IGRs also known as insect growth regulators, work to control fleas by interrupting the development of fleas by killing flea larvae and eggs. These products do not kill adult fleas, but they dramatically decrease the flea population by arresting their development. The most common types of IGRs include lufenuron (Program®), Methoprene, and Pyriproxyfen (Nylar®).
Adulticides are a type of flea medications that kill fleas. These include both spot-on and oral products. Spot-on products are usually applied on your pet’s skin between the shoulders. Popular spot-on adulticides include fipronil (Frontline®), imidacloprid (Advantage®), and selamectin (Revolution®). A popular oral adulticide is nitenpyram (Capstar®).
There are a lot of choices when it comes to finding the right flea prevention and treatment for your pet. Did you know that some pet insurance plans can cover the cost of your pet’s flea prevention or treatment? This could help you save big in the future. The best course of action when deciding on medications is to talk to your vet to find the right flea treatment for you and your pet. You should always check with your vet before switching to, or trying a new flea treatment or prevention.