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3 common concerns about flea and tick product disposal

When you're done giving your dog a bath with Hartz® flea treatment, the work isn't over.

You still have to throw out the materials and clean up the mess. Improper disposal can be a hazard to you and your kids. Here are three common questions you may be asking about how to clean up products safely.

  1. Do I flush it?
    Add flea and tick sprays to the list of stuff you can’t flush down the toilet. According to Agri Life Extension, you shouldn’t pour it down sinks or storm sewers either. For one, you’re polluting, and two, you don’t want those chemicals where your toothbrush sits.
  2. Can I keep a half-empty container?
    Technically, you can – but you might not want to if you have children who can get into it easily. If you’d like to get more than one use out of it, store it with care. UC San Diego suggested to store it alongside other hazardous waste items. A cool, dry cabinet with a lock is optimal.
  3. What if it gets on my skin?
    If you spill some product on yourself, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended decontamination. Remove your clothing and wash your hands immediately. Keep an eye on what part of your skin came in contact with the product. If it becomes irritated see a doctor.

Handle your Hartz® products with care so you and your pets are safe.

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.