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Protect Pets and Kids From Pesticides In Flea Collars

Protect Pets and Kids From Pesticides In Flea Collars

Pesticides come in all shapes and sizes, and effect creatures large and small. If you are like me, you diligently check your family’s food labels, and read as much as you can stomach about the toxic soup that comes in contact with our bodies. I also check what is in my pet’s food. Pet food manufacturers are notorious for adding dangerous preservatives and vitamin fortifications that can make pet food less healthy, while claiming all sorts of healthful benefits. Now there’s a major concern focused on pet flea collars.

Flea collars deposit a chemical residue on your pet’s fur that is aimed to kill fleas. But, this dangerous pesticide residue is not just toxic to the pests the collars are trying to kill; it can be harmful to pets and children. Children who come in contact with the collars on their pets are also at risk. Young children are particularly susceptible to these pesticides because their nervous systems and brains are still developing. Children often put their hands in their mouths, making them more likely to ingest hazardous residues.

What’s so bad about flea collars?

The NRDC recently filed a petition with the EPA asking them to ban the use of the pesticide propoxur, a known carcinogen in some flea collars. The EPA is in charge of ensuring the safety of our air, land and water and a multitude of other regulatory hazards, including flea control products. It is asking for public input on whether to continue to allow the neurotoxic and cancer-causing pesticide propoxur in pet products.

“EPA officials are waiting to hear more from the companies that make these products. In the meantime, the dangerous products remain on the shelves. We need to tip the balance and let EPA know that there are millions of concerned pet owners and families who want to make sure that toxic products are taken off the market. EPA has opened this discussion to the public and has a website where you can post your comments (see detailed instructions below) until July 15th 2011.” ~ Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, NRDC

How to tell the EPA to ban the chemical propoxur from pet products?

1. Go to by July 15th
2. Enter the following ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0207-0018 and click search.
3. On the right hand side click on “submit a comment”. Write you our comment in the box provided. Please be sure to let them know that you are worried about unsafe pet products and ask them to cancelor ban the use of the chemical propoxur in pet products. Submit.

As we continue to strive to green up our lives, let’s not forget our pets! To learn more about safer methods of flea and tick control check out Green Paws.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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3:19AM PDT on Aug 11, 2011


5:03AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help

9:36PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Good one, go natural!

5:20AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

A very good flea remedy is made with pennyroyal and rosemary (both members of the mint family): put some of each in water and heat it to make an extract. When the extract has cooled down to room temperature, use it for a flea bath, or, with a flea comb, comb it through your pet's fur. Fleas hate it (BTW, so do roaches--if you live in a hot climate, swab the threshhold to your doors with extract of pennyroyal); the effect lasts about six weeks. Then, being a natural product, it decomposes and needs to be renewed. But it works like a charm. In fact, the old name of pennyroyal was fleabane.

5:40AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Very useful info!

5:05AM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

I used to use Frontline on my cats monthly, but they hated it! I also hated giving it to them, so I quit. They're indoor cats, and thankfully, don't have fleas or ticks. But if you dislike the product so much, as I did, don't buy it.

3:44PM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I don't use flea collars on my fury kids but if you must there are many natural ones you can make. I have used advantage but maybe once a yr. if even that cos I don't think any of it is good. You can use Dawn Dish Soap to bath them in and it will kill the fleas, but never use any other dish soap because it could be harmful.

10:37AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

I don't use it in my cats, but in my dogs i put scalibor collars to prevent leishmaniose.
Here in Portugal exists a new vaccine to prevent that disease, so i will stop using the collars

9:34AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

The drops that are put onto a pets neck area (Frontline, Advantix etc) are also poisonous substances. Which seep into the animals blood stream.
None of these flea/tick prevention methods are good for pets.
But sometimes they have to be used because the fleas and ticks are also not good for the pet.
Regular brushing and bathing are the best options to keep the pests away.

8:55AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

I use it in my cat. Thanks for the info. I 'm will remove it now.

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