DE is a natural solution to treat pests around your house but did you know it can be used to treat your dog's fleas too?
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites which live outside, in our homes, and on our pets. The good thing, though, is that fleas really don't like DE.
As with other insects and arachnids, DE is a natural insecticide that is safe to use around your pets and family members.
Follow these simple steps to see how DE is the natural flea control you should be using for your dog:
Find the areas around your house that your dog likes to spend their time (it might be the dog's bed, kennel, dog house, or a favorite pillow or rug).
Vacuum the area, kennel, rug, or pillow where your dog rests. This helps collect any flea eggs that might be lying around; collecting those eggs before you apply the DE is essential as flea eggs aren't affected by DE until after they hatch.
Once you have vacuumed and you know that the area isn't damp, you can begin dusting the area with DE. You can use a sieve, a tied off sock filled with DE, or you can use one of our applicators. Dust the area, dog bed, and/or blankets thoroughly.
After about 2 or 3 days of letting your dog lounge around in the DE, you'll want to bathe them. But before you do this, go through and vacuum all of the area you covered with DE a few days ago. Vacuuming will collect any deceased fleas and their eggs, larvae, and pupae, helping to break the cycle. A word of warning here: DE is very hard on traditional filtered vacuums. Unless you're only cleaning a small section, we recommend using a shop vac to avoid burning out your vacuum's motor. For more information on cleaning up diatomaceous earth after you've applied it, check out our article here.
Give your dog a bath with a thorough shampooing. 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.
After the bath, comb through your dog's fur with a flea comb to help rid your pet of fleas.
You should treat your dog's bedding with diatomaceous earth twice a week, leaving it for about 3 days. Repeat this process for 2 to 3 weeks.
In the end, by putting down those pesky fleas with natural and safe flea control you are protecting your pets and making them healthy and happy.
If you have questions about how to treat your cat for fleas, click here.
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