Do you know how the pest control products actually affect your pet? Numerous studies suggest that actually these products cause adverse reactions to your dogs and cats which usually leads to premature death. A report called Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products and issued by the Natural Resources Defense, found that the chemicals found in these products are directly linked to the health problems of pets and people.
Another study conducted in 2008 by the Center for Public Integrity found that more than 1600 pet deaths have been linked to the chemicals found in these products. Due to these reasons these products have been reported to EPA in the past few years forcing them to take action. They have actually analyzed the EPA pesticide incident and found they are extremely dangerous for the health of the pets and main cause of the deaths. These products actually contain permethrins which are also carcinogenic for humans.
- EPA actually started some monitoring on the pet products since 1990, and according to EPI’s site “The EPA cannot make its own evaluation due to the fact that unlike the regulations directing the FDA’s approval of human products, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act does not require pet products to go through field trials prior to approval. So, the agency can only require less comprehensive testing, often only on one breed of dog or cat. This makes it difficult to predict the effects on the more broader population of users.”
This clearly shows that in the past they have been lying the Americans and putting their health at risk.
The most popular product is called Advantage ad Frontline which contains chemicals such as permethrin, methoprene, imidacloprid, fipronil, and pyriproxyfen. These chemicals are actually very dangerous for the health of the animals.
- The Peta has stated the following in regard to this “In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency got more than 44,000 complaints of “adverse reactions” varying from skin irritation to seizures and death, and has since been “pursuing a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs.”
With this being said, it becomes evident that before you purchase any of these products and use them on your pet, it is important to read the labels and look for the ingredients above. If they do contain at least one of those detrimental chemicals, stay away from them!
The good news is that there are natural alternatives to toxic chemicals flea products available, which have been already shown to be as effective and far safer.
Garlic spray is one of those alternatives! Garlic is an effective natural flea killer. Additionally, there are many health benefits to using it:
– Prevents and kills fleas
– Acts as antiviral agent
– Acts as antiparasitic agent
– Contains antifungal properties
– Boosts the immune system
Here is how to prepare the garlic spray for fleas
– Water – 1 quart
– Garlic – 1 bulb
– Onion – 1
– Lemon – 1
– Peppermint oil – 5 drops
You will need to put all ingredients in a mixer or blender. Mix them well until you get fine homogeneous mixture. Strain the mixture and spray it on the hair.