Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why do Adams Spot On® products for Dogs leave a greasy spot on my pet’s back after application and what can I do about it?

    Adams™ Spot On® products for Dogs contain a coat conditioner called lanolin that causes this greasy spot.  The lanolin helps to spread the product over the dog’s skin and acts as a coat conditioner as well.  After the product is dry, you may brush through your pet’s fur with a brush or comb for distribution of the treatment and coat enhancing lanolin.  In households with cats, do not allow cats to groom a treated dog until after the product is dry.

  • After using Adams home spray, how long until we can return to our home?

    Leave the area undisturbed for at least one hour. Remove all people and pets (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) for the amount of time specified on the label. Cover fish bowls or tanks with plastic wrap and turn off aerators.

  • What’s the difference between the regular and water-based Adams Flea & Tick Pet Sprays?

    Adams™ Pet Spray products come in both alcohol and water-based formulas. Some contain adulticides only, while others contain both an adulticide and the Infest Stop™* ingredient, which kills the eggs and causes the female flea to lay sterile eggs. The water-based formulas are slower drying (alcohol speeds up drying process because of evaporation) but are the choice for irritated skin. The water-based formulas contain coat conditioners. The alcohol-based formulas dry quickly and the alcohol has a flushing effect on the fleas, which tends to create a faster kill. Some cats may drool upon tasting the spray on their coat. This may occur with alcohol- or water-based products. This response is  generally self-limiting.

  • Can Adams dog products be used on a cat, and vice versa?

    No! NEVER use flea and tick control products for dogs on cats or vice versa. Cats are very different from dogs so they need special formulas. Only use products labeled for cats on cats. Cats and dogs can have adverse reactions, including death, to certain ingredients in each other’s products. The makers of Adams™ products tailor the products to fit the needs of each animal, and includes ingredients appropriate to each pet.

  • Can I bathe my pet after applying a topical product?

    Topical treatments can take up to 24 hours to dry. Refraining from bathing your pet during this time is recommended. If you do choose to bathe your animal prior to adding topical products, wait until your pet is completely dry to apply the product.

  • If I treated my dog a week ago with a topical product and am still finding fleas, can I reapply?

    For a heavy infestation, you can treat again as long as 8 days have passed since the prior application.

  • Can I spray my pet's bed with the indoor spray?

    Adams™ Home Flea & Tick Spray is designed for use on all fabrics. After spraying, leave the area undisturbed for the amount of time allotted on the label. Avoid wetting or saturating carpets or furniture. An evenly-applied spray is sufficient.

  • Can I use Adams flea & tick spray if I am pregnant?

    If you are pregnant, we encourage you to have someone else in the household apply the product. You should avoid breathing the mist, swallowing or inhaling it. If your hands come in contact with the product, wash them with soap and water.

  • Can I use Adams Spot On® products while my pet is wearing a flea collar?

    It is not recommended to use multiple pesticides simultaneously. Always follow package-labeling instructions when applying to animal.

  • Can my pet be treated with Adams flea & tick products if they are on medication?

    Adams™ products are not systemically active and have no known adverse interactions with systemic medications.

    NOTE: Consult a veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, pregnant, nursing, or animals on medication.

  • Do I have to bathe my pet first before I use a topical product? How long before this product works?

    The product can be used after bathing, but bathing is not necessary. Once the liquid has dried completely, it’s okay for children and all family members to have normal contact with treated pets. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend minimizing direct contact with the treated pet until the pet has dried, usually within about 24 hours. Adams™ Spot On® products for dogs start killing fleas & ticks in just 15 minutes.

  • Do I have to stretch the collar before putting it on my pet?

    Some collars require that you stretch the collar to activate the insecticide generator. Always read the instructions before using. Collars tend to fit larger pets, and the excess should be trimmed to suit your pet’s size. Consider leaving 1”-3” extra to allow for some growth of your pet if it is not already full size.

  • Do I really have to shut off my appliances when using your foggers?

    Turn off ALL ignition sources such as pilot lights (shut off gas valves), other open flames or running electrical appliances that cycle off and on (i.e., refrigerators, thermostats, etc.). Call your gas utility or management company if you need assistance with your pilot lights. For use only when building has been vacated by human beings and pets. Leave the area for two hours, and then ventilate the area for an additional two hours upon re-entry.

  • Do my pets need to be out of the home when treating with Adams carpet spray, and if so, how long?

