Natural Tick Repellent

After you've enjoyed a nice camping trip, you might bring home some unwelcome pests. Ticks are ectoparasites and they latch onto your skin and feed off your blood. Your pets aren't immune either, and are even more likely to pick up ticks after spending time outside. If you live in a humid area, close to a river, wooded area, or wildlife live nearby, then you might be more likely to have a tick problem. Any dead foliage or moist areas in your yard make a nice home for ticks. This makes it easier for pets, children, or you to be carriers for them into the house. It's urgent to exterminate them before they multiply in your home and cause health problems. Follow our step-by-step instructions to ensure that your home stays tick-free.

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Feeding DE To Your Cat or Dog

While it's more common to use DE as a flea prevention, many people have added small amounts of DE to their pet's diet. There a numerous benefits a pet can receive from eating DE on a consistent schedule. Pet owners who have given their pets have found their pet has an improved coat, appetite, metabolism, and digestion. Diatomaceous earth is largely made up of amorphous silica, but it also contains calcium, magnesium, titanium dioxide, gallium, sodium and other trace minerals. Keep in mind that there are different grades of diatomaceous earth, so make sure you purchase food grade diatomaceous earth for your pet. Check out the instructions below for the proper amount to feed your pets.

 

Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

1) Amount of DE to Put in Your Cat's Food

Add DE to your cat's food once a day. The amount depends on the size of your cat:

  • - Kittens: 1/3 tsp
  • - Cats: 1/2 tsp

 

2) Add DE to the Kitty Litter

You can also get rid of the kitty litter smell by adding liberal amounts to the litter box. This will absorb moisture in the box and eliminate the smell. DE will also repel any worms, larvae, or parasites in the litter box.

 


Diatomaceous Earth For Dogs

1) Amount of DE to Put in Your Dog's Food

Add DE to your dog's food once a day. The amount depends on the size of your dog:

  • - Puppies & Small Dogs: ½ tsp
  • - Dog under 25 kg: 1 tsp
  • - Dog over 25 kg: 1 tbsp
  • - Dog over 50 kg: 2 tbsp

 

2) Pretreat and Preserve Remaining Food

If you're having problems with bugs infesting your pet's food (ants, weevils, beetles, flies) then using food grade DE will keep pests away and keep your animal healthy. First, empty your pet's food into an airtight container of a compatible size. As it deodorizes the pet food, it helps deter insects. Use about 50g (12 tsp) of DE per 1 kg of pet food.


Helpful Tips and Warnings

    • Look for other ways to use DE to protect your pets on our Pet Uses page.
    • If you have any questions, be sure to ask your veterinarian.
    • Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.

 

Natural Flea Control for Cats

 

One of the most effective, natural flea remedies for cats is diatomaceous earth. It's beneficial because it's safe to use around pets and children in the home.

The most important thing to do when treating fleas is to break the flea life cycle. This cycle will continue unless the fleas on both the house and the cat are exposed to DE at the same time. Otherwise, once you remove the fleas from your cat, it will pick up fleas again from the house. For more information on using diatomaceous earth in the house, please read our article on how to control fleas in your home. To care for your feline, follow the directions below.

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Natural flea control & natural flea remedies

 

For natural flea control, diatomaceous earth is a green and effective product. Instead of environmentally harmful chemical reactions, DE works as an organic flea control through a mechanical reaction to dehydrate fleas and other bugs. Because the fossil diatoms are porous, they are very absorbent. Once DE comes into contact with a flea, it will begin dehydrating the flea. This quickly stops the flea's function to breathe or absorb liquids. DE is a successful flea repellent because the fleas will not become immune to it over time, which can happen with chemical products. For step-by-step instructions on home flea control and other natural flea remedies, check out our guide below.

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Natural Flea Control for Dogs

As summertime rolls around, a flea infestation is often hot on its heels. Once a dog picks up fleas, it can be difficult to get rid of the infestation with natural flea remedies. A dog will bring fleas into the home causing fleas and eggs to fall on the carpet, dog bed, and furniture. Wherever fleas land they can breed, so it's important to think they can be everywhere. You can read our article Natural Flea Control in Your Home to get rid of a flea invasion in your home.

Diatomaceous earth is applied directly to the dog's surroundings. This is safe for the dog, even if she eats some of it. DE can be used as a repellent as well if you dust your dogs after playing in an area that is prone to harbor fleas.

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