REGAL FLEA SPRAY is a topical herbal remedy formulated to repel and, in some cases, kill fleas and other parasites, such as ticks and mites, that typically infest dogs. With its non-toxic and natural hypoallergenic properties, this spray can be used liberally over your dog, blankets and collars – without being toxic to you or your children. This makes it the ideal repellent for family and home! While safe for dogs and humans, it is broadly toxic to many parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites and worms. Wormwood and Black Walnut have been used for centuries to help kill parasites around the home and garden and have strong antiseptic properties. Neem is often used in commercial flea products. It inhibits parasites' ability to reproduce and helps stop eggs from hatching. Citronella and thyme have been included too, for their antibacterial and insect repellent qualities.
Learn more about the active herbs in our Glossary of Herbs
Any pet owner will shudder at the mention of fleas because of how invasive and persistent they can be. The dratted creatures just never stay dead. Understanding their life cycle helps us determine the level and duration of an infestation and decide on our best course of action. The fleas you can see jumping around make up less than 5% of the flea population. The rest is made up of the eggs, larvae and cocoons. Flea eggs are smaller than a grain of sand and often lie unnoticed in corners and in the sand outside your home. Larvae are also almost undetectable – and those that make it to the cocoon stage, are resistant to almost anything.
ADULT: An adult female can start laying her eggs after only one meal. She lays around 20 at a time and can lay up to 50 a day.
EGG: Just smaller than a grain of sand, they fall into carpets, floorboards and gather in corners like dirt. They’ll hatch anywhere between 2 and 14 days; the colder or dryer the weather, the longer this will take.
LARVAE: Larvae are less than half a centimetre long, avoid light and are almost transparent, making them difficult to see. They spend the next 5 – 20 days feeding on droppings left by adult fleas (flea dirt). Up to 90% of the flea population in your house at any given time, will consist of eggs and larvae. They are virtually undetectable and because they don’t impact on you or your dog directly, are often left alone.
COCOON OR PUPA: Cocoons make up less than 10% of the flea population and because the cocoon is such an excellent insulator, they are the most impervious to removal. It also has a sticky outer coating that allows them to stay deep in their environment where light vacuuming cannot reach. This stage usually lasts a few days to a few weeks, but a cocoon can hold out for months, sometimes even years, until conditions are just right. The adult flea inside can sense rising levels of carbon dioxide, vibrations, humidity and body heat and when living conditions are most ideal (including a potential host nearby) the adult flea will emerge.
REGAL FLEA SPRAY is a topical herbal remedy formulated to repel and, in some cases, kill fleas and other parasites, such as ticks and mites, that typically infest dogs. With its non-toxic and natural hypoallergenic properties, this spray can be used liberally over your dog, blankets and collars – without being toxic to you or your children. This makes it the ideal repellent for family and home! While safe for dogs and humans, it is broadly toxic to many parasites, including fleas, ticks, mites and worms. Wormwood and Black Walnut have been used for centuries to help kill parasites around the home and garden and have strong antiseptic properties. Neem is often used in commercial flea products. It inhibits parasites’ ability to reproduce and helps stop eggs from hatching. Citronella and thyme have been included too, for their antibacterial and insect repellent qualities.
Each 100 ml contains:
Artemisia absinthium herba (Wormwood) extract
|Wormwood is a strong antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anthelmintic (worm killing) herb. Water extracts have been used to kill fleas. “As the plant has a characteristic scent, it was used to repel fleas and moths indoors all over the world. The whole plant was placed fresh in the bed against fleas. The whole plant was dried and then rubbed in cloth and fur against clothes moths, being the most important plant in protection against them in Estonia.” Soukand et al (2010) Journal of Insect Science: Vol. 10 | Article 150|
Juglans nigra fol (Black Walnut) extract
|Black Walnut is a herb that is toxic to insects and to worms and may help to kill parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites. The leaves were scattered in dwellings by Native Americans to prevent fleas (Wynn & Fougere 2007:489). It is a topical application for skin problems, particularly those caused by parasites or infestations such as bedbugs and lice, which it is known to kill (Van Wyk & Wink 2004:183). It has fungicidal properties and can kill worms (Wynn & Fougere 2007:489). May be used for skin parasites and parasitic skin infections (Wynn & Fougere 2007:489)|
Azadirachta indica (Neem Tree) oil
|Neem oil contains azadirachtin which is a powerful insect antifeedant that disrupts metamorphosis in certain insects (Van Wyk & Wink 2004:64). It has thoroughly been investigated for its effective insecticidal properties (Van Wyk & Wink 2004:64). It has antiparasitic, anthelminthic (kills intestinal worms) and antimicrobial effects. It has been used for skin diseases, including scabies (caused by a mite) and to treat head lice infestations.|
Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) oil
|Thyme Essential Oil contains thymol – a powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiparasitic agent. It has become extensively known for its use as a miticide, repellent, insecticide and antiparasitic agent for ectoparasites (external parasites).|
Cymbopogon nardus (Citronella) oil
|Citronella is a tropical grass with a lemon-citrus scent which is widely used as an insect repellent. Some of its insect repelling properties are thought to be due to the citronellal content (Van Wyk & Wink 2004).|
Other ingredients: Water, Emulsifier (Polysorbate 60), Citric Acid, Stabilisers, Antifoaming agent, Antioxidant (mixed tocopherols).
|Sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate||0.045% m/v & 0.035% m/v|
How To Use
Apply to infested areas once or twice daily until no sign of infestation remains. For severe infestations, use may be increased to three times a day. Shake well before use.
