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Diatomaceous Earth as an Effective Flea Killer

Diatomaceous earth (or DE for short) is a big help in ridding the home of fleas. When placed along floor below the baseboard, it discourages the fleas from spreading. It acts as a dessicant by drying out the shell of the flea and "cutting" it. It's a light silicone dioxide powder and can be purchased at different levels all the way up to the purest, which is "food grade." DE occurs naturally in the earth and the purest forms are safe for humans and pets, but it can be difficult to breathe if you put down too much of it.

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Sprinkle it lightly on rugs and furniture. Let it set over night, then vacuum it up, much in the same way you would with borax. Also, get a good steamer. Fleas only like temps up to 80 degrees, so steaming the rug and couch are really helpful. McCulloch makes a good steamer that also keeps everything clean. Fleas love clutter. Get rid of paper, cardboard, cloth in open areas and don't leave them on the floor. Vacuum and steam!

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February 4, 20141 found this helpful

Good tip! I'd also read about & thus gotten some food-grade one, & now use it directly on my dogs & cats. Causes a dust, but that seems okay for them. With my many environmental allergies, that should bother me, but it doesn't.

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Several writers/ books noted that that was all they ever used on their critters, & it not only worked, as food-grade it wasn't harmful to them even if they ingested some but licking paws, etc.

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