Is your home, garden and pets infested with fleas, ticks, etc?
Well, here is an effective recipe consisting of 4 ingredients that can be safely used on your friends as well as in your garden or patio for repelling and killing fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, spiders and other annoying bugs. The recipe is also recommended by holistic veterinarians.
Some chemical solutions against fleas and other pests may cause allergic reactions, and, also, over time resistance can be built up rendering them less effective. This homemade remedy uses four agents that are recognized as insect repellents. Here is a brief description of each:
Eucalyptus Oil… The eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus citriodoro) is a well-known natural bug and insect repellent. Eucalytpus oil is a successful way to get rid of fleas in your home. It is extracted from the seeds of the eucalyptus tree. It 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 it can soothe the skin from insect bites.
Yarrow Powder… The yarrow is a healing herb which can be used to treat wounds due to its anti-inflammatory properties and used to be a vital herb at wartime. It has also been shown to have pain-relieving and anti-microbial properties. 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 of a pet helping to stop the circle of itching and scratching vicious.
Neem Powder… The neem is another herb which has been used throughout centuries due to its antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and blood-purifying power. It can be used on pets both in oil and powder form as an herbal insect repellent, repelling fleas, ticks, lice, mites, ants and mosquitoes. It inhibits the metamorphosis of the larvae by preventing the rapid breeding of these bugs. It is also moisturizer, so it helps heal any dry skin or scaling which would otherwise occur from the skin irritation.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Flour… 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 hard-shelled algae, that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder.
Food grade fresh water DE is completely harmless to humans and pets because it is not a poison. DE is crystalline in structure.
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 resistant pests.
To be continued…