Again, use the crevice tool on the skirting boards to make sure that you have sucked everything out. The house will smell for a while (it does smell very strong when you are spraying), but it is worth it because its an effective prevention/cure!
You know what it's like when you've got animals, even though you treat them with Frontline and take great care to avoid fleas, occasionally you'll be minding your own business and suddenly a flea appears in front of your eyes! Just one solitary flea but you start to wonder if there's more and how the flea got in your house in the first place. That's where Indorex comes in.
Fleas can get in your house via many methods, not just on your animals although if you don't treat your pets that's the likely method they'll use. You can bring them in on your clothes or your shoes and in flowers etc if you bring those in from outside. Our neighbour's cat isn't treated properly for fleas and every so often she will sneak into our house so that's probably how we end up with the odd flea. It's always useful to have a can of household flea spray to hand just in case.
I started using Indorex years ago, I was looking for something I could use infrequently to treat the house and when I searched online the results contained Indorex. Indorex prevents the development of larvae and eggs for a whole year and will kill adult fleas for 2 months. If like me you only see a flea about once a year if that the 2 months for adult fleas is enough.
The cans are a big 500ml and one can will spray every room thoroughly in our house and still have a bit left so if you've got an average 3 bed roomed house like we have you will only need one can. I paid about £11 for mine but Amazon had an offer on recently with each can costing just over £8. It seems like alot if you compare it to the stuff you buy in pet shops but the difference is this works and you don't have to repeatedly use it weekly.
This is an insecticide so keep it off skin, away from eyes, try not to breathe it in, NEVER spray it on your animals it isn't intended for that, keep away from fish tanks and birds, do not apply on surfaces where food is prepared, do not handle treated fabrics until dry and air thoroughly after use. Lots of warnings there but it is a chemical.
When I use this I put my boys (cats) in the garden and remove all their food and water bowls first. Then I take the spray and spray on all carpets, sofas, curtains and along the skirting boards. The skirting boards are important because they count as a "crack or crevice" where the fleas could hide. We have a couple of rooms with laminate flooring and I spray these but pay particular attention to the skirting boards. We have a leather sofa downstairs so I don't do that but I do the upstairs futon style sofa bed. I have done the mattress before but don't as a rule and if you do the mattress don't do your duvet or pillows, you can wash them if need be.
You hold the spray 50cm away from the surface to be treated and the spray nozzle is one that sprays directly downwards in relation to the can so you just point and press. The liquid comes out in a light mist so it covers quite a good area, probably about a metre square so it doesn't take long to do a room. We have 2 fish tanks and frankly I can't lift them so when I'm spraying anywhere near these I lower the spray closer to the floor and keep an eye on where the mist lands so none of it goes in the tanks. We've never had any problems using this method and the fish have been fine but if you have birds remove them first.
It takes me about 20 minutes to spray the entire house then I leave it for about half an hour. Once the half hour has passed the areas should be dry and then I hoover everywhere. The hoovering is important if you have actually got fleas to get rid of as it removes them. Once the hoovering is done I open the windows for about 10 minutes to blow the smell away then I let my boys back in.
I will say the smell is very strong chemicals so if you are going to have problems with it wear a mask. I'm asthmatic and find it can set me off if I don't keep a hand over my face but it soon goes once you open the windows.
I spray our house at the very beginning of Autumn each year, just before it gets cold so the house is an unfriendly environment for any fleas looking for a warm place to move into. It's also best to do it before it gets cold so your pets don't mind being outside for a while and it isn't going to be a problem to open the windows to air the place.
One thing to note is this is an insecticide so it will kill other insects too. In the Autumn when insects literally pour into our back porch I spray around the threshold and the edge of the door to reduce the amount. One year we had beetles rushing in every time we opened the door and I kid you not it was like a scene from The Mummy with them all rushing in and heading for my feet so I used Indorex for that too and it stopped them. This stuff also kills spiders if they come into contact with it, I don't use it for that but I have noticed if I've recently sprayed and a spider gets in it will die after being on the Indorex. It's pretty potent stuff!
As for fleas I haven't seen a single one while I've been using Indorex annually. Even though the neighbour's cat still sneaks in I haven't seen any or got any telltale bites. I've never had to repeat this more often than once a year and it works brilliantly.
I thoroughly recommend this as a yearly treatment for any house but at the risk of sounding repetitive I must emphasise how important it is NOT TO SPRAY YOUR PETS with this and to remove their bowls and them from the area before you start. A very effective spray.