Homemade Flea Powder

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Dog Days of Summer brought hot weather and fleas to our house. I did a post on homemade Flea Shampoo (here). To follow up with the shampoo, try this Flea Powder. It really works great. No chemicals, all natural ingredients. I found a product online with the exact ingredients that's selling for $45.00 for a small 8 oz. container. 

HOME USE: So much cheaper to make it yourself, especially if you happen to have a flea infestation in your home. In that case you will need to lightly dust your floors, furniture and all pet areas and bedding with the powder. Let it sit for 24 hours then vacuum up. Repeat this again once a week for four weeks. This powder work on fleas, ticks, mites, spiders, bed bugs and other creepy crawlies.

PET USE: For your pet, apply the flea powder to dry fur and work it down to the skin. A little goes a long way. For flea maintenance I put it on my dogs about once every three weeks. Of course if they get wet in the rain or are bathed then you would need to reapply. If your dog is infested with fleas you will need to apply the flea powder every other day because the fleas continually hatch. Keep applying until you no longer see tons of fleas. To understand the life cycle of the flea click (here).

How do you know if you have fleas in your carpets? Place a small dish with water and dish soap on the floor and place a small lamp or night light so that it will shine into the plate. Leave it on the floor overnight. If there are fleas in the carpet, they will be attracted to the light and jump in the soapy water and drown.

Let's check out the ingredients:

Diatomaceous Earth or DE

Food grade DE is the bug killer that you can eat! For real. People consume it for many health reasons. But here, we are using it to kill bugs. Any kind of bug that has an exoskeleton. Diatomaceous Earth is an off white, very fine powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. Microscopically these fossils are very sharp and will stick to the bugs and cause dehydration. To people and pets, the DE is just a very very fine powder. I've read that the DE powder can be used on farm animals for parasites too.

Neem Powder

Neem comes from the Neem tree. It has been used for thousands of years medicinally. It is used for wound healing, GI tract problems, boosts the immune system, promotes healthy skin and many other uses. When used for insects it disrupts the metamorphosis of the larvae.Thereby killing the larvae before they develop. It has moisturizing properties, so it is soothing to your pets skin, as the DE powder can be drying.

Yarrow Powder

Yarrow comes from a flower. It too has been used for thousands of years medicinally. It is said to help relieve fevers, shorten the duration of colds and flu, help with skin irritations and rashes. It is a natural wound healer. Yarrow is used in this flea powder because flea bites can cause skin irritation and some secondary infections. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Homemade Flea Powder

1 cup Food Grade Diatomateous Earth
1/2 cup Neem Powder
1/2 cup Yarrow Powder
Mix all ingredients and store in a jar. 

Dog Days of Summer = FLEAS

Monday, August 15, 2016
Here in the south, we definitely suffer each year from the Dog Days of Summer. August so far has not disappointed on this fact. Temperatures in the high 90's with the heat index over 100 degrees. Whew Wee...that's hot! Even the ocean water here is warm. No, I'm not complaining about that because I love the beach!

Kona giving me the look...."I don't want a bath"
The dog days of summer not only bring almost unbearable hot temperatures and humidity, they bring out the FLEAS! With two dogs in our house that could mean a hot mess. I don't like to give my dogs the prescription flea pills or oils. My dogs have had some adverse effects from those. I make my own Flea Shampoo. The essential oils I use are flea deterrents. There are several oils that fleas do not like. Rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree just to name a few. This shampoo is for dogs only, not kitty cats.

Just FYI: The Dog Days of Summer actually have nothing to do with dogs. Some folks think it has to do with days that are so hot even the dogs can't handle the heat....which actually is true when those 100 degree days hit!

The dog days actually have to do with astronomy. The dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a time that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.

Having an infestation of fleas in your house can definitely be considered a catastrophe. Try the following safe homemade shampoo to avoid any flea catastrophes.

Homemade Flea Shampoo
2 cups water
2 Tbs Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
    (I used the Peppermint)
4 drops Lemongrass essential oil
    (Buy here)
4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

Mix ingredients and put in a recycled shampoo bottle or a jar.

Wet your dog thoroughly starting at the head and neck and work toward their tail. Suds up with the flea shampoo well and leave on about 5 minutes. Rinse well.

Kona does not love a bath

The flea shampoo has worked well for me. I follow the flea shampoo with a homemade flea powder, which can be used on your furniture and carpets. It is safe around kids too. All ingredients are actually edible. Get the recipe (HERE)