Living in Florida is not all the “beauty by the water”. At least not for your dogs. We have Fleas here that are made of armor, not to mention the Hot Spots (Yes, I have something for that as well!) caused by pollen. It’s awful. I try to do chemical free whenever possible for my home and family so why not my dogs?
The flea repellents you buy commercially are loaded with toxic chemicals, kill thousands of dogs every year and even carry a warning not to get it on your skin!
Forget the toxins and chemicals. A good Flea Powder will not only repel Fleas but ticks, flies, mosquitoes, spiders and other pesky creepy crawling things!
Food Grade Diatom Flour-(also called Diatomaceous Earth)
Diatomaceous Earth is very soft powder that is actually fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms called diatoms whose skeletal remains are made of a natural substance called silica. If you were to look at it under a microscope you would see that it is razor sharp – not to you but it is to insects. It penetrates the exoskeleton of insects and causes them to die from dehydration. In other words it does not kill by a chemical reaction but by a physical action. To us and our pooch it just feels like a soft powder. It is a harmless mineral silica.
Neem is an herb used in some medicines. Having been used for hundreds of years as an herbal insect repellent for fleas, ticks, lice, mites, ants, mosquitoes and even some spiders. The compound in Neem, Azadirachtin, stops the metamorphosis of insect larvae. So it actually keeps the larvae from developing. Azadirachtin is such a deterrent to insects that they won’t touch anything that has Neem on it. Neem also contains salannin which is just as effective in repelling those pesky little critters. Some studies show that it is even more effective than the chemical DEET! Neem also contains moisturizing properties and soothes itchy, irritated and dry skin. Neem also contains anti-bacterial properties. (I also use Neem in my Dog Soap as well)
I am fortunate that someone that works with my husband has a Neem Tree in their yard and it is so large that he trims branches away quite frequently and gives them to me. I then hang dry and grind the leaves into a powder to add into my recipe.
Yarrow’s is used as an herbal remedy for healing wounds. Many refer to it as a “sacred herb” because of its healing properties. Yarrow helps protects your pet from skin infections caused by constant scratching.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is a natural bug and insect repellent that I use in my dog soap as well. Eucalyptus oil also has antiseptic properties and antibacterial properties as well.
Rosemary Essential Oil
Has antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities making it beneficial to the skin.
Lavender Essential Oil
Ancient texts show that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal purposes for over 2,500 years. It can help heal burns and wounds while providing strong antioxidants
NOTE: Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe- Crystallized or Filter Grade Diatomaceous Earth can be harmful if breathed in BUT THIS IS NOT TRUE for Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Food grade is processed differently and IS NOT harmful to you or your pets. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe even if swallowed but like any other dust you might want to wear a dust mask if you think you will be breathing it in as you dust your yard or around your home.
Apply from head to tail along the spine. Make sure your dog’s coat is dry. You can always brush the dog’s hair in the opposite direction so the powder is actually applied to the skin and not just the fur. Avoid getting the powder in the dog’s eyes or nose. Next rub the powder on his belly and legs paying close attention to the paws. Remember to get as much flea powder on the skin as possible and don’t forget the tale!
You can apply this about once every 3-4 weeks. If your dog gets wet whether from a bath or playing you will have to reapply once he is good and dry.
If you have a flea infestation you will have to apply more often (everyday or every other day) to include their bedding area.
You can also sprinkle some on your sofa, floors, along baseboards, windowsills, and wherever else you dog might frequent. Leave for about 36 hours and then vacuum. Repeat every month if you feel there are still fleas.
This will work but not immediately especially if you have an infestation. Patience and diligence is key. Keep reapplying until you see all fleas have gone.
You can also sprinkle in your yard but remember to make sure it is nice and dry and no rain is expected for at least 48 hours.
All Bark-No Bite
All Natural and Organic Flea Powder for your Dog
Large 8 oz. container