FLEE TM – the safest alternative to pesticides
The 0.4% dimethicone solution works as a sticky trap for all larvae of fleas and house dust mites. Adult flees are immobilised within 3 minutes, larvae after 10 minutes. Pupae continue to develop but cannot hatch, breaking the lifecycle.
FLEE TM is not a pesticide because the active mechanism is physical only. The “knock-down-rate” of the silicone is comparable to permethrin- and pyriproxyfen-based products. The “knock-down-rate” here refers the immobility and not the exact time of death.
The environment stays flea-free for up to 9 weeks. Thanks to the control of adult mites, mite skin and faeces, the allergens of household dust mites are also fought effectively.
The reduction in allergens and effective flea control in the home can reduce symptoms of atopic pets. The product can therefore also be used for indirect control of allergy symptoms in animals with a household dust allergy.
The product is not absorbed by the skin and is not toxic for other pets. It can also be used safely around reptiles, fish and plants.
Other dimethicone-based solutions are used to fight head lice in children.(2)
The lifecycle of a flea
The development from egg to adult flea varies from 2 weeks to up to 8 months depending on temperature, humidity, food and species. Depending on the blood meal time, the female lays between 45 to 50 eggs per day. The eggs, which are laid loosely in the fur of the host, can fall out at any time, especially in places where the animal rests or sleeps (rugs, upholstered furniture, etc.).