Gently moisten the areas to be treated with the spray. You may need to lift the fur or work it in through the fur to help it contact all affected areas. When applying to the face, spray onto your hands and then spread around the face. Avoid nose, mouth and eye areas. May be applied to collars, bedding, baskets and kennels and other areas frequented by your dog. When doing this, hold bottle at least 20cm away from the surface to be treated.
DO NOT APPLY TO YOUR DOG’S TOYS. May stain light fabrics. For best results use strictly as per dosage recommendation. Use until infestation clears or as needed.
Please consult your veterinarian if infestations are persistent. For external use only. Not suitable for cats. May cause temporary discolouration of light coats or skin.
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE.
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. DO NOT APPLY AROUND EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH. DO NOT APPLY TO BROKEN SKIN. NOT SUITABLE FOR CATS.
Avoiding them completely is almost impossible. A simple walk in the park or any area with flea activity will lure them. The cause doesn’t lie with your dog. If there is blood to be had, a flea will take its chances. It can however turn into a larger problem if your beloved pet develops an allergy to fleas. More on that below.
Every bite from a flea will cause some itching and your dog will not be able to resist a good scratch. The problem becomes more severe if your dog develops an allergy to fleas or, more accurately, to their saliva. Every bite is then unbearable and the skin will develop ‘hot spots’. Repeated scratching, biting and licking can cause hair loss in areas, flaking skin and the skin will become inflamed and raw. During grooming, you may also want to keep an eye out for small, black dirt-like specks on your pet’s skin. This is the residue of digested blood (flea dirt) and is what larvae feed on.
Vet visits can become costly, but they are sometimes avoidable. Try to eliminate as many possible causes of your dog’s discomfort as you can:
* check your dog’s diet for the best nutrition and immune support
* regular grooming will help spread the natural antibacterial oil produced by glands in the skin
* perform intensive flea and parasite therapy
* treat abrasions and hot spots with Regal’s Skin Healing Spray
Hot spots or skin rashes can be caused by many different things. You should see your vet if:
* you can’t identify and eliminate the cause of a rash or hot spots (your vet may need to do some tests)
* during any treatment the symptoms don’t get better or worsen
* your dog is experiencing so much discomfort that it interferes with his normal activities
* As pervasive and hard to kill as fleas can be, they can be controlled without having to resort to potentially harmful chemicals. Regular brushing and thorough grooming will help keep parasites at bay. A dog’s skin naturally produces an oil that repels insects and prevents infections. Too much washing with soap, however, will wash this oil away, so try to avoid this.
* Healthy animals are less attractive to fleas and other pests, so ensuring pooch has a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential. A supplement of garlic or brewer’s yeast in their food can help keep parasites away and a healthy portion of fish oils (omegas) will help keep the skin in top condition.
* Keep all areas your dog frequents as clean as possible, including the car and garden. Regular vacuuming will help pick up flea dirt (food for the larvae), adult fleas and eggs. Throw a flea collar into the vacuum cleaner bag or spray with Regal’s Flea Spray, to help kill the critters that are sucked up, otherwise your vacuum cleaner may become a breeding ground.
* Wash your pet’s bedding at least once a week. If you can, use a hot wash and tumble dry on a high setting. Most parasites will die in extreme hot or cold conditions.
* Use Regal’s Flea Spray on your dog, furniture and bedding. It will help reduce the parasites’ ability to reproduce, kill adults as well as help scare away any new potential unwanted boarders – without being harmful to upholstery, pets or children.
* Bicarb has many uses – rub some into your dog’s coat to dry out the flea’s environment (they prefer warm, moist conditions). It will keep your pet smelling fresh too. Add two drops of rosemary or thyme essential oil to the bicarb too if you want. Don’t use bicarb too often though, as it may dry out the skin too much.
* Soak a sliced lemon in a cup of hot water overnight and use it as a spritz in the morning before your walk. Parasites will generally stay away from animals that smell so nice. Other scents, reasonably diluted, include rosemary, thyme, citronella, cedar and cider vinegar.
* Pennyroyal and geranium have always popular with gardeners to help control pests. Grow some in pots by windows and doors or in areas prone to overgrowth to discourage unwanted guests. Keeping lawns short will also keep parasites, such as ticks, away.