There are an estimated 899 species of ticks in the world, of which over 90 occur in the continental U.S. So, to have the best evaluation of our products without testing dozens of tick species, we chose 2 species that
are to our point of view representative of most of the species. Ticks from the Ixodidae family are the most common and often choose different hosts: some species need 2 hosts for their development (e.g. Rhipicephalus sanguineus, the brown dog tick), some others need 3 (e.g. Ixodes ricinus, the sheep ticks). We are using these two species, Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Ixodes ricinus, because they are representative of different host seeking behavior, but also because they have two different climatic requirements (dry for Rhipicephalus sanguineus and wet for Ixodes ricinus).
These two species are the most successful ticks: Rhipicephalus sanguineus is present all across the United States while Ixodes ricinus colonized most of European countries, Northern Africa, part of Middle East and is also heavily represented as the “Deer Tick” in Eastern United States. These 2 species are expanding their distribution range quite a bit though. By conducting our tests on these two species, we feel we cover all the tick species parasitizing pets but not the bird ticks.
I have had so many issues with ticks two weeks with the collar and my worst culprit my baby loves shlep thru the woods with this collar No ticks found! Thank you for this non toxic product!!
lori hamilton –
I love this product. i have a dog with many skin allergies & this does not irritate him at all. it does leave a little bit of oilu looking spot on his coat but well worth it and i like the smell alot more than the chemical flea & tick medicine. very much recommend this product….love it…
Last year I had read about all the crazy stuff that is truly in those prescription flea preventions and decided to switch. We first tried the collar and while it seemed to do the job (no fleas) it irritated one of my dog’s skin (but the other two were fine). This stuff does seem to bother the dogs for the first few hours it is on, just as it is drying. Once it is dry I have not noticed the grease that the other review mentioned. This also isn’t irritating either dog’s skin, they just don’t seem to like the smell or feel or something during the few hours it is drying. I give them a no-hide and they are mostly fine with it. I use with the internal drops as I live in a very wooded area.
Created a huge grease spot on my dog and it seems to be irritating him. I put this on my dog a few hours ago and he’s still pacing non-stop and rolling on his back to “scratch” the application spot. It’s leaving grease spots all over our floors. Not super stoked.
John Philip –
Nice product! Say no to chemicals
Susan Arnold –
Does your daily internal powder work alone? I sure spot on is helpful, but alone, does powder work?