- Pets and Animals
The Best Home Remedy For Flea And Tick Control
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.