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Acclaim Household Flea Treatment

Acclaim Household Flea Treatment

Acclaim Household Flea Spray

Acclaim household flea spray is used to eradicate or prevent flea infestations in the home. One 400ml can is enough to treat 140 square metres and will kill fleas for 6 months, but more importantly it will prevent them breeding for 12 months.

Fleas become a pest when they breed in nooks and crannies around your home, building up a large population, most of which is not on your pets at any one time, so cannot be treated by products applied to them. Treating your house for fleas makes more sense than treating your animals sometimes, because there can be as many as 100 devloping fleas in the environment for every 1 flea on your pet!


A Guide to using Acclaim®

  • Remove all pets and children from the room being treated
  • Vacuum thoroughly.
  • Close all windows and doors and spray all carpets, exposed floor boards, soft furnishings and cracks and crevices with a sweeping action holding the can at knee height.
  • Leave the product (Acclaim®­) to settle for about 10 minutes before airing the room.
  • Pets and children may return as soon as surfaces are dry to the touch, usually 10-20 mins.

After Care

  • Regular vacuuming will encourage maximum hatch of the immature stages, ensuring rapid control.
  • Vacuum living areas before going to bed and bedroom areas in the morning. This will ensure rooms are vacant after vacuuming thus reducing the likelihood of fleas biting.

Hints and Tips

  • Fleas living under exposed floor boards can be difficult to treat and hatching may be prolonged.
  • When an infestation is established, adult fleas may be seen for some weeks following spraying. This is because the existing pupae must hatch before they can be killed, it is quite normal and the flea spray will still be working.
  • When the heating is turned up or an unused room is disturbed this can activate dormant fleas.
  • Human bedding and clothing does not need to be sprayed; a warm wash will kill eggs and larvae.
  • Remember to treat the whole house, the car and any outbuildings frequented by the pet.

Extra information

Eggs are laid by a flea on your pet, then they drop off onto the floor or bedding, to develop later into fleas. Sometimes a huge population will build up, completely out of site. They can then develop in waves and infest any pets in the house. Even houses with no carpets are at risk - fleas can easily develop in the gaps between floor boards, skirting boards etc. Every little crevice at floor level in your house needs to be sprayed to prevent fleas from becoming a nuisance. Treatment at the start of the warm weather, before fleas have taken hold, is recommended.

The fleas you see on your pet are adult fleas which are only 5% of the flea population, the other 95% are made up by the other 3 life stages, which are eggs, larvae and pupa which live in commonly visit area's by your pet, i.e. carpets, bedding, rugs etc.

Vet-Kem Acclaim Household Flea Spray is one of the most effective household flea sprays available.

When treating the house care should be taken to treat all of carpets and rugs, skirting boards and tiles, paying particular attention to any cracks, crevices and areas hidden areas by such things like furniture. After spraying it is recommended that the room is closed up for half an hour and then ventilated for a further half hour.

Vet-Kem Acclaim Household Flea Spray will interrupt the life cycle by killing the eggs and larvae of the flea but you may see residual adult fleas appearing due to the chemicals being unable to kill off the pupa stage.

An application of Vet-Kem Acclaim Household Flea Spray will be active in your home for up to 1 year. One canister is sufficient to cover 140sqm.

Vet-Kem Household Flea Spray also eliminates ants, cockroaches, ticks, earwigs, silverfish, other bristle tails, centipedes, spiders and beetles.

Active Ingredients:

Permethrin (rapidly kills adult fleas),

In order to be effective it will be necessary to treat any animals in the household for fleas and as fleas act as an intermediary host to tapeworm and effective worming treatment is also recommended.

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Questions & Answers for Acclaim Household Flea Treatment

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Will this kill scabies?

3rd Mar 2016

When I search for scabies treatments this came up, will this kill mites in the carpets?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This product is active to some extent against house dust mites, which I presume is why it showed up in the search. If this is what you want to achieve, it will help, but it will not eradicate them all.

Regarding Scabies mites, they do not live off the body for any significant time and burrow into the skin of an affected individual. I do not think that Acclaim will be of much help in treating Scabies. You need a persistent acaricide used on the animal itself, so that newly developing mites are killed as well. Your vet can prescribe something for this. The house will not be a reservoir for re-infestaition with Scabies mites if the treatment on the animal is adequate.

