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2/19/12 2:42 A

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Ditto. Just tried that too last summer. Also heand sprinkled on dogs.lps. Put in bedding

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2/19/12 1:55 A

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If you want to try something new that can be completely safe for humans and animals, then check out diatomaceous earth. It is basically the skeletons of minute algae, that have exoskeletons so sharp they essentially cut through a flea (or roach or tick...) exoskeleton. In the same way food grade diatomaceous earth can be ingested to combat internal parasites like worms.
It looks like a white powder that you can gingerly distribute over a lawn, carpet, pet, etc. My only caution with this would be USE GLOVES AND A MASK. This powder can be really rough on your skin and lungs, it's very sharp on a microscopic level.
Anyways, I live in alabama and really understand what you mean about bugs. Sometimes it really seems like a war to keep them off our animals. In my experience, diatomaceous earth DOES help, but cannot cure a serious infestation. If you sprinkle the powder around your house, preferably where bugs enter from or hang out in, then after a while even roaches and big insects will succumb to the diatomaceous earth and die off too.

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2/19/12 1:14 A

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I lived in Baton Rouge Louisiana for 12 years where heat,humidity, and the bugs try to reign Supreme LOL. (The vet school there has award winning parisitologists!) IF you saw a Roach DYING once in a blue moon, you knew you cleaned well and had a GOOD PEST CONTROL in place.
I learned that the primary component in Roach Proof is BORAX. The old time way of using this was to mix it with sugar and put it in small bowls/jar lids under your kitchen sinks ect. It works great for ants and roaches. They eat it and die.
It is poisonous if a small pet decided to sample it. I think it takes a bit, w/ cats being more sensitive.
I live in Arkansas now Still hot and humid, tick and flea city during warm weather. I also live on a mountain in the woods. I spread sulpher in my yard a few times a summer. This isokay for people and pets, helps keep tick and fleas down. I also use cedar shavings in my pets beds.
I have tried pennyroyal and palmarosa oil on myself and dogs which is totally safe;but, I. STILL have to use a topical flea killer/repellent during most of the worst season.
My indoor animals I don't use anything on; but , my yard clothes go right into the washer as I come inside. So many people bring flea eggs in from outside that hatch and hop on an indoor pet.

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2/12/12 3:44 A

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garlic, onions and sugar free gum & candy are some of the other food items that can make your critters sick, besides the dread chocolate. it would be nice if garlic repelled fleas, but it doesn't, and it is absolutely NOT a pest control solution for pets.

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2/11/12 4:37 P

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I had read that catnip can deter bugs like ants and roaches. It would be great if this were true, but just be careful if you have cats. They can easily OD.

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Hello Fellow Members,
I am reading this book right now that say Borax (which is cheap as hell and available in most grocery stores) is a flea and tick deterrent. I don't know if that's entirely true but I've just bought some to clean with and it truly is awesome. Shines up the sink and makes glasses sparkle. I'm also using it in my laundry to soften the water so it's easier on my clothes. I really recommend you google it for all it's uses. I only wish I would've found it sooner. I mean, as far as pets go, I guess it won't help outside but if we keep your grass cut and tidy, and clean with boraz inside, maybe we will be on to something for our beloved pooches.

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3/25/11 1:37 P

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I am struggling with the same issues. I want to prevent things on my dog, but there are so many risks to it. I've spent hours searching and am about to forgo preventative measures.

I did find this article: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resou
rces/tips/controlling_flea_ticks_pets.
html. It has several other links I am reading right now. I can't say I'm convinced he needs all this junk.

After reading some of this: http://www.simplesteps.org/greenpaws-produ
cts, I think I am going to keep a spray for times we go hiking and the 2 tubes I have left of toxins in case of an outbreak but stop monthly treatments.

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3/15/11 11:05 A

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That article makes a lot of sense, just because chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but I didn't really know people used cocoa bean mulch. Interesting idea, thanks for sharing.

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I discovered this warning on a National Wildlife Federation emailed newsletter (link is below).
Dog Owners Beware: Cocoa Bean Mulch Poses Threat To Pets
As people begin to tend to their gardens this spring, some will consider using cocoa bean mulch as a fertilizer. Made from spent cocoa beans used in chocolate production, the mulch is organic, deters slugs and snails, and gives off an appealing chocolate scent. However, it also attracts dogs, who can be poisoned by eating the mulch.
Cocoa beans contain the stimulants caffeine and theobromine, and dogs are highly sensitive to these chemicals. Low doses can cause mild gastrointestinal upset; higher doses can cause rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and even death.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center recommends pet owners avoid using this mulch around unsupervised dogs, and dogs with indiscriminate eating habits.

[This note is copied from the National Wildlife Federation's email newsletter: www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Acti
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3/10/11 4:54 P

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Thanks for that info! I had actually read about garlic being used, but also had seen that the dosage must be very accurate. I chose not to try it because of that, I don't want to do anything that could possibly hurt them. I love my pets like children and I want to do what's best for them. Thanks for the compliment, obviously you are a great pet parent too!

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3/10/11 2:46 P

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Most vets have info on this, too. I've seen a lot of articles suggesting natural substances and foods that are poisonous to pets, so extreme caution is in order.For a senior pet or one with any health problems I definitely wouldn't proceed without a vet's advice.

You'll see a lot of articles mentioning garlic, for example, but a lot of people don't know that cats and dogs are sensitive to garlic, and that after a certain point it can become a toxin to them. The exact dosage at which this happens is not known. I didn't know this until my vet mentioned it. Here's a short blurb on this from the ASPCA :

www.aspca.org/Pet-care/ask-the-exper
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ask-the-expert-pet-nutrition/is-garlR>ic-toxic-to-pets.aspx


If your vet can't help, there are now a lot of vets out there who incorporate natural remedies along with traditional medicine.

You sound like a great pet parent (as my vet calls us)!

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Here's the link to the NRDC article:
www.simplesteps.org/health/pets/how-
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I can't seem to find the other discussion on SP, but one of my friends has had very good luck with nematodes.



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The NRDC just had an article on this not too long ago. You may want to do a search on their site.

Also, another one of my SparkTeams had a really good discussion on this. I will try to find the thread for you!

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I am an animal lover - big time. I've been using Frontline for many years to keep my pets flea and tick free. I use an organic spray for upholstery, carpets and bedding called Natural Chemistry, but organic sprays I've used on my pets doesn't seem to work very well. Does anyone have other products that do not contain pyrethrins (or similar chemicals) or ideas that I can try? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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