As the snow melts in Kansas City, I have started to think of flea season. Why? Well, Charlie and Trigg had fleas last year, and I was at the acupuncture vet with my mom last week (her German Shepherd is getting acupuncture treatments for his degenerative disc disease), the vet mentioned how very bad fleas were last year and that hopefully all the deep freezing we have had this year will get rid of them.
Nonetheless, I need a better way to attack fleas before they are crawling around on Charlie and Trigg. So this year, I am thinking about going the Diatomaceous Earth route.
For those who are wondering – “Diatomaceous Earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from microscopic skeletal remains of unicellular algae-like plants called diatoms. To insects DE is a lethal dust with microscopic razor sharp edges. These sharp edges cut through the insect’s protective covering drying it out and killing them when they are either dusted with DE or if it applied as a wettable powder spray. If they ingest the DE it will shred their insides.” Reference: Golden Harvest Organics.
So, even if you don’t let your cat outside, do you use Diatomaceous Earth? I hear it is safe to be used in greenhouses, homes, gardens and on all types of plants.