Using Natural Dusts
- There are several different
dusting formulas which you can use on fleas, this will depend on your preference. You dust
lightly before and after you vacuum.
A Good Natural Flea Control Formula
Pure Pyrethrium powder is one of
the safest ways to kill and control fleas both on and off animals as it is totally
harmless to humans and animals. Avoid breathing dust or fumes. Comes from the Pyrethrium
plant. Dust dogs once or twice per week, for a bad case use daily. Dust dog bedding and
rugs, carpets etc. before vacuuming. A good approach is to start in one corner of the room
and dust slowly as you work your way out. Allow to settle for 1 hr before vacuuming.
DE and Salt Formula for Fleas.
- 1 lb. Dia-Earth
- 10 oz. Salt
- Lightly dust outside areas once
per month, using only the DE as the salt would not be good outside. A better outside
control method is nematodes. See Bio-halt page.
Safer Flea and Tick Spray for outside
This combination of natural pyrethrum and Safer soap contains no PBOs
and is used for quick knock-down and broad-spectrum control on most
vegetable and ornamental crops. This is a contact spray which must be
applied directly to the insect (fleas) to be effective. Registered for
control of aphids, whiteflies, earwigs, asparagus, bean, flea, cucumber
and Colorado potato beetles, for cabbage loopers and worms, tomato
hornworm, leafhoppers, gypsy and diamond-back moth larvae, tent
caterpillars, and more. In addition, the concentrate is registered on
fruits, nuts and on lawns (for cinch bugs, lawn moths, sod webworm and
Dia-Earth / Pyrethrum Formula.
10 lbs Dia-Earth
1 lb Pyrethrium Dust
Mix the dia-earth with the pyrethrium powder. This is a very strong combination and will
kill and control many other insects as well as fleas. Can be used inside or outside.
Inside use very lightly around pet bedding, sleeping areas, frequently used areas, etc..
Outside use only in areas where you know there are fleas. Use only sparingly. Diatomaceous
Earth is available at: Nitron
Industries and many mail
Crawling Pest Barrier Fossilized shells of tiny
water-dwelling organisms called diatoms which when ground, have
microscopically fine, sharp edges. Used as a barrier to crawling
pests such as slugs, snails, earwigs, etc. (must be dry to be an
effective barrier). Apply early morning or evening to minimize
disruption to beneficials. Use a mask to avoid breathing dust.
Product is untreated, unheated agricultural food grade freshwater
D.E. (not the D.E. used in swimming pools). Contains at least 12
minerals including 19% calcium and 33% silica. For other D.E.
products, see Diatect V, Insect Dust, and Safer Ant & Crawling
Pyrethrin & Diatomaceous Earth
Exciting combination of insecticides
for controlling pests. The desiccant and barrier properties of
diatomaceous earth with the knockdown properties of pyrethrin
provides a wider range of control. Apply as dust or wettable powder.
Labeled for most crops: vegetables, greenhouse, ornamentals,
livestock, lawns, fruit trees. and grain. Use to control aphids,
cucumber beetle, earworms, flea beetles, stink bugs, thrips,
whiteflies, etc. Use in animal quarters to control mites, lice, and
flies at a rate of 2 oz/100 sq ft. Use as a grain protectant: mix 1
lb. in 5 gallons of water per 1000 bushels. For crops, use 1-6
lbs/acre, depending upon coverage & insect populations. Use with
discretion, product is a non-selective pesticide. May leave a
visible residue which can be washed off with water.
- Comprised of diatomaceous earth, which is made of fossilized
water plants so tiny and sharp that they lacerate the insect body
and cause death by dehydration within 48 hours. Because it works
mechanically upon the insects, they won't develop immunity. It may
be safely applied indoors or outdoors, around home foundations, in
corners and crevices inside. So safe you can actually rub it into
your dog or cat's fur. If you apply with a duster, wear protective
gear to avoid inhaling dust. Controls ants, fleas, ticks,
cockroaches, earwigs, slugs, beetles, and silverfish. 6 lb bag
treats 2,500 sq ft.
Using Dried Pennyroyal or Peppermint
- Sprinkle dried Pennyroyal or
peppermint on rugs, animal bedding, etc. Can also be made into a tea and used as a bath
for dogs. Grow more herbs in your environment. Growing herbs such as
pennyroyal, peppermint, etc. will naturally repel fleas, etc. Pennyroyal is a fragrant low
growing ground cover. Easy to grow and effective against fleas. You can alternate between
any of the above mentioned dusts. Don't use anything that doesn't feel right for you.
Always test a small portion of the rug to avoid color damage.
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