    Leave the area undisturbed until sprays have dried. Remove all people and pets (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) until the spray has dried. Cover fish bowls or tanks with plastic wrap and turn off aerators.

  • Do your flea and tick products have an expiration date?

    No, flea & tick products do not carry expiration dates. Our products will remain effective long after their date of manufacture when they are stored according to label directions. For best results, we recommend using any flea and tick product within 2-3 years of purchase.

  • Does Adams Spot On® flea & tick control work?

    After your pet is initially treated, Adams™ Flea & Tick Spot On®  products are  effective maintenance products that kill fleas and ticks (and deer ticks for cats), and kills and repels mosquitoes for up to 30 days. In addition, they contain the Infest Stop™* ingredient to kill flea eggs and break the flea life cycle.

  • How can I apply this product to my pet when the warnings say not to get it on skin?

    When applying an Adams™ product that requires adult skin contact, such as shampoos and dips, always wear gloves. Other products, such as pet sprays, topical products, home products, and yard products do not require adult skin contact. Always wash hands with soap and water after applying any Adams™ products.

  • How do I apply carpet spray?

    Reference the instructions on the package.  Do not allow children or pets to come in contact with treated surfaces until spray has dried

    INDOORS:Thoroughly vacuum all carpeting, upholstered furniture, along baseboards, under furniture and in closets. Seal vacuum bag and dispose of it in outdoor trash to remove any pests, eggs and larvae from your home. Spray from a distance of 2-3 feet from surface being treated. Apply with a smooth back-and-forth motion to carpets, drapes, rugs and upholstered furniture. Avoid wetting or saturating carpets or furniture. An evenly applied spray is sufficient. Do not spray wood furniture, floors or trim, as water spotting may occur. Repeat treatment if necessary to control fleas and ticks. Apply directly to other exposed bugs.

    PET BEDDING:Treat pet bedding and resting places. Apply a uniform spray to nearby cracks and crevices, along baseboards, window and door sills and localized areas of floors where fleas or ticks may be present as these are primary hiding places for these pests. Removal and replacement of pet bedding after treatment is not necessary.

  • How do I apply flea & tick collars?

    Place collar around pet’s neck, adjust for fit, and buckle in place. The collar must be worn loosely to allow for growth of the pet and to permit the collar to move about the neck. However, the collar should not be so loose that it can be bitten or chewed by the pet wearing it. Generally, a properly fitted collar is one that, when fastened, will snugly slide over pet’s head. Leave 2 or 3 inches for extra adjustment. Cut off and dispose of excess length. Wash hands after installing collar on pet. Under normal conditions, replace collars as directed on the product label. Under conditions of severe infestation and where continued rapid kill is desired, collar may be replaced more often.

  • How do I apply flea & tick pet sprays?

    Cover animal’s eyes with hand. With a firm, fast stroke to get a proper spray mist, spray the head, ears and chest until damp. With cloth, rub into face around mouth, nose and eyes. Then spray neck, middle and hindquarters, finishing legs last. For best penetration of the spray to the skin, direct spray against the natural lay of the hair. On longhaired dogs and cats, run your hand against the lay of the hair, spraying the ruffled hair directly behind the hand. Make sure spray thoroughly wets ticks.

  • How do I apply Pyrethrin dip?

    SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE. DOGS AND CATS: To kill fleas, ticks and lice thoroughly mix ½ oz. (1 tablespoon) of Adams™ PYRETHRIN DIP with 1 gallon of warm water. For outdoor animals in areas of severe infestations, 2 oz. (4 tablespoons) per gallon may be used. Make fresh solution daily. If animal’s coat is very dirty, bathe first with an Adams™ shampoo. Dip should be applied to dry or damp (not wet) coat. Sponge or dip animal with diluted PYRETHRIN DIP making sure all areas are soaked to the skin. Let drip dry on animal. Do not rinse off! Repeat treatment every 7 days if necessary.

  • How do I apply a flea & tick shampoo?

    Thoroughly soak animal with warm water taking 2-3 minutes to wet hair. Apply on head and ears and lather, and then repeat procedure with neck, chest, middle and hindquarters, finishing legs last. Let animal stand 3-5 minutes (this is an important part of the grooming procedure), then rinse animal thoroughly. For extremely dirty or scaly animals, the above procedure may be repeated.

  • How do I apply Adams products?

