How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Natural Flea Prevention
Skip the fleas AND the toxic chemicals. Diatomaceous earth for natural flea prevention is safe and effective. And, who doesn’t want that?
You Have to Get the Right Kind
There are two kinds of diatomaceous earth (also called DE).
One is for cleaning pools. You do NOT want that.
The other is food grade. Turns out, we’ve all been eating it for years because it’s in a lot of flours and even some beans to prevent insects.
Some farmers use it around livestock to protect them from parasites.
So, what is it?
DE is a powdery substance made of fossilized diatoms (a type of phytoplankton). It appears soft and powdery to the naked eye but if you look at it under a microscope, it’s actually full of sharp edges. These sharp edges provide effective natural flea prevention.
The fleas (or other insects, it works on all soft bodied crawly critters), crawl through the DE and the sharp shell edges slice their soft bodies. They leak water from the soft tissue and dehydrate.
In Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats he suggests sprinkling around your yard and under furniture once or twice a year as part of your overall flea prevention program.
Side Effects: A word of caution, the sharp edges can harm your respiratory track so wear a mask and goggles when you’re applying it to large areas like your yard/living room/pet bedding.
Keep your pet away from the action and let it settle. If you apply it outside, it can wash away in the rain so wait for a dry spell.
You can buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth here.
What about you? Have you used diatomaceous earth for natural flea prevention? If so, please let us know your experience in the comments below.