Amber Collars – Natural Tick and Flea repellent
Natural Tick and Flea repellent
In May we told you about a natural way to repel ticks and fleas using Amber dog and cat collars, we have been testing the collars for the past 5 months and are happy to report our pets enjoyed a tick and flea free summer. 25+ Whiskers ‘n Paws clients tried them and have reported their pets were tick and flea free all summer. Whenever a natural product works well and can replace using toxic chemicals on our pets we encourage you to consider making the switch.
We chose to use the Ambertick brand and here’s how it works as a Tick and Flea repellent.
- Amber is a fossilized tree resin which contains aromatic chemicals called terpenes which effervesce when amber is heated or rubbed and produce a resinous aroma. When the pet wears the stones on his neck, the friction from their fur will absorb the resinous smell coming from the amber. Precisely these resinous aromatic terpenes being released and absorbed in the animal’s fur is the reason that repels the ticks and fleas. Although these parasites do not have a nose but they do have a Haller organ located on its front legs. It helps the tick to perceive the smell of a potential victim. By the way, tree sap works the same in nature – when a tree bleeds, it bleeds a sticky sap to protect itself from insects and fungus.
- Another effect of amber is caused by its electrostatic properties. Static electrical charge is generated due to friction that is created when Amber is rubbed against the fur. Naturally a cat or a dog doesn’t feel it but every tick that comes in contact with the electrically charged fur gets an electric shock and just falls off. This static electricity effect was discovered by the ancient Greeks, which originally gave the name of amber to the mysterious stone found on the coast of Baltic Sea – Amber in Greek means electron.Caring for your pets Amber Collars – they last as long as amber stones are in good condition. Collars can be worn all year long. Collars need to be washed thoroughly every 3 months in order to remove the grease. Over time, amber will naturally become worn down through the friction of the fur. Amber stones slowly get rounder being worn for 2 years or more. In such you should be renewed purchase a new collar because when the amber stones are rounded the electrostatic effect wears off.