Diatomaceous Earth is made up of fossilized skeletal remains of algae, especially diatoms. They are ground up into a fine powder, to be used for various purposes: 1. tick and flea control 2. pest control – ants, cocokroaches, slugs 3. filters – swimming pool, drinking water, fish tanks 4. abrasive – toothpaste, facial scrub, metal polish 5. absorbent – clean up liquid spills, used in cat litter 6. hydroponics – as growing medium 7. agriculture – anticaking agent in grain handling and storage areas 8. dewormer
Diatomaceous Earth for flea and tick control
While diatomaceous earth feels like talcum powder and harmless to human beings, it is lethal to fleas, ticks and other insects. The microscopic sharp edges of the powder cut through the protective layers of the body, causing adult fleas/ticks, their eggs and larvae to dry up and eventually die.
The powder can be applied to carpets, floors, furniture, bedding, in the yard and on your dog.
Make sure you get food grade Diatomaceous Earth. Do not use pool grade (for swimming pool) as it has been treated and therefore, toxic to animals.
While it takes a few days for Diatomaceous Earth to kill off fleas/ticks, its natural flea/tick control effect is more lasting than that of chemical pesticides.
Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe For Dogs?
Food grade diatomaceous earth is a natural tick and flea killer that’s non-toxic.
Since diatomaceous earth is a drying agent, avoid direct contact with eyes or mucous membranes. Do not inhale the dust. Wear a mask or protective gear to cover your mouth and nose when applying it. If you are treating a large area, keep the dog away until the dust (if any) has settled.
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