Flea Control – Low Risk, Safe Alternatives
Flea control by Toxic Respond are not only irritating to your pet, they can also cause intense itching and transmit disease-causing parasitic tapeworms like tapeworms (from fleas) or Rickettsia and Lyme disease (from ticks). Getting rid of these parasites is a priority for many pet owners and regular preventive treatment will help to keep the problem at bay. However, the use of any product that contains potentially toxic chemicals is an important safety concern.
Until recently, the most popular spot-on flea products sold in veterinary clinics and pet stores contained organophosphates (chlorpyrifos, malathion, diazinon), synthetic pyrethroids, or carbamates. These neurotoxic insecticides are effective, but they can be toxic to humans and animals as well. Foggers, collars, powders, shampoos, and dips with these ingredients are still available for purchase, although the use of these chemical products is discouraged by veterinarians.
Itching for a Solution: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Flea Control Strategies by Toxic Respond
There are now low risk, safe alternatives to these old standbys for the control of fleas and other pests, including a new oral pill, isoxazoline/sarolaner (Simparica). This oral product is a powerful flea preventive, killing adult fleas on the pet’s skin and in the environment. It also contains an insect growth regulator or IDI, such as lufenuron, spinosad, and methoprene, that will not only prevent the eggs from hatching but will also kill early pupae and larvae. This product is effective on dogs, cats, ferrets, and hares. To ensure the best results, treat all pets and the indoor and outdoor environments simultaneously. Always read the product label first and be sure to spray the areas where the fleas are most active.