Natural Health Flea & Tick Powder is for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants and more.
Flea Products are Poisonous!
This is taken from Natural Resources:
“Each year, Americans purchase and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic and more. Other pet owners take their pets to veterinarians to be dipped in chemicals.
Many consumers probably assume that the products they and their vets use have been subjected to rigorous testing, and must, by virtue of their very ubiquity, be safe. After all, how could the government let deadly poisons be sold on grocery store shelves without applying stringent standards?
The simple truth, however, is that the poisons in many of these products are not safe, either for pets or humans. Government regulation of these products has been sketchy, and testing of their impact in the home has been inadequate.
The result is that many of the products sold by the millions in grocery, drug and pet supply stores, even when applied as instructed on the box, can cause serious health consequences to pets and humans.”
How to Prevent Fleas and How to End an Infestation!
I think most of us have experienced fleas in our home and if any of you have every had an infestation, it is an experience you won’t ever forget!
I have always had a bad reaction whenever I was around any flea products and I think it was a blessing in disguise after learning all I have about the damage and problems they can cause, including death for our pets and even cancer.
We used to use straight Diatomaceous Earth for our pet’s but have switched to Natural Health Flea & Tick Powder. It does have Diatomaceous Earth in it but we have found that the DE alone just wasn’t doing the trick. It did for many years but then is stopped working.
This is the first spring I have ever gone through where the Diatomaceous Earth didn’t work for the ants that try to come in every year.
In years past, I would sprinkle the DE where they tried to come in and in a couple days they would stop coming in and I wouldn’t see them for another year. Not this year.
This new stuff works! It is supposed to be awesome for fleas too,
I can’t wait to start getting reports from my customers about how well it works! Please let me know!
Hartz Fleas Collar Kills Pets!
“On March 15, 1996, we purchased a Hartz Flea Collar for our cat. Within 24 hours after placing the flea collar on her, we noticed her scratching her neck area incessantly and removed the flea collar immediately.
After one week, the fur around her neck had started to disappear and was replaced by bleeding scabs. We took her to our vet, who gave her cortisone shots and prescribed antibiotics that had to be given to her twice daily for two weeks.
At the end of the two weeks, she had gotten worse, missing approximately four inches of fur from the entire circumference of her neck.
I took her back to the vet on April 22, 1996 and received a call two hours later that there were no guarantees for our cat; that even with more cortisone shots and antibiotics, she would not be cured–her system had been poisoned by the Hartz Flea Collar.
Euthanasia was the only humane thing to do for our beloved cat. “
By Penelope -Thrower Pemwick
A Veterinarian Talks abut the Toxicity of Flea Products
Dr. Denise Mankin, a veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Des Moines, said she has treated a number of cases of poisoning on pets from over-the-counter products such as Zodiac,
Hartz and Top Spot topical applications and some shampoos.
Symptoms range from muscle tremors to heavy salivation and tearing,
hyperactivity to semi-comatose conditions, and seizures. At the extreme, the outcome can be brain damage or even death.
“During the actual flea season, we’ll see one or more cases a week, sometimes up to half-dozen a week,
depending on how severe fleas are” she said.
What’s in the Products that Make it so Toxic?
Over the counter flea powders, collars, shampoos and sprays also may contain longer lasting pesticides called carbamates and organophosphates,
“OP’s” for short.
The Humane Society issued warnings about those chemicals, based on a report done by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report, “Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products,” recommended that the Environmental Protection Agency ban organophosphates and carbamates. The report suggests that the active ingredients in flea and tick products, in combination with other pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals commonly used around the home, can compound the effects. They pose health risks not only for animals, but also for children.
Children are at high risk for damage to their nervous systems because of their smaller size and tendency to cuddle pets and put hands in their own mouths.
The report also noted that exposure rates of children and adults to OPs in pet products has not been adequately measured.
“Far too many people believe that just because these products are on a shelf, they must be extremely safe.
That’s not always the case,” said Amy Suarez, regional director for the
Midwest region of the Humane Society of the United States.
Sergeants Flea Products!
Sergeant’s Gold Flea and Tick squeeze on story:
“My wife and I noticed an autumn, warm weather flea outbreak on our toy poodles. We bathed them with Sergeant’s Gold Flea and tick shampoo and then applied the Sergeant’s Gold squeeze on treatment. The 2 yr old was foaming at the mouth, shaking and couldn’t walk right. The little 6 month old just cried and cried and ran around in circles for hours.
