There's a new product around. Well, not entirely. This product has been around for quite a while. Only thing is that pet parents haven't heard about it. And those who do know about it swear that it works wonders. I'm talking about Diatomaceous Earth (DE to the industrial techies). What does it do? It repels and kills both fleas and ticks. And the best part is that it is an all-natural product.
It goes without saying that both flea and tick infestations are on the rise. More and more people today don't realize that these little pests are more dangerous to their pets, and themselves. These little pests don't just cause your pet to itch and scratch. They are also carriers of other pest like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and many other serious pests that can not only cause illness, but death as well.
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
There are basically two grades of this product, food grade and pool grade. And what it is is a finely ground siliceous sedimentary rock. This powder will literally dry out the exoskeletons of both fleas and ticks killing them.
It can also do the same thing for internal parasites when used as a parasitic detox treatment. And it can also aid in digestion and be used as a colon cleanser.
Using Diatomaceous Earth to Treat Pets
Diatomaceous Earth is a safe product to use on your pets. However, it is not a wise choice to use it on a daily basis. Just as it dries out the exoskeletons it will also dry out your pet's skin and hair. This in itself will also lead to skin irritation and itching.
When using this product on your pet you must make sure to protect their eyes, nose and mouth. Don't let this powder stay on your pet all day.
The right way to use this product is to let it stay on for 5 to 12 hours. After that you should give your pet a bath with a moisturizing dog shampoo. And you should also use a dog conditioner to restore moisture to your pet's skin and coat.
As I mentioned, there are two grades. For pets you must use the food-grade Diatomaceous Earth and not the pool-grade. The pool-grade version is very dangerous to pets and might also be hazardous to your health.
Also, if your pet has sensitive skin you should not use Diatomaceous Earth on them.
Other Areas of Use
Fleas and ticks have basically four stages to their lives. It is during the last stage of their lives that they infest animals. So in order to control them you must also treat the other areas of your home where they live. That means you also need to treat the carpeting and rugs in your home. And don't forget about the dog beds too. These are all places where fleas will lay their eggs and the young fleas will live until they are old enough to seek mammal blood.
Sprinkling some of the Diatomaceous Earth on these items and rubbing it in with a broom in the morning before you go to work is the first part. When you come home you should give your carpets and rugs a good vacuuming to remove the powder and dead ticks and fleas.
The dog's bed should be washed and dried twice to clean it.
If you are really into using natural items in and around the house this may be a good choice for you. As mentioned it will kill both ticks and fleas. Most of the chemical pest control items that you get through your veterinarian or pet shop will only work on one pest and not the other.
But before you go to your local hardware store to get some Diatomaceous Earth you should consult with your veterinarian. He has your pets medical history and can inform you of any potential problems with the use of this product.