How To Make An Effective Flea And Tick Powder For Your Pets
Are your home, garden and pets infested fleas, ticks, etc.?
If this is the case, you don’t have to worry any longer. Here is an effective recipe consisting of 4 ingredients that can be safely used on your dumb friends as well as in your garden or patio for repelling and killing fleas, ticks, mosquitos, ants, spiders and other annoying bugs. The recipe is also recommended by holistic veterinarians.
It is a popular belief that fleas can fly, but it is not the truth. Actually, they are passed down in pet-to-pet contact, or from furnishings or even plants onto pets. Once they nestle in your furry pets, their bites start a nasty itchy-and-scratchy cycle.
In severe cases it can result in hair loss, skin inflammation or infection to your beloved furry friends. Some chemical solutions against fleas and other pests may cause allergic reactions, and, also, over time resistance can be built up rendering them less effective.
This homemade remedy uses four agents that are recognized as insect repellents.
Here is a brief description of each:
The eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus citriodoro) is a well-known natural bug and insect repellent. Eucalytpus oil is a successful way to get rid of fleas in your home. It is extracted from the seeds of the eucalyptus tree. It produces a strong scent that fleas and other insects find unbearable. Studies have shown that it can be more effective than DEET. An additional benefit of this essential oil is that it is an antiseptic, so it can sooth the skin from insect bites.
This ingredient should not be applied to cats as they are sensitive to many essential oils. Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested by pets either. And do not allow your pet to chew on toys, collars or bedding that has been directly treated with this specific oil.
The yarrow is a healing herb which can be used to treat wounds due to its anti-inflammatory properties and used to be a vital herb at wartime. It has also been shown to have pain-relieving and anti-microbial properties.
Pets that suffer from a flea infestation will often go on to get infected bites. Powdered yarrow can help heal and sooth the irritated skin of a pet helping to stop the circle of itching and scratching vicious.
The neem is another herb which has been used throughout centuries due to its antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and blood-purifying power. It can be used on pets both in oil and powder form as a herbal insect repellent, repelling fleas, ticks, lice, mites, ants and mosquitoes. It actually inhibits the metamorphosis of the larvae by preventing the rapid breeding of these bugs. It is also moisturizer, so it helps heal any dry skin or scaling which would otherwise occur from the skin irritation.
Food grade diatom flour
This is also known as Diatomaceous earth (DE) and is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock consisting of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae, that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. DE particles are so small that it just feels like a fine baby powder to humans and pets alike. It is a simply a mineral silica.
Food grade fresh water DE is completely harmless to humans and pets because it is not a poison. DE is crystalline in structure. It works by scratching the bodies of the insects and causing them to dehydrate. Because Diatomaceous earth can by very drying, the neem counteracts the dryness and helps protect your pet from excess dry skin.
This food grade DE can be purchased at some plant nurseries, BUT be sure and specify that you want food grade (not crystallized or filter grade)! DE products are registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other resistant pests.
Anti-Flea And Tick Recipe
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (remember to omit this for cats and kittens!)
half a cup yarrow powder
half a cup neem powder
1 cup of food Grade Diatomaceous earth
Simply mix all of the above-listed ingredients together in a jar with a shaker lid. Sprinkle on to your pet along its spine all the while brushing the fur in the opposite direction to ensure the powder makes close contact with the skin. Also rub it onto their belly, legs and tail always ensuring that it soaks into the skin.
It can help to rub in with a powder puff or cotton wool pad. Take care to avoid any contact with their eyes and nose.
When this is being applied as prevention once a month, it should keep your pet bug free throughout the spring and summer period when fleas are most prevalent. However, following a bath, or when they go out in the rain, it you be should reapplied amply.
If the remedy is applied to treat an active infestation, then apply it every other day until you can no longer see any of the fleas. Then just apply as above for maintenance purpose. It is important to also treat your entire home to prevent re-infestation in there.
You can apply the same powder to pet bedding, soft furnishings, windowsills and floors. Just apply a light dusting to these areas and leave it overnight. Use your vacuum cleaner the following day. Repeat everything once a week for a month.
By: Home and Garden
MY DOG ALLERGIC TO GRASS?
A dog allergic to grass seems like an unlikely occurrence. However, some dogs are allergic to grass pollens. Learn about treatment options for dogs who are allergic to grass.
Most dogs love to run and play in the yard, but for some, it can end up being a less-than-pleasant experience. Dogs with grass allergies suffer a number of uncomfortable symptoms that can be difficult to relieve, and if you don’t treat your dog’s allergies, their allergic response can only get worse.
If you do figure out that your dog has a grass allergy, don’t worry -- it’s not all doom and gloom. Here we will take a look at the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a dog allergic to grass.
GRASS ALLERGY CAUSES
It is a common misconception that dogs are allergic to the green grass they step on. In reality, dogs are allergic not to grass, but to grass pollens, and it is through the inhalation of those pollens that a dog can have an allergic reaction.
Since grasses release pollen into the air seasonally -- usually in late spring and early summer -- dogs who are allergic to grass may only show symptoms during those times. Grass pollens are fine and powdery and can travel miles in the wind, so you may end up with pollens in your yard even if you don’t have any grass.
GRASS ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
The symptoms caused by a grass allergy can vary from dog to dog, but in most cases you will see extreme itchiness as a primary symptom. Your dog may lick, bite, and scratch their skin to the point of causing injury, infection, and hair loss. The areas that are most likely to be affected are your dog’s head, face, armpits, abdomen, and feet. It is not unusual to see a dog with grass allergies licking or gnawing on their paws.
Though less common, dogs suffering from grass allergies may also exhibit sneezing and red, weepy, or irritated eyes.
GRASS ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from a grass allergy, visit your veterinarian. They will either suggest an initial treatment to see if it helps, or recommend allergy testing to conclusively identify the allergen. Allergy testing is carried out through blood testing or intradermal skin testing.
Once your dog has been diagnosed with a grass allergy, there are things you can do to help:
Keep Your Lawn Mowed and Avoid Tall Grasses
Pollen is usually released from tall grasses (there is often a wispy flower atop tall blades of grass -- this is where the pollen develops). Keeping your lawn mowed and avoiding areas with tall grass will reduce the chances of your dog coming into contact with irritating pollen.
Limit Time Outdoors During Pollen Season
It may seem drastic, but limiting the time that your dog spends outside during pollen season (late spring to early summer) can really help. Take your dog on their regular walks, but bring playtime indoors when pollen counts are high.
Wipe Down Feet and Legs
Wiping down your dog’s feet and legs can help to remove any clingy pollen that attached itself to your dog while they were outside. A towel with warm water or medicated wipes recommended by your veterinarian should do the trick.
Anti-Itch Sprays and Shampoos
Many veterinarians recommend anti-itch sprays and shampoos to relieve allergy symptoms. During pollen season, bathe your dog regularly with a medicated shampoo, and apply anti-itch spray directly to your dog’s paws, legs, abdomen, or wherever else they are experiencing discomfort.
Omega-3 (Fish oil) and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
These supplements work to ease the inflammation and itchiness associated with grass allergies. Many dog foods contain these beneficial ingredients, but you can give your dog an extra boost by using the pill or liquid forms of these supplements.
Antihistamines, Steroids, and Allergy Shots
In severe cases, your veterinarian may recommend that your dog start a medication or allergy shot regimen to relieve the symptoms.
By: Mederith Allen