    The extensive line of Adams™ Flea & Tick products is specifically designed to treat your cat or dog for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and several other bugs listed on the package labels. Always read the entire product label before each use. It is a violation of federal law to use any Adams™ product in a manner that is inconsistent with its labeling.

  • How do I protect against fleas and ticks for myself?

    It is very important to regularly treat your environment with Adams™ Home and Yard products, such as carpet powders, carpet sprays, room foggers and home sprays in order to maintain proper flea control. If you experience an infestation, all areas your pet frequents must be attended to including the home, garage, finished basement (or basements where the pet spends a lot of time), kennel and yard. In situations where the infestation remains a persistent problem even after initial treatments, treatment of attics or crawl spaces should be considered.

    Vacuuming is a very important part in gaining control of a flea infestation. Vacuuming before the initial treatment, and daily (or every other day) thereafter for the next few weeks, is very effective at removing the newly emerged fleas and flea dirt, eggs and some larvae from the carpets. The efficacy of the active ingredients is not compromised by the vacuuming process. Steam cleaning, as a regular household activity, should be done before treatment, since it removes the products’ active ingredients.

  • How do I use a fogger?

    Foggers save you time by providing broad coverage of each room in which they are used. However, the foggers do not fumigate, nor are they crack and crevice aerosols. They do not penetrate enclosed spaces, under/over doors or around walls. The ingredients are propelled upwards until they come in contact with a surface (usually a ceiling). They then bounce off that surface until reaching another surface (a wall), and then settle downward, similar to an umbrella distribution. Any surface (such as a wall, counter, furniture, etc.) will cause an obstruction. During settling, the active ingredients will travel to a degree under items that have adequate clearance (6 inches or more), but will not get under things that are close to the ground (dust ruffles around furniture or beds, etc.). In order to ensure maximum effectiveness of mist distribution, select a fogger appropriate for the square footage of each room/area being treated, rather than the overall dimensions of the whole house.

    Handheld flea and tick control products (Home Sprays, Carpet Sprays, Carpet Powders, etc.) will prove more effective than foggers when treating rooms that have vaulted or extended ceilings, rooms with indoor pools or fountains, or multi-level rooms.

    Directions for use:
    1. Use appropriate-sized fogger for each room/area in the entire house. If no obstruction (wall) divides two rooms, one fogger may be adequate.
    2. To maintain an even distribution of ingredients, all fans, air conditioning units, heaters, etc. should be turned off and all windows closed before activating fogger.
    3. Unplug and turn off ALL ignition sources such as pilot lights (shut off gas valves), other open flames or running electrical appliances that cycle off and on (i.e. refrigerators, thermostats, etc.). Call your gas utility or management company if you need assistance with your pilot lights
    4. Remove all people and pets (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) for the amount of time specified on the label. Cover fish bowls or tanks with plastic wrap and turn off aerators.
    5. Regular green houseplants can be left in the treatment area. Exotic, tropical or in-bloom plants can be covered or removed during treatment, in order to avoid affecting the blooming.
    6. All open food should be covered. Open all cupboards and drawers and remove contents.
    7. The fogger should be placed on a few pieces of newspaper, either on the floor or on an elevated surface (depending upon label instructions).
    8. Leave area undisturbed for 2 hours. Check label for further instructions.
    9. Dishes, counter tops and tables should be washed off with soapy water.
  • How do I use multiple Adams products?

    With many different product items in the Adams™ product line, there are numerous combinations which the products can be used. Some of the most common combinations include:

    • Dips/Shampoos/Sprays: For severe infestation problems, dips are commonly used to provide instant, short-term control. Shampoos are used to cleanse and fight infestation problems and provide instant, short-term control while also acting as a grooming agent. Adams™ shampoos may provide such grooming benefits as detangling and adding luster and a fresh scent to your pet’s coat.
    • Flea & Tick Collars and Topical Products: Offer residual control. Flea & tick collars or topical products can be used after bathing or dipping an animal although it is not recommended to use multiple pesticides simultaneously. Always follow package-labeling instructions when applying to animal.
    • Home Sprays, Yard Sprays and Foggers: Provide premise control. If experiencing an infestation, it is sometimes necessary to treat the yard and home to prevent reinfestation. Always follow label and package directions before use.
    • Never use any Adams™ product in any manner that is inconsistent with the package labeling. Always consult a veterinarian before using any product on debilitated, aged, pregnant or nursing animals or animals on medication.
  • How long before I can switch to another product after a topical product has been applied?