Rabbit hutch

20th Feb 2016

My rabbit has walking dandruff can this be used to treat its hutch?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

As long as the rabbit is kept elsewhere while you use the spray and for a couple of hours afterwards, this should be a good product to help. You should apply something to the rabbit as well of course. An ivermectin spot-on such as Xeno 450 is often very good, or your vet may give an injection of the same drug. (Do not do both at the same time, that would be an over-dose!)

Safe for asthmatic children

29th Dec 2015

How safe is it to use with my asthmatic son in the house?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

It is not advisable to actually spray this aerosol when you son is present. However once the spray has settled, it leaves an insecticide coating on the floors and other surfaces but is not present in the air. As long as your son is kept away for a few hours so that all the droplets can settle, there should not be any problem. However you must check with your doctor if you are at all unsure, as we are not in a position to be able to comment on his particular medical condition.

Safe for pregnant women to use?

13th Dec 2015
Louise Hartman

I'd like to know if this product (Acclaim Spray) is safe for pregnant women to use in their home and bedroom?


  • Marketing Assistant

Hi Louise,

I contacted Ceva (the manufacturer) with your query and this was their response:

"There is nothing stated on the safety data sheet for Acclaim Household Flea Spray ​​that states it cannot be used by pregnant women and so is absolutely fine to use."

Hope that helps.


9th Nov 2015

Is this safe to use around a pregnant dog?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This is regarded as a very safe product. I would not recommend actually spraying it when your pregnant dog is present and inhaling air with the freshly sprayed aerosol droplets present. After a couple of hours or so, all the droplets should have fallen to the ground or other surfaces and provide a safe but effective coating there. This should not be a problem for your pregnant dog at all and is safer than having fleas around with young puppys.

Does this work for ticks?

4th Nov 2015

Whenever I search for tick killer for the home, this comes up ... will this also kill/prevent ticks in the home?

  • Equine Marketing Manager

Yes this product does kill ticks too.


6th Oct 2015

I sprayed my house about 6 months ago, and I've noticed that spiders in the house are still dying. Just wondered if it's safe for my kids if it's still liking spiders.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Spiders tend to die indoors for other reasons too, such as not enough insects to catch and eat. As long as you used the Acclaim according to the directions on the can I am sure it will be perfectly safe for your children.

Out of date spray

5th Oct 2015

I have notices a flea, will out of date acclaim household spray still work ?

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

It may or may not be effective. It is unlikely to be unsafe, but I would have to recommend that you use product which is in-date.

Flea spray

8th Apr 2015

Can it be harmful if inhaled. As a full can burst open in my car and I was in it and had to drive home.

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

A small proportion of the contents are always inhaled whenever anyone uses this product in the normal way. This is something which one would normally try to keep to a minimum, but the active ingredients are in fact regarded as safe for people, even when some is inhaled. I hope that you opened the windows for a while. If you did, I am quite sure that this would have been perfectly safe for you.

Still got fleas

30th Oct 2014
nicola falla romero

I bought acclaim from my vets, sprayed the house about 3 weeks ago and ive still got live fleas and being bitten. Do i need to spray my clothes as they are stored in wicker baskets/boxes in my room. Its only myself that is being bitten, my three sons dont get attacked. Im desperate for any info. Many thanks

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

Fleas will come from anywhere that your pets go to. Eggs fall off your pets, then develop near enough where they land. Therefore you do not need to spray much where your pets cannot get to. However they will be in the general vicinity of everywhere your pets ever go. The other thing is that Acclaim is not deadly toxic to fleas in small concentrations. There is a coverage guide on the can. If you spray a large area with one can, you will not have used enough.The concentration will be too low to be effective. Check this again reading the info on the can. You need more than one can with a larger house, especially if you have cats which go everywhere. If pets sit on you, then your clothing could in fact pick up flea eggs, though going through the wash would probably sort them out. You might need to buy some more Acclaim and go over the areas again. Treat all pets with Frontline or similar. Vacuum the carpets before spraying with Acclaim to get rid of anything you can first.

Best of luck. (The fleas will all go eventually. Ladies are always much more affected by flea bites than men. It is not fair, but that seems to be what happens.)