It’s a bird! No it’s a plane! No it’s a super flea collar! Well maybe it is not a super flea collar, but compared to other flea collars, it is quite a superior product. Let’s face it, if you are still buying flea collars from the grocery store, you are not likely getting the flea protection you need. Majority of these collars only repel fleas just in the area around the neck. If you look further back, you are likely to still see fleas feasting on your pet. But Seresto is a different flea collar. It protects your pet’s whole body from these blood sucking critters for up to 8 months.
How it works
Seresto has sustained release technology that slowly releases active ingredients over several months. Once the collar is applied, active ingredients are transferred from the collar to the hair, and finally the skin. They are then distributed evenly throughout the skin and hair surface.
Active ingredients and their effects
The Seresto collar has two active ingredients that have activity against fleas and ticks. Imidacloprid kills adults fleas and flea larvae which is important for breaking the flea life cycle. Flumethrin is the ingredient that repels and kills ticks. It also kills the larvae and a younger stage of the tick called the nymph.
Seresto collar vs store bought flea collars
Kill fleas and ticks very quickly – It can kill fleas as quickly as 2 hours and ticks within 6 hours. Speed of kill is important with flea and tick control. You want a flea dead before it is capable of laying eggs. This period is usually within 24 hours. Ticks also need to be killed in the same time frame to avoid transmission of diseases. Store bought collars are more likely just to repel vs kill and if they do happen to kill, the process is very slow.
Is odorless and has leaves no residue – Other flea collars typically have an overpowering odor and tends to leave a white powder residue on your hand.
Provides long lasting and effective protection – Seresto provides protection for up to 8 months killing more than 90% of fleas even on the last day. Most other flea collars only provide up to 3 months of protection with the percentage of fleas killed over time decreasing dramatically.
Seresto collars also has neat features that further separate from traditional collars:
It is water proof – Seresto maintains its effectiveness despite exposure to shampoos, swimming, or exposure to rain.
Break away release mechanism – Portions of the collar are designed to release in the event the pet gets trapped.
Reflector clips – Reflect clips can be applied to help with visibility of your pet during night.
- Provides 8 months of flea of tick prevention which is longer than any other product out there. Great for those who are forgetful. You just put on the collar on and it will do the rest.
- Can save you money when compared to equivalent flea and tick preventatives such as Frontline. The cost averages just about $75 for a year of flea preventative while the alternatives are about double that.
- It is a collar that is only effective as long as the pet wears it. If the pet decides to take it off then coverage is lost.
- May not work as well with breeds with thick coats such as Malamutes, or Great Pyrenees.
- Even though it is waterproof, if exposed to water too often it can lose up to 3 months of its duration.
Seresto collars are the best flea collars out there given its effectiveness and longevity. Is it the best option for flea and tick prevention overall? Well that all depends on preference. If you prefer flea collars over topical products then this is your best option. Also if you struggle with compliance then this is a great option as well. You just have to remember to change the collar in 8 months. I personally prefer an oral or topical flea prevention because I worry about my pet losing the collar and becoming unprotected. But that is just me. My recommendation is before you get this collar, make sure your pet will keep a collar on.