The Best Home Remedy For Flea And Tick Control


Diatomaceous Earth

One of the best items any animal owner can have on hand is Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth or DE. It can be safely used to kill cockroach infestations as well. Food Grade DE works on fleas, ticks, ear mites, lice, worms and other parasites. It works by scratching off the parasites external waxy coating, causing dehydration and death to the parasite. It is safe for humans and animals. It can be mixed into pet food to kill internal parasites.

For flea and tick control, you gently rubs small amounts into the pets coat (not enough to cause powder to puff up). Same for lice. For ear mites, you gently rub some around the base of each ear every day for a month to kill all mites and their eggs. Be careful not to get any into the ear itself. This could cause damage to the ear drum and canal. If you have ants or cockroaches coming into your house from outside you can mix DE into the soil around your home and set out bait with it in it. Be aware though that if you have a healthy habitat for earth worms this will most likely kill them as well.From what I can find, DE will kill almost any parasite or other insect, including bed bugs. It will kill aphids in the garden, tomato grubs, slugs, grasshoppers, crickets, and anything else that is causing you grief. However it will also kill beneficial insects, so I would use it with caution.

I have also heard that cedar can be used around the pets beds to repel fleas and ticks, but some say the cedar oils can be harmful. I have also heard giving your pets garlic will repel fleas and ticks, but again there are some who say garlic is toxic to pets. I don't know about that since we have fed our dogs garlic since I was a little child and it never hurt them. Garlic is good for killing internal parasites to.

From all I have tried and read about though, the DE appears to be the safest and best. It is made from fossil shells, there are no chemicals to harm the pets.

Finally found a good descriptive video for DE

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jenubouka 4 years ago

Very informal and helpful tlm..While I do not own pets at the moment, it is a hind thought to keep in mind for sure. Now, if you have anything safe for the removal of mice, you would be my extra extra hero of the day!

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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

that is one battle i am still fighting, my best defense against the mice so far is my cats. when i put in my garden, i have even considered catching a couple of bull snakes and putting them in there to keep the mice from eating the seeds and plants. where i am we are having a hard time with mice, they are everywhere and get into everything, no one is safe from them. we used to use fresh cab but it seems to not work anymore.if i find anything that works, i will let you know about it though. because of our pets we cannot use any poisons. did you know that 10,000 pets die each year from rodent poisons? that is scary. thank you for stopping by and reading and commenting...have a great day.

jenubouka 4 years ago

Bull snakes, I did not know that, we had them in the gardens growing up because they ate the rattle snakes, but living in the country we always had some outdoor cats that were champs at catching the mice. Now I live in the city and according to the man of the house (I would not come close to the thing) it was like a cross between a mouse and rat...Ugh!! Then I went to flip my mattress, yep in between the mattress and box spring, new bed later, we have begun barricading the home. Apparently if they smell remnants of their buddy's boom boom then they come running. There are traps that will "glue" them down and they die in a couple hours since they need to constantly eat and drink. They are chemical free. I personally could not mentally handle hearing a mouse squeak to death. They are a serious threat indeed for the virus they carry.

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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

that sounds like here, we are in a new trailer and have been here for almost a year, and suddenly we have mice, the cats have been doing their job but more come to replace the ones killed. i discovered that they had actually eaten a hole in the flooring of my bedroom and came up between my bed and the wall. we can hear them chewing under the floor and in the walls. my dad loathes snakes or i would use them more often, i would put one in the hole they chewed.

jenubouka 4 years ago

Oh my that sounds awful and very annoying! I seriously would rather have a snake in the walls than those little rodents, they carry a lot of threat to our healths. It is like battlica at my house, boarding up all hole and such, with face masks, rubber gloves. I will conquer and beat them for sure. Hope you do find a solution for sure! Or at least they part for the summer.

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