can you buy diatomaceous earth from Walmart or such and does it really work...

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  1. sorrell

    sorrell Senior Member+

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    My cousin gave me some Frontline to use on my cat. He has had some fleas on him, but not bad, but he reacts like a maniac when one bites him and I can't stand to see an animal scratch themselves repeatedly, so put the frontline on him. three days later he was scratching again, but I thought it was just a mosquito bite or something, so two weeks later I notice there is a flea on my bed... just one. then two days later another flea, then a week after that fleas on the floor! Now I have a flea infestation in the house.
    I put out the tray of water with dish soap and have caught and killed about two dozen so far and am noticing less and less of them.
    they only bite me IN the house, not on the porch or in the yard!!! Very odd.
    So.... a friend recommended diatomaceous earth, but I have yet to find any in the health food store, pet store or department or home repair shops.
    Have you tried it? Does it work like they say? Is it very expensive? Why couldn't I just grind up old sea shells or pick up sand from the seashore and put it down?
    My cousin gave me a capstar to use, but had to toss it in the cat's mouth as he would not unclamp his jaws, so not sure if it stayed in there or not!
    I also bought some clove and peppermint flea spray and tried it on an ant mound by the back porch and it killed them dead, so plan to use that on the cat too and see if it helps, but did not want to put that and the frontline on at the same time.
     






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    emali06 Senior Member+

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    I believe you can buy it at some feed stores.
     
  3. aBreeze

    aBreeze Senior Member+

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    Talk to your feed store or pet store. Both should be able to get it but your feed store should be able to find something similar to a 6# jug for $14.99 or thereabouts.

    Nag nag nag. (Im the person you talk to at the feed store, take my advice - nag nag nag)
     
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    Arem Senior Member+

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    I was just lurking this thread because I'm bored and don't have anything relevant to add....
    However, I find it hilariously ironic that the add in the OP (as I see it, anyway) is for....
    diatomaceous earth.:hah:
     
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  5. baby jain

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    I love the idea of using the clove and peppermint stuff as an all over house spray like room freshener. I'd even add a spritz to the dryer when I toss in bedding so everything stays pest free. But only if it smells as good as it sounds like christmas ham and candycanes yummers I could deal with that.
     
  6. Kelpie

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    I got my bag of diatomaceous earth at a local feed store.

    We are on our second war with fleas. Last year there was a serious population explosion in our house (they don't like me as much, but at its worst, my poor husband would walk through a room and end up with 40+ fleas on his feet) and we did end up getting rid of them. We had to do the following:

    -Keep the dog outside throughout the whole war so that they could not continue their life cycle in the house. I don't know how you would accomplish this with your cat.
    -Cover the floors with diatomaceous earth.
    -Periodically vacuum to get rid of most of the existing fleas and make the house livable (empty the vacuum bag outside immediately).
    -Re-cover the floors with diatomaceous earth after vacuuming to take out as many of the next round of hatchlings as possible.

    Diatomaceous earth does kill them (put one in a jar with the stuff and you'll see), but IMO it merely helps when it's sprinkled on your floors.

    It took about three weeks last time for all the cycles to die out and to have a flea-free house again.

    We're a couple weeks into the current war. :( I just walked from the kitchen to my computer and had to pick off 7 or 8 of them.

    I grew up with no dogs or cats, so it's been interesting to experience this flea nonsense since we got our dog. They are thoroughly obnoxious little critters.
     
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  7. sorrell

    sorrell Senior Member+

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    The plate with soapy water is working great. You can either shine a lamp light on it, leave it there with nothing on it, or put a votive type candle in the center and light it so it is surrounded on all sides with water and soap. I have killed about 25 fleas in the bathroom with just a bowl of soapy water and if one bites me, I pinch it and toss it in the bowl as well. In the kitchen it has caught about 8 or 9 a day and today it was cooler, but had no fleas jumping at all.
    you just have to be careful not to step in the plate of soapy water! I have done that three times!!
     

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