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From: jennifer s. (
Subject:         Re: Diatomaceous Earth?
Date: January 9, 2013 at 8:22 am PST

In Reply to: Diatomaceous Earth? posted by Kane on August 1, 2010 at 12:16 am:

I used DE on my carpets and under my couch cushions where
the dog often sits. My only issue was that the DE, which is the
consistency of talc powder, clogged up my vacuum in a jiffy and
I almost broke the darn thing. Otherwise it worked well. The
details Callie has given are noteworthy. Food grade is safe to
use if you have kids and be sure to wear a mask and goggles
because you will inhale it and it will plume up in your face. I,
the hard headed genius that I am, said pfffft, that's crap. I
don't need protection.... then I had to take my contacts out
because my eyes were so dry, and I developed a decent cough
lasting about three days. Like I said-genius.
In addition to DE, I also diluted eucalyptus oil and spritzed it on
my dog's hind end (where fleas liked to gather) and a little
around the house and not only does my house smell fresh, the
fleas are gone.
For the spring, I've purchased Ortho Bug B Gone to treat my
yard so they are less likely to come back.

I know you posted this like two years ago but I searched like
crazy to find out what safe options I had to get rid of fleas, and
it sucked. So I wanted to add my two cents for anyone else still
looking for answers. :)

PS: I'm in Georgia, I simply loathe bugs in my house, I have one
mostly indoor dog who sleeps all over, I have three young
stepchildren who love playing on the floor, and I'm on a super
tight budget. So there IS hope! Just make sure you wear a mask
and have a strong vacuum whose filters you empty frequently
and thoroughly!

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