Most of you have hear something about Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and maybe for some this is the first time actually paying attention to the word. It will become your new best friend if you own pets and if they have fleas and/or worms. Most commonly if they have worms, then you have fleas. DE as I will call it, not only works to kill the fleas in carpet or around your house but if you get the food grade quality and actually use it in your dogs food, it can kill the worms within them.
Now the big question – Is It Safe? It is. There have been a lot of clinical studies and veterinarians all over conducting their own as well as the International Agriculture Laboratories doing theirs. They all have concluded it is safe and effective. You may be asking how? How much do you use? How do you use it? Where do you buy it? Well after searching, Lowe’s does not carry DE at all. Hope Depot carries it online to pick up in your store within 4-7 days. It runs $11 for 4.4lbs. Most of you are familiar with Amazon.com and you can but 10lbs of DE for about $23 which includes shipping. This is the least expensive I have found. Not bad for a product that kills fleas and is even safe enough to sprinkle on carpets with children in the home, including babies.
IMPORTANT: Now you do have to pay attention to what you are buying. There are two different kinds of DE. One is the pool chemical type which is in fact very dangerous to use and the other is food grade. You obviously want the food grade. Just pointing this important fact out as it is really important.
O.C. Collins, DVM, of Midland Animal Clinic and Hospital in Midland, Texas said, “In clinical observations of feeding dogs over 35 lbs. 1 tablespoon/day, and dogs under 35 lbs. 1 teaspoon/day, of diatomaceous earth, within seven days all ova disappeared from stools. Diatomaceous Earth controlled Ascarids (Toxocana), Hookworms (Anclyostoma caninum), and Whipworms (Trichuris vulipis).” Now who wouldn’t want this for their pets?
Feeding schedule for Dogs, Puppies, Cats, Kittens and even Chickens:
- Puppies – 1/2 to 1 tsp.
- Dogs under 35 lbs. – 1 teaspoon
- Dogs over 35 lbs. – 1 tablespoon
- Dogs over 100 lbs. – 2 tablespoons
- Kittens – 1/2 teaspoons
- Cats – 1 teaspoon
- Chickens – Use at 5% in feed.
With chickens, this helps prevent moisture in the food to prevent mold, keeps fly larvae from developing in manure, helps with better egg production, stronger eggs, and reduces overall animal stress. Sprinkle directly in chicken coops and on the chicken’s feathers to eliminate mites and lice.
By feeding it to your pets daily it not only controls worms and internal parasites but comes out in the poop and prevents flies from growing in it. Sounds gross but flies are nasty. By lightly rubbing the DE on your dog or cats coat it is VERY effective against fleas, ticks, lice and any other pests on your pet. DE is also very effective on sheep, goats, cattle and horses.
DE can be applied to your home on your carpets. Utilize a shaker like an old salt shaker (shop at thrift stores in need be) and fill it to shake the DE onto your carpets, take a broom and whisk it into your carpet and then vacuumed away after about 7 days. Dust everything including your pets bedding. You can leave the powder in inconspicuous places and it will remain effective forever.
DE also has the added benefit of killing many other types of insects that might be residing in your house. This includes fire ants, sugar ants, roaches and bed bugs. Depending on the bug, they will die of dehydration within 2-72 hours of contact. That is pretty quick for something non-harmful to people and pets. No harmful pesticide to deal with is a great relief.
Food-grade DE is certain death to insects and bugs because it kills by actually puncturing the insect’s exoskeleton, disrupting its soft waxy shell structure, chewing up its digestive organs and causing death in a short time by dehydration. Add a little powdered sugar to attract pest to the DE. National Geographic tells about cockroaches that died in 12 hours after exposure. DE also stops up the breathing apparatus of insects.