Using Malathion To Kill Fleas

Malathion is one of the widely used and most effective treatment for killing and controlling fleas. Besides flea control, malathion is also known to treat and control tent caterpillars, adult Japanese beetles, red clover mites, lace bugs, spiders, mites, thrips, aphids and much more. Malathion is a strong chemical concentrate that requires caution when being used to avoid mishandling and ensure effective results.


Fleas are microscopic insects which feed on animal and human blood by piercing into their skin. Their bites leave tiny red bumps which may aggravate into hives or rashes when itched. Flea bites can be very itchy and when itched continuously may also get infected. These insects are also capable of spreading diseases to animals and people. Malathion is the most popular flea control treatment. However, other companies such as Backed by Bayer are also known for their flea control treatments such as Temperid Ready Spray.  

Malathion – Application & Precautions

Application of Malathion requires a little prep. Since it’s only meant to be applied outside, clear your yard of all kinds of debris, including animal droppings. Avoid undertaking the treatment during wet or windy weathers. Now mix 5 ounces of Malathion into 1 gallon of water and spray the mixture using a garden sprayer. The rate of spray should be 1 gallon/ 1000 sq.ft.

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Keep the following precautionary steps in mind:

  • Cover yourself up completely when applying malathion. Wear full sleeved shirts and pants, socks, shoes and gloves before touching the concentrate.
  • Once you’re done with the application, remove all clothing immediately to be wash. Ensure that these clothes are washed separately.
  • Wash hands and any other body part that has been exposed to the treatment thoroughly.
  • Malathion should not be ingested or inhaled and shouldn’t come in contact with eyes or skin. Both people and pets should be kept out of the treated area for at least 12 hours. ‘’
  • Being toxic to aquatic life, Malathion should not come into contact with any water body including aquariums and bathing or drinking water.

Have you ever used Malathion for treating fleas? Was it effective in getting rid of fleas? Share your thoughts and experiences with us below.

Date: Tuesday, 13. January 2015 0:15
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