While most people dislike the idea of putting toxic chemicals on their pets, they surprisingly continue doing so. It is high time we changed this, as toxic chemical flea treatments are the leading cause of pet poisonings. In addition, there is a warning to not let these chemicals come into contact with human skin, too.
This article presents an amazing homemade flea powder which works as an effective flea, ant mites, fly, mosquito, and tick repellent. Throw your toxic repellent in the garbage and swap it for this all-natural and super-effective alternative. The best thing regarding this DIY flea powder is that it is recommended by many holistic VETS!
Ingredient List and Benefits of Homemade Flea Powder:
This DIY flea powder consists of diatom flour, yarrow powder, neem powder, and eucalyptus oil. All four ingredients have a long history of being used as insect repellents and are highly recommended by holistic vets as effective flea and insect repellent and killers.
Food Grade Diatom Flour (also called Diatomaceous Earth or DE)
Diatom flour is made up of fossilized remains of aquatic organisms known as diatoms. DE is quite sharp, which allows it to puncture the exoskeleton of insects and dehydrate them. It kills them by physical action, not a chemical one. Note that its particles are so tiny so it feels like a baby powder to pets. It is harmless and completely safe for use for both humans and pets.
Yarrow has been long used as natural wound healing worldwide. Many cultures consider it as sacred herb due to its healing properties. It works great for irritated skin and inflammation-related skin conditions. It is known for its pain-relieving and anti-microbial properties, too. Given that pets often get secondary infections from flea bites, yarrow protects them and helps soothe their irritated skin.
This Ayurvedic herb has been long used as a natural insect repellent, repelling fleas, mosquitoes, ants, mites, ticks, and lice. Its compound called azadirachtin is known to disrupt the metamorphosis of insect larvae. By doing so, it prevents them from developing and they die off without producing a new generation. Another of its compounds, called salannin, has been proven to be superior to DEET-containing repellents when it comes to repelling biting insects.
Ultimately, eucalyptus works as an amazing natural insect repellent, probably thanks to its components which are superior to DEET. In addition, this oil possesses antiseptic properties which help heal after bites.
Homemade Flea Powder Recipe
- 1 cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
- ½ cup Yarrow Powder
- ½ cup Neem Powder
- 20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (only for dogs)
- Combine all the ingredients and transfer the mixture into a shaker top container, such as a mason jar with a shaker top lid
- Apply the powder from head to tail along your pet`s spine
- Try to get the powder on as much skin as possible, rubbing in onto the legs and belly
- Avoid the area around the eyes and nose
- Focus on the area above the tail and belly
- It is recommended to brush the fur in the opposite direction and apply the powder with a puff
How Often to Apply Flea Powder?
Generally, you should use it once a month during the active flea season, which is the end of spring/summer. Reapply in case the pet gets wet.
In case you notice any signs of a flea infestation, such as red and black droppings on your pet` s skin or fleas visibly moving between their hairs, you need to apply the powder more frequently. However, the frequency depends on the severity of the infestation itself. Applying it every other day works great for some people, while some people need to do it more often.
In case of a flea infestation, you should also apply the powder on places like the sofa, pet bedding, door sills, windowsills, and floors. Apply the power and leave it to work overnight! All you have to do is to vacuum in the morning and enjoy in your flea-free home.