I had a post removed for recommending Fleabusters to someone. I don't believe it should have been removed according to the forum guidelines. If I am mistaken and it really does need to be removed, please remove this post as well, with my apologies.
Here is an excerpt from the Fleabusters site regarding the ingredients in Fleabusters:
"Borate is a popular ingredient found in many natural pest control products. It is a material made from Boron; a compound found in nature and used in many everyday products like soap and laundry detergents. Borate is often misunderstood since technically it is a pesticide as it does kill pests; however it is not harmful or toxic to its users like synthetic pesticides are.
In pest control products, borate is found in powder form. This powder serves as an agent that is extremely abrasive to an insect’s exoskeleton and dehydrates it from within. It is effective because the insect cannot build a resistance to it, and it affects insects at all life stages. Results may take a few days to become apparent, but the product will continue to work for up to a year. Borate is odorless, colorless and has no harsh chemicals. Borate products can be applied directly to surfaces, and pose a very low risk to those in direct contact with it when used correctly."
It seems to me that it kills fleas in the same manner as DE, but for me it worked better.
"People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do."
do not use toxic gick!
No flea bombs, no boric acid, no borate powders (and this definitely includes the fleabusters product), no flea collars, no pyrethrins.
The bottom line is that stuff in nature can be toxic. And borates are toxic. Granted, their toxicity is low, but it is toxic. I do think there is a time and place for borates, but flea control is not one of them.
I guess I should find out how toxic. I have had more borax exposure than the vast majority of humans. My dad's insulation company used cellulose fiber insulation. Borax makes it unpalatable to vermin. I've had it covering every part of my body on many occasions.
Seriously Rick? Seriously? You might as well just read this tiny ad:
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