“ Brand: Johnson's / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Health „
No one wants fleas in their homes do they but sadly they can be a drawback when you any any pet.
I prize myself on the care that I give to my beloved cat Myrtle and that she is regularly treated with flea treatments and wormed however recently I was sat with her and spotted a flea and I knew what caused it! Or should I say who!? My lovely boyfriends dog Oliver had passed them on, my boyfriend had thought he had got rid of those before he brought the dog around but then I spotted two fleas on him (the dog, not Adrian lol) and went completely barmy!
Like I say though no one likes pesky fleas, me I hate them and feel once you get them they are almost near on impossible to get rid of, I had a bout of them way back when Myrtle was a kitten and she ate one and ended up with tapeworm, it took the vet to tell me that and all I didn't even realise she had fleas let alone a worm!
So of course I'm been on the case. I've Frontlined her and Adrian's doing Oliver but my biggest worry was my home and my mums. I split my time between being at mine and staying at my mums and at the moment me and Myrtle are at my mums but going home later today and I hate the thought of leaving and leaving fleas behind us and know as well that my home is at risk of already having fleas so off me and my stepdad went with his debit card to get the best flea treatments we could find to try get rid of the issue!
We found this product in a local pet store and it cost us a whopping £13.00 albeit for a very large can of the stuff and I must clarify the product I am reviewing is Johnsons Flea Spray but also its referred to on the can as 'Extra Guard' so its the same product really everyone else is reviewing on here and way back Dooyoo told me to plonk this review here so here I am!
This comes in a dark pink can with a picture shown of a house on there and a flea with a line through it and we are clearly told that it is Johnsons Veterinary '4Fleas' Household Spray, Extra Guard With IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) 'Kills Fleas & Larvae' and that it prevents hatching eggs developing into fleas and is for use on carpets, soft furnishings and pet bedding and that it protects for up to 6 months and that it isn't for use on animals and that my can is 600ml in size and on the bright yellow lid we are told that a can this size is sufficient to treat an average sized home then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and what its good at doing, lots of warnings are given and instruction advice is very clearly and accurately given and contact details for the manufacturer are given also.
Although this is primarily sold for killing larvae and fleas this is suitable for killing off many bugs and pests which include Ants, Cockroaches, Beetles, Bristletails, Mites, Ticks, Earwigs and Centipedes. You can use this on most surfaces and prior to using it you need to ensure that children and pets are out of the way and because it stinks to open some windows is a good idea to help let the smell of it disappear.
Using it couldn't be simpler in truth. You need to make sure you press down the dispenser button to the top of it for about 8 seconds to where you want to treat. Like I say it doesn't smell very nice though it isn't sickening but it is quite a strong aroma.
I blasted my sofa, bed, bedding, nooks and crannys, carpets, rugs the lot, not just in my home but mums too. I left it a few hours to kill anything in its path and then simply hovered up. It didn't make materials smell after using it, and it wasn't tricky or wet to use. This really couldn't be simpler to use really and I found that one huge can this side did the whole of where I wanted to treat in both mine and my mums properties but that's because I have a little carpet in my home, mum has loads and so on so it was easy to sort of divide the can into making it go round without skimping on what I needed to do.
I had seen a flea on my bed at my mums house that jumped off Myrtle and I haven't seen it since using this and things like Kingsize duvets were just out of the question to wash in the short term we needed so that's where this came in handy and I wasn't sure that washing alone would kill the fleas so its great for things that you can't wash like most blinds and curtains and so on (My mum has unwashable blinds and Myrtle loves to wind herself around those!)
No ones been bitten and in a matter of a couple of days Myrtle has no fleas on her whatsoever and is as clean as a whistle and I do put that down to spending out and buying the right products and we bought this on recommendation from a vet who knew what he was talking about.
This doesn't just kill living fleas flat dead but stops eggs from hatching, something that not all products promise and although pricey I'd buy this again if I ever had a problem because I know it works and there shouldn't be any skimping on products to kill damn fleas I reckon!
No more scratching! You can relax now lol.
Widely available from most pet stores, I have only seen this 600ml aerosol can so far and no other sizes, Google if interested of course and this comes with a really big thumbs up from me and my family!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Having two animals in our house we are obviously prone to 'guests' from time to time in the shape of the occasional flea. We do use a flea collar on Champ the cat but the dog tends to bring them home on him from time to time and we can see them jumping round in his red basket on on his blanket.
One tin of this cost £2.35 from Home Bargains and in my honest and personal opinion it was a good purchase indeed. We followed the instructions carefully. The can must be shaken vigorously to start with to disperse the contents and then sprayed liberally from about 12 to 15 inches away from the bedding atc where the infestation is.
The smell from this stuff is extremely strong and knocks you off balance as it catches in the back of the throat - at least it did with me. I would definitely recommend that you ventilate the room very well afterwards as per the instructions otherwise you will feel ill (and so will the animal).
We left it for about thirty minutes as it recommended on the can and then went back to have a look. A few days after using this stuff there were no more signs of fleas in the basket so we are happy that it appears to have done avery good job.
I also personally like the fact that the can is CFC free.
Great product, it works very well and incredibly quickly and it is not an expensive product to use.