Finally we found this site, read the stories and called the Vet emergency number. We have bathed them twice in DAWN and they seem to be doing OK now. I won’t know until tomorrow though. ANYTHING THIS TOXIC SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE OVER THE COUNTER!!”
These are the problems people have had with Sergeants Gold Flea and Tick Powder:
drooling, foaming at the mouth, vomiting, neurological problems, seizures and even death.
Childhood Brain Cancer and Flea Preventatives
A report of pesticides and childhood brain cancers published in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed a strong relationship between brain cancers and pyrethroids used to kill fleas and ticks.
The study concludes “The specific chemicals associated with children’s brain cancers were pyrethrins and pyrethroids (which are synthetic pyrethrins, such as permethrin, tetramethrin, allethrin, resmethrin and fenvalerate) and chlorpyrifos (trade name: Dursban).”
What Other Problems Do Flea Preventatives Cause?
The chemicals that are released into the environment in an effort to control mosquitoes are harmful to human health, wildlife, and ecosystems. They are also ineffective in that they kill only a limited percentage of mosquitoes, leaving sprayed communities with a false sense of security and less likely to use effective, non-toxic, control measures.
There is evidence that long-term spraying may actually increase the number of mosquitoes by destroying predators that feed on mosquito larvae and adults. Mosquitoes that are sprayed but not killed by the poisons may become resistant, become more aggressive biters, and have increased prevalence of West Nile Virus (WNV) within their bodies.
“Insecticides Associated with Bladder Cancer in Dogs – A statistically significant association between exposure to topical flea and tick dips, and the occurrence of bladder cancer in dogs has been found.
The risk of bladder cancer was increased further in dogs living in proximity to areas sprayed regularly with insecticides for mosquitoes.
Many flea collars contain carbaryl? Carbaryl, also known as Sevin, has been shown to cause cancer, mutate cells, and cause birth defects.
How can we possibly think it is safe for our dogs to wear a flea collar around his neck for up to four months?
Did you know the manufacturers of these flea collars say we shouldn’t even let our children touch the collar? I wonder why?
Read the instructions on the flea sprays. “They instruct you not to breathe it while spraying your dog? What happens when the dogs breathe while being sprayed?
What about the flea shampoos? There is at least one that I know of, so far that has a chemical in it that causes cancer.
SEVIN (Carbaryl): A CONTROVERSIAL INSECTICIDE
by Winand K. Hock Extension Pesticide Specialist
If you can believe the headlines which appeared in newspapers from the Delaware Valley and New Jersey last spring, the manufacturers of carbaryl (Sevin) must have developed and released to the public a ‘chemical black death’ which will make Love Canal, DDT, PCB’s, and Kepone in the Chesapeake Bay seem rather insignificant. One Canadian environmental organization in a letter addressed to local citizens cites some of the ‘documented’ effects of carbaryl.
1. It causes birth defects in mammals, especially dogs.
2. It worsens the condition of people with hypertension and people on anti-depressant drugs.
3. It impairs the function of the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland, and the reproductive system.
4. It causes hyperactivity and learning disabilities in mammals.
5. It could increase the chance of heart attack in people with weak hearts.
6. The main break-down product, nitrosocarbaryl, which is easily created in the human gut, is a potent cancer-causing agent.
7. It causes irreversible chromosomal damage to human DNA (the genes in our cells).
You know I always blame the immunizations on many problems our dogs have, but apparently there are other factors involved.
I truly was shocked by what I read.
“The use of DEET in mosquito repellents is extremely troubling. DEET has been associated with seizures and several cases of toxic encephalopathy (encephalitis) in children, including three deaths,”according to the Extension Toxicology Network at Cornell University.“We should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us.”
Products containing N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide and isomers (DEET) are beneficial as insect repellents, but have also been associated with dermal (skin) irritation such as blisters and scarring and neurological damage including toxic encephalopathy with symptoms of agitation, weakness, disorientation, seizures, coma and death.
DEET is absorbed promptly through the skin and distributed to all organs including the brain and the fetus if a woman is pregnant.
By Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962. Diatomaceous Earth and Natural Health Flea & Tick Powder can be ordered from my Products Page and is available in my home.