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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-29-2014, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Diatomaceous Earth for Fleas

I have read that this is great stuff and that many members use it. Unfortunately, I have not read how much to apply, where on the body, or how much time does it take to be effective.

Does the DE stop the larvae as well? I

s it safe for cats? I have a cat who is an indoor cat so he gets them from the dog so it's a vicious circle when we get fleas in the house.

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I use it in my chicken coops and around the perimeter. I don't use it on my dogs/cats, as I don't have a flea problem..

Some say it works, others say it doesn't..so who knows? I do know I do not have bugs on or around my chickens..

oops, and I guess you just dust them with it,,not alot is needed...Make sure you use the HUMAN GRADE, I use Red Lake DE you can get it at Tractor supply pretty cheap

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I have the human grade and had it for years. I tried it once before and I didn't see any results. Maybe I didn't apply enough? I went on youtube looking for answers and found one video that puts a cat in a plastic bag with the head poking out. The owner literally dusted neck to tail. Do I need to do that with a dog?

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I personally would never dust my dogs with it. I have fed it (human grade only of course) to them, and also put it inside and outside around the house. My Nara was having the flea problems, and also potential allergy problems, and she was itchy all the time. I didn't want to dry out her skin with this abrasive powder. It took Capstar teamed up with Frontline to get rid of the fleas for us at the time, and I was hoping to avoid chemical meds.

I remember from my WAR ON FLEAS that their eggs can be dropped by the hundreds all over the house, and most end up under woodwork, in cracks/corners, and under furniture. I read that all it takes is the vibration from footsteps or a vacuum to awaken the eggs and they can lay dormant and hatch up to 2-3 years after they were dropped. I hate fleas!!!
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Well Tosca has environmental and food allergies. Her skin is a mess and I am uncomfortable with giving her chemicals and possibly starting new problems. I may have to resort to topicals if this does not work. Oral meds have to be given with food and she does not always eat when I want her to. I worry about the flavoring as well. My vet only sells oral meds so I will have to call around to see what I can find.

I have sprayed my carpet in the past with a Raid product specifically designed for fleas and was highly successful with it.

I hate fleas too!

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I feed garlic and use DE in their water.

I'm a groomer and I live around TONS of dogs on a military base and we've never gotten fleas.
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I have read about garlic being used. Are you speaking about fresh? How much? How does DE in water help as a flea deterrent?

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I did put in on mine, it's very dusty and I had it everywhere I probably used to much. I have used it for ants and it works great. I have also used it on the carpets and furniture as a just in case. I don't have a flea problem.

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I feed garlic and use DE in their water.

I'm a groomer and I live around TONS of dogs on a military base and we've never gotten fleas.
As far as I know water gets rid of it. If you put it outside and it rains you have to reapply. It can go in their food for internal stuff and I've done that too.

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have you tried Organic Apple Cider Vinegar in water? My dogs/chickens get it everyday in their water,,3T per gallon of water..not sure it works for fleas, but it's a good for their systems

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