Activyl: Something New in Flea Control
If you’ve had to deal with fleas on your dog or cat, you’re probably already familiar with the common topical products used to control these pesky parasites. Maybe you even feel that the fleas in your area have become immune to all the standard treatments. Now there’s something new: Activyl and Activyl Tick Plus. According to the manufacturer, Merck Animal Health, it’s the first and only flea product to use metabolic activation or “bioactivation.” This new technology available only in Activyl uses the enzymes inside the flea itself to activate the flea-killing power.
How does Activyl work?
The active ingredient in Activyl is indoxacarb, which has not been used before, so there is no known problem with fleas being resistant to the product. You apply Activyl to your pet once a month, just like any other topical flea and tick product. Once applied, Activyl spreads through the natural oils in your dog or cat’s skin and coat. When a flea lands on your pet, it takes up the Activyl where it changes inside the flea into Activyl’s fully active form; the flea then becomes paralyzed and dies. Acitvyl remains on the surface of your pet’s skin, not in the bloodstream; therefore, fleas do not have to bite your pet to be affected. Since the majority of the activity occurs inside the flea, your pet’s exposure is lessened.
In addition to killing adult fleas, Activyl also prevents flea eggs and larvae from developing which effectively breaks the flea life cycle. Activyl begins killing fleas within hours of application and continues working for four full weeks. It’s waterproof, quick drying, fragrance free and is effective even after swimming, exposure to sunlight, or bathing your pets. However, for maximum effectiveness, you should not bathe your pet or allow your pet to swim within 24 hours of application.
Does Activyl treat ticks?
If you’re concerned about ticks, you can use Activyl Tick Plus for dogs only. It has all the benefits of Activyl, but with the addition of permethrin, it also repels and kills adult ticks on contact.