It has to be FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth, not the stuff with the chemicals (pool grade). You can get this at a feed store, cheap stuff compared to other methods of flea control. I had a bout of fleas a few years ago, horrible. I sprinkled the whole house with borax powder. It took about a week, but there were no more fleas, great stuff!
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I take care of a feral cat colony, and I sprinkle the d.earth in their bedding to keep fleas off of the cats. I also sprinkle it on my grass where my dogs like to lay, and on their bedding. It is great. I had a grasshopper problem in my vegetable garden, d.earth took care of it too. I sprinkle some at the edge of my doors to keep ants from coming in as well. Love the d.earth.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is so much easier and better than commercial flea powders which involve excess dustiness that frightens the pet before anything else. The food grade DE is actually beneficial in the event a cat licks it off and ingests it.
I can tell you why vets don't recommend solutions that are low cost or natural is because it interferes with their profits.
I've been preaching about our pets and other animals and using food grade diatomaceous earth to control not only fleas, but all internal parasites as well. My throat is sore. I hope other folks will take up the cause and lets get everyone using it.
I don't know why the vets aren't telling people about it. Actually, as far as I know right now, it's the only thing that does work, and never hurts the animal. We gave it to our horses as well. Just sprinkling it on their food every day. It's really great stuff.
Thank you for posting this. I had been researching the diatomaceous earth and found it's great qualities. it can be used for other things than fleas also. I ordered some online and use it on my 3 cats, sprinkle it on my floors and put some in their food to eliminate the fleas, and like you say, it has to be the food quality. I bought a container for a little less than 15.00 and it goes a long way, and it's safe for both the animals and me. I put it in a flower sifter to spread it.
Has anyone heard of using DE this way? I like the idea of using salt also. I do not think boric acid can really be called safe. I think the cat could get really sick from it.
The other product, diatomaceous comes from diatoms which I think comes from sea coral. Ground up it becomes silica which slices up the fleas and is safe for pets and humans.
By catfish hunter
ONLY use food grade DE! The other is used in pool filters and has harmful chemicals in it! You can also sprinkle this on your furkids to control fleas.
However, keep this away from eyes and nose, both of your pets and you. Use in small amounts.
To eliminate fleas on your pets, and in your home, use Diatomaceous Earth. It is finely ground crustacean shells, a fine powder to humans, but sharp edges that cut through the fleas outer shell. I found it on the internet, it also kills ants, cockroaches, bedbugs and flies. It can also be fed to pets and livestock as a dewormer.
By Karen from Ozark, AL
Be aware that it never, never decays, being a lot like glass (under the microscope it looks like stars, really neat shell shapes, and the pointy corners is what terminates the bugs, not a chemical at all). So don't put it into any garden ground because it's for sure not a friend to earthworms. But it sure beats any chemical spray poisons, much smarter and more organic. (06/18/2007)
By Kim Ch
The "important" thing to note is that "pool grade Diatomaceous Earth is extremely dangerous and can cause silicosis (scarring of the lungs similar to asbestos poisoning). The only safe Diatomaceous Earth to use is natural pulverized or ground Diatomaceous Earth, that can be found in plant nurseries and food storage shops. This Diatomaceous Earth has not been superheated, a process which creates fine threads of silicone glass which makes it a better filtering product, but makes it dangerous to handle or breath." (It's dangerous for humans, think how much more so for your pet.)
Fleas have to come in contact with the Diatomaceous Earth in order for it to dehydrate them, so the Diatomaceous Earth (we recommend only food grade Diatomaceous Earth) needs to be applied in areas where the fleas exist. Spread very lightly in carpeting or flooring and leave it in for a few days to a week before vacuuming up. Outside it can be applied in areas where fleas or other insects are a problem. Again, we recommend only food grade Diatomaceous Earth, because wild life can consume it and non food grade can kill them, whereas food grade is safe for birds, rabbits, and other animals to consume, yet it's will still dehydrate fleas.
Here's an online source for food grade Diatomaceous Earth: http://www.wolfcreekranch.net and some retail stores that carry it: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/de_retailers.html
Hope you are flea free quickly! (10/24/2008)
By healthy pets
Can dogs take diatomaceous internally for fleas?
By anners from Sacramento, CA
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