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    Default Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Traditional dog and cat flea and tick preventative treatments are toxic to us and our pets. Many veterinarians recommend these toxic chemical topical flea and tick treatment preventatives (Click HERE to Read "Are 'Spot-On' Flea Killers Safe?") Click HERE to "Increased Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Control Products for Pets" and collars. These traditional flea and tick treatments are killing pets, some within a matter of hours after applying the flea/tick collar and rushing the pet to the veterinary hospital, others within a few days.

    Food grade diatomaceous earth is OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute) listed, does not poison our pets, and simply dehydrates fleas and ticks that come in contact with it within 72 hours. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled in your home carpeting, on dogs, cats, and other animals, applied in their bedding, and in all dry outdoor areas that fleas congregate. If your pet currently has fleas, it is essential to feed food grade diatomaceous earth daily at double the recommended daily dose to address the tapeworms your dog, cat, ferret, or other pet will have from ingesting fleas.

    Using traditional flea and tick poisons is toxic to us and our pets. Chemical pesticides are designed to kill bugs and weeds, so putting flea and tick poisons in or on your beloved furry dog or cat's body is complete insanity. These toxic flea preventative treatments do NOT make your dog or cat smell bad, so the fleas and ticks do not want to hitch hike on your pets, they poison your pet's body - skin, blood, brain, kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, and then when the flea or tick bites them, it kills them. Some people get rashes and have allergic reactions to petting dogs or cats who have been treated with these topical flea treatments.

    The quickest, easiest way to deal with fleas, ticks, termites, japanese beetles, (and other yucky pests) is to spray beneficial (parasitic) nematodes - available online at Arbico-Organics into the lawn, gardens, and outdoor areas that are usually kept moist. You can find beneficial/parasitic nematodes at some garden nurseries or purchase online. Beneficial nematodes will parasitize flea larvae which prevents them from hatching. At the same time, sprinkle Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) on the pet(s) who has adult fleas and/or ticks. Lightly, but thoroughly, get the DE throughout their fur. It will kill adult fleas and ticks within 24-72 hours of the flea(s) coming in contact with the DE. Make sure you buy food grade diatomaceous earth, NOT the pool filter grade which is heat and chemically treated and is TOXIC if ingested.

    To make flea and tick treatment successful, it is imperative that everything is treated all at the same time, the dog, cat, or other pet; the yard; the bedding; the household, if the animal is an indoor pet. If you are diligent in treatment with the diatomaceous earth and the beneficial nematodes in the yard or acreage, you can expect a flea and/or tick infestation to be eliminated within 3 weeks. NOTE: Beneficial/parasitic nematodes parasitize flea larvae, tick eggs, fly larvae, termites, grubs, and a huge array of soil dwelling pests, BUT once their food supply is gone, they die and therefore may need reapplication in the warmer months - possibly twice during the flea and tick season.

    The reason everything must be treated at once is because ONLY 5 to 15% of the flea and/or tick infestation that you see are the adult fleas and ticks. The remaining 85 to 95% of your flea and tick infestation are the flea larvae and tick eggs that have not yet hatched!! :O( Thus, in order to completely eliminate a flea/tick infestation, everything and every affected pet must be treated at the same time for lasting effectiveness.

    Of course, bathing your pet with a good natural shampoo such as Pet Scents Herbal Shampoo and/or combing any fleas and ticks out of your pet's fur/skin is beneficial as well.

    Flea Free Food Supplement is an excellent addition to your flea, tick, mite, mosquito, and other blood sucking insect problem and is excellent for the health of all dogs, cats, and other pets and animals.

    When we take in tiny feral kitten rescues, they often have freeways of fleas running around their little tummies. IF I attempted to bathe the kittens, they would likely attempt to kill me, which would create undue stress on both of us and then likely they would never come near a human again, which would make it extremely difficult to get them adopted out! A few years ago, I started confining these tiny feral kittens to one room of the house. I dunked their little bodies into a 5 gallon bucket of food grade diatomaceous earth, put some diatomaceous earth in their litter box as well (helps to keep it dry and odor free, besides giving them some diatomaceous earth on their legs every time they potty). I dust them with food grade DE twice/week and within 2 to 3 weeks, ALL of the fleas are gone and they do not propagate in the house. I do try to comb them once/week or so, just so I can see how many fleas they still have, but combing tiny feral kittens is difficult and their little elbows, armpits, etc. are nearly impossible to get fleas out of with a comb and they generally don't take to kindly to being turned over on their backs by a strange human.

    Since they have fleas, I also feed them a teaspoon of food grade diatomaceous earth in their food each day. They always have lots of tapeworm segments on their hind end fur, following the first day of dosing them with DE and continuing for a week or so thereafter. Recommended feeding rates for 4-5 week old kittens is only 1/2 teaspoon, but since they are infested with fleas, I know they will be infested with tapeworms, so I increase the dose to 1 tsp., sometimes just a bit more to make sure it is effective.

    If you travel frequently with your pet and until you get their immune system strong and healthy, we recommend spraying with a natural flea and tick repellent spray that can be sprayed well into their underbelly, armpits, and other areas to prevent the fleas/ticks from hopping on them when you are taking them for walks in areas that fleas and ticks are abundant, but otherwise, if they just stay home in your house and yard, spraying the yard with parasitic/beneficial nematodes and putting food grade DE on them when they have adult fleas and ticks (tho we still recommend checking your pets daily for ticks to prevent Lyme disease), as well as their bedding, and inside the home (IF fleas/ticks are a problem there) will take care of your infestation within 2 to 3 weeks.

    For added flea, tick, mosquito, and other blood sucking insect control, see our Flea Free Food Supplement web page.

    The bottom line goal is not just to treat fleas/ticks or dis-ease, but to effect a permanent CURE. Holistic methods can do this, whereas traditional man made medicines usually only effect a temporary relief from illness or dis-ease.

    Healthy animals rarely succumb to disease, illness, or bad behaviors. When they do, they bounce back quicker than unhealthy animals. They get plenty of exercise, sunshine, love, tender loving care, natural rearing foods that are biologically appropriate to the specific animal, clean environments, mental exercise in the way of proper, appropriate training, and avoidance of toxins. They have jobs to keep them busy, whether watching the house while we are gone or making sure the couch or cats don't get eaten while we are away. They are part of our family. Often, they are better than a few humans in our immediate family and deserve the BEST possible health care we can give them.

    This site is dedicated to all animals and their guardians. Whether you are here to find information and links to research holistic methods or just browsing, please feel free to linger as long as you wish.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Great article-thank you, Mellow!
    I have 2 outdoor cats-one a true feral that I can't treat for fleas and this gives me some great options.

    Do you have a good source for food-grade DE?

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    DE is also a natural option for treating a mite infestation on hens.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Quote Originally Posted by Reesacat
    Great article-thank you, Mellow!
    I have 2 outdoor cats-one a true feral that I can't treat for fleas and this gives me some great options.

    Do you have a good source for food-grade DE?
    No, the last time I bought some was at a local feed store. You could just google it. Sorry.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    One of my outdoor feral cats started loosing hair on his flanks (he will do the same thing from flea allergies) in February. I am thinking the heated cat condo outside may have harbored some flea eggs.
    I bought the diatomaceous earth (DE) online, sprinkled on a piece of carpet, and put in the cat house.
    In a few days his coat looked better. I've been changing the carpet every 3 weeks and putting the diatomaceous earth on the new clean carpet. 2 months later his fur has almost completely filled in.

    Thank you Mellow-great tip!

    I got my food grade DE from Wolf Creek online:
    http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Wow, what a great testimonial!

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    DE is a miracle!

    We don't have fleas where we live - too cold in the winter, but we used to have them in Orange County. I learned to mix borax and baking soda (roughly 50/50 mix) and sprinkle it on the carpet. Let it sit for a bit, and scrub it in (dry) with a rough brush. Then vacuum up the residue. It works its way down to where the eggs/larvae are, they eat it and desiccate, and die. It takes a while to work, but it was very effective, and one application to the carpet would last 4-5 years. I would imagine this mix with the DE added would be tremendously powerful. Borax is harmful to pets and is not good to breathe, but it gets deep in the carpet and we never had any problem.

    Where we live now we have a huge ant problem. The ones that get in the house are tiny, mostly sugar ants. They can even get in a closed jar of honey! We've tried various fixes, but DE is the best. We run a line around the house in the spring. It seems to work most of the summer for us (but then, we don't get much rain). If we already have ants in the house, it takes longer, but if we place this early, before they get in, we have no problems with the ants all summer. I've noticed we have fewer spiders, too.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Have you tried using aspartame to kill the ants? They are attracted by its sweetness and killed when they eat it.

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    What about roaches. Borax does the job, but then the little fiends figure out how to get around it. Do you know if aspertame or DE have had any success?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaltrude View Post
    Have you tried using aspartame to kill the ants? They are attracted by its sweetness and killed when they eat it.
    I'll give it a try. We were out to dinner with family last night and i picked up a couple of packets. I know that vinegar kills the ants, too. I'd read a while ago that using Windex or other glass cleaner kills them, but i don't have that in the house anymore. I use vinegar/water. So i tried that and it works great. If i've the chance with some aspartame, i'll give it a try, too.

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    Katee, off topic, but I wanted to let you know how delighted I am with the Boswellin cream you recommended. Its effects are long-lasting and have eliminated pain in places where I thought it was not possible. Now if only there were someone to rub it on my lower back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Katee, off topic, but I wanted to let you know how delighted I am with the Boswellin cream you recommended. Its effects are long-lasting and have eliminated pain in places where I thought it was not possible. Now if only there were someone to rub it on my lower back!
    I'm glad, Islander. Maybe a shower brush with something over the end to spread it for you?

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Tie plastic bag to end long wooden spoon.
    Put cream on back of spoon, apply.
    Imagining hot hunky Chipendale instead of spoon increases blood flow to lower back;-).....

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Actually, if I put baggies on my hands, I think I can reach!

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    Default Re: Diatomaceous Earth to Control Fleas/Ticks

    Quote Originally Posted by Reesacat View Post
    Tie plastic bag to end long wooden spoon.
    Put cream on back of spoon, apply.
    Imagining hot hunky Chipendale instead of spoon increases blood flow to lower back;-).....
    Thumbs up!

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