As most of our readers know, Bain suffers from allergies and sensitive skin. A leaf can blow on this guy and he’ll end up breaking out. So, even though our go-to flea medicine works very well during a flea infestation, Bain is often left with light red patches of skin. Ideally, I would like to stay away from using harsh products as much as possible, so I looked into different all-natural flea preventatives.
I came across diatomaceous earth when we had a carpet beetle infestation last spring. After doing some research, I found out that this powder is often used in households to naturally help prevent invasions of the six legged kind. After doing a proper clean up and sprinkling diatomaceous earth on the carpet and problem areas, we ended up being carpet beetle free without having to use any harsh chemicals.
So what is diatomaceous earth?
Diatomaceous earth is a plant-based powder that is derived from diatoms, which are algae-like plants that have existed on earth for over millions of years! Over time, these diatoms break down and leave behind a chalky white powder called diatomite. The powder that gets harvested is combined with diatom derivatives and is sold as what we see today – diatomaceous earth.
After our experience with those pesky carpet beetles last year, I was wondering if diatomaceous earth would just as effective with fleas.
How does diatomaceous earth work as a natural pesticide?
Instead of poisoning the pests, diatomaceous earth works by absorbing the moisture from the exoskeletons – which results in dehydration and causing them to die. Another benefit? Since no chemical reaction is involved, fleas don’t develop an immunity to diatomaceous earth.
Uses of Diatomaceous Earth
1.) Flea & Pest Preventatives
I sprinkle diatomaceous earth on my carpet every other week and let it work its way into the carpet fibers for 1-2 days, then I’ll vacuum as needed. I thought that I had seen a few fleas last year, so I started with this process. We got through flea and tick season without issue, so I was glad to not have gone through an outbreak as we did the previous year. Because for some reason, they seem to bite me more than Bain!
2.) Help Eliminate Litter Box Odours
Diatomaceous earth also works by absorbing any moisture in the litter box, which will help reduce any unwanted odours. It also works by helping to repel any pesky insects that might pop by for a visit. I recently started adding 2-3 tablespoons of DE to help with Kisa’s litter box, and I’ve noticed a very nice improvement.
3.) Protect Your Garden
Diatomaceous earth is also beneficial to your garden! I started a hobby garden for the first time last year, although I found out too late in the season that DE can be used to prevent nasty bugs from eating and invading your treasure trove of plants. DE can be sprinkled onto dry soil, as it will be most effective when without any moisture. It can also be dusted and sprinkled around plants so slugs and other insects do not decide to dine on your veggies.
– For safe use, only use the highest quality “Food Grade” diatomaceous earth. I ordered mine from Amazon, but DE can also be picked up at your local farm store.
– Pay attention to your pet’s skin. Although I surprisingly never experienced any issues with Bain, I have read that DE can sometimes dry out your pet’s skin when used on the carpet.
Last year was a success for a very invasive flea and tick season, so we’ll be continuing with the use of this natural product. Do you have any other natural ways for flea prevention? We’d like to hear them!
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian. Please consult with your personal veterinarian first before choosing to use diatomaceous earth in your home. I was not compensated for this post. Gogo Dogo only shares content we feel are relevant to our readers.