If you hate removing live ticks from your pet, a new spray-on product might, uh, tickle your fancy.
Bayer Animal Health said that just two sprays of its recently introduced Resultix will kill an attached or crawling tick within three hours. Resultix dissolves the outer wax layer that covers a tick’s hard shell, producing “uncontrollable water loss” and the death of the blood-sucking parasite, the company said.
The dead tick will fall off the cat or dog or be immobile when removed with gloves or tweezers, according to Bayer. Since even a dead tick can transmit disease, the company recommends disposing of it by placing it in a sealable plastic bag, sealing the bag and placing it in an outdoor garbage can.
Resultix comes in a 20-milliliter bottle and is “free of conventional pesticides,” Bayer said. It will be sold through veterinary clinics, pet specialty stores and online retailers and does not require a prescription.