The important external parasites in reptiles are mites , ticks, biting flies, and, to a much lesser degree, leeches. Although many reptile keepers view these external parasites as just a nuisance or an inconvenience, the truth is that they can cause or contribute to very serious pathology. To keep reptiles in captivity and not treat, prevent, and control these pests is foolhardy. The drugs and insecticides used for mites and ticks include ivermectin , dichlorvos No-Pest strips, and various pyrethrins and permethrins.
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Beginning in about the year , nearly all organophosphate pesticides became unavailable for use in homes. This was done primarily to limit exposure of children to active ingredients that negatively affect their health and development. Despite this extensive cancellation of organophosphates for structural pest management, one holdover active ingredient from that era remains today: dichlorvos 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, or DDVP. The most common use of this product is as a slow-release vapor from impregnated resin plastic blocks. Pest-strips, as they are called, are used to treat a variety of pests including flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, beetles, and earwigs. Like all pesticides, the label instructions are the law, and pest-strips have very strict requirements for use.
Keep out of reach of children. Precautionary Statements: Hazards to humans and domestic animals. Do not get in mouth.
Dichlorvos-impregnated resin strips DDVP pest strips are among the few organophosphate products still available for indoor residential use. The residential uses for most other organophosphate products, including most DDVP products, were canceled because they posed unreasonable risks to children 1. DDVP pest strips act by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase activity in the brain and nerves of insect pests and are designed to gradually release DDVP vapor for up to 4 months 2 , 3. Acute illnesses in humans associated with nonlethal acute exposures usually resolve completely, but recovery is not always rapid 2. The majority of these illnesses resulted from use of the product in commonly occupied living areas e.