    This depends on the product you are switching to. Please contact the Adams™ consumer response line at (800) 234-2269 for more information.

  • How long before I see no more fleas?

    In general, most Adams™ Spot On® products kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and will continue working for up to 3-4 weeks.

  • How long does Adams Spot On® treatment take to dry on your pet?

    Keep your pet from getting wet until the application appears dry. Drying time can take up to 24 hours. During this time, please keep objects away from the area which has been treated.

  • How often do I need to reapply the product(s)?

    The duration of the product’s effectiveness varies from product to product. Always read labels carefully and follow label instructions before reapplying.

  • Is it okay to use flea & tick home and yard control products with children in the household?

    Once the liquid has dried completely, it’s okay for children and all family members to have normal contact. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend minimizing direct contact with the treated areas until the treatment has dried, usually within about 24 hours.

    Keep products out of reach of children. The ingredients may be hazardous to humans and animals if ingested or absorbed through the skin.

    First Aid:
    SKIN CONTACT: Remove contaminated clothing and wash exposed area with soap and water for 15-20 minutes. Obtain medical assistance if irritation or unusual symptoms occur.
    EYE CONTACT: Wash eyes with water for at least 15 minutes then obtain immediate medical assistance.
    INGESTION: Call a physician or Poison Control Center immediately for treatment advice. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of water. Do not induce vomiting unless a physician or the poison control center directs you to do so. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.

  • Should you bathe pets before or after using Adams pet sprays?

    We recommend you bathe your pet with an Adams™ Flea & Tick Shampoo prior to using our pet spray products. Once the shampoo is rinsed off the pet, the residual activity of the insecticidal ingredient is gone, so it is important to follow up with a maintenance product to protect the pet from new fleas emerging from within their cocoons in the infested environment. Pets must be completely dry before the mist application.

  • What do I apply the product for?

    Most Adams™ products kill fleas, ticks, lice and mosquitoes. Products can be applied as a preventive or as a maintenance program. Repeat applications may be necessary to treat severe infestations. It may be necessary to wait before reapplying. Always refer to the product label before reapplication.

  • What is the Infest Stop™* ingredient, one of the actives in Adams Spot On® products?

    One of the main ingredients in Adams™ Spot On® products is Infest StopTM (S-Methoprene). Fleas have a naturally occurring substance called juvenile hormone which normally directs development of flea eggs and larvae. Infest StopTM* is a synthetic analogue (almost an exact copy) of this substance. When Infest StopTM* is applied to these eggs and larvae, it instantly stops them from developing. Adult female fleas exposed to Infest StopTM* lay dead eggs.

  • What is the difference between pet sprays and flea & tick shampoos?

    Adams™ pet sprays can be used as a complement to your pet’s regular flea and tick control maintenance program. Pet sprays are applied directly onto the animal to kill and repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Shampoos allow pet owners to cleanse and deodorize and add luster to their pet’s coat while killing fleas, flea eggs, ticks and lice.

  • What is the drying time on all pet, home, and yard sprays?

    The drying time for pet sprays may take approximately one hour but will vary based on the quantity that is applied to the pet. Home sprays take approximately one hour to dry while yard sprays may take up to 24 hours.  Do not allow children or pets to come in contact with areas treated with a home or yard spray until the surface has dried.

  • What type of results can I expect to see?

    Each Adams™ product treats for specific problems. It’s best to choose the product which best fits your pet’s needs. In general, most Adams™ Flea & Tick products kill fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and will continue working for up to 3-4 weeks.

  • Why has the Adams Flea & Tick treatment not worked?

    Generally, after the application of our products, you may see more fleas. This is because the products make the fleas hyper-excited, drawing them to the top of the hair coat before dying. If after 24 hours you don’t see a decrease in infestation, please contact the Adams™ consumer response line at (800) 234-2269.

  • Will Adams home sprays kill bed bugs?

    Yes. The Adams™ Home Flea & Tick Spray kills fleas, ticks and many other bugs including Bed Bugs. In addition, the spray kills flea eggs and larvae to break the flea life cycle for up to 7 months.

  • Will my pet get sick if he/she licks himself/herself after I use this product?

    When adding chemical-based treatments for care, follow the label’s instructions carefully and contact your vet with any questions. Prevent your pet from licking itself for 24 hours. Some pets may drool upon tasting the treatment on their coat. This may occur with alcohol- or water-based products. This response is generally self-limiting.