The A-Z of Fleas

If you need further information about R.I.P Fleas Extra, or have a quick question, we hope our ‘A-Z’ will help. Just click on the word you are interested in to find out more, or to be taken to one of our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

  • Adulticide:
    Adulticide:

    A drug which kills adult fleas. In R.I.P Fleas Extra, the adulticides are tetramethrin and permethrin.

  • Asthma:
    Asthma:

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  • Baby:
  • Bedding:
    Bedding:

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  • Birds:
    Birds:

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  • Bites:
    Bites:

    Although fleas do not normally live on humans they may jump onto passing humans and bite if there are no suitable animal hosts. Bites are usually seen anywhere up to knee height.

  • Car:
  • Cats:
  • Children:
    Children:

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  • Clothes:
    Clothes:

    Do not spray clothes with R.I.P Fleas Extra. Fleas do not tend to inhabit clothes due to the incompatibility of the fabric fibres with the flea life cycle. Washing clothes on a high heat (60°C) will kill any flea eggs or larvae.

  • Coverage:
    Coverage:

    Use four seconds of spray to cover one square metre of floor space. The contents of one can of R.I.P Fleas Extra are enough to treat 120 m² and will cover a standard sized 3 – 4 bedroom house.

  • Duration of action:
    Duration of action:

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  • Dust mites:
    Dust mites:

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  • Expiry date:
    Expiry date:

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  • Fish:
  • Flea dirt / Flea faeces:
    Flea dirt / Flea faeces:

    Consist mainly of undigested clotted blood. As the dog or cat moves around, flea faeces fall from the coat and provide food for flea larvae in the environment. Flea faeces in the coat are usually the main sign of a flea infestation. If the coat is brushed onto some damp kitchen paper, flea faeces will be seen as small brown/black particles that leak small amounts of dark red blood on contact with moisture.

  • Food and drink:
    Food and drink:

    Do not spray R.I.P Fleas Extra near foodstuffs, food preparation surfaces or utensils.

  • Fragrance:
    Fragrance:

    R.I.P Fleas Extra has a pleasant floral fragrance.

  • Furniture:
    Furniture:

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  • Garage:
    Garage:

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  • Hard floors:
    Hard floors:

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  • Hoovering:
    Hoovering:

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  • Hutches:
    Hutches:

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  • Insect Growth Regulator (IGR):
    Insect Growth Regulator (IGR):

    A drug which prevents development of flea eggs and larvae into pupal and adult stages, helping to prevent future flea infestations. The IGR in R.I.P Fleas Extra is S-methoprene, which has a duration of action of up to 12 months.

  • Insects:
    Insects:

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  • Kennels:
    Kennels:

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  • Kitchen surfaces:
    Kitchen surfaces:

    Do not spray R.I.P Fleas Extra near foodstuffs, food preparation surfaces or utensils.

  • Life cycle:
    Life cycle:

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  • Mattresses:
    Mattresses:

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  • Mites:
    Mites:

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  • Organophosphates:
    Organophosphates:

    R.I.P Fleas Extra contains no organophosphates.

  • Permethrin:
    Permethrin:

    Rapid acting and long lasting pyrethroid insecticide which is a commonly found active ingredient in collars, sprays, shampoos, dips and topical concentrates for control of fleas and other insects. Permethrin is one of the active ingredients in R.I.P Fleas Extra. It kills adult fleas and flea larvae within minutes to hours of exposure (depending on the dose received) and has a duration of action of up to 12 months. Permethrin is toxic to cats.

  • Pets:
    Pets:

    All pets should be excluded from the room when R.I.P Fleas Extra is sprayed. Immediately after spraying, open windows and ventilate the room for at least 1 hour. Make sure all spray mist has settled and all surfaces are dry before allowing any pets to re-enter. After this time, dogs and cats should be allowed to access all areas of the house as this will encourage pupae to hatch, shortening the pupal window and enabling the infestation to be controlled more rapidly.

  • Pillows:
    Pillows:

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  • Precautions:
    Precautions:

    See can for full details.

  • Pregnancy:
    Pregnancy:

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  • Protective clothing:
    Protective clothing:

    It is not necessary to wear protective clothing when spraying R.I.P Fleas Extra. Follow and adhere to the safety advice on the can and wash hands after use.

  • Pupal window:
    Pupal window:

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  • Rabbits:
    Rabbits:

    If you have a ‘house rabbit’, remove the rabbit and hutch from the room being treated. Immediately after spraying R.I.P Fleas Extra, open windows and ventilate the room for at least 1 hour. Make sure all spray mist has settled and all surfaces are dry before reintroducing the hutch and rabbit.

  • Rats:
    Rats:

    Remove the rat and the cage from the room being treated. Immediately after spraying R.I.P Fleas Extra, open windows and ventilate the room for at least 1 hour. Make sure all spray mist has settled and all surfaces are dry before reintroducing the cage and rat.

  • Re-treating / re-applying:
    Re-treating / re-applying:

    If applied correctly the first time, there is no need to re-apply R.I.P Fleas Extra for the next 12 months. R.I.P Fleas Extra may need to be re-applied if the product has been removed by washing, wet vacuuming or shampooing floor surfaces. If any new soft furnishings, sofas, rugs or carpets are purchased during the 12 month period, they will also need to be treated.

  • Reptiles:
    Reptiles:

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  • S-methoprene:
    S-methoprene:

    Insect growth regulator (IGR) that prevents the development of flea eggs and larvae into pupal and adult stages, helping to prevent future flea infestations. Remains in the environment for up to 12 months.

  • Spiders:
    Spiders:

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  • Spray technique:
    Spray technique:

    Read all instructions and warnings on the R.I.P Fleas Extra can carefully before use. Hold the can approximately 30 cm from the surface to be sprayed and spray in a criss-cross pattern to ensure even application. Use four seconds of spray to cover one square metre of floor space.

  • Tetramethrin:
    Tetramethrin:

    Pyrethroid insecticide that provides instant ‘knock down’ of adult fleas in the environment at the time of spraying, preventing them from biting potential hosts.

  • Vacuuming:
    Vacuuming:

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  • Ventilation:
    Ventilation:

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  • Vivarium / Vivaria:
    Vivarium / Vivaria:

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  • Wash floors:
    Wash floors:

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  • Windows:
    Windows:

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  • Wooden floors:
    Wooden floors:

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