Update on Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Fleas

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was looking for a natural way to treat our dogs for fleas. You can read about it here. Well, I bought the Diatomaceous Earth and put it on the dogs. None of the dogs seemed to have a negative effect from this but it didn’t work entirely. We did notice that the fleas were not as bad as they had been but they certainly weren’t gone.

We also had to reapply the product every 3 days or we saw a invasion of the fleas again. Last year we were using Frontline and it alone did not get rid of the fleas. We were having to give Capstar at least once a week on top of the frontline. So we went back to using the Frontline and the Diatomaceous Earth as well. Mike now gets about 3-4 fleas a day off of Daisy. The boys don’t seem to be bothered as much as Daisy is.

We still have fleas and are waiting for the Frontline to kick in. I would love to have more input on what works for you if you use a natural product for the fleas. Daisy is just miserable. Wouldn’t you like to see this little princess happy?

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4 responses to “Update on Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Fleas

  1. At least it’s safe for bees.
    Dog bees, that is!
    Cute!

  2. I remember our son bought a house many years ago that had tons of fleas and it took a while to get rid of them. You may already know this, but I think you have to treat the furniture and carpets and everything the animals come in contact with. It’s the eggs they lay that keep coming back. I know you can look up more on the internet, but just wanted to mention the furniture thing (if I remember correctly).
    They didn’t even have pets at the time. Thank goodness. And it took months to get them out of the house. EWWW, I am a joy.

  3. The absorbent qualities of diatomite can result in a significant drying of the hands if handled without gloves. The flux-calcined form contains a highly crystalline form of silica, resulting in sharp edges. The sharpness of this version of the material makes it dangerous to breathe and a dust mask is recommended when working with it.

    The type of hazard posed by inhalation depends on the form of the silica. Crystalline silica poses a serious inhalation hazard because it can cause silicosis. Amorphous silica can cause dusty lungs, but does not carry the same degree of risk as crystalline silica. Natural or dried diatomite generally contains very low percentages of crystalline silica. Diatomite produced for pool filters is treated with high heat (calcining) and a fluxing agent (soda ash), causing the formerly amorphous silicon dioxide to assume its crystalline form.
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    Be Carefull
    TNT Man

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