Recommended by us.
review also on Ciao as sorehead
After finding a flea on my beloved furry boy I must admit I overreacted. Despite knowing that the cats were treated with Frontline and this little bugger could only have been hitching a ride unable to lay eggs I HAD to treat my house.
What could go in the washing machine did but what about the carpets and the chairs? Whilst explaining my irrational cleaning needs to the pet store owner he recommended that I purchase this product.
Johnson's is a brand that I trust having used several of its products in the past for different reasons.
The packaging is brightly coloured, in aerosol form for easy application and claims that it will kill fleas and their eggs for up to 6 months. It also states it can be used pretty much on anything but advises that you should test an inconspicuous area just in case it affects the colours. At £4 for 150ml I thought it was rather expensive until reading the above. £4 over 6 months, that's less than 3p a day to keep my home flea free.
The good news is that the canister is CFC free, the bad news is that the chemicals contained in the treatment are extremely harmful to aquatic life so please be careful when disposing of this product should you buy it. Also if you own fish - I'd ask a family member to fish-sit for the day or keep them well covered and try to avoid spraying near them. It's also not suitable for spraying on any furries.
I started by opening all the windows as wide as possible, it states to use in well-ventilated areas but that smell is still going to hit you hard at the back of the throat, so the more fresh air you get in that room fast, the better it's going to be.
Turn off all naked flames such as fires, cookers, lighters and even cigarettes as the spray is flammable.
Kick the children, furries, husbands, additional lodgers out for the day (only really needs an hour but enjoy some peace) as you don't want any of them touching a treated surface and then eating/licking paws.
The instructions are to hold the can 15 inches from the surface you wish to treat and give an 8 second burst per square metre. Honestly, I didn't follow that and I just held it about 8 inches away and sprayed away until I felt the surface was sufficiently covered.
Once you have treated your house, wash your hands and get out of the house for an hour to allow the spray to do it's job and to prevent breathing too much of it in. If this is not an option, I'd leave one room for you to hide in (keep windows open) and wait until the rest of the house is back to normal before treating that room. The spray does have a strong smell but this disappears very quickly with the fresh air circulating. There's been no residual smell left on my furniture either which is great.
As with all aerosols that contain chemicals, store in a cool, dry place and out of reach of children. Common sense really, kill fleas not your children!
It took the whole aerosol can to treat my two bedroom house and I do this every 6 months along with the big summer/winter clearout so that it's easy to remember about. I have been using this product for two years now we have not seen another flea so I have to assume that it's doing its job very nicely. I definitely recommend it.
Having sorted out my cat’s personal little ‘friends’ with Frontline my thoughts turn to the eggs that may have been laid in carpets, soft furnishings and the animal’s bedding. The bedding was the easiest to deal with as my cat positively refused to use a nice large box that I had prepared for him and has never once slept in it. He had a sniff around and decided that the windowsill above the radiator was a much better place during the day and at night he prefers the top of a bookshelf, which is also near the radiator. However had he been a normal cat and used his very own box the simple solution for his bedding would be to spray it with a household flea spray and next day shove it in the washer and give it a good hot wash, a thorough rinse and NO FABRIC CONDITIONER. However care must be taken to make sure that the cat is not tangled up in the bedding before chucking it in the washer. But I was spared that chore. As for the rest it had to be Johnson’s Household Flea Spray, which it was claimed would decimate the fleas and the flea larvae and as far as I can tell it does just that. It is round about this time that people who hear talk of fleas or read about them that they start to have an itch here and there. So go on have a good scratch and read on. I promise you reading this will not give you fleas. At three pounds odd for a 150ml spray can it is a bit on the expensive side but it is C.F.C. free so you won’t add to the destruction of the ozone layer. Now all cats have their favourite places to lounge around in and these areas need to be tackled first. But first remove the cat and other pets, food, plants and fish bowls/tanks from the room. If the fish tank is too large to move safely cover it up and keep it covered for at least one hour after spraying. Make sure that the room is well ventilated and it states on the can to hold it about 15 inches (38 cms for those fully integrated with th
e metric system) away from the place you wish to treat. It also states on the can that you should use 8 seconds bursts per square metre of surface, but what do they know. If you took their advice the can would be used up pretty quick and you would need to buy another one or even two to do a room. I favour holding the can about 9 inches away from the surface being sprayed and with multiple short bursts spray away. Once around the room at the edge of the carpet is as good a place as any to start followed by under the cushions on the easy chairs and settee. Odd corners that rarely see the light of day tend to get forgotten, so remember them and launch your attack. Do not be tempted to give puss a quick squirt as when he has forgiven you he will only start to lick himself and could easily expire with his fleas. Take care if spraying delicate fabrics, polished or plastic surfaces as there could be an adverse reaction. It is probably best to cover them up first. Avoid breathing in the spray mist and the best way to do this is to use a filter mask or a damp handkerchief held over the nose and mouth. Do not handle the sprayed surfaces until the mist has dried (about half an hour) and thoroughly wash your hands after use. Store the part used can away from direct sunlight and heat and where children WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET AT IT. Better still when they are old enough show them how to use it safely. One final word of caution. Like any aerosol spray, a naked flame could turn it into a blowtorch so don’t go spraying around with a fag hanging from your mouth or with the gas fire burning away merrily. You want to kill the fleas not roast them.