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All-Around Non-Toxic Flea Control

All-Around Non-Toxic Flea Control

Letís face it. Fleas are the WORST, but applying pesticides to our pampered pooches doesnít make us howl with excitement either. In an attempt to find non-toxic flea control remedies, Care2 staff stumbled upon this amazing technique that kills fleas fast without toxic chemicals. While citrus peel extract (d-limonene) works well for dogs, cats can’t tolerate it, so this is an especially great choice.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a powder comprised of microskeletons of deceased diatoms, which are a type of algae (both fresh water and sea water varieties occur). You sprinkle the powder on your pets and your carpets, and the fleas die from dehydration. As a foster care provider for hundreds of dogs, this stuff has been a miracle. You can use it on dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats.

How it works:

When applied to the animal’s fur, DE scrubs on the hard exoskeletons of fleas. The tiny granules of silicon (think finely ground sand) work in the tiny holes of the flea’s respiratory system and in the joints of the fleas. Every time the flea moves or breathes, the silicon grinds away at the exoskeleton, eventually killing the flea through blocking/maiming the respiratory holes or by water loss, as the exoskeleton helps keep in the flea’s body water. It works the same way when applied to carpets instead of fur.

How to use it:

1. Wear a mask and put one on your pet. Even though it’s nontoxic, you don’t want to get it in your lungs.

2. Sprinkle the DE along your dry pet’s spine. Massage it along the body, working your way carefully to the extremities, avoiding the eyes.

3. Spread some diatomaceous earth on the carpets, brush it in and leave for about four days. Then vacuum it up to remove most of the fleas in the carpet.

4. Repeat the application frequently during an infestation. You should notice a decrease in fleas within a couple days.

NOTE: Make sure not to use the kind of DE used in swimming pools. Use natural diatomaceous earth; it is available in gardens supply centers, some health food stores, and from natural-pet catalogs.

Related:
5 Solutions for Natural Flea Control
10 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Fleas
7 Tips for Chemical-Free Pest Control

Read more: Everyday Pet Care, Pests, Pet Health, Pets,

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:39PM PST on Nov 13, 2013

Thank you for the important information!

9:10PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

Noted.

12:09AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

J.B. I understand just fine, but I wonder about your reading comprehension. Note that I said "No matter what anyone says, foodgrade or whatever, I would not use diatomaceous earth - UNLESS you research thoroughly how the food grade is to be used." Note that I'm simply cautioning people just to make sure that they are using it properly.

And you're welcome for the other positive information I cautioned people on - like using Dawn dish detergent on pets - NOT - and the added bonus of very important information on clumping cat litter, even though this site is addressing fleas.

Leave your arrogance behind next time you decide to comment - better yet, don't comment.

4:28AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

Thanks

9:40PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

People like Marsha & JoA are having a hard time understanding the product DE & how to use it.
I have written several posts here & evidently either comprehension level is low & research skills are nil.
DE is NOT Fullers Earth. Someone else on this site has already told you this Marsha!
Food Grade DE is non-toxic, if ingested it is not harmful. It is anti-parasitic.
Use Common Sense when applying. Use small amounts, pinched in fingers, rubbing into fur. NOT handfuls. Don't do this on a windy day or in front of a fan.
If you are breathing this in or drying out skin, you are using too much.
Ingestion of Food-Grade DE is non-toxic. It is silica, good for skin & nails. Anti-parasitic.
I have used this for years for orally & topically without incidence. Neither have I or my dogs EVER had a problem. Review my posts below for more info.
Nanette, Advantage? Dawn dish soap? REALLY!?! Poor dogs!

9:19PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

People like Marsha & JoA

4:47PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

cont'd by Marsha....

By the way, for all of you who use clumping kitty litter it's very dangerous. I had a long haired black Persian cat who went outside, but came into use her litter box - go figure, you know cats. Her paws would often be wet from the grass. One day I saw her trying to pull off bits that had stuck to her paws like cement so of course I spent some time pulling the damn stuff off. Then I did a search and found out that there have been cats that have accidentally ingested the litter when grooming themselves. It bined with the moisture in the intestinal tract, caused a blockage and killed them - hence the name - 'killer kitty litter'. Don't take my word, research it yourself - and seen what you find about DAWN dish detergent too.

4:42PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Nanette, Joanne & Desiree - Your common sense is telling you that your pet will inhale or lick it too, and your right! No matter what anyone says, foodgrade or whatever, I would not use diatomaceous earth - UNLESS you research thoroughly how the food grade is to be used. Vets piss me right off for a lot of reasons, but NO, do not use DAWN dish detergent on your pets. It is by far the strongest dish detergent on the market. Those commercials where you see them using it on baby ducks and other wildlife, is because they're covered in thick crude oil and need something very strong to remove it, very carefully. These are experts and know how to use it properly. Go into your health store and see if they have something VERY MILD with NO SULFATES. I found a product in bar form. Some pet stores are carrying very good products now that they never carried in the past so go in and ask, and read the ingredient labels!
By the way, for all of you who use clumping kitty litter it's very dangerous. I had a long haired black Persian cat who went outside, but came into use her litter box - go figure, you know cats. Her paws would often be wet from the grass. One day I saw her trying to pull off bits that had stuck to her paws like cement so of course I spent some time pulling the damn stuff off. Then I did a search and found out that there have been cats that have accidentally ingested the litter when grooming themselves. It bined with the moisture in the intestinal tract and k

11:10AM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

I agree with JoA>ID and Desiree F.and my first thought was if we should wear a mask so not to inhale it why would I let my dog or cat inhale it? I do use Advantage as necessary, which is a couple times a yr. and I don't like using it but it does work. It was suggested to me to give them a bath with Dawn dish soap that also kills the fleas on them, I asked my vet if it was ok and he said yes. However DO NOT use any other dish liquid as it can be dangerous I read.

7:58PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Marsha cont'd.....
However, I never automatically treat my pets for fleas. I check periodically but I can also tell right away because of the way the animal acts if there's a problem and I'm right on it.

Revolution is a highly toxic flea treatment for dogs and cats. Sure it's work to make your own but it's definitely the better way to go.

FLEA/TICK SPRAY

1 tbsp NEEM OIL (get from Care-a-Lot: 800-343-7680)
1 tbsp d-LIMONENE (may be hard to get)
1 tbsp OIL of PENNYROYAL1 tsp EUCALYPTUS OIL
1 tsp CEDARWOOD OIL (may be able to get eucalyptus/cedarwood together from above source; if so, use 2 tsp of the combined oil)
1 tsp OIL OF CITRONELLA
1 tbsp alcohol
a few drops of dish washing liquid
1 and 1/2 cup water

Put in spray bottle and shake well before each use.
Coat the entire body and rub fur backwards to get spray into skin
Cover dog's eyes & nose before spraying around the face, ears, & neck, and don't forget area around the tail including the tail, legs, backside, and belly.

Also, I've read very positive comments and results for a product called 'Flea Free'. I would likely go this route if it wasn't too expensive and also less work.

To order FLEA FREE products, visit:
http://www.judyshealthcafe.com
or call 800-428-6416

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html#ixzz2evW0W6Be

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