Friday, September 19, 2014
So, add this to the column of "Things I should probably not be admitting":
In addition to ringworm, my household also had fleas.
Yes, I flea-and-tick treat my cats. And my foster cats. Religiously during the warm months, as my neck of the woods is Tick City. And Pony gets treated year-round, due to his immune issues.
So, I treat all of the cats I can get my hands on, i.e., Pony, Soda, Tinks, and Bindi.
Who does that leave out?
Callie. Meet the Flea Factory:
I can't get within five feet of her, thus, I can't flea-treat her. And she DOES have fleas. My other cats are unaffected, as they are flea-protected, but Callie and I are the only two animals in the house who are NOT flea-treated, and we both? Are flea-bitten.
Aye-yi-yi this foster biz.
So. I started researching flea control methods. A fogger bomb was out, as were standard insecticides, because I have no way of removing Callie from the premises during treatment. (Doesn't she look stressed, in that pic above? DOESN'T SHE? Little sh*t.)
And then, I remembered another blogger (if it was you; speak up - I can't remember WHICH blogger) had mentioned some kind of ... dust. Some all-natural treatment. Something ... earth. Dia-something-something earth.
So I googled "dia earth", and up popped
Turns out diatomaceous earth is one of those products, like vinegar, that will supposedly cure everything but cancer. And maybe cancer, too. It's a talc-like substance that is evidently the remains of fossil shells blah blah blah snooooooze.
And it will kill fleas. And ticks. And silverfish and bedbugs and whatever other little nasties are lurking in the carpeting.
Sold! While at Agway a couple of weekends ago for an adoption event, I picked up a bag of it. And spread it liberally all over the house. And, because I do like to hedge my pets (typo and it stays) and I also like my toys, I picked up one of these:
I could not resist the graphic of the fleas merrily traipsing toward the trap. "LA LA LA LA SH****T!" Ha.
While the flea trap did not capture any fleas (I didn't set it up until a couple of days after I had spread the earth), I can say with confidence that the amount of scratching going on in my household has substantially decreased since I used the diatomaceous earth. And I, at least, am no longer flea-bitten. I can't speak for Callie, but she seems happier as well. Diatomaceous earth FTW!
And I am curious: Have any of you guys used diatomaceous earth? For fleas or other uses? Of which there are about ten billion, at least according to the internet. Do any of you actually ... eat it? Or feed it to your pets? Enquiring minds want to know.