Natural Flea Control for Dogs

Natural Flea Control for Dogs

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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.

How-To Instructions

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Grab Everything You Need

Make sure you have all the right equipment for the job. You can select one of our diatomaceous earth kits that include everything you'll need or just buy some DE and use your own applicators. There is no wrong way to apply diatomaceous earth; it just needs to come into contact with the insect to work.

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Apply Diatomaceous Earth to Your Dog's Bedding

Focus your efforts on your dog's bedding and other areas she visits frequently. The more exposure the fleas have to DE, the faster you will see results. Other good areas to target include the kennel, food bowls and any outdoor areas that your dog spends a good amount of time in.

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How to Keep DE Effective

Diatomaceous earth must remain in contact with the fleas to continue working effectively. The diatom's porous nature dehydrates the flea. Because of the diatom's nature, diatomaceous earth needs to be dry while it's in contact with the fleas to be effective.

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Keep Your Dog's Skin Moisturized

After about 2 or 3 days you'll want to bathe your dog. It's recommended not to bathe dogs more than once a month, since it dries out their skin. Since diatomaceous earth also dries out skin, it's best to use a soap-free or moisturizing shampoo. Afterwards, comb through your dog's fur with a flea comb to help rid your dog of fleas.

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Have Patience With the Process

You should treat your dog's environment with diatomaceous earth twice a week, leaving it on for about 1 to 3 days. Repeat this process for 2 to 3 weeks. Diatomaceous earth is not a quick fix. It will take time for the flea to come into contact with the diatomaceous earth, and about 48 hours to dehydrate the flea it has come in contact with. The process may take up to three weeks, but it's efficient, all natural, and dog-friendly.


Helpful Tips and Warnings

  • Keep in mind diatomaceous earth dries out your dog's skin. It's important to take the necessary steps to prevent or counteract the effects of dry skin.
  • Be sure to treat your dog's regular hangouts as well.
  • If you have breathing problems like asthma you may want to use a dust mask.
  • It's recommended to treat your dog on a monthly basis as a preventative measure. Diatomaceous earth is a natural flea repellent for dogs as well.
  • Fleas must come into contact with the diatomaceous earth to work effectively.
  • If a flea infestation is too large for a do-it-yourself project, please call a professional.

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