814: Update to ‘Flea Arsenal’…


525155_454834827901110_105613628_nFlea Arsenal

Last year in San Diego was the worst in its history for fleas. Since we didn’t have a winter with low enough temperatures, this summer will be worse. YES, I have them too for the first time. Putting DE on Butter before I take her out helps but a few get in and find a spot to repopulate. the fight is constant.


From this point on Diatomaceous will not be enough, you must  consider it a tool in an arsenal in the battle of the fleas, not the war, that can never be won.


It has been very frustrating for me but now I know what many of you go through and Im consider this an opportunity learn all I can. I have learned some new things. I knew Smart Choice would spot kill fleas and other bugs as well. Drops mosquitoes out of the sky and is very satisfying to watch. Smart Choice is $10 dollars but there is a cheaper way to do it. Lemon Juice. I also posting a picture of the wide mouth containers that I use to dip my flea comb in. Ever night I put the faucet on as hot as it will go than put Butter on the counter top. (Butter is my dog) Take here collar off and run the comb from top to tail. There will be fleas in the comb but you must get them under the hot water faucet quickly or they will just jump off and land on you. Then dip the comb in the lemon juice and repeat. Rub the legs down with the juice as well. It should be 80/20 ration, lemon to water. I repeat throughout the day as needed.


I have re-dusted my rugs with DE three times since moving her a year ago. I leave it on for a month now. Its the only way to keep the flea population down. This time I have moved furniture and done the closets as well. I probably would have to do this except for my cat. I can bath Butter occasionally if she is really bad but I can only comb my cat.


If you have good furniture and don’t want to use DE on it get some dryer sheets and rub them down. Stick the sheets in the crevasses.  These are toxic but it does kill and retard fleas. Be careful you dog does not chew these. If there is a way to slip them under or into the material of your pets bed without them getting to it…do it.


If you’ re are going to keep the chemicals and toxins away from your family and pets, you must be willing to fight for it. The toxins will stay in you…and your pet for 12 years. When you look at your pets face when you apply the spot flea treatment you will know you will be doing the right thing by using nature to win the  battle with nature. They know its a bad, you can see it in the expression on their face. The pill is a good way to get around this but it is just as toxic if not more. These meds …all of them are carcinogistic neurotoxins. This means they attach the nervous system of the flea but to us, it mean cancer of all types but especially those that attack the nervous system. What? Did you think, it only worked on fleas? Do you think that the spot flea treatments only go through the dog or cats skin and not yours or your child’s? Surprisingly, this is what the general public thinks. Trans-dermal means it goes through the skin, your pets skin, your skin and you new babies skin the minute your done applying it to the family pet, it is still active and can go through the skin of the next person you touch.

Now you know the worst of it, and we can get down to the business of spending time instead of money on winning the ‘Battle of the Flea’ I can’t stand it when my animals have even one flea, but I know what the alternative means.


When fighting a flea infestation you have to think arsenal. Use as many weapons as are available. FFO works well but it really helps to get it into your pet body…and yours. A healthy immune system will resist fleas heavy infestations. I carry exclusively a diatomaceous earth with more Calcium Bentonite which is the Heavy Metal de-tox factor in DE. Animals have three time the heavy metals that we do and has been a concern of mine for many years. I do what I can to educate people at the farmers markets but you are in a position to do so much more. You may not agree with some of the research and that’s ok. If I’m wrong in any area of my research I welcome substantiated corrections. Remember too that if taken on a daily bases you will be protecting you and your pets from radiation as well as heart and lung worm. I am attaching the benefits article as well since they are too numerous to mention here.


Arsenal List

* Electron outlet devices

* Organic or electronic flea collars…buy themselves not very effective but helpful with arsenal

* DE on rugs and furniture and pet bedding, under furtature and in closits

* Dryer sheets to wipe down good furniture if you don’t want to use DE (Poisonous to dogs if they chew  on them so be careful not to let them have it)

* Vacuumed once every other day during the summer especially if you have a bad infestation.

* Dust before going on walks

* DE in food to raise immune system and avoid heavy infestations

* Neem oil in shampoo (1T) in 5oz (or use Dawn blue and salt recipe below) Neem oil is very effective but messy by itself

* New Product, which I am testing now. Ultrasonic  pet tag from ‘Love2Pet’ cheapest on Amazon, $30 but last for 10 month…down side, not reusable but worth it if it works.

* Try the handmade flea catcher described in the home tab. Use sonic devices but be sure it says fleas. Some only do ants and other pests but not fleas.

* Organic lathering soap. If you leave the soap on for a few minutes it will kill the fleas. See shampoo recipe below

* Spread FFO anywhere you pets spend time and reapply FFO when they start scratching, usually two or three times a month in the middle of the season but in bad seasons you may need to do it once a day. The powder must stay in the rugs for 3 weeks to catch the hatching eggs. Cover their eyes and blow any dust away from their face. It an eye irritant and not good to breath

*  Use Nematodes in the garden FFO works, but it is  more expensive. We hope to start carrying both castings and/or Nematodes this summer I will do what I can for those who have yards with discounts. We will be increasing the size of the small powder.

* Us Smart Choice as a  pet shampoo.  It is vegan based safe if consumed, non toxic and kills many bugs. Mosquitoes spiders and fleas. If you put a tablespoon of Neem oil in that last wash it will retard fleas for a week or more depending on your infestation. Note: Use a swab or dampen a paper towel with Smart Choice to kill ear mites…..very effective!

* Use a flea comb dipped in Smart Choice or Lemon juice mixed with a little water….this work very well but has no long term affects.


Nobody likes to see their pets bothered by fleas and ticks. Here is a recipe using four ingredients that can be used on your four legged friends as well as in the garden for repelling and killing fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, spiders and other bugs and is recommended by holistic vets.


Contrary to popular belief fleas cannot fly, but are passed from pet to pet contact, or from furnishings or outdoors onto pets. Their bites start a nasty cycle of itching and scratching. In severe cases it can result in hair loss, skin inflammation or infection to your beloved furry friends. Some chemical solutions will cause allergic reactions and also resistance can be built up over time hence rendering them less effective. This is also true of spot flea treatments.


This homemade remedy uses four ingredients that are recognized as insect repellents.


Here is a brief description of each:


Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus citriodoro) is a known natural bug and insect repellent. Eucalytpus oil is an effective way to get rid of fleas in your home. It comes from the seeds of the eucalyptus tree and produces a strong scent that fleas and other insects find unbearable. Studies have shown that it can be more effective than DEET. An additional benefit of this essential oil is that it is an antiseptic so can sooth the skin following insect bites.
(Please note this ingredient should be omitted if applying to cats as they are sensitive to many essential oils. Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested by pets. Do not allow your pet to chew on toys, collars or bedding that is treated directly with the oil).

Yarrow is a healing herb which can be used to treat wounds due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties and used to be a vital herb used in wartime. It has also been shown to have pain relieving properties and is anti-microbial. Pets that suffer from a flea infestation will often go on to get infected bites. Powdered yarrow can help heal and sooth the irritated skin helping to stop the itching/scratching vicious circle.

Neem is another herb which has been used for centuries due to it’s antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and blood-purifying properties. It can be used on pets in oil or powder form as a herbal insect repellent, repelling fleas, ticks, lice, mites, ants and mosquitoes (i) . It actually inhibits the metamorphosis of the larvae thus preventing the rapid breeding of these bugs. It is also moisturizing so it helps heal any dry skin or scaling which would otherwise occur from the skin irritation.

This is also known as Diatomaceous Earth (DE) and is a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock consisting of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of microscopic hard-shelled algae, that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. DE particles are so small so it just feels like a fine baby powder to humans and pets. It is a simply a mineral silica.
Food grade fresh water DE is harmless to humans and pets because it is not a poison – the bugs do not ingest it. DE is chrystaline in structure. It works by mechanically not chemically by scratching the bodies of the insects and causing them to dehydrate. Because Diatomaceous Earth can by very drying, Neem counteracts the dryness and helps protect your pet from excess dry skin and as discussed acts as a retardant for a day or so.
This food grade DE can be purchased at some plant nurseries BUT be sure and specify that you want food grade (not crystallized or filter grade). DE products are registered for use against bed bugs, cockroaches, crickets, fleas, ticks, spiders, and many other pests.

20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil (remember to omit this for cats)
Half a cup of Yarrow Powder
Half a cup of Neem Powder
1 cup of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth


Simply mix all of the above together in a jar with a shaker lid. Sprinkle on to your pet along the spine whilst brushing the fur in the opposite direction to ensure the powder makes contact with the skin. Also rub it onto their belly, legs and tail always ensuring that it gets to the skin. It can help to rub in with a powder puff or cotton wool pad. Take care to avoid any contact with their eyes and nose.

When this is being applied as a preventative measure once a month should keep your pet bug free throughout the spring and summer months when fleas are most prevalent. However following a bath or they go out in the wet then you should reapply.
If it is being applied to treat an active infestation then apply every other day until you can no longer see any trace of the fleas. Then just apply as above for maintenance.
It is important to also treat your home to prevent re-infestation. You can apply this same powder to pet bedding, soft furnishings, windowsills and floors. Just apply with a sifter and leave on for three weeks to catch the hatching eggs. Vacuum with a bags vacuum as the cyclonic filters type vacuums will clog. Repeat once a week for the summer months. If we have a decent winter we may not have to go through this again, at least until the next non-existent winter.


Ok, this is your arsenal. If you stick with these you can win battles….but I have to emphasize, Not the war. This nature arsenal for handling fleas is work but since the chemicals no long work why take the chance?


This is Diatomaceous Earth from Canada

It is different from  DE mined else ware. It has additional Calcium Bentonite which is a heavy metal detox. Animal have three times the heavy metals in their system than we do. To improve your  pets immune system, it need to be in their diet on a regular basis, year round.


60 + %

of these diseases that are on the increase….

                                                                                       * Birth defects     * Sterility

                                                                                        * ADHD                * Alzheimer’s

                                                                                        * Autism               * Cancers

                                                                                              ….are directly related to 

        chemical pesticides, & heavy metals


Update: USE your air conditioning. If you have central air and a lot of money to pay the bill you can keep the indoor fleas to a minimum

The whole idea behind FFO is to reduce the household toxins but if you must use dryer sheet put them in the crevices of your furniture where fleas tend to propagate. That the least toxic use for these otherwise useless government sanction toxic fabric softeners. You can leave them there indefinitely to not only kill fleas but bacteria as well. Use them instead of DE if it is fine furniture. DE is very hard and may damage fine fabrics over time. Put them in the laundry basket to keep the smell down and reduce bacteria. If used like this they become less toxic than putting them in the dryer.

Wherever you apply DE to your pet, first put down a thin layer of DE. Then use your flea comb. They will jump off the fur and the comb and either land on you, or on the surface.

Note: use a shower cap or wrap hair in a towel to discourage fleas.

Once they hit the DE there done. I put Butter, (Named for Mutter Butter Treats) in the tub. that way, whenever I take a shower i can scrub down the tub (will not damage the surface as it is a polisher) before I take my shower. Learn to use DE all over the house and you will drastically cut down on the chemical products you use.

Flea Comb:  Flea combs are a potent weapon in your arsinal but to be effective when using a flea comb, place your pet on a thin dusting of Diatomaceous earth. The fleas will land on it instead of hitting you or jumping back on your pet.

Dr Mercola’s Flea and Tick Defense: This product work to repel fleas and is non -greasy. It does not work as stated but will work for a few hours. I use it to spray my hair, face and cloths so the fleas don’t latch onto me when I’m combing my pets. Pricy at $17 and pets really don’t like it.

Through all of this you have to remember that its a battle. A necessary battle as long as you know the dangers of the alternative toxic methods. Whatever you decide, please be mindful of children. As a former nurse I saw too many children with cancer and pets treated with toxic flea products.




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