Summer months bring bugs and one of the most annoying of then all (besides bed bugs, termites, and mosquitoes) are fleas! Not only do they give humans the itchies, but they bite and bother our beloved pets. While there are incredibly effective topical treatments like Advantage and Revolution, these toxic chemicals have recently come under review by the FDA for their safety. So where do pet lovers turn to next? Technology!
There's been an increase in the number of high tech flea solutions of late. These gadgets use heat, light or electric frequencies to kill the suckers while keeping your pets safe. Here's a small roundup of some of the more promising gizmos. We haven't had a chance to try these, but if any of you have and care to share your experience, please do so in the comments section.
- The Flea Zapper Electronic Comb emits a low electronic frequency that's kills fleas on contact. Just brush the comb through and the electric charge will penetrate their shells, while keeping your pet safe. Dead fleas collect on the comb, which also helps keep your cat or dog's 'do in check.
- Flea Trap is based on Kansas State University patent. Similar to a fly trap, this gizmo uses a specific light wavelength to draw fleas nestled in pets, furniture, and rugs to it's plastic case. Once there, the buggers fall through the grid and onto a sticky mat within, where they meet with the Grim Reaper.
- Riddex Ionic Flea Comb emits an electric pulse that kills fleas as you comb. It also emits millions of tiny ions that the company claims, "clean, soften and add luster to your pet's coat..."
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