In November 2000, a report issued by the US Natural Resources Defense Council found that pest-control products can expose adults and children to toxic pesticides in concentrations up to 500 times the safe levels established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The result: acute poisoning of pets and humans and possible long-term problems for children such as brain dysfunction and cancer.
Here is a natural way to make Flea and Tick powder for your Pet:
What You Need:
20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Omit this if powder is for Cats)
Half a cup of Yarrow Powder
Half a cup of Neem Powder
1 cup of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Simply mix all of the above together in a jar with a shaker lid (e.g. an Old Coffee Jar).
Sprinkle on to your pet along the spine whilst brushing the fur back, to ensure the powder makes contact with the skin. Also rub it onto their belly, legs and tail always ensuring that it gets to the skin.
It can help to rub in with a powder puff or cotton wool pad.
NB. *Avoid any contact with their eyes and nose.*
How Often Do I Apply the Powder?
If it is being applied as a preventative measure, apply only once a month to keep your pet bug free throughout the spring and summer months when fleas are most prevalent. However following a bath or if they go out in the wet, then you should reapply.
If it is being applied to treat an active infestation then apply every other day until you can no longer see any trace of the fleas. Then just apply once a month for maintenance.
It is important to also treat your home to prevent re-infestation. You can apply this same powder to pet bedding, soft furnishings, windowsills and floors. Just apply a light dusting to these areas and leave it overnight. Vacuum the following day. Do this once a week for a month.
It is always a good idea to consult with your vet before trying any home remedy on your pet. Your vet can make sure that the treatment is safe for your pet and may have more tips on how to get rid of fleas.
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(i) US Natural Resources Defense Council Report (NRDC, November 2000): http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/pets/execsum.asp