Posted by: Elsa | 2009-06-27

Diatomaceous earth

I have heard that diatomaceous earth can be used as an alternative for tick and flea control on pets. Is this true, and what possible effects will it have on pets?

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Dear Elsa

I have no idea.

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Posted by: Kate | 2009-06-29

If you ever find out where to get it please let us know - I prefer to go green myself.
Currently I am using Flea Buster which I get from my homeopathic vet.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009-06-27

Yes it will work, and it will have no effect on either you or your pets.

However, the diatomaceous earth you get for swimming pools isn' t adequate - you need the food (or pharmacological) grade type, and here' s the problem - hardly anyone seems to stock it.

It looks like a powder, but in fact it' s very tiny razor-sharp little fragments of crustaceans - diatoms - which damage the waxy coating of insects, and cause them to dehydrate and die. So, it will work not only for fleas, but also -|- roaches etc.

You sprinkle it on your pets, on carpets, bedding etc - don' t breathe it in and don' t get it in their eyes.

It' s not instant, because obviously every insect has to come into contact with it, then dehydrate and die - but it' s certainly a very ' green'  way to go!

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