Hi and welcome to another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis, pest specialist. Today, we’re going to be putting Dovid on the spot, with some difficult questions.
Dovid is a licensed and very competent Baltimore pest control specialist, who uses all the chemicals that are in the arsenal of pest control technicians. We’re going to be asking Dovid to respond to the fact that some of the chemicals in flea and tick spray are known to be carcinogenic.
Boruch: Dovid, I did some research and there’s a group called NRDF, the National Resource Defense Council. They’ve got a web site devoted to a critique of all the chemicals and sprays that are used in flea and tick prevention.
.I looked at what they had to say about the three chemicals you recommend. The one you recommend most highly is “Front Line.” And here’s what they say. “It is used sparingly, and avoid if there is a pregnant woman in the house and avoid using around children, because the main product, Fipronil, is considered a possible carcinogen. What’s your response to this?
Dovid: Fipronil is a powerful chemical. It is a major ingredient of Combat roach spray, Max Force, and it is also found in pesticides. Because you find it in BEST CORDED ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER pesticides that I use for roaches and termites, you have to have to use the same precautions that you would in general.But Front Line is something you are putting on the pet itself.
Boruch: But let’s say you have a family with a pregnant woman and a young child, and the cat’s going to be jumping on the woman’s lap, would you tell that family not to use Fipronil, (Front Line)?
Dovid: No, no. In the first place, it’s not my responsibility. Fipronil sprays are purchased from the vet. That’s something that a veterinarian would give to a family after they took their dog to be flea dipped. So that a family getting a product with pesticides will be getting a disclaimer saying how the product should be used, and they won’t think it’s like Brill cream that you can just spread around the pet.
Boruch: So that’s really the responsibility of the vet and not the pest specialist. And that’s the answer. If your dog or cat has fleas, don’t go into a panic worrying about the side effects of the treatment. Instead, when you take your pet to the vet, ask him about the side effects of the chemicals and how you should use them to avoid putting members of your family at risk.