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‘Tis the season… of fleas and ticks

I've been a pet lover my entire life, but made my passion a profession in 2006. I closely follow pet lifestyle trends, industry news and assist companies with product development.

I did my research and found that the majority of topical treatments like spot drops can actually pose extremely harmful and life-threatening effects on our pets and our families.

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I don’t know about you, but as much as I love the warmer weather and beautiful blooms, I also know that’s an omen for what’s coming for my dog, Jessie... fleas.

I have to admit, when Jessie first started getting fleas I just thought any topical chemical flea medicine would do. That is, until I did my research and found that the majority of topical treatments like spot drops can actually pose extremely harmful and life-threatening effects on our pets and our families.

Here’s what I’m talking about...

According to the EPA, at least 1,600 pet deaths related to spot treatments were reported over the last five years. Exposure to these types of pesticides (including fipronil and permethrin) can not only cause kidney and brain damage in our dogs, but if kids are exposed, pesticides have been known to cause both neurological and developmental disabilities.

Um, yikes.

So what’s the alternative? I mean, as much as I want to be safe for my dog and family, it’s not fair to Jessie (or to me) to let the fleas win.

Thankfully, some companies are taking a stand against using poisonous ingredients in flea and tick medications by developing safe, all-natural formulas that actually work.

Wondercide is leading the "safe pest control" charge with their line of organic pest control and skin care products for pets, people and property.

Their spray-on flea and tick control, Evolv, is great because it kills on contact (yes, even the eggs) and does it effectively by only using natural ingredients like lemongrass and cedarwood extract. All I have to do is spray Jessie a few times and he is flea free for the day.

The company makes a line of outdoor pest control products as well (Eco-Treat) which helps our home stay pest free, and keeps me less fearful of Jessie or my daughter being exposed to toxins and pesticides.

You can learn more about Wondercide, purchase products and learn why organic pest control is the safest option by visiting their website, www.wondercide.com, or even check out this helpful infographic about pesticides.

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