I just love my puppies! I cannot imagine my life without them, however, sometimes the “thump, thump, thump, thump, thump” of my dogs scratching their bodies can send me over the edge. The monotonous reverberation of their paws hitting the floor as they fiercely attack the itching sensation, coupled with the jangling of their dog tags clinking together in unison, only serves to let me know they are in serious need of relief.
Luckily, Primally Inspired has a tested and tried DIY flea powder that is just great! It keeps away ticks, mosquitoes, ants, spiders, and other bugs too. See the powder recipe below, how to use it and how often. If this helps your babies, please let us know all about it.
Ditch the toxic chemical repellents and kill fleas and other insects naturally with this homemade flea powder!
We’ve been blessed with not having any flea issues during those past 5 years. But at the end of April, we moved into a new house . . . and it was infested with fleas.
My poor buddy was being eaten alive by these nasty fleas. I literally felt sick to my stomach watching him scratch and itch. His poor tail was raw, red and inflamed from him chewing on it so much.
I needed to do something and using toxic chemicals was going to be my very LAST resort. And today I’m giving you my homemade flea powder recipe that I now swear by. This flea powder worked at getting rid of a pretty major flea infestation in our home. Bonus – this flea powder also works at repelling and killing ticks, flies, mosquitos, ants, spiders and other bugs. This is awesome stuff!
Ingredient List and Benefits of Homemade Flea Powder:
This homemade flea powder is composed of Diatom Flour, Neem Powder, Yarrow Root Powder and Eucalyptus Oil. All 4 ingredients are traditionally used as very effective insect repellents and recommend by many holistic vets as a successful flea and insect killer and repellent.
Homemade Flea Powder Recipe:
1 cup Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
1/2 cup Neem Powder
1/2 cup Yarrow Root Powder
20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
*Do not use for cats.
Mix all ingredients together and put in a shaker top container. I used a mason jar with a shaker top lid.
Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry conditions. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder on the belly and legs. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as you can.
I have found that brushing the fur in the opposite direction and applying the flea powder with a cosmetic puff works really well.
How often to apply flea powder?
To use this as a general repellent (with no serious flea infestation), applying once a month during active flea season (end of spring/summer) is sufficient. If the pet gets a bath or gets wet, it will need to be reapplied.
If you have a flea infestation:
You will need to apply more often, depending on how bad of an infestation you are dealing with. I applied every other day until I saw no more traces of fleas (now I’m just using it as maintenance). Some are successful with applying as little as once a week, but others need it more often – it just depends on the level of infestation. Also remember to reapply if your pet gets wet (important!).
If you have a flea infestation, you will also need to apply this flea powder to your floors, windowsills, door sills, pet bedding, sofa, etc. Focus your efforts where your pet spends the most amount of time, since fleas and their eggs will be the most concentrated in those areas. Just apply a light dusting to the areas in your house and leave it there overnight. Vacuum in the morning or sometime the next day. Do this once a week for 4 weeks if you have a flea infestation.
This flea powder works amazingly, BUT, it will not work overnight if you have a flea infestation. You must be diligent about applying it to your pet AND applying the powder to your home and vacuuming at least once per week for 4 weeks in a row to get rid of an infestation.
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