How Do Flea Collars Work?

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Types Of Flea Collars

There are two main classifications of flea collars: long-term and immediate-effect. Which collar you use will depend on your flea problem. If you live in a flea infested area, you may need to use both kinds throughout the year.

Ingredients You May Want To Avoid

Flea collars are a popular way to control flea infestations on your pets. Unfortunately, flea collars are laced with harsh chemicals and have been known to cause a number of unwanted side effects. Many users who find their pets scratching and biting after using flea collars are disappointed and unhappy with the collar's effectiveness.

Many pet owners who are turned off to the idea of using harsh chemicals on their pets, turn to natural treatments like flea collars that are made with essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree.

While this is marginally better than using a synthetic chemical collar, there is still much debate as to whether or not these natural collars work. The benefits of essential oils are primarily felt through topical application (meaning they're absorbed directly through the skin). This can be problematic when applying it to your pet's fur and skin.

Essential oils like peppermint and tea tree have a sedative quality to them. This means they naturally calm your pet and its flight or fight response. Unfortunately, this means you won't see the typical signs of fleas on your pet. In fact, other than a mild irritation, there won't really be any clues that the fleas are still there. If you come into contact with fleas during an infestation, you'll see the occasional flea or flea dirt, but that is often the extent of your symptoms.

Warnings For Flea Collar Use

Flea collars like other pest control methods are mostly a chemical solution to pest and insect problems. This means that if they were ineffective, cats and dogs would not wear them, and if they were not safe, they would not be approved for use by the EPA. Nonetheless, discerning pet owners want to know how the collar works.

The active ingredient in most flea collars is permethrin. Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid, which is an organic compound that was created to mimic natural materials found in chrysanthemum flowers. The imidacloprid is also found in many flea collars. It is a neurotoxin, which acts by disrupting the central nervous system. Once either of the chemicals gets into the system of the flea it will be very sick, and in most cases will die within a few hours once it ingests the pesticide.

It is claimed that a flea killed by either of these poisons is unlikely to hop off and continue to do damage. But experts advise the precaution of washing your pet’s coat with appropriate pet shampoo to remove as many dead fleas as possible. They will die as the insecticide dehydrates the flea, causing it to shrivel up and slip off the pet. The shampoo will help to recover a much higher percentage of fleas.

Tips for Using Flea Collars

While most pet owners prefer the odorless and hassle-free [link](anti-flea pills), flea collars are highly effective and economical. Flea collars come in two different forms “ flea dipping and flea collars.

The flea dipping form works in a way similar to anti-flea shampoo for dogs. Shampoos are infused with chemicals that are repellent to fleas, lice, and ticks. The resultant suds contain the chemicals and flea dirt and once your pet is rinsed, the flea dirt and the chemicals are left on the flea collar. The flea collar soak up the chemicals and flea dirt and act as a mobile reservoir.

The trapped dirt, flea, and chemicals in the collar poison the fleas and ultimately cause their death. For the best results – it’s best to alternate between shampoo baths and flea